Belsay Hall Croquet Club



 1. Dress properly. Wear flat heeled shoes and ‘whites’ on all occasions.

As croquet matches continue during wet weather, white rain proof outer clothing is advisable. In addition to other retailers the CA shop (see CA Gazette or stocks ladies & gents dry and wet weather white clothing.

 2. The Coin Toss.  Before starting a game it is customary for the player with the lower handicap to toss the coin and be responsible for setting up the bisques. In Association Croquet the player who wins the toss has the choice of colours or, alternatively, the order of play. In Golf Croquet the winner of the toss must start and strike blue ball first - there is no choice.

 3. End of Turn. During play in Association Croquet you should leave the court as soon as your turn has finished, and then, as the outplayer, wait until your opponent has finished his/her turn before you return.

4. Slow Play.  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 doubles play avoid long discussions with your partner when it is your turn to play.

 5. The Referee.  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.  If an independent referee is not available and as a game of croquet is normally played with two referees, i.e. the players themselves, you should ask your opponent to watch if, for example, you are about to hit a ball in the jaws of a hoop.

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

 7. Outplayers.   Do not distract your opponent by walking about, talking loudly or catching his/her eye , etc. Do not stand directly behind your opponent to watch him/her play a stroke or directly in front on the line of aim. Be sensitive to your opponent during matches with respect to conversation. Some players do not welcome remarks made during the course of a game.  For the same reason do not talk to other outplayers, unless they clearly invite you to do so.  Whilst out of play and off the court be aware of other games in progress and stand still if you find yourself in the line of play or near to a player who is about to play a stroke.

 8. The Laws.  Try to be conversant with the Laws of the Game, e.g. striker of the ball is a joint referee; questionable strokes; testing the position of a ball; when players’ opinions differ; interruption of a stroke; presence on court; testing for lifts; etc., the answers to all these points can be found in the texts of ‘The Laws of Association Croquet’ and ‘The Laws of Golf Croquet’ - published by the Croquet Association.  Copies of the latest ‘Laws’ are available in the Club Hut.

 9. PracticePractice on the court before a match or even before a game commences is now permitted for all Club Competitions.  Practice is not allowed before the start of play in Croquet North Competitions and at CA Tournaments. (see also 14 (b)).

 10. After The Game.  After play the winner should clear the balls from the court, remove clips from the hoops and return the bisques. It is normal for play to end with a handshake and a friendly word of congratulation.

 11. Use a correct type of marker as supplied by the Club (not a coin) and place it behind the ball to be marked, in line with the centre peg.

12. Double Banking

      a) Do not walk across the line of aim of the other game.

      b) Always carry at least two ball markers. (See para 12 above).

      c) Always let the other game proceed if a break is being made, particularly if a hoop is about to be run.

      d) Take care to ensure that you do not impede the other game.

      e) 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 other game is aware of the fact - particularly if he is the outplayer about to start a new turn.

      f) Do not leave your mallet lying inside the court when you retrieve a ball which has left the court.

 13. C.A. Tournaments.  Over 200 tournaments 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) and at least two ball markers for use when double banking. Remember, the Manager’s permission is required if you wish to practise before the game.

      c) Report the result to the Manager immediately after the game.

      d) Find out, from the Manager, if there are any arrangements for meals. You must also obtain the Manager’s permission to leave the ground before doing so, and to confirm the time you are required to return on the following day. Remember, the Manager’s decision is always final.

      e) Players must report to the Tournament Manager and be ready to play at the appointed time. The Tournament Manager is responsible for all aspects of the competition and his/her decision is necessary before any player undertakes anything not related to the competition.

 14. Club tournaments at Belsay Hall. Similar arrangements apply to those listed in paragraph 13, above.