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There are many aspects of the game that deserve to be covered in greater detail than is possible here. In order to do justice to this section, there follows a list of links to subjects that are excellently covered in Ian Plummer's Oxford Croquet website.

Section 1 - For the Complete Beginner:

For beginners to players with handicaps of around 16 (see Handicap Play below)

Simplified Association Croquet Rules

This is a Short Summary of the Laws of Association Rules Croquet

Aiming in Croquet Strokes - Not Half the Angle!

How to line up balls in a croquet stroke and the type of stroke to play.

Section 2 - Miscellaneous Beginners' Material on Tactics:

Handicap Play

What is Handicap Play and How Handicaps Work

Handicap Ability Table

A Lighthearted Indication of the Abilities of Players with Various Handicaps


A Guide by the Croquet Association

Principles of Handicapping

A Guide written by Bill Lamb in 1996

Variations in Handicap Play

Geoffey Cuttle Discusses Handicap Play

Variable Base Handicap Play

A System which Speeds up Handicap Play

Croquet Etiquette

A Guide for New Players at Club Fixtures and Tournaments

Which Ball to Hit?

What to Bear in Mind when Deciding which Ball to Shoot at

How Not To Play Croquet

'Aunt Emma' Non-Tactics. What to Avoid

Croquet Technique

John Riches' Coaching booklets: this one covers the analysis of basic strokes.

Recognition of Errors

John Riches' Coaching booklets: this one covers the common errors in basic strokes.

Section 3 - Intermediate Level Coaching:

For handicaps of around 14 down to around 6

Intermediate 1

The Four-Ball Break

Intermediate 2

The Three-Ball Break

Intermediate 2a

Modified Three-Ball Break Pioneer Positions

Intermediate 3

Changing Pivot in a Four-Ball Break

Intermediate 4

The Start of the Game

Intermediate 5


Intermediate 6

Leaves and Ball Positions

Intermediate 7

Getting Balls into Play

Intermediate 8

Special Shots

Intermediate 9

Using Bisques

Intermediate 10

Tactics Against Better Players

Intermediate 11

Giving Bisques

Intermediate 12


Intermediate 13

Pegging Out

Intermediate 14

Advanced Play

Intermediate 15

The Triple Peel

Lessons in Tactics

John Riches' Coaching booklets: this one covers intermediate to advanced tactics

Practice Routines

Suggestions for practice routines aimed at players with a handicap of 12 or below.

Retro-Synthetic Break Building

Planning Six Strokes Ahead!

Getting Boundary Balls into Play

Illustrations of how to Dig Balls off Boundaries and Build a Break

Running Angled Hoops

Dave Kibble describes how it is done


Simple Recipes For Arranging Balls For Cannons

Cannons For Beginners

More Details On Arranging Cannons - By Allen Parker

Sweep Shots

How to Play a Special Shot when your Back Swing is Hindered

Silver Gilt Coaching Principles

Course notes accompanying the Silver Gilt Coaching Course

The Mental Approach

John Riches' Coaching booklets: sports psychology applied to croquet

Stop Shot Techniques

Different methods of playing the stroke including hitting off-centre

Section 4 - Advanced Level Material:

Peeling Including The Triple Peel

Details of the Various Forms of Peeling and What can go Wrong

The Triple Peel - Peeling Opportunities

When the Peels of a Triple Peel may be done Easily

Croquet Leaves

Diagrams of the OSL, NSL, Diagonal Spread, etc.

The Super-Shot Opening

Robert Fulford's Analysis

The Sextuple Peel

One Method to Achieve the Six Peels

1-Back Leaves

Robert Fulford's Analysis of Leaves for the Sextuple


Peeling the Opponent to get a Stronger Leave

Duffer's Tice, Anti-Duffer's
Tice, the Dream Leave and the Tea Lady

A couple of openings, a leave and a shot used in Advance Play which have special names.

A Sextuple Match

An example of the tactics and play preceding a sextuple

Options after peeling 4-back going to hoop 6

Leading players offer their advice on continuing the triple peel.

Beating Better Players

Pete Trimmer on how to slay World Champions

Completing the Sextuple

Experts discuss their methods of executing a Sextuple

Page last updated on 30th January 2006
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