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USCA Croquet Schools - Learn From the Pros


Would you like to learn from the best? Whether you are just starting out or wanting to improve your game, USCA schools offer the help that you need. Our schools are taught by top USCA certified instructors who are qualified and experienced players selected by our staff because of their croquet expertise and ability to communicate to those who wish to learn how to play the game with all the elements explained in detail. Classes are small with a maximum 8:1 student to teacher ratio and are tailored to the specific playing levels of the participants. We strive to have similarly skilled players in a particular group however there may be times, due to demand, that we may have a diverse group of skills. In these cases, the instructor will give each student proper attention specific to their skill level. All school are located at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, FL unless otherwise indicated.

School Benefits Include:
5 hours/day of on-court instruction 9:30am – 3:30pm.
Use of courts and equipment.
Official USCA Rulebook (for new members).
USCA Shot-making Manual (for first time American Rules or Golf Croquet students only).
Daily Continental Breakfast 8:30 – 9:30am and Daily Lunches.
Framable Certificate of Completion and Class Photograph.
Wine and Cheese Party, last day of school 3:30 – 4:30pm.

Choose American, Golf, or Association Rules.  We offer classes for all forms of the game and cover the following skills:

Beginners
•    Emphasis on technique
•    Proper pendulum swing
•    Basic croquet shots
•    General strategies and rules

Intermediate
•    Reinforcing techniques
•    Break Play
•    Openings and Leaves
•    Deadness rotation
•    Chase theory

Advanced
•    Peeling sequences during a controlled break
•    How to make unhittable leaves

Tournament Play Schools (TPS)
(American Rules and Golf Croquet)
This school is designed to introduce beginners and “ease” other players into tournament play. Instruction will be combined with an emphasis on strategy.

The Private Group Program
In addition to our scheduled schools, we offer private group lessons for groups of 6 or more players (of the same level) at our West Palm Beach location. Dates can be arranged at the convenience of the group dependent on court and instructor availability. Private group classes may be booked for 2 or 3 days of instruction and will include all the benefits offered in our regularly scheduled schools.

Here is what School participants have to say:

Wayne Davies, 2006 USCA Rookie of the Year —
… I was immediately struck by both the infectious enthusiasm and depth of knowledge of the instructors … I left with a burning desire to both improve and show others just what a great game croquet is. An added bonus was that, weeks later, all the teachers were only too happy to answer the myriad of questions I had for them! A 5 star rating!

Rebeca Bergofsky, New York Croquet Club —
… The teachers were outstanding, the atmosphere was helpful and friendly and the students were all eager to learn new techniques to improve their game of croquet. I would encourage beginners as well as players with some experience to register for the school. You will be able to integrate this knowledge in your next game of croquet.

Walt & Kate Plummer, Patuxent Croquet Club —
… attending one of USCA Instructional School courses is the best way to learn … you’ll find yourself far better able to understand and play the game and you’ll be a better contestant and partner …

Linda & Ron Huxtable, Hammock Dunes Croquet Club —
… We learned about the USCA’s Tournament Play School, and quickly signed up! The school proved to be exactly what we needed …

Contact the USCA office for more details at (561) 478-0760 or by email.

Check our Calendar for Upcoming USCA Schools.


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Upcoming Schools



Croquet Articles


Many players and coaches have written good articles about learning, techniques, tactics., and interpreting the rules of croquet.

If you want to read articles about a specific type of croquet, use the libraries for American Croquet, Association Croquet, Nine-Wicket Croquet, or Golf Croquet.

Authors


Short biographies of some of these authors appear here (in alphabetical order). A list of the articles they have written also appears on their biography page.

Bill Arliss of England, UK
Carl Mabee of Sanford, Maine, USA
Cheryl Bromley of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA
Eric Sawyer of Pasadena, California, USA
Gordon Matthews
Jeff Soo of Durham, North Carolina, USA
John Riches of Salisbury, South Australia, AU
Len Canavan of Lake Wales, Florida, USA
Owen Edwards of Melbourne, Victoria, AU

Titles


Here is a list of the titles (in alphabetical order) of all the croquet articles. You may need to get the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

A Common Dilemma For Golf Croquet Referees by Gordon Matthews
Bombards by Eric Sawyer
Decision Tree On Wicket Approaches by Eric Sawyer
Does Court Speed Matter by Carl Mabee
Double Banking by Jeff Soo
Double Taps And Pushes Close Balls by Owen Edwards
Error Correction by John Riches
Finer Points by John Riches
Golden Triangle by Eric Sawyer
Golf Croquet Fault And Wrong Ball Chart by Owen Edwards
Golf Croquet Fundamentals - The DT's by Owen Edwards
Golf Croquet Fundamentals - The DT's Continued by Owen Edwards
Golf Croquet Glossary by Owen Edwards
How Golf Balls Can Help Your Croquet Game by Cheryl Bromley
Learning The Three Approach Shots by Eric Sawyer
Mental Approach by John Riches
Next Ball Matrix by Eric Sawyer
Official Rulings On The 2007 Edition Of The WCF Golf Croquet Rules by Owen Edwards
Offside: An Attempt To De-Confuse by Owen Edwards
One Ball Blocks Another From The Hoop by Eric Sawyer
Playing The Middle Hoops by Cheryl Bromley
Stun Stop Shot by Eric Sawyer
Technique by John Riches
The First Ball To Approach A Wicket by Eric Sawyer
The Idiot's Guide To The Wrong Ball Law by Bill Arliss
The Importance Of Developing A Pre-Shot Routine by Cheryl Bromley
The Many Layers Of Golf Croquet by Cheryl Bromley
Three Ways To Jaws by Eric Sawyer
Use Sequence To Your Advantage by Jeff Soo
Using The Accelerator And The Steering Wheel by Eric Sawyer
WCF Golf Croquet Rules Index by Owen Edwards
When Not To Try Jawsing by Eric Sawyer


Learn How to Play Croquet


The easiest way to learn how to play croquet is to play Nine-Wicket Croquet with your friends or neighbors. Then, if you want more of a challenge, learn Six-Wicket Croquet.

