ALL TERRAIN CROQUET
[aka: golden gate rules]
I. THERE SHALL ONLY BE PLAYERS AS AVAILABLE UNIQUE COLOURED MALLETS
II. PLAYERS WISHING TO BOW-OUT THEIR COLOUR MUST ATTEMPT TO FIND AN ALTERNATE PLAYER TO SWAP IN. SHOULD NO CANDIDATE BE FOUND, THE COLOUR IS ELIMINATED FROM THE ROTATION.
III. EACH PLAYERS STROKE-ORDER IS DETERMINED BY THE COLOUR PROGRESSION ON THE STARTING OR FINISHING STAKES
IV. EACH PLAYER SHALL GET 1 STROKE PER TURN
I. THE COURSE SHOULD CONSIST OF NO MORE THEN 9 WICKETS PLACED BY NO MORE THEN 2 PLAYERS.
II. WICKET PLACEMENT IS LIMITED ONLY BY COMMON SENCE, THE LAWS OF PHYSICS, AND ANY RESPECT FOR SURROUNDING REVELLERS.
III. THE COURSE BEGINS & ENDS WITH A STAKE
IV. THE COURSE SHALL BE PLAYED IN SUCH A MANNER THAT NO OBSTICAL OF ANY SIZE MAY BE MOVED OR CLEARED TO MAKE ROOM FOR SHOTS
I. ORDER OF WICKETS & RUN DIRECTION IS DETERMINED IN THE FOLLOWING METHODS:
a. By result of running the wicket, the first player to run the current wicket determines the run direction thru which all trailing players must pass
i. It is the lead players obligation to verbally state the run direction of any wicket when asked.
b. The first player to run the current wicket must [on-the-spot] declare verbally which wicket is to be the next current wicket.
c. All players must run the declared order of wickets thru the appropriate run direction as determined by the lead player
d. Lead player is determined ONLY by their ability to run the current wicket first.
e. A players ball must completely pass the plane of the wicket in order for a run to have occurred.
II. BONUS STROKES CAN BE ACHIEVED IN THE FOLLOWING METHODS:
a. By running the current wicket thru the appropriate run direction
i. If your ball runs the current wicket by force of another players’ stroke, your next turn will have +1.
b. By result of your stroke, if your ball makes any contact with any other ball at any location on the course for any reason.
c. By result of your stroke, if your ball makes contact & tumbles any beverage (empty or full) on the course for any reason.
d. Bonus strokes can be stacked-up, but must be exhausted in a single turn
I. USE A CONTINUOUS STRING OF BONUS STROKES TO GAIN OPTIMAL BALL PLACEMENT FOR YOUR NEXT WICKET
II. SPEND YOUR STROKE(S) SENDING AN OPPONANTS BALL OFF THEIR LOCATIONS
a. In contrast to traditional 9-wickets Croquet method of “placing & sending,” no ball may be picked up for any reason. Sending still occurs liberally, yet at expense of your balls position.
b. Should your ball come to rest in-contact with an opponents ball, you MAY place your foot on your ball when sending them.
III. THE MALLET OR ANY PART OF THE MALLET MAY BE USED IN ANY FASHION SO LONG AS THE STROKE CONSISTS OF THE MALLET “STRIKING” THE BALL
a. “Brushing” or “pushing” your ball with any part of the mallet is a null & void shot, and the ball must be replaced.