When you purchase a “backyard” croquet set it comes with six balls. The popular game with six balls is called “cutthroat” croquet. Six balls, six players each playing one color ball. The rules are usually made up by the owner of the croquet set.
For the “backyard” player’s there is another six-ball game called “guerilla croquet” with six simple rules. The court layout is a double diamond with boundary lines, two sides and six players.
The Object of the game is to peg out your sides three balls first.
1. A coin toss decides the sides; blue/black/green or red/yellow/orange. The order of play is blue, red, black, yellow, green and orange.
2. When a ball is placed on the ground 9 inches in front of wicket #1 it is in the game and can be hit by an opponent’s ball.
3.On each turn, the striker is alive on all opponent balls.
4. You earn two strokes for hitting an opponent’s ball and one stroke for clearing a wicket or the turning stake. Clearing two wickets with one stroke and you earn two extra strokes.Note: You earn no extra strokes for hitting your own balls.
5. When you hit an opponent ball, you must place your ball in contact with that ball for your first stroke. You may place your hand or foot on your ball when taking your first stroke from your opponent’s ball.
6.When any ball goes out of bounds the striker’s turn is over and all balls come in on the boundary line.