Croquet

Equipment

Balls Mallet Peg Wicket

Rules

Players (or teams) divide the balls between black and blue, and red and yellow. Each turn consists of one stroke, but continues if a roquet occurs or a ball is hit through the correct wicket. After another ball has been hit, the player must pick up his own ball and play the next shot with the two balls touching, a move called the croquet stroke. After this, a continuation stroke is allowed, during which a player must attempt a roquet or make a wicket. The winner is the first player (or team) who, with both balls, completes a prescribed circuit of twelve wickets and then strikes the center peg.

Description

Croquet is a game played on a lawn, in which colored wooden balls are driven through a series of wickets by means of mallets. Croquet is a sport where two players (or teams) use mallets to hit wooden balls around a grass court. Players take aim at metal wickets placed around the court and/or opposing players' balls. Once all wickets have been passed through, players hit a wooden post in the center of the court. The first player (or team) to complete the course is the winner.

History

Croquet is believed to have been started in Ireland, having been imported there from Brittany. The game eventually spread to England where it became a popular social pastime. By 1867, 65,000 official rulebooks had been printed and circulated throughout the English-speaking world. In 1900, croquet was played in the summer Olympics. Today croquet remains a popular recreational activity and competitive sport, with championships held throughout the world.