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Technical

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Equipment

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Tournament Management

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Laws

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Technical

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Lawn Care

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How to Play

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How to Play

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Equipment

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How to Play

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Handicap Points Calculator

Updated - a small version has been produced and the graphics tidied up. A circular slide rule for calculating the number of handicap points exchanged when games are played under Advanced Rules.
Ian Plummer, UK

How to Play

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Technical

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How to Play

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Lawn Care

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Technical

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Web site updated

1). The address bar of your browser now shows the URL of the page you are viewing.

2). Printing works as expected in the Firefox web browser.

3). The short web address http://www.oxfordcroquet.com/ is still the main preferred address for the site.

4). The old full address http://www.oxfordcroquet.com/index.htm is now retired and will NOT WORK; if you want a full address use http://www.oxfordcroquet.com/index.asp, but the short one above is preferred.

 

20.ii.09

Hoop Specifications

The properties of hoops are listed in a number of places and this document attempts to bring the specifications together.
Ian Plummer, UK

Technical

14.ii.09

The Effect of Hoop Upright Diameter on the Acceptance Angle of a Hoop

How to calculate the acceptance angle of a hoop.
Ian Plummer, UK

Technical

1.i.09

Which Ranking System?

Louis Nel analyses the current ranking system in use by the Croqyet Association and proposes a modification.
Louis Nel, Canada

Technical

4.xii.08

Bayesian Updating Simplified

Louis Nel gives a simple primer and background to his Bayesian Ranking System. (Internet Explorer recommended).
Louis Nel, Canada

Technical

3.xii.08

1-back tactics (c. 1968-1974)

1-back leaves from Keith Wylie's book

How to Play

19.xi.08

Measuring Bias in Croquet Balls by Floatation

Demonstration of determining the bias of a croquet ball with a bag of salt and lump of Blu-tack.
Ian Plummer, UK

Technical

13.xi.08

A Critique of the Style of the Laws

Louis Nel proposes a format for the Laws which is user-friendly

Laws

12.xi.08

The Pegged-Out Game

Leslie Riggall gives his view on tactics

How to Play

1.ix.08

Croquet Club Finder

Superceded 6.ix.11 (above)

Updated. A further 20 clubs have been added to the database and, more significantly, the program now works at a base level in Firefox browsers. Still best from Internet Explorer. [VirtualEarth updated to version 6.1]
Ian Plummer, UK

Clubs

17.viii.08

Croquet in the 1900 Olympics and Roque in 1904

A brief note and further links.
Ian Plummer, UK

History

24.iv.08

The ‘Bombard’

An open-cannon solution to a situation which frequently arises at the start of a game under Advanced Rules.
Ian Plummer, UK

How to Play

11.iv.08

The Introduction of the Advanced Rules

A snippet from DMC Prichard's book covering the genesis of the lift rules.

History

29.iii.08

 

Material on Hoopball (aka golf "croquet") removed from this site.

 

13.iii.08

6th Edition Amended Laws in a single file

The full current Laws of Association Croquet (March 2008). A CLEAN COPY omitting the struck out (old) material, but highlighting additions in red.

Laws

9.iii.08

How to Determine Lawn Speed During a Game

Louis Nel offers a simple method to replace interpolation for measuring the Lawn Speed in Plummers.
Louis Nel, Canada

Technical

31.i.08

Other Croquet Accessories

Other equipment of use to croquet players. Currently hooplifters and ball marking boards.

Equipment

23.i.08

The 6th Edition Amended Laws

A marked-up copy of the full laws, due to come into force on 15th March 2008 in the UK Croquet Association's Domain, showing the additions in red and the excised material struck out.

Laws

23.i.08

Beating Aunt Emma

Tactics Against Dour Players.
Samir Patel, UK

How to Play

2.i.08

Where a Ball Ends Up after a Collision UPDATED

With the proposed changes in the Laws, this article discusses where to place a ball which has collided with a stationary one.
Ian Plummer, UK

Technical

22.x.07

Hitting Off-center

Don Gugan reviews Jonathan Kirby's paper. The review is appended to bottom of article.

Technical

8.viii.07

Advanced Game Commentary - Aiton vs Maugham

An insight into two top players' thoughts during a game where the innings changed frequently

How to Play

21.vii.07

Is the Sextuple Peel a Winning Tactic? (II)

Robert Fulford gives his perspective on using Sextuples as a Winning Tactic.

