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It's time to play croquet

Funcoast • May 12, 2015 at 6:28 PM

Want to go?

WHAT: Six-Wicket Croquet Play

WHEN: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1:30-5 p.m. April 27

WHERE: Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Spiegel Grove, Fremont

COST: $5/participant; free for Hayes Presidential Center Croquet Club Members

INFO: 419-332-2081

It’s springtime, and what better way is there to celebrate than by playing croquet? We couldn’t think of one either.

The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center will have a six-wicket croquet game on Wednesday April 27. There will be supervised practice play with instruction from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., followed by a tournament with the benefit of coaching from 1:30-5 p.m.

So what exactly is six-wicket croquet, anyway? According to Wikipedia, It’s the dominant version of the game in the United States, but it’s also widely played in Canada. Basically, it differs in ways that reflect the more casual, leisurely backyard-type games in America.

Notable differences:

1.)    The balls are always played in the same sequence (blue, red, black, yellow) throughout the game, and that a ball’s “deadness on other balls is carried over from turn to turn until the ball has been “cleared” by scoring its next hoop.

2.)    More restrictive boundary-line rules. Knocking (or “roqueting”) a ball out of bounds or running a hoop out of bounds causes the turn to end, and balls that go out of bounds are replaced only nine inches from the boundary (rather than a yard, as in association croquet). 

Want more in-depth rules of six-wicket croquet? Check out the United States Croquet Association’s guidelines here.

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