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Technical
PART 2
ORDINARY SINGLES PLAY
B. ERRORS IN PLAY

28. FAULTS

  1. DEFINITIONS A fault is committed if, during the striking period, the striker:
    1. touches the head of the mallet with his hand;
    2. rests the shaft of the mallet or a hand or arm on the ground or an outside agency;
    3. rests the shaft of the mallet or a hand or arm directly connected with the stroke against any part of his legs or feet;
    4. moves the striker's ball other than by striking it with the mallet audibly and distinctly;
    5. causes or attempts to cause the mallet to strike the striker's ball by kicking, hitting, dropping or throwing the mallet;
    6. strikes the striker's ball with any part of the mallet other than an end face of the head, either:
      1. deliberately; or
      2. accidentally in a stroke which requires special care because of the proximity of a hoop or the peg or another ball;
    7. subject to Law 28(d), maintains contact between the mallet and the striker's ball for an appreciable period when the striker's ball is not in contact with any other ball or after the striker's ball has hit another ball;
    8. subject to Law 28(d), strikes the striker's ball more than once in the same stroke or allows the striker's ball to retouch the mallet
    9. strikes the striker's ball so as to cause it to touch a hoop upright or, unless the striker's ball is pegged out in the stroke, the peg when in contact with the mallet;
    10. strikes the striker's ball when it lies in contact with a hoop upright or, unless the striker's ball is pegged out in the stroke, the peg otherwise than in a direction away therefrom;
    11. moves or shakes a ball at rest by hitting a hoop or the peg with the mallet or with any part of his body or clothes;
    12. touches any ball, other than the striker's ball, with the mallet;
    13. touches any ball with any part of his body or clothes;
    14. in a croquet stroke, plays away from or fails to move or shake the croqueted ball;
    15. deliberately plays a stroke in a manner in which the mallet is likely to and does cause substantial damage to the court.
  2. REMEDIES
    1. If the striker commits a fault and the error is discovered before two further strokes of the striker's turn, any points scored in either the first or second stroke in error are cancelled and the turn ends.
    2. The striker must ask the adversary whether he wishes the fault to be rectified. If the adversary elects rectification, the balls are replaced in accordance with Law 22(d). Otherwise the balls remain or are replaced in the positions they occupied after the first stroke in error (but see Law 37(h) for handicap play).
  3. SPECIFIED TERMS
    1. Clothes include everything being worn or carried by the striker at the start of the stroke, other than his mallet, and are treated as part of the striker's body.
    2. Substantial damage to the court is damage capable of affecting a subsequent stroke played over the damaged area, normally involving breaking of the surface of the court.
  4. EXEMPTIONS

  5. A fault is not committed under Laws 28(a)(7) or 28(a)(8) if a second hit, re-touching or maintenance of contact is caused by:
    1. a ball roqueted under Law 16(b); or
    2. the act of pegging out the striker's ball; or
    3. interference by a ball pegged out in the stroke.
Author: The Croquet Association
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