How to Play

20.vii.07

Is the Sextuple Peel a Winning Tactic? (I)

Reg Bamford explains why the sextuple peel (SXP) is a winning tactic for him

How to Play

19.vii.07

Why Try Harder?

What motivates a croquet player to try more difficult manouevres

How to Play

16.vii.07

Hitting Off-center

Hitting a ball off-centre induces a rotation of the mallet head and a slewing of the ball from the direction of swing. This is emphasised in mallets without peripheral (end face) weighting.
Jonathan Kirby, UK

Technical

26.vi.07

Sports Psychology

A number of players give tips

How to Play

18.vi.07

Which is the Right Lawn Speed?

Samir Patel suggest that a lawn speed of 10 Plummers is normal and >10 is desirable for top level events.
Samir Patel, London, UK

Technical

18.vi.07

German Croquet Manual

Georg Schorr, of the Austrian Croquet Federation, has produced a manual for German players.

How to Play

18.vi.07

Hoopless Croquet

Louis Nel introduces a form of the game for playing on areas where hoops cannot be used.

Miscellaneous

12.vi.07

How to Derive the Process Given the Draw

Dr Ian Vincent reveals the mechanism for deriving the matches in the Process-half of a Draw and Process competition.

Tournament Management

9.vi.07

Ricochet - a Tool for Teaching Croquet

John Riches proposes that teaching Ricochet, croquet without the croquet strokes, is a fast and fun way for beginners to be introduced to the full game.

How to Play

4.vi.07

The WCF Rules of Golf Croquet (2007 Edition)

'WCF Rules of Golf Croquet 2007 Revision' in standard HTML format - viewable from any browser directly. Smaller than the PDF version and does not require the Acrobat viewer to read it. Can be loaded onto PDAs etc.
Ian Plummer, UK

Hoopball

13.v.07

Building Breaks using Bisques

Four problems: How do you make a four ball break from here with bisques? Solutions to the classic four balls in the centre of boundaries and in the corners.
Ian Plummer, UK

How to Play

10.v.07

Croquet Club Finder

Superceded 6.ix.11 (above)

Find the English croquet club nearest to where you live - just type in your postcode. Additionally it will give you the route to drive there. Only works in Internet Explorer.
Ian Plummer, UK

Clubs

11.iv.07

Further Lawn Speeds Calculations

Comparisons are made between the Lambert and Plummer systems of lawn speed measurement.
Ian Plummer, Samir Patel, George Noble, Mike Lambert & Nick Furse, UK

Technical

17.iii.07

The 6th Edition Laws

The full current Laws of Association Croquet as a single large HTML file (190KB) .
Ian Plummer, UK

How to Play

18.ii.07

Third Turn 4-back Leaves

What to do if you get around to 4-back in third turn.
Ian Plummer, UK

How to Play

24.i.07

Hoop Running Technique

How a very light grip and pendulum action can help
Stephen Mulliner, UK

How to Play

24.i.07

Coaching Hoop Running

Advice and routines to help running hoops
John Riches, Australia

How to Play

21.i.07

Who Should Qualify for the Knock-Out?

Louis Nel proposes that promotion out of the blocks proceed globally rather than block-by-block
Louis Nel, Canada

Technical

15.xi.06

Two Ball Contact Leaves

Marcus Evans considers some of the options

How to Play

16.x.06

Bayesian Ranking for Croquet

Louis Nel advocates a new ranking system which considers the mean level of play and its certainty
Louis Nel, Canada

Technical

17.viii.06

Fox Control

Methods of deterring foxes

Lawn Care

20.vi.06

English Clubs

A new Section dealing with English Clubs has been added

Clubs

2.vi.06

Stop Shots with Heavy Mallets

Hints from the South Australian Coaching Committee

How to Play

31.v.06

Croquet 1864 Rules booklet

A facimile of the booklet plus its transcribed contents.

History

2.v.06

Golf Croquet Tactics by Michael Hague

Book review by James Hawkins

Hoopball/golf croquet

1.v.06

Why Minus Players win Handicap Games

David Maugham gives reasons and data.

