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-1800s 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.
We are in our 11th year of play at the Grace & Truth SportsPark and our 5th year as a sanctioned club 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.
This year we have some new hours of play: Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.; and Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 5:30 p.m. until dusk. We play two popular Six-Wicket games: the strategic game of American Rules which to many, is equivalent to playing chess on the lawn, with many of the angles of a billiards game coming in to play; and Golf Croquet; a shorter, quicker game where the focus is on being the first through the wicket. In the case of questionable weather, we e-mail an hour before games to those on our list. To be added to the list, please contact us.
Equipment is provided: professional weighted mallets and balls, deadness boards, clips and timers. On all play dates free 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 $55 which helps us maintain our courts.
We take a short break for a meeting at 6:30 p.m. If the Park’s concessions stands are open you can get a bite to eat: good food at reasonable prices. We resume play at 6:45.
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.
Whites are worn for tournaments but are optional on regular club nights; however newcomers are welcome to wear any comfortable, modest clothing.
For more information, please contact either:
Peter Sherer, Director
Sue Sherer, Treasurer
Tuesdays &/or Saturdays – 10:00 a.m.
Tuesdays &/or Thursdays – 5:30 p.m.
June 10, 2018 – Open House – 1:00-4:00 p.m. Enjoy refreshments, meet our members, play a game of golf croquet. RSVP by contacting us ahead of time. Free and open to the public. Children welcome with parent.
June 16, 2018 -Golf Croquet Tournament, Waterford Doubles. Requires advanced registration and entry fee. Email: contact us.
July 7, 2018 – American Rules Tournament,Waterford Doubles. Requires advance registration and entry fee. For more information contact us.
August 17-19, 2018 -5th Annual Rochester Croquet Club USCA Invitational, American Rules, Doubles and Singles. Tournament director: Richard Curtis. Tournament manager: Sue Sherer. Advance registration and entry fee are required. For more information contact us.
August/Sept 2018 – Singles American Rules Tournament. More information TBA. Play dates & times may vary depending on availability of players.
The USCA maintains a very informative website at www.croquetamerica.com that serves as a valuable resource for rules, tournaments, and other events.