At York Croquet Club we play Association Croquet, a strategic game where the aim is to score more hoops than your opponent. The lawns are of similar size to bowling greens. English weather being what it is, we meet rain or shine.
Croquet does not rely on strength; it is a game of strategy. Players aim to build a succession of strokes to form a break. Everyone gets a game: partners at club sessions are drawn at random on the day; in addition, members can arrange matches at any time at no extra charge. The handicapping system means any player can find enjoyment and challenge in playing against any other.
Association Croquet can be enjoyed in various formats – singles or doubles, short lawn or full lawn, timed or untimed – and we play all these variants. Other versions of the game, such as golf croquet and garden croquet, fall outside the scope of the Club.
We run internal leagues and competitions and take part in external leagues and tournaments. However the main focus of the Club is participation and enjoyment. All members are free to attend any Club sessions they choose: these are held on Mondays from 10 am to noon, Wednesdays from 6 pm to dusk, Thursdays from 4 pm to 6 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to noon. Outside these times, members are free to book a lawn at any time one is available.
There is also a range of socials, coaching and other events listed in the Calendar. At York Croquet Club we play this absorbing game for pleasure, and are always pleased when people new to croquet are interested in finding out more. We aim to be as friendly a club as possible and new members are always welcome.