How to Play

12.iv.06

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions - an archive of some of the less mundane queries I have received

FAQ

26.iii.06

Laws Questions - Doubles Games

John Riches poses some wrong-ball questions for doubles play

Refereeing

26.iii.06

Boundary Boards

Suggestions for ball stops around the lawns

Equipment

23.iii.06

TPO Tactics

Experts suggest leaves and tactics

How to Play

21.i.06

Stop Shot Techniques

Different methods of playing the stroke including hitting off-centre

How to Play

9.i.06

Egyptian Technique in 'Golf Croquet'

Reg Bamford discusses the technique and accuracy of the Egyptian players

Hoopball

5.xii.05

The WCF Rules of Golf Croquet (2005 Edition)

WCF Rules of Golf Croquet (hoopball) 2005 Revision

Hoopball

20.x.05

Removing Worms from Lawns

Removing worm casts, discouraging worms and killing worms.

Lawn Care

20.vi.05

Lawn Speeds and their Measurement

Louis Nel provides a simple method for measuring the speed of a lawn using a plank, a ball, a tape measure and a hoop.

Technical

7.vi.05

Solar Heating of Croquet Balls

Initial measurements of the surface temperature of croquet balls left in the sun.

Technical

17.iv.05

Winning Percentages Associated with Grade Differences

Louis Nel gives the probability that someone will win a game based on the difference in the grades of the two players

How to Play

14.iv.05

Aiming in Croquet Strokes - Not Half the Angle!

How to line up balls in a croquet stroke and the type of stroke to play.

How to Play

13.iv.05

A Cheap and Cheerful Croquet Presentation

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.

How to Play

4.ii.05

Completing the Sextuple

Experts discuss their methods of executing a Sextuple

How to Play

22.i.05

The Effect of Random Fluctuations on the Rankings

Louis Nel models how the positions of players in the Rankings change even if everyone's ability to win remains constant.

Technical

16.xi.04

Statistics of Handicap Matches

Don Gugan investigates whether there is any evidence of a 'home advantage'.

Technical

29.x.04

Deep Scarifying/Linear Aeration

Brian Murdoch describes measures for reducing severe thatch in a lawn. Full of useful practical tips

Lawn Care

24.viii.04

Options after the 4-back Peel going to Hoop 6

Advanced Play. Leading players offer their advice on continuing the triple peel.

How to Play

27.vii.04

A Sextuple Match

An example of the tactics and play preceding a sextuple

How to Play

27.vii.04

Automated 'Automatic Handicap System' Card

A computerised handicap card which calculates the steps, index changes and updates the index for you. It is based on Microsoft Excel hence you will need Excel on your machine to use it.

How to Play

27.vii.04

Design of Hoop 'Runability' Experiments

Don Gugan discusses the methodology for testing how easy different types of hoops are to run.

Technical

20.iv.04

Lawn Speeds

A brief explanation about lawn speeds is accompanied by a simple derivation and experimental measurements.

Technical

27.iii.04

Introduction to Croquet

A shockwave presentation which introduces the basics of croquet [147KB]. You need to download the shockwave plugin [3.8M] if you do not already have it.

How to Play

24.iii.04

Duffer's Tice, Anti-Duffer's
Tice, the Dream Leave and the Tea Lady

A couple of openings, a leave and a shot used in Advance Play which have special names.

How to Play

24.iii.04

Hoops for Artificial Lawns

Don Oakley discusses the forms of hoops he has made for synthetic courts

Lawn Care

19.iii.04

Australian Refereeing Guide for Wiring

This is a section from the Australian Croquet Associations' Referees Manual which provoked debate over the methods which should be used for deciding whether a ball is wired. It is reproduced here with its diagrams.

Refereeing

13.iii.04

Computing and the South African Croquet Association

A paper considering the computing requirements of a croquet organisation which could be readily applied to the IT requirements of a croquet club

Club Management

13.iii.04

Considerations when Setting up a Croquet Club

These are notes which were written when starting to contemplate setting up a new croquet club. They may assist others

Club Management

13.iii.04

How to Plan Press Coverage and Prepare News Releases

Garth Eliassen, Editor, National Croquet Calendar, has revised and expanded his guide on writing press releases

Publicity

13.iii.04

 

OxfordCroquet is moved to a faster server

 

20.i.04

Simple Guide to the Croquet Grading System

A non-mathematical explanation of the how the Croquet Grading System works

Technical

19.xi.03

Popping

Peeling the Opponent to get a Stronger Leave, Dave Kibble explains.

How to Play

27.x.03

Next Break Strategy

John Riches' Coaching booklets: How to develope breaks, tactics ... Beginner - intermediate level

How to Play

22.viii.03

The Mental Approach

John Riches' Coaching booklets: sports psychology. This is a superb collection - highly recommended.

How to Play

20.vii.03

Croquet Technique

John Riches' Coaching booklets: analysis of basic strokes. This is at beginners - intermediate level.

