Belsay Hall Croquet Club


 1 Dress Properly -Wear flat heeled shoes and "whites" on all occasions. As croquet matches usually continue during wet weather, white waterproofs are also required.

 2 Before Starting a Game - It is customary for the player with the lower hadicap to toss the coin and be responsible for setting up the bisques.  In AC the player who wins the toss has the choice of colours or the order of play.  In GC the winner of the toss starts with the blue ball.

3 During Play - In AC you should leave the court as soon as your turn is finished, and then, as the outplayer, wait until your opponent has finished their turn before you return.  You may enter the court as soon as your opponent has finished their turn even if they have not left the court.

4 Play as Quickly as Possible - Try to decide before your opponent has finished their turn what you are going to do next to avoid wasting time.  In double splay avoid long discussions with your partner when it is your turn to play.

5 Call a Referee by Raising Your Mallet - If you are about to make a stroke where there is a possibility of a fault being committed, such as hitting a ball in the jaws of a hoop, call the referee (if available) or your opponent to watch the stroke.

6 Painted White Lines - Any queries concerning the boundary lines should be referred to Phil Errington.

7 Do Not Distract Your Opponent - Do not walk about, talk loudly or catch your opponent's eye when it is their turn.  Do not stand directly behind your opponent to watch them play a stroke or directly in front in the line of their aim.  be sensitiove to your opponent during matches in respect of conversation.  Some players do not welcome remarks made during the course of a match.  For the same reason do not talk to outplayers unless they clearly invite you to do so.

8 Whilst Out of Play - When off the court be aware of other games progressing nearby and stand still if you find yourself in the line of play or near to a player about to make a stroke.

9 Try to be Conversant with the Laws of the Game - Copies of the laws of both forms of the game are available in the club hut or on the Croquet Association website.

10 Practice on the Court - This is now permitted for all Club competitions.

11 After Play - The winner should clear the balls from the court, remove clips from the hoops and return the bisques.  Croquet must be one of the few, if not the only, game in the world where players are not expected to shake hands at the finish.  At Belsay, however,it is normal for play to end with a handshake and a friendly word of congratulation.

12 Use the Correct Type of Marker - These are available from the Club and should be placed behind the ball in line with the centre peg.

13 Double Banking -

a)  Always be aware of the other match on court.
b) Do not walk across the line of aim of the other game. 
c) Always carry at least two ball markers (see para `12 above). 
d) Always let the other game proceed if a break is being made, particularly if a hoop is about to be run.
e) Take care you do not impede the other match.
f) Ask permission to lift or mark any balls at risk in the other game. If you do so, make sure that the player in the othe rgame is aware of the fact, particularly if the outplayer is about to start a new turn.
g) Do not leave your mallet lying inside the court when you retrieve a ball that has left the court.

14 CA Tournaments - Over 200 tornaments are arranged each year by the Croquet Association for its members.  If you enter any of these tournaments you should proceed as follows:
a) Upon arrival report to the Tournament Manager and confirm your handicap.  Allow sufficient time to enable you to be on the court and in play at the required time. Always find out the time of your next game.
b) Carry a watch for time limited games.
c) Carry at least two ball markers of the correct type.
d) Report the result to the Manager immediately after the game.
e) Find out, from the Manager, what the arrangements are for meals.  You must obtain the Manager's permission before leaving the ground and confirm the time you are required to return.
f) The Manager's decision is always final.

Liz Nisbet is the Club's Etiquette Officer.  If you are in doubt about any aspect please seek her advice.