Rules - Golf Croquet, Six Wicket Croquet & Association Croquet

The following links contain a Synopsis and Rules of Golf Croquet.

The following links contain a Synopsis and Rules of Six Wicket Croquet (also called American Croquet) and a link to a YouTube video showing a three ball break in Six Wicket Croquet.  

The following links contain a Synopsis and Basic Laws of Association Croquet (also called International Croquet


The balance of this Rules Page will highlight common Golf Croquet rules which come up regularly. Hopefully, this will  minimize some confusion for new players.

Order of Wickets:
We usually play a 12/13 wicket game. The route through the first six wickets is shown in the diagram shown below.

The route through the second 6 wickets is shown below.  If a tie exists after twelve wickets, the thirteenth wicket is played in the order and direction shown. 








Jump shot:
Defined as striking your ball in such a way as to cause it to jump over another ball.  This shot is not addressed in the Golf Croquet official rules, but it is considered a legitimate shot in other croquet games.  For this reason, it was decided that it will be permitted.  If a stroke causes more than one ball to run the hoop, the ball nearest the hoop before the stroke scores the point    (Note: The rules inflict penalties for shots which cause damage to the playing surface.  These rules will apply to the jump shot.)

Halfway Rule:

Between the wicket just played and the next wicket in order is a line called the halfway line.  These lines are shown in the diagram above.  The lines, while not drawn on the court, will be defined by white stakes at the ends.

At the end of a turn in which a wicket is scored any ball which is resting beyond the halfway line for the next wicket is an offside ball.  The penalty for an offside ball is as follows:

1. The opponent of the player of an offside ball may direct that the ball be placed at one of the two penalty spots.
2. The penalty spots are located at points “a” and “b” at either end of the horizontal halfway line. (see diagram). 
3. The opponent decides which of the penalty spots is to be used.

A ball is not considered offside if it reached its position as a result of:

1. the stroke just played or
2. a stroke, wrong ball play, or fault played or committed by an 
opponent or
3. contact with an opponents ball or
4. being directed to a penalty spot.

Scoring a wicket:



A wicket is scored by the ball passing through the wicket in the proper direction and in the proper order.  Scoring of the wicket is complete when the back side of the ball passes the plane on the playing side.  In the diagrams above with the ball traveling from left to right, drawing “A” is not a completed wicket.  In drawing “B” the wicket is complete.  The back side of the ball has passed the plane on the playing side even though it has not passed completely through the wicket.

Double Tap!!
Rule 13 (a) (6) It is a striking fault if,  in striking the ball, the striker “double taps” the striker’s ball by striking it more than
once in the same stroke or allows the striker’s ball to retouch the mallet.

Because the Double Tap fault is very difficult to see, we ask that all members watch the video of a slow motion demonstration of Double Tap shots in the link below.  Hopefully, this video will convince those of you who “think” you can hit a great “stop/stun shot” and not double tap, that it is pretty much impossible when the two balls are very close together.

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Tega Cay Croquet Club