The best way to learn Six-Wicket Croquet is to play Golf Croquet with someone. This will teach you how to swing a mallet, hit a ball, run a hoop, and the order in which the hoops must be run in Six-Wicket Croquet. Then, if you want even more challenge, have someone teach you how to play Association Croquet or American Croquet.

If you want to learn a specific type of croquet, use the library for American Croquet, Association Croquet, Nine-Wicket Croquet, or Golf Croquet.

The USCA also offers classes that will teach you how to play croquet.

But if you want to do some learning on your own, here is what to do.
  1. Read Association Croquet — The Game and How it is Played by Dr. Ian Plummer.
  2. Watch Introducing the Game of Croquet by Chris van der Craats (get Adobe Shockwave).
  3. Watch Introduction To Croquet by John Bevington (get Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer).
  4. Read A Synopsis of the Game by Dr. Ian Plummer.
  5. Read Beginners' Coaching Notes 1 by Dr. Ian Plummer.
  6. Read Beginners' Coaching Notes 2 by Dr. Ian Plummer.
  7. Read Beginners' Coaching Notes 3 by Dr. Ian Plummer.
  8. Read Beginners' Coaching Notes 4 by Dr. Ian Plummer.
You can buy a book about croquet.
Don't spend too much time reading — get out there and play!


Croquet Techniques



Improve your techniques of standing, gripping, aiming, swinging, hitting, and hoop running.

If you want help with techniques for a specific type of croquet, use the libraries for American Croquet, Association Croquet, Nine-Wicket Croquet, or Golf Croquet.

Here are all the articles (in alphabetic order) about croquet techniques. You may need to get the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Bombards by Eric Sawyer
Error Correction by John Riches (read The Roquet, and Hoop Running)
Finer Points by John Riches (read after reading the other articles)
How Golf Balls Can Help Your Croquet Game by Cheryl Bromley
Jump Shots by Eric Sawyer
Learning The Three Approach Shots by Eric Sawyer
Mental Approach by John Riches
Pass-Roll by Eric Sawyer
Stun Stop Shot by Eric Sawyer
Technique by John Riches
The First Ball To Approach A Wicket by Eric Sawyer
The Idiot's Guide To The Wrong Ball Law by Bill Arliss
The Importance Of Developing A Pre-Shot Routine by Cheryl Bromley
The Many Layers Of Golf Croquet by Cheryl Bromley
Three Ways To Jaws by Eric Sawyer
Using The Accelerator And The Steering Wheel by Eric Sawyer


Croquet Tactics and Strategy


In playing croquet, strategy and tactics are as important, if not more important, than techniques. A smarter player can usually beat a stronger player.

To read articles about the tactics and strategy for specific types of croquet, use the libraries for American Croquet, Association Croquet, Nine-Wicket Croquet, or Golf Croquet.

Here are some articles (in alphabetic order) about tactics and strategy for you to read. You may need to get the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Croquet Checklist by Cheryl Bromley
Decision Tree On Wicket Approaches by Eric Sawyer
Golden Triangle by Eric Sawyer
Next Ball Matrix by Eric Sawyer
One Ball Blocks Another From The Hoop by Eric Sawyer
The First Ball To Approach A Wicket by Eric Sawyer
Use Sequence To Your Advantage by Jeff Soo

Here are some web pages (in alphabetic order) about tactics and strategy for you to read.
  1. Four-ball break
  2. Three-ball break
  3. Two-ball break
You can buy a book or DVD (in alphabetic order) about tactics and strategy.


Interpretation of Croquet Rules


Improve your understanding of croquet rules to avoid faults and errors, and to play with the proper etiquette.

If you want interpretrations about the rules of a specific type of croquet, use the library for American Croquet, Nine-Wicket Croquet, Golf Croquet, or Association Croquet.

Here are all the articles (in alphabetic order) interpreting the rules of croquet. You may need to get the Adobe Acrobat Reader.

A Common Dilemma For Golf Croquet Referees by Gordon Matthews
Double Banking by Jeff Soo
Double Taps And Pushes Close Balls by Owen Edwards
Golf Croquet Fault And Wrong Ball Chart by Owen Edwards
Golf Croquet Fundamentals - The DT's by Owen Edwards
Golf Croquet Fundamentals - The DT's Continued by Owen Edwards
Golf Croquet Glossary by Owen Edwards
Official Rulings On The 2007 Edition Of The WCF Golf Croquet Rules by Owen Edwards
Offside: An Attempt To De-Confuse by Owen Edwards
The Idiot's Guide To The Wrong Ball Law by Bill Arliss
WCF Golf Croquet Rules Index by Owen Edwards

Here are some web pages (in alphabetic order) interpreting the rules of croquet.
  1. Backyard Croquet: Rules FAQs
  2. Backyard Croquet: Challenging Options
  3. What if a ball runs a wicket and hits another ball lying just beyond?
  4. What if a ball runs a wicket but hits a ball lying in the wicket?
  5. When does a ball score a wicket?