ORDINARY SINGLES PLAY
A. GENERAL LAWS OF PLAY
19. PLACING BALLS FOR A CROQUET
- BALL PLACEMENT
Subject to Law 19(d), in preparation for a croquet stroke,
the striker must place the striker's ball on the ground in contact with the
roqueted ball however he chooses but not in contact with any other ball. Subject
to Law 19(b), no other ball may be moved.
If, after any necessary application of Law 12, the roqueted
ball forms part of a group of balls, or would do so if the striker's ball
was placed in accordance with Law 19(a), the croquet stroke
is known as a cannon. In preparation for the stroke, all balls other than
the roqueted ball become balls in hand and are temporarily removed. The roqueted
ball must be replaced in its original position if it has been moved and the
other balls are then replaced as follows:
The striker remains entitled to reposition
CANNON The striker must place the striker's ball and the third ball
on the ground in contact with the roqueted ball however he chooses provided
that the striker's ball is not in contact with the third ball.
CANNON The striker must place the striker's ball and one of the remaining
balls as in Law 19(b)(1) and must then place the fourth
ball on the ground not in contact with the striker's ball but in contact
with one or both of the other two balls.
OF BALLS If the striker moves a ball or balls in preparation for a croquet
stroke, no election of the roqueted ball or, unless Law 9(b)(1)
applies, the striker's ball is thereby made until the stroke is played.
- FIRST STROKE
OF A TURN In respect of the first stroke of a turn, the references in
Laws 19(a) and 19(b) to the
striker's ball shall include any ball of the striker's side which was in play
at the end of the preceding turn and the references to the roqueted ball shall
include any ball from which croquet may lawfully be taken.
OF DECISION The striker remains entitled to reposition balls under Laws
19(a) or 19(b) until he plays a stroke.
BALLS IN POSITION When preparing for a croquet stroke, the striker may
touch or steady the roqueted ball or apply such pressure to any ball by hand
or foot, but not by mallet, as is reasonably necessary to make it hold its
position, provided that neither its original position nor, if a peel is to
be attempted, its rotational alignment is finally disturbed. If necessary,
the balls may be held in position by grass clippings or similar material.
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