Balls Mallet Peg Wickets
Playing areas are chosen because they contain water, trees, rocks and generally uneven terrain. Nine wickets and two pegs are set up in a figure eight pattern. All players are then divided into two teams. Players aim at a chosen target, and strike the ball. The player with the closest shot goes first, and so on. Game play starts with each player simultaneously striking his/her ball. Afterwards, players take turns progressing around the figure eight. At the mid-point, players must strike the peg before proceeding. The winner is the first player (or team) who completes the course and then strikes the end peg.
Extreme Croquet is a variation of croquet mainly distinguished by its lack of any requirement pertaining to out-of-bounds or field specifications. Extreme croquet is an intense, all-out version of the classic lawn game. Played in a huge area filled with water, rocks and trees, extreme croquet pits players against each other and the elements, in order to finish a figure eight-shaped circuit of wickets. The first player (or team) to complete the course is declared the winner.
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. Extreme croquet was first played in 1999 in Berkeley, CA. Championships were soon held between different California-based teams. Today, local groups and leagues can be found in many different cities and states across the United States.