There are several versions of croquet, but the most common version played in the U.S. is called American Six Wicket Croquet.
4 or 6 mallets, depending on the number of players
4 or 6 balls
2 scoring stakes
Rules of play:
The object of the game is to be the first to use your mallet to hit your ball through the wickets and into the stake. Croquet is played in teams, with two or three people to a side. The order of play is always blue, red, black and yellow, followed by green and orange if there are six players. In team play, blue/black/green goes against red/yellow/orange; for four players, teams are blue/black and red/yellow.
Players take one shot per turn. Extra shots can be earned by knocking the ball through a wicket or by striking another player's ball; this is called a roquet. Clearing a wicket earns one bonus shot. Striking another player's ball earns two bonus shots.
Additional and more detailed rules, including the layout of the wickets and stakes, can be found online by searching "American Croquet."
3 golf-ball bolas per player
1 or 2 ladders, or goals, with three rungs each
Rules of play:
There must be at least two players but there is no limit to how many can play.
A toss line is established 15 feet from the ladder. Each player steps to the line, one at a time, and tosses the bolas, one at a time, trying to secure them on the rungs.
Once everyone has tossed their bolas, scoring is as follows: Every bola attached to the top rung earns 3 points, middle rung 2 points, bottom rung 1 point. The highest scorer wins.
There are also some more complicated scoring methods that can be found online at www.laddergolf.com. Also instructions on assembling your own ladder golf game can be found there.
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