Beach Croquet Rules
The course is a 9 wicket configuration:
Whatever works to fill the space as long as the distance is
Out of Bounds:
All course boundaries, and specifics as to obstructions, walls, trees
or gardens are determined before play begins.
Note: Each player has one shot per turn. Extra shots are
gained by passing through a wicket, or striking another player's ball.
(More on that later)
The idea is to travel the length of the course, beginning at either
end, traveling through the wickets beginning with the double set. The
ball can be placed in the wicket, as long as it's not over half
An extra shot is gained each time the ball passes through a wicket,
at least by 50% of its diameter. Thus when you exit the double wickets,
you have two shots to get through the next wicket to the right side of
the course. Once you pass through it, you move to the center wicket, far
right wicket and the double end wickets. When you pass through the
double wickets, you must hit the pole to reverse the field towards the
All accumulated shots are erased when the pole is struck, and the
ball in play can be picked up and placed in the first of the double
wickets nearest the pole. The player continues and exits the double
wickets with two shots to go after the next wicket to the right. Then the
center again, the far right and back through the beginning
The first player to complete the cycle, passing through all wickets
in the proper order and direction, and hit the end post wins.
1 -4 Individual Competitors:
Each player selects a mallet and ball, and from approximately 10
paces, 25', lags his ball to the post. (Note: only the mallet face can be
used to strike the ball, no side blows) This determines the order of
play. The closest to the post can choose to go first or last. All others
shoot in order of distance from the pole. (The strategy is that you will
have more targets to use if you go last)
Partners (2 against 2):
The same lag method can be used to determine partners:
- The closest and #3, against #2 and #4.
- Males vs Females,
- Parents vs Children etc
It is all fun. An appointee from each team lags for the post, and
each team can decide who shoots first for the team. Again the closest
Lagger can go 1st & 3rd or 2nd & 4th.
Rules for Play:
As stated above an extra shot is gained when the ball passes through
the wicket, in the proper direction, which is always toward the next
wicket or goal. The extra shot can be Lost, in the event of Wicket
Abuse. Wicket abuse occurs when the ball is struck in such a way as to
knock over the wicket with the ball, and or the mallet.. (See Photo)
Individual players can use an opponent to gain extra shots, only once
per turn. When a player strikes an opponents ball, he receives 2 bonus
shots. There is a "Send" option where the striking player can
position his ball on any side of the stricken opponent, and either
"send" both balls, or "pin" the strikers ball with
his foot and "send the stricken ball, holding his ball in place. In
either event, the second shot is forfeited when the striker touches his
Also the extra shot can be Lost, in the event that the striker
touches his opponents ball with his Mallet.
Extra shots, Partners:
In a game involving partners, each team is limited to 3 uses of
one another per game.
Smoothing: (Beach Croquet Only)
Smoothing occurs on the beach, when foot prints or mini-dunes may
obstruct a shot. A Player attempting to hit an opponents ball is allowed
to smooth the path between balls, with a mallet head only.. The length
of the smoothing is limited to the length of the mallet handle and head
total. (Approx 31.5")
Beach Croquet Tips:
youíre by yourself, play a round or two alone and invite a passing
ďBeach BabeĒ to play.
players on teams, such as: Father/Son, Husband/Wife, Brother/Sister,
kind a cool to put streamers on end poles to play in the wind.
of course isnít a factor like Frisbee or Volley ball, but your
opponent may not know this.
the wickets are easy to push in the sand, but a wooden mallet help
pound them in in wet or heavy sand.
up so you have both soft and smooth wet sand. The difference in ball
reaction to stroke adds to the challenge. Also sloping sand can be
tricky. I often try to have challenging different look holes.
in hard wet sloped sand may allow ball to enter surf.
fun to wait your turn while a wave moves your ball around. Often you
have to hurry shot to beat the wave. This may call for a boundary
rule with ball placement onto dry area. Remember you canít improve
your position in relationship to a target wicket or an opponentís
best of three if there are those waiting to play, or a one loss and
out Tournament to keep all interested and attentive. Remember team
games can last twice as long as cut-throat.
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