How to Play

25.vi.03

Lessons in Tactics

The first in a series of eight booklets produced by John Riches. These will be published at approximately monthly periods. This one is at intermediate to advanced level

How to Play

27.v.03

Handicap Points Calculator

A circular slide rule for calculating the number of handicap points exchanged when games are played under Advanced Rules

How to Play

2.iii.03

Resolving Ties in Tournaments

Methods used to resolve ties including the Burchholz and Sonneborn-Berger systems

Tournament Management

27.ii.03

Croquet: Lore and Legend

General History from an American Perspective

History

23.i.03

Yorkshire Variable Base Handicapping System

The base in handicap games is set to one quarter of the sum of the handicap of the players ...

Management

19.vii.02

Croquet Cartoons

Cryptic drawings illustrating common croquet terms

Miscellany

30.vi.02

Official Rulings on the Laws of Croquet

This is a commentary on the Laws of Croquet; it attempts to say what the Laws mean! June, 2002 edition

Laws

28.vi.02

Experiments on the Game of Croquet; Bouncing and Rolling
Balls

Don Gugan details experiments on the bounce characteristics of croquet balls and the analytical treatment of the transition from sliding to rolling. He includes a valuable appendix on lawn speed considering friction and the development of spin.

Technical

17.vi.02

Trustees for Croquet Clubs?

Notes for clubs required to set up a trust or company to rent their lawns

Club Management

11.v.02

Tournament Vacancy Demo

Demonstration for the Croquet Association on a simple Tournament Vacancy Bulletin Board

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1.v.02

Principles of Handicapping

A Guide written by Bill Lamb in 1996

How to Play

30.iv.02

Pegging Down Sheet

Allows the suspension and resumption of a game, by recording the positions of the balls and the state of the game. Print only the first page!

Tournament

29.iv.02

Silver Gilt Coaching Principles

Course notes accompanying the Croquet Association's Silver Gilt Coaching Course

How to Play

28.iv.02

The 3-Ball Break Revisited

The positions for pioneers in a 3-ball break are modified from the simple ideal given in the Intermediate coaching notes Section 2. The Three-Ball Break

How to Play

25.iv.02

Croquet on Television

Liz Williams comments on why Croquet is difficult to televise. Paper withdrawn.

Publicity

22.iv.02

Bisques on Reduced Lawns

Gives the adjustments to the bisque difference if on 3/4 and 1/2 size lawns

Laws

15.iv.02

Lawn Mowers

Discussion of the factors to be considered when chosing a mower for a croquet court. Pointers given to manufacturers

Equipment

9.iv.02

Variations in Handicap Play

Geoffey Cuttle discusses Handicap Play

How to Play

5.iv.02

Reasons For Playing Croquet

A few recruitment bullet-points for your next club flier

Publicity

2.iv.02

Practice Routines

Suggestions for practice routines aimed at players with a handicap of 12 or below.

How to Play

23.iii.02

Oxford Croquet

All pages modified to give their URL in the footer. Makes it easy to link to the page from elsewhere

 

20.iii.02

Promoting Croquet

New section launched aimed at distilling advice on how to promote the sport and croquet clubs

Publicity

16.iii.02

Hoopball or Golf Croquet

A brief line up of information about a putting game played on a croquet lawn

Hoopball

15.iii.02

Web hits page

Basic hits counter added. This has necessitated the renaming of most pages from *.htm to *.asp

 

12.iii.02

Media for the Media

Giving editors materials in the format they want. Bob Alman, USA

Publicity

12.iii.02

Promoting Croquet: Press Releases

The timing, content and presentation of press releases. Garth Eliassen, USA

Publicity

12.iii.02

Getting Publicity

Liz Williams gives some pointers on how to get the attention of the media.

Publicity

12.iii.02

Writing Press Releases

Liz Williams continues her advice by covering the layout of press releases

Publicity

10.iii.02

Responses to the New Standard Leave

Advanced Play. David Kibble indicates what options are open to players facing a new standard leave

How to Play

12.i.02

Comparative Croquet Handicaps

Handicaps from 5662 players worldwide were collected for use by the Croquet Association's Handicapping Committee. Some very basic observations are made about the relative handicaps in different countries. Ian Plummer.

Technical

25.ii.02

Oxford Croquet

The Oxford Croquet Web site launched. It was derived from my writings on the University web site. Over 250 pages were modifed and revised to start the new site

 

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