Tournament Conditions

Tournament Conditions


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All entries must be accompanied by the full fee.

All entrants must be Associates of the C.A.I. or an affiliated national Croquet Association.

All tournaments shall be conducted according to the C.A.I. Regulations for Tournaments.

Requests for leave may be made (in writing) only at the time of entry; or, if the Manager allows, at the start of the event. No other applications will be considered.

A tardy player is liable to forfeit the game. Players must report to the Manager each day on arrival and on quitting the ground. If the Manager is not available, the displayed written schedule of play is deemed to be definitive.

Every player bears the final responsibility for ensuring that he or she plays at the correct handicap. Playing at the wrong handicap can result in disqualification!


Unless otherwise advertised, the width of each hoop between the uprights shall not exceed the diameter of the balls used by more than one eighth of an inch (3.3mm), or less than three thirty seconds of an Inch (2.5 mm). If advertised in advance, the permitted clearance may be one sixteenth of an inch (1.7mm).

If, during a game, any hoop shall be found to be incorrectly set, the setting shall be immediately corrected, except when such correction would materially affect the state of the game, but:

(a) if at any time a ball is found to touch both uprights of a hoop in such a way that it cannot be played fairly under Law 32 (a) (xii), the hoop setting must be corrected and the ball replaced in the jaws as the referee shall decide, and :

(b) if after any stroke a ball moved in that stroke is found to touch both uprights of a hoop in such a way that it cannot be played fairly entry under Law 32 (a)(xii), the striker may ordinarily replay that stroke following the correction of the hoop setting.

Hoops must be firm and freshly set at least once a day. In longer events the hoops should be moved after 3 days of play.

The Tournament Referee is responsible for hoop-setting.


The Manager may temporarily stop a game if the game double-banked on the same court is within 10 minutes of the time limit.

The players are jointly responsible for having the time called correctly. If they fail to do so, they must abide by the decision of the Manager.

A player who falls to name his or her doubles partner on the entry form shall be liable to be paired with another player at the Manager's discretion.


Shoes or boots worn on the courts must have flat soles without raised heels.

Players while in play must wear predominantly white clothing. The Manager may allow non-white rainwear.

If any player or spectator behaves in a such a way as to disrupt the tournament or bring the game into disrepute, the Manager may direct him or her to quit the vicinity of the courts.

Spectators should be aware of the progress of nearby games, so as not to distract the players. Specifically, do not walk across a player's line of aim.


A description of the way in which the CAI organise and operate the Irish Croquet Handicap system for Association Croquet and Golf Croquet is contained in the following two documents.
Tournaments will operate in accordance with these guidelines.

Association Croquet Handicaps

Golf Croquet Handicaps