On behalf of the Canberra
Croquet Club welcome to our coaching programme for potential new players of
Croquet. We are pleased you have decided to give the sport a try and hope that
you will find it something that you decide to continue on with after your initial
lessons. If you have any questions or problems at any time please talk to your
coach and they will be only to pleased to help out.
The Canberra Croquet Club
has been a part of the Canberra scenery for a long time. The Club was formed
in 1928, and our Clubhouse built in 1931. We have 3 full-sized courts which
are used for play all year round.
There are a number of Club
mallets that you can use during your Coaching. They come in many different lengths,
weights and types. Your Coach will help you choose one that suits you.
The lessons are spent almost entirely out on the lawns (if it is raining bring your wet weather gear!). We ask that you wear flat-soled shoes whenever you are on the lawns to help protect them. As most players swing a Croquet mallet centre-style (i.e. between their legs) it is probably best if women wear slacks, or similar, for convenience when playing.
Croquet is a most interesting
and challenging sport. You can play it at any level : purely socially, internationally,
and everything in between. It is important to understand that like any complex
sport you will not be able to pick up all the rules, complexities, and subtleties
in these introductory lessons. It can be described as containing a combination
of the strategies of chess and snooker. Hopefully, knowing this will help you
avoid becoming too frustrated during your lessons.
In these Introductory Coaching
lessons we will be teaching you about "Association Croquet" (the main
version of the sport played world-wide), and to start with, a simpler game called
Only so much can be accomplished
in a 2-hour lesson. Reading books on Croquet is an excellent way to gain insight
into what you are learning, and to get extra knowledge.
It is an unfortunate fact
that to a new player (and many established players as well) the "Rule Book''
can appear incomprehensible. However, there are a number of very good publications
which explain all aspects of the game. An especially good book is an Australian
one titled "Beginner's Croquet'' (Chambers and Hall). We have copies on
sale at the Club. This book covers the layout of the lawn, how to play the different
shots, and basic strategies. The ACT Library Service also has a number of different
books at various branches. Better ones are: "The Australian Croquet Manual''
(Sloane), "Croquet: The Skills of the Game'' (Lamb), and "Croquet''
Members have access to
the Club's library, containing both books and videos.
While reading is necessary
the best way to improve is to practice.
We encourage you to practice
between lessons and to help in this we can arrange for a Club member to be present
at suitable times to allow you to come along and use the lawns. Your Coach will
be able to organise this for you.
We structure our lessons
in a way which builds up concepts, skills and knowledge. Each lesson consists
of one, or more, Modules introducing different parts of the game.
You will receive six 2-hour
lessons, as part of a small group. To allow continuity and to minimise time
spent at the beginning of each lesson reiterating previous points, we ask that
the lessons be given weekly (and preferably 2 or more per week).
If you have problems with
certain aspects we encourage you to seek help from your Coach, and to work on
them through practice and reading between lessons. Conversely, if you breeze
through and display exceptional skills we can introduce you to more complex
At the end of each lesson you will receive sheets outlining the next lesson. These will tell you what you will learn during the lesson, but more importantly how to practice those skills. These sheets are not meant to be coaching notes - there are plenty of books that tell you everything you need to know.
If you find you like Croquet,
and that you would like to join the Club (and we hope you do both), talk to
your Coach about getting a Membership Application Form.