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 14th year of play at the Grace & Truth SportsPark and our 8th 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.
Our hours of play are: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m.; and Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 5:30 p.m. until dusk. (After September 1st it is 4:30 p.m. to 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. For the time being, due to COVID-19 guidelines, please bring a mask and be prepared to wear it if asked.
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
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 $60 which helps us maintain our courts. Due to current COVID-19 guidelines, please bring a mask and be prepared to wear it if asked.
We take a short break for a meeting after the first hour of play. If the Park’s concessions stands are open you can get a bite to eat: good food at reasonable prices. We resume play after the meeting.
Tuesdays, Thursdays &/or Saturdays – 10:00 a.m.
Tuesdays &/or Thursdays – 5:30 p.m. (After Sept. 1, we begin at 4:30 p.m.)
Saturday, June 4, 2022 – National Croquet Day! Golf Croquet Tournament – Waterford Doubles. Advance registration requested. For more information contact us.
Saturday, June 18, 2022 – Skills Course – Focus will be on various shot-making skills with lots of practice and opportunity to use newly learned skills in a game at the end. Lunch provided. Advance registration and fee requested. For more information contact us.
Saturday, June 25, 2022 – Empire State Senior Games – Golf Croquet Tournament – Waterford Doubles. Courts will be open at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday for practice. Register at nyseniorgames.com. Schedule may change based on number of registrations. Advance registration and entry fee are required. For more information contact us.
Saturday, July 9, 2022 – American Six-Wicket Tournament – Waterford Doubles. Advance registration and entry fee are required. For more information contact us.
August 12-14, 2022 – 9th Annual Rochester USCA Invitational, American Rules, Singles & Doubles. Tournament director: Richard Curtis. Tournament manager: Sue Sherer. Courts open Thursday afternoon for practice; tournament games begin on Friday. Advance registration and entry fee are required. For more information contact us.
Saturday, September 10, 2022 – Singles Croquet Tournament – TBD whether this will be Golf Croquet or American Rules. Advance registration and entry fee are required. For more information contact us.
The USCA maintains a very informative website at www.croquetamerica.com that serves as a valuable resource for rules, tournaments, and other events.