Conventions and Good Manners
- Wear flat soled shoes. Wear white for matches. Play briskly.
- Lower handicap spins the coin; each player gets the bisques for the other and removes each on request as it is used.
- Go on the court only when your opponent's turn is over and they cannot take a bisque.
- Do not chat unless it is welcome (and keep it quiet).
- Be punctual and prepared to time the game.
- Winner clears the balls and clips after the game (and maybe buys a drink for the loser).
- Avoid delay by carrying markers; don't have long on-court discussions with partner.
- Stand still or keep out of the sight line of a player about to make a stroke.
- Get permission before marking a ball (just asking is inadequate - they may not hear).
- Give precedence to another game on your court if the player is in the middle of a break (and you are not); allow them to play on to move a critical ball to avoid having to mark it.
- All players are referees for their own games and should know the major laws of the game (especially Part 4 Conduct of the game) and when you may not or must intervene.
- Put a ball on the yard-line with your back to the court.
- During your turn you may ask your opponent about the state of the game or points of law.
- Do not offer or seek advice; this includes not asking pointed questions (e.g. "Which is black's next hoop?" when black is about to run the wrong hoop).
- Call a referee (maybe your opponent) to watch any shot whose outcome is doubtful (hampered shot, roquet on ball by hoop or peg, very fine take-off, etc.).
- Observe the croqueted ball so that you can certify it moved or confess the fault if it didn't.
- If you and your opponent disagree, you may ask for spectator help (e.g. on what just happened, on where an accidentally moved ball should be replaced, or a moving ball would have stopped if it hadn't been obstructed).
Compiled from many sources and with many helpers by DHD, AJC August 2006