Rules of American Croquet
PART 9. BLOCKING AND WIRING
A side becomes responsible for the position of any ball that the side plays, passes (waives), or causes to move or shake, either directly or indirectly, as a result of playing a ball, including balls replaced after a fault.
Exceptions:A side is not responsible for the position of a ball that is replaced after accidental movement (such as being hit with the foot or mallet after the striking period) or invalid play (rules 11.1, 11.6, 11.7), unless the side was responsible for the position of that ball before the accidental movement or the invalid play.
As illustrated by figure 7:
a) A striker is blocked (stymied) from scoring a wicket if:
b) A side may block with any ball. All blocks must be called before the first stroke of the turn. If a block occurs on two consecutive turns of the same ball, the striker may clean the blocked ball of deadness on all blocking balls.
A ball is wired from another ball if (figure 8):
a) a wicket, the stake, or another ball on which the striker is dead blocks the clear path required for either side of the striker ball to hit any part of another ball upon which it is alive;
b) a wicket, the stake, or another ball, on which the striker is dead, hampers the striker’s normal backswing of the mallet prior to impact with the striker ball
(The swing is hampered if striker cannot strike the ball freely toward any part of a live ball when striking the center of the ball with any part of the face of the mallet. The mere interference of a wicket, stake, or another ball, with the stance of the striker is not wiring.);
c) any part of the striker ball lies within a wicket.
a) If, at the beginning of a turn, the striker ball is wired from all balls it is alive on and the opponent is responsible for the striker’s position (rule 9.1), the striker may lift the striker ball, place it in contact with any ball on which it is alive, and take croquet. A striker who is dead on all balls may not take a lift.
b) In a time limit game (rule 13.7), the striker shall have 45 seconds to play the croquet shot after lifting the striker ball.
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