York Croquet Club will be offering four introductory courses in 2018. These are scheduled towards the beginning of the season, and involve either six evenings or a full weekend. An introductory course is the ideal way to learn the game: for details and 2018 dates (when available) please see the next section of this website.
We also offer free drop-in taster sessions on various weekends through the playing season. Then, towards the end of the season, Play-in-a-Day offers a one-day mix of guidance and play. Details and dates of taster sessions and Play-in-a-Day are in the next section of this website.
We also run refresher sessions early in the season for those who would like to revisit the technique, rules and strategy of the game.
We host weekend courses organised by the Croquet Association and run by nationally recognised coaches. These are for more experienced players wishing to advance their game. We are delighted to have been asked by the Croquet Association to become a national centre for croquet coaching under the title Northern Croquet Academy: the Academy launched in 2017 and has received excellent feedback for friendliness, organisation and the quality of coaching.
York Croquet Club also hosts weekend tournaments organised by the Yorkshire Croquet Federation, one for short lawn croquet and one for full lawn croquet.
We also host our own National Short Lawn tournament towards the end of the season, and in 2018 are adding an Advanced Rules tournament.
Weaker players are entitled to extra turns (called bisques – see picture). These can be taken at any time and help to ensure that, whoever your opponent, the game can be both enjoyable and satisfying.
Other club members are content simply to enjoy the delights of this engaging game by playing against different opponents at club sessions.