Module 1

Canberra Croquet Club
Introductory Coaching Notes

The Lawn


In this Module you will learn:

the names of the parts of the standard court and equipment

the correct hoop order

The Standard Court

A standard court is a rectangle 35 by 28 yards (32 by 25.6 metres). The borders must be marked clearly (painted line, tape, etc).

The four boundaries are known as the south, west, north, and east boundaries regardless of their real orientation. The corners are known as corners 1, 2, 3 and 4.

The yard-line is an imaginary rectangle (not marked) which is 1–yard inside the boundary. Its corners are the corner spots (not usually marked).

The part of the yard-line from the first corner spot to the middle of the south boundary is the A baulk-line. The part of the yard-line from the third corner spot to the middle of the north boundary is the B baulk-line.

The peg sits in the centre of the court. It has two parts: the base and the extension (removable). The extension is used to hold clips.

There are six hoops. The inner two hoops are set 7 yards to the north and south of the peg. The outer four hoops are set 7 yards from adjacent boundaries. The first hoop has the top (its crown) painted blue. The last hoop has its crown painted red. Hoops are 12" high, and are between 3 " and 4" in width.

Hoop Order

A ball scores a point by passing through the correct hoop in the correct order: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 1–back, 2–back, 3–back, 4–back, penultimate, and rover.


Balls are 3 5/8" in diameter.

Primary colours are blue and black versus red and yellow. If there is a second game being played on the one court secondary colours are used: green and brown versus pink and white.


Clips are used to indicate which hoop each ball is for. There is one clip of each colour. When a ball is for hoops 1 to 6 the clip is positioned on top of the hoop (on the crown). When a ball is for 1–back to rover the clip is placed on the side (a leg) of the hoop.

Other Bits

Small appropriately coloured corner flags may be placed in each corner. Small white corner pegs may be placed 1–yard from each corner to indicate the position of the corner spot. If these are used they must touch but not intrude onto the court.

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