Croquet balls come in many sizes and colors, each with a specific purpose. When selecting croquet balls, you need to make sure they are matched to the mallets that will be striking them. A mismatched mallet and ball combination can cause premature wear to one or the other.
Recreational sets are typically 4 or 6 player versions. The first four colors are always blue, red, black and yellow with green & orange completing a 6 player set. The competitive 6 wicket games regulate games to 4 balls (always). Two separate games may be played at the same time on one court, requiring 8 different balls. These additional 4 balls may be either striped (favored in USCA games) or 2nd colors (green, pink, brown & white - favored in International games).
The Croquet Store offers a variety of balls for both recreational and competitive players. Weights range from 10 oz recreational balls to 'Association approved' tournament balls. Between these are a number of balls that are regulation size and/or weight. A ball may be regulation size and weight but unless it has been approved by the Croquet Association, it is not a ball that can be included in a sanctioned tournament.
To learn what characteristics a ball must meet to be approved, scroll down further
For players with Forster sets, we have replacement balls. Many of their sets use a ball identical to our 3-5/16" diameter Newport ball. For players that had a 3-5/8" smooth surfaced compressed wood ball, our new Sport balls will provide significantly improved performance and durability.
What ever your croquet ball needs are, chances are we have what you are looking for. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us by e-mail or phone. See our contact page for details.
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ENSURING HOOP SPECS
FOR CONSISTENT TOURNAMENT PLAY
Croquet hoops may be approved by the equipment testing committee of the Croquet Association (CA), based in England.There is no requirement that tournaments use approved hoops but they should comply with the specifications as set out by the CA. These are outlined below.
- A hoop comprises two vertical uprights joined at the top by a horizontal crown and must be provided with a means of anchorage at the base of the uprights.
- The uprights and crown should be straight and the anchorage system must not hinder free passage of the ball.
- The uprights and crown must be constructed of solid metal of adequate hardness and the hoop must be rigid.
- The hoop must be capable of a setting in which the top of the crown is between 11.5 and 12.5 inches (292 and 317 mm) from the ground.
- The diameter of each upright should lie between 19/32 and 21/32 inches (15.1 and 16.7 mm); minor deviations at the top and bottom are permitted.
- Three measurements are to be made for each upright: high, low and mid length: all diameters must lie within the allowed range. Here and subsequently, high = approx. 13/4 inches from underside of crown; low = approx. 13/4 inches above base of upright.
- The high and low points avoid minor deviations at the top and bottom of the uprights and approximate respectively to a ball radius from the underside of the crown or the ground (13/4 inches = ideal ball radius minus 1/16 inch).
- The inner surfaces of the uprights must be approximately parallel and of separation between 311/16 and 313/16 inches (93.7 and 96.8 mm) for Standard Approval or between 311/16 and 33/4 inches (93.7 and 95.25 mm) for Championship Approval. For a set of hoops the separations must not differ by more than 1/16 inch (1.6 mm).
- Three measurements of the separation between the inner surfaces of the uprights of an unstressed hoop are to be made at high, low and mid length: all three measurements must be within the allowed range and the difference between the largest and smallest measurement shall not exceed 1/32 inch; for a set of hoops the difference between the largest and smallest of the 18 measurements should not exceed 1/16 inch.
The ranges are derived as follows.
- Standard Approval:
319/32 (min. ball) + 1/8 (hcp setting) - 1/32 (hoop tolerance) = 311/16 inches
321/32 (max. ball) + 1/8 (hcp setting) + 1/32 (hoop tolerance) = 313/16 inches
- Championship Approval:
321/32 (max. ball) + 1/32 (min. clearance) = 311/16 inches
321/32 (max. ball) + 1/16 (adv. setting) + 1/32 (hoop tolerance) = 33/4 inches]
The uprights between the high and low positions will be tested for coplanarity: when one upright is in contact with a plane surface, no point of the relevant length of the other upright may depart from the plane by more than 1/16 inch.
- The crown must be straight, at right angles to the uprights, and have a diameter between 19/32 and 21/32 inch (15.1 and 16.7 mm).
- Any logo must comply with these limits.
- The hoop must be capable of being set firmly in suitable ground.
- Evidence of satisfactory performance in setting, durability, and play with Championship Approved balls must be available.
- A check list will be prepared to ensure that the Field Test has appropriate scope.
The above was provided by The Croquet Association