Association Croquet Basics
Association croquet is the oldest form of modern croquet-type games. Like Golf Croquet, in Association Croquet there are four balls - blue and black make one team; red and yellow are their opponents.
The object is to get both your balls through all the hoops first and then to hit the peg ("peg out") in the middle of the lawn.
A turn will start (usually) with you trying to hit your ball so that it hits any of the other three balls (called a “roquet”)
. If you do, you pick up your ball and place it in contact (called “taking croquet”) with the ball you roqueted. You then play a croquet stroke (with the two balls in contact), sending both your ball and the other (croqueted) ball to (hopefully) strategically chosen positions on the lawn.
Trying for a "roquet", i.e., trying to hit one of the other three balls with your own ball to start a "break" - a succession of shots.
Playing a croquet shot. Note that the player has taken his ball and placed it in contact with the other ball.