2016 Update to the Basic 9 Wicket(Backyard)Rules and Challenging Options

by Michael Rumbin · 11 February 2016

The USCA Official Rules for 9 Wicket(backyard) croquet have been updated along with Challenging Options and Frequently Asked Questions. All of these documents are available as PDF downloads from the www.9wicketcroquet web site.

The Basic Rules have been condensed into a 5 page document that is easier to read and a bit more straightforward with explanations. There are no major changes, additions or deletions. This revision was requested by all the 9 wicket committee members to make the rules less cumbersome for backyard players. The Quick Reference Guide has been updated as well to maintain consistent language.

Cutthroat Croquet (every person for her/himself) is by far the most common version of the game played in America. It is a simple game with a few key strategies to win, so it is easy to understand and play effectively.

Challenging Options have been expanded to include variations or the game played regionally. This is in keeping with the committees plan to move the National Tournament around the country and attract regional players into the game. The Norwich Options were developed in Norwich, Connecticut , a historically important city in the development of the American game of croquet. The Claremont Options are derived from The Claremont Hotel in Southwest Harbor, Maine, home of the Big Lobster Tournament.

The Frequently Asked Questions are much the same with only one addition related to a Challenging Option.
We trust these changes will be helpful and make you game of croquet more enjoyable. Please contact us if you have comments or would like to see additional regional variations of the game recognized for their contributions to the sport.

Download the 2016 Complete Booklet today:
Basic Rules, Challenging Options, Frequently Asked Questions and USCA Membership
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