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A Cheap and Cheerful Croquet Presentation

Microsoft Powerpoint file - croquet.ppt (273KB), requires PowerPoint 2002 or later to run

John Bevington of Wrest Park Croquet Club has produced a PowerPoint presentation introducing croquet which then goes on to illustrate break play and even a triple peel.

Your will need to have Microsoft's Powerpoint program installed on your computer, or you can download a viewer from http://www.microsoft.com and type powerpoint viewer download into the search box on that page - you need the 2002 (or later) enabled version of the viewer.

screen shot of presentationOnce you have downloaded the presentation, run it and "Simply switch to Slide Show and keep clicking - it should be self-explanatory"

John kindly says "it has been used for presentations to groups using a laptop, projector and screen. Anyone wishing to is free to copy, adapt, improve or do whatever they like with it".

The animated slides are:

  1. Order of the Hoops (1)
  2. Order of the Hoops (2)
  3. The turn: A turn starts by hitting another ball (a roquet). This is followed by a croquet stroke. You then get a continuation stroke, which can be used to roquet another ball. Once you have roqueted all the other balls you must go through a hoop before you can roquet one of the balls again.
  4. Roquet: (1) Blue roquets black 20 yards away. At this distance you are just trying to hit the ball. (2) Red roquets yellow 1 yard away. A short roquet is called a rush and is an important stroke as it allows you to take croquet from where you want to be instead of where you happen to be.
  5. Croquet stroke: After Blue roquets Black it is placed in contact with Black, lined up with the intended direction of Black. To play the stroke, imagine where you want the two balls to finish and aim at the point half way between. After the croquet stroke Blue has a continuation stroke.
  6. More croquet strokes: Roll: Hit Pink on top of ball to impart forward spin. Stop shot: Hit Blue on the up so Yellow goes a lot further. Take-off: Balls lined up at right angles to intended direction, aim in so Brown just moves. Pass roll: striker’s ball (Red) goes further than croqueted ball.
  7. Break building (1): Blue roquets Black, plays the croquet stroke to send Black into the middle and Blue towards Red. Blue then roquets Red in the continuation stroke, plays another croquet stroke to leave a rush on Yellow and then uses the continuation stroke to roquet (rush) Yellow to hoop 1.
  8. Break building (2): Blue croquets Yellow putting it past and right of hoop 1. Blue runs hoop 1 in the continuation stroke, and after running the hoop rushes Yellow towards the corner. In the croquet stroke Yellow is sent to hoop 3 and Blue stops behind Red. Blue then rushes Red towards Black.
  9. Break building (3): Blue plays a croquet stroke to leave Red in the middle and Blue behind Black. In the continuation stroke Blue rushes Black to hoop 2. After running the hoop Black is sent to hoop 4, Blue roquets Red and goes to Yellow which is used to run hoop 3
  10. Triple peel: The way to win in advanced play. Yellow is for 4-back and Red for 3. In a standard triple Red peels Yellow through 4-back after making 3 itself and through penultimate after making 6. The rover peel (not shown) is often done just before Red runs rover.

John adds: "One point that might be worth mentioning for would-be developers - if you want to do your own animations you need to switch to Slide Show/Custom Animation. This will reveal all the steps taken in producing each slide. The key is that in order for a ball have several movements on the same slide you must make the ball disappear at the end of one animation and then make it reappear in the same place for the next one, otherwise the final positions for each animation are left behind, causing untold confusion. The odd blips are caused by the disappear and reappear positions being non-coincident. The rest is just down to whether the animation starts with a click or at the same time as or after the previous one, and whether it is fast, medium or slow. It is worth while having a stock of spare balls in the work area to drag in as required, and you have to be careful to avoid selecting bits of background and moving them by mistake."

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