A four ball game, played as singles (each player has two balls) or doubles
(each side has two balls).
Players try to run a series of hoops with the
balls of their side. There are extra turns for hitting another ball or
running a hoop.
It is like Association Croquet, but simpler, with no
croquet shot. This makes it easier than AC to learn, but it makes it
harder to move the balls into exact positions around the court.
It has strategic potential - you can plan to run multiple hoops in one turn.
Ricochet was developed in the early 1980s by John Riches (North Adelaide, South Australia), initially to introduce new players to Association Croquet. It has now become a game in its own right.
It is recognised by Croquet Australia and widely played in Queensland in particular.
In Australia, Ricochet is currently managed by Croquet Queensland on behalf of Croquet Australia.
The Croquet Australia coaching qualifications introduced in 2016 recognise coaching in Ricochet.
Basic Ricochet skills cards are available for players interested in developing their skills and for players who would like to become coaches.
For more information, contact the State Coordinator of Coaching.
Clubs that regularly play Ricochet include:
Play at these clubs is generally social, but tournaments are also organised occasionally. Details will be available on this site.
Grading and Handicaps [Croquet Queensland]
Ricochet Rules (based on the laws of Association Croquet) [Croquet NSW]
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