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A lawn game consisting of hoops and a peg in which players hit balls through hoops using a wooden mallet.

The game is still seen by many as a geriatric pastime but this could not be further from the truth with the top players in England coming largely from the 20-35 age group.

Croquet can be played on very well prepared and flat lawns to well defined rules or alternatively it can still be played on ordinary domestic lawns of miscellaneous shapes and sizes to local rules and will provide an excellent social game.

Croquet can be played and enjoyed by people of all ages.

Both variants of croquest (Association and Golf) can be played as singles or doubles, and have effective handicapping systems which allows players of different ability to play against each other.

Croquet is played with four balls, generally blue and black versus red and yellow, on a court. The game can be played as singles or doubles, each player in doubles playing with a particular ball throughout the game. Each ball must run a set course going through hoops twice in a specific order and direction and then hitting the peg at the end of the course. The side which first completes this course with both its balls wins the game.

There are over 120 clubs registered with the Croquet Association in the UK and they are scattered over the whole of the UK. The game of Association Croquet is in essence a tactical struggle with each player trying to manoeuvre both his own and his opponent's balls to make points for his side whilst restricting his opponent's chances of doing the same by careful positioning of the balls at the end of his turn. There is also another variation of croquest called Golf croquet.

There are a large number of tournaments around the country, which cater for all standards of player who wish to play the game in a competitive forum.

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An adult croquet set can cost from just over £100 upwards, with junior sets from about £50 upwards.

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