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TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION TO SIX WICKET CROQUET
Rules Changes in the 2006 Edition
Official Rulings and Interpretations
An Outline of the Game
How Play is Made
The Turn
Strategy
Croquet Customs and Court Etiquette
Sportsmanship
Dress Code
Courtesy to Players
Presence on Court
Interference with a Shot
Spectators
Advice
Replacing Balls and Placing Clips
Calling Faults
Questionable Shot
When Players’ Opinions Differ
Referees
Conclusion of the Game
Detrimental Behavior
The Standard Court
Court References
The Standard Setting
Modified Court Size and Setting
Equipment
The Wickets
The Stake
The Balls
The Mallet
Court Accessories
Clips
Deadness Board
Clocks
Corner Flags
Check Fences
SIX WICKET CROQUET
Part 1. Object of the Game and Starting
1.1 Start
1.2 Clips
1.3 Order of Play and Starting Area
Part 2. The Turn
2.1 The Turn
2.2 Court Damage
2.3 Aiming Aids
2.4 Cleaning Ball
Part 3. Mallet Use
3.1 Mallet Use
3.2 Striking Period and Shot
Part 4. Scoring a Wicket
4.1 Scoring a Wicket
4.2 Clearing Deadness by Running a Wicket
4.3 Ball at Rest
4.4 Beginning the Wicket
4.5 Dead on Ball in Wicket
4.6 Dead on Ball Beyond Wicket
4.7 Wicket in the Wrong Direction
Part 5. Balls In and Out of the Game
5.1 Balls In and Out of the Game
5.2 Deadness Between Balls In and Out of the Game
5.3 Ball Not In the Game
5.4 Lifting Balls In and Out of the Game
5.5 Scoring Wicket and Hitting a Ball Not In the Game
Part 6. Shots
6.1 Continuation Shots
6.2 Roquet Shots
6.3 Wicket and Roquet
6.4 Croquet Shots
6.5 Ball in Hand
Part 7. Dead Ball
7.1 Deadness
7.2 Ball Cannoned
7.3 Special Relief from Deadness
Part 8. Out of Bounds
8.1 Ball Out of Bounds
8.2 Out of Bounds Defined
8.3 Ball Replacement
8.4 Opponent Replacing Ball
Part 9. Blocking and Wiring
9.1 Responsible for Position
9.2 Blocking Wicket
9.3 Wired Ball
9.4 Wiring Lift
Part 10. Rover and Finishing the Game
10.1 Rover
10.2 Stake Out
10.3 Rover Deadness
10.4 Winning
Part 11. Errors in Play
11.1 Out of Turn Play
11.2 Wrong Ball Faults
11.3 Dead Ball Faults
11.4 Interference with a Ball
11.5 Mallet Faults
11.6 Misplaced Balls
11.7 Incorrect Information
Part 12. Claims and Penalties
12.1 Limit of Claims
12.2 Penalties
Part 13. Tournament Play and Timed Games
13.1 Tournament Director
13.2 Referee’s Role
13.3 Intervention
13.4 Resetting Equipment
13.5 Referee Not Available
13.6 Appeals
13.7 Time Limits
13.8 Shot and Game Clocks
13.9 Time-Outs
13.10 Match Time
13.11 Last Turn
13.12 Missing Player
Part 14. Double Banking
14.1 Marking Balls
14.2 Interference Between Games
14.3 Court Etiquette
14.4 Interference Time-Outs
Part 15. Handicap Play
15.1 Bisques
15.2 Half Bisques
15.3 Doubles
15.4 Singles
15.5 Base Method Handicap Play
Part 16. Shortened Games
16.1 Fourteen Point Game
Part 17. Experimental Rules
17.1 Immediately in the Game
HANDICAP POINT SYSTEM
GLOSSARY

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