Department of Health & Human Services
Premiers Active April

Croquet – Helping You Stay Active During April

Join us for a social game of croquet during April.

During Active April, Croquet Victoria clubs are offering three double passes of ‘Come & Try’ croquet to the first three callers, to participating clubs. Each double pass includes three two hour sessions for you and your friends to enjoy.

Head over to the Active April website to find a participating club near you.

What’s great about croquet?

Even just five minutes of exercise in a green space can improve your mood and self-esteem.

Croquet is played on a flat grass lawn the size of two tennis courts and is a great option for many people who do not currently engage in mainstream sports or activities. Research indicates that many people in the community are looking for a combination of social contact and physical activity and Croquet offers both! Croquet Victoria includes active members from mid teens to those who are in their 80s and even 90s. Plus, playing croquet is an excellent way to meet new people. Croquet clubs often mix people up and put partners together when doubles are played so you don’t need to feel the pressure of bringing a partner.

Why play Croquet ?

Croquet can be played by people of all ages, physical fitness and ability. It’s fun and it’s a challenge.

If you are looking for a pastime, a sport or social contact, croquet may be calling your name. Below are just some of the amazing elements of croquet:

  • It’s a unisex sport. Men and women play as equals, socially and competitively.
  • Easy on the body. Played with a mallet, usually in an upright position, with no twisting.
  • It’s a mind and body game.
  • An enjoyable way to achieve your target level of activity.
  • Year round all-weather sport.
  • Low cost. Clubs usually provide all equipment for beginners.
  • An international community. Croquet players are welcome wherever croquet is played – across Victoria and Australia, and in the UK, USA, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Europe, and Egypt. Gateball is also played in Japan, Indonesia and China.

What are the different types of Croquet?

  • Association Croquet

In Association Croquet the object of the game is to get both balls around a course of twelve hoops in a set order, and finish by hitting the centre peg, (which has given us the phrase “pegging out”).

  • Ricochet

Ricochet is a four ball, single player game. Players try to run a series of hoops with the balls of their side. There are extra turns for hitting another ball or running a hoop. It is like Association Croquet, but simpler, with no croquet shot.

  • Golf Croquet

Golf Croquet is a simpler and easier version of the game and is the most frequently played form of croquet in Victoria. It’s the perfect combination of social and strategic. The objective is to score hoops in the same order as in Association Croquet. It’s a great social game as players take one shot each, turn by turn.

  • Gateball

Based on the US croquet, Gateball is a fast paced team game that originated from Japan. It has its own hoops, mallets, and balls. Today, the game is played by over five million people around the world.

Last updated: April 3, 2018 at: 8:29 am

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