Types of Croquet
Officially there are two types of croquet - Association Croquet and Golf Croquet. We play both at Norwood.
Association croquet is the name of an advanced game of croquet, played at international level. It involves four balls teamed in pairs, with both balls going through every hoop for one pair to win. The game's distinguishing feature is the "croquet" shot: when certain balls hit other balls, extra shots are allowed. The six hoops are arranged three at each end of the court, with a centre peg.
In golf croquet, a hoop is won by the first ball to go through each hoop. Unlike association croquet, there are no additional turns for hitting other balls.
Each player takes a stroke in turn, each trying to hit a ball through the same hoop. The sequence of play is blue, red, black, yellow. Blue and black balls play against red and yellow. When a hoop is won, the sequence of play continues as before. The winner of the game is the player/team who wins the most hoops.
There are variations according to country: in the US and Canada they play both Association and Golf Croquet but they have adapted the Association rules to create such things like "dead" balls.
In Asia they have a form of croquet called Gateball. If "normal" croquet can be compared with snooker or billiards on grass then Gateball is definitely pool on grass.
For more details on the croquet in general see this link. For more information about croquet in South Australia see Croquet SA.
Mark Ahmed checking his line. While croquet is fun
some take the game very seriously.