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The Lawn Club

Get Acquainted With Croquet
You may remember playing croquet in the backyard as a child, hitting colorful balls through wired hoops. Whatever your past exposure to the sport, we would welcome you to be among the thousands of people across the U.S. who are enjoying the fun and excitement of today's croquet, played according to the rules of the United States Croquet Association (USCA). Whether you're a novice or an expert you'll find someone there of equal skill to compete against. We also offer opportunities to compete in annual singles and doubles tournaments.

The sport of croquet began in the British Isles in the mid-1900s and soon migrated to other English-speaking countries. It is a game in which men and women, boys and girls compete as equals. It is a game of strategy, skill and communication when playing doubles. It helps to build character and sportsmanship in young and old alike.

Players or spectators not currently in a game may be asked
to keep time or the deadness board for another group.

Every time a player runs a wicket he gets one continuation shot.
Wickets are less than 4" wide by approximately 12" tall.

The Lawn Club @ G&T SportsPark
We are in our 6th year of play at the Grace & Truth SportsPark and have recently joined the ranks of sanctioned clubs in the United States Croquet Association. We continue to grow in number a little each year as we pass along our love of the sport to others.

Last year we had two regular nights of play. On Tuesday evenings beginning at 4:30 p.m. until dark we played the popular and strategic game of American Six-Wicket Croquet. To many, this is equivalent to playing chess on the lawn, with many of the angles of a billiards game coming in to play. On Thursday evenings beginning at 5:00 p.m. until dark we played Golf Croquet; a shorter, quicker game where the focus is on being the first through the wicket.

Equipment is provided: professional weighted mallets and balls, deadness boards, clips and timers. On both evenings instruction is offered for those new to the sport. Shot-making, strategy and learning the rules are all part of becoming a better player. It is a great opportunity to meet other folks and have a lot of fun! We invite you to play "three for free."If after playing three times you wish to continue, we ask that you pay the annual membership fee of $50 which helps us maintain our courts.

Occasionally we bring snacks to share, but we take a short break for a meeting at 6:00 p.m. and many folks choose to visit the Park's concessions stand and get a bite to eat for dinner: good food at reasonable prices. We resume play at 6:30.

A pass-roll is a more advanced shot in which the
striker's ball passes the ball it has croqueted.

Colored clips placed on the wickets help keep track
of wickets scored and direction of play.

The Grace & Truth SportsPark is owned by First Bible Baptist Church and is a pet-alcohol-drug-smoke-free facility. We are located at 373 N. Greece Road, Hilton, NY, 14468, 1.1 miles north of Latta Road on the left.

Although whites are always worn for tournaments, on regular play nights any comfortable, modest clothing will do!

Contact Us
For more information, please contact either:

Norm Pike, Director
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Sue Sherer, Treasurer
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Upcoming Events

On Tuesday, May 13th, we will have our kick-off event for the 2014 season. A potluck dinner--appetizers at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00--will be held in the Cafe at First Bible Baptist Church, Hilton. We will discuss dates for club tournaments, hosting a USCA-sanctioned tournament, possible expansion of days/times club play is offered, member recruitment and more. Please contact Sue Sherer if you are interested in attending: 585-474-3753 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . A sign-up to bring a dish to pass will be circulated closer to the event.

Other Resources
The USCA maintains a very informative website at www.croquetamerica.com that serves as a valuable resource for rules, tournaments, and other events.

Participants in our 5th Annual Doubles Tournament
Dedicated in Loving Memory of
Chuck "Go Big or Stay Home" Devereese