a satisfying sport utilising tactics and touch in equal measure. It combines strategy
and precision and is a bit like snooker on grass or a combination of chess and
golf. Croquet can be
enjoyed by all ages and sexes on an equal basis.
For an example of croquet played by an expert see this video.
This site collects together information concerning Association Croquet in over 700 articles and presents coaching
information intended for both complete beginners and world champions.
There are two main forms of croquet: Association (or
International) Rules croquet and American Rules croquet. The majority of
the tactical information
on this site is for the Association Rules game.
World Online, for American Rules information.
How to use this site.
The main information categories are shown in the menu on the right. If you are looking for a specific piece of information use the Search function. If you would like to browse the site click on the Map button by the search box on the right.
Please note external links open in fresh windows hence you may need to permit pop-ups. The menu strip on the right of the pages will not be printed out if you print a page.
Getting withdrawal symptoms from not being near a croquet lawn?
Yearning to hear the click of croquet balls again?
Oxford Croquet's research laboratory is pleased to offer its state-of-the-art Virtual 3D Croquet Lawn.
Before you get too excited, it will only work in up-to-date browsers on up-to-date laptops or desktops.
Performance on smartphones and iPads is dismal. It is recommended that you close down your browser tab once you have finished using the 3D Lawn to maximise your computer's performance.
See the help file for information on browser requirements and usage instructions.
Two layouts are offered:
- A Simple 3D Lawn which allows you to rotate and zoom the viewpoint and drag the balls. This can be used as the equivalent of a 'magnetic croquet lawn' for demonstrating manoeuvres to a group, e.g. by coupling your computer up to a projector. It is also useful for preparing lawn diagrams for the web or printing.
- A Coaching 3D Lawn as above but with demonstration sequences of the four-ball-break, pivot swap, taking bisques, triple and sextuple peels. These have both written and spoken commentaries plus realistic noises.
Apologies to people who have incompatible computer kit; unfortunately there is no work-around.
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