Module 4

Canberra Croquet Club
Introductory Coaching Notes

Roquet, Croquet, Continuation


In this Module you will learn:

A Turn

When you walk onto a lawn at the beginning of your turn you have the option of playing either of your two balls (in doubles either player has the option of playing their ball). The ball you elect to play is called the striker’s ball. Initially you get only one stroke. You may elect to either:

If you fail to do either of these your turn ends.

After Running A Hoop

If you run a hoop you are entitled to one further stroke (a continuation stroke). With this stroke you can try to run the next hoop, or roquet a ball.


You roquet a ball by hitting the striker’s ball onto it (either directly or indirectly). You may only roquet each of the other 3 balls once without running a hoop during a turn. After running a hoop you may roquet each ball again.

When you roquet a ball you are entitled to two further strokes – a croquet stroke and then a continuation stroke.

Croquet Stroke

When you have roqueted a ball you can take croquet from it. To do this you pick your striker’s ball up (after it has come to rest, or when it is clear that it will not hit any other ball) and place it in contact with the ball you roqueted. You then play the croquet stroke by hitting the striker’s ball in such a way that the ball you are taking croquet from also moves (or at least shakes). After the croquet shot you get your continuation stroke.

Continuation Stroke

In a continuation stroke you may elect to either run the correct hoop or roquet another ball. If you succeed at either then your turn will continue.

You are only ever entitled to one continuation stroke in a sequence – they do not add up.

The Laws

Roquet: If you play a ball that is in contact with another ball then a roquet is deemed to have been made on that ball. You do not have to roquet it; you simply pick your ball up and place it in contact with that ball in the position you want.

If you roquet two balls simultaneously you may elect which one you roqueted.

If you run a hoop in the croquet stroke and your ball hits the croqueted ball again a roquet is deemed not to have been made on that ball unless they come to rest in contact.

If you run a hoop and roquet a ball that was clear of the hoop then you have roqueted that ball ("hoop and roquet"). A ball is clear of the hoop if no part of it lies within the jaws of the hoop. In this case it does not matter whether you had roqueted that ball before you ran the hoop.

If, however, there is a ball in the jaws of the hoop and you run the hoop and roquet it, the outcome is dependent on whether you were live or not on that ball. If you were not live, then you have run the hoop, and not roqueted the ball (unless they come to rest together). If you had not used the ball, then you have roqueted it, and not run the hoop.

Croquet Stroke: When you place your ball against the roqueted ball in preparation for a croquet stroke you must not move or rotate the other ball, but you can touch and steady it with your hand.

In a croquet stroke if the ball you are taking croquet from does not move or shake then it is a fault and your turn ends.

Your turn will also end if on the croquet stroke you send the croqueted ball off the court, or your striker’s ball goes off without making a roquet or running its hoop.

You must not allow your mallet to hit that other ball – if it does then it is a fault and your turn ends.


To practice the correct order of strokes in a meaningful way you need to learn about the different types of croquet strokes (Modules 5–7).