Conventions, Customs, and Good Manners
- Wear flat soled shoes. Wear white for matches.
- Be punctual and prepared to time the game.
- Do not practice immediately beforehand, other than for five minutes with your opponent present.
- Lower handicap spins the coin; each player gets the bisques for the other and removes each when requested as they are 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).
- Stand still or keep out of the sight line of a player about to make a stroke.
- (Golf Croquet) Do not stand around close to the hoops unnecessarily.
- Play briskly, particularly if you have the advantage in a timed game.
- Winner clears the balls and clips after the game (and maybe offers a drink to the loser).
- Avoid delays; carry markers, and don’t have long on-court discussions with partner.
- Get permission before marking a ball (just asking is inadequate – they may not hear); and say when it is replaced.
- Give precedence to another game on your court if a 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.
Rules and Laws
- All players are referees for their own games and should know the Rules of GC (especially Rule 16 Behaviour) and/or the Laws of AC (especially Part 4 Conduct of the game) and when you may not or must intervene (see separate To Tell or Not to Tell notice). This includes not asking pointed questions (e.g. "Which is black's next hoop?" when black is about to run the wrong hoop).
- 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.
- Call a referee (maybe your opponent) to watch any shot where the stroke, or its outcome, is problematic (e.g. hampered shot, potential double tap, 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 agree, 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).