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Introductory Lessons

The Canberra Croquet Club conducts introductory coaching lessons when appropriate numbers of people are interested. The format is six 2-hour lessons, with one coach to 2-4 students. Before signing up for lessons interested people are generally expected to come along to a Come & Try afternoon to learn a little about the sport and see if it suits them. If you cannot come to a Come & Try afternoon, please contact the club to arrange an alternative introduction to the game.

Each lesson is comprised of one, or more, modules. Each module has defined learning goals, and practice exercises. At the end of each lesson modules are given out for the following lesson in order for students to have time to study what they will learn. Modules that are passed out have basic information, but are not meant to form a book on how to play Croquet - there are plenty already available and much better than we could write.

Advanced Coaching

Members of the Club have access to advanced modules. These take the same form as the Introductory Modules and are offered from time to time.

Association Croquet

  1. The Cannon
  2. Using Bisques
  3. Openings
  4. Basic Break Making
  5. Lifts & Leaves
  6. Split Shots (PDF)
  7. Effective Practice (PDF)
  8. Basic Laws Course (not available online). This is usually held over two afternoons and a charge is made by the presenter.
  9. Peeling (not available online). This is held about once a year and specifically targets players who are capable of completing triple peels.

Golf Croquet

  1. Tactics (PDF)
  2. Taking Extra Turns (PDF)
  3. Div 1 Training Drills (Excel) Or Div 1 Training Drills (PDF)
  4. Div 3 Training Drills (Excel) Or Div 3 Training Drills (PDF)
  5. U21 GC Drills (PDF)
  6. Lessons from Pennant Play (CCC eyes only) (PDF)


  1. Gateball, the mental side (PDF format)
  2. Sport Psychology, the mental game by Geoff Jamieson (PDF format)


  1. Simplified Ricochet Rules
  2. Rules of Ricochet (published 2009, courtesy Croquet Association of Queensland) (PDF format)

Other Coaching Resources

Issues in buying a Croquet Mallet (PDF)

Books and other publications, videos and DVDs we have in our library (PDF)

A list of resources (books, videos, mallet makers, etc) (PDF format).

There are a number of other coaching resources on the Web

  1. John Riches Books. These are produced by one of Australia's top coaches and are progressively becoming freely available online. They are available either in HTML or PDF format from the Oxford Croquet website.
  2. The Oxford Croquet site has information for the complete beginner, the beginner (including handicap play), intermediate level (breaks, openings, leaves, bisques, and much more), and advanced leel play (peeling, supershot opening, etc). All players are strongly advised to use this site often.
  3. A Plan For Practice (courtesy of the English Croquet Association) (PDF format)
  4. Clarke Croquet You will need to register at this website but it is free and and excellent value for both GC and AC.

Last updated by JG: 5 September 2018

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