The Rossmoor Club is a member of the US Croquet Association, an organization based in Palm Beach Florida with over 300 Member Greens in the US, representing over 3,000 players. There are a total of 7 clubs in New Jersey who have membership in the Association. Florida has the most with 40. If all Croquet Associations in the US and Canada are included, it is estimated that there are more than 600 greens and 10,000 dedicated players. There are also over 120 greens in the United Kingdom, played under the "International Rules" of the British Croquet Association which sets many of the world-wide standards for rules and equipment.
The play at the Rossmoor Court rigorously follows the "American Croquet Rules," and uses the "American Six Wicket" format. The US Croquet Association promulgates the rules for four different versions of croquet to standardize play at all levels: (a) Backyard Nine-Wicket, (b) American Six-Wicket, (c) International Six-Wicket, and (d) Golf Croquet (which uses the nine-wicket layout.)
In case it is thought that croquet is a sport only attracting older participants, be advised that the average age of the top players in the UK is 20-35 years, and the average age of US Croquet Association members is 43 years.
The sport has become popular with undergraduates in many University settings such as Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Columbia and others. It is also not a game played only in the UK and the USA. Croquet has become an international sport with clubs in such diverse places as: Egypt, Spain, Belgium, Italy, Russia, Japan, South Africa and others. The World Croquet Federation, founded in 1986 is a multi-national organization committed to developing and promoting croquet across the globe.
"With all the help club members gave me, I quickly became very comfortable on the court. I now play as often as I can, and love the challenge of learning the subtle strategy of the game. It has become a wonderful part of my life at Rossmoor."
two year resident of Rossmoor remembers his first view of the green
the Rossmoor Croquet Club
The current Club now has 70 members and is growing annually. New members (from the Rossmoor Community) are encouraged to join in the Spring of each year when the Croquet Club holds Open House. This is organized to assist residents in deciding whether or not this is an activity they would enjoy. Though a few residents join at other times, this is not encouraged. Because new first year members are placed in a regular progressive teaching program, entering at odd times breaks the continuity of the class with spotty learning of important skills and information. Croquet, played correctly, is a game requiring considerable skill. Proper training is an integral first step for anyone to enjoy the game.
Membership fees are $25/yr for initial membership, with annual dues of $20.
Once proper technique
and knowledge of the rules are understood, the most difficult part
follows. The strategy and tactics are the truly most difficult part
of the sport, and can take many years — if ever — to
master. Because of this, Croquet has often been called "Chess
on the Lawn."
Season" runs from April to December,
and is controlled by the dates of frosts in the area.
In the Spring, the end of winter frost also determines when Spring
preparation of both
and Golf Greens can be begun. (the Golf Course Management
company often requires several grass cuttings before the courses
can be opened.)
The season ends when the hard frost of winter arrives.
The Croquet Club has an active schedule throughout the year. This is a partial listing:
Club Level Referees
The Rossmoor Club has two members certified by the US Croquet Association as official club referees at tournament events. The certification process requires the applicant to pass both a written and a practical test. To remain certified, referees must reapply and repeat the process every three years.
Beginnings of the Rossmoor Court
For the first year, the newly formed club used existing lawn, but it soon realized that in order to have a high grade court, something more was needed. What followed was the research and development of a more professional surface. To continue improvement, the Club raised funds for an even more major reconstruction. The new design that was used was created by a professional Civil Engineer who was both a Rossmoor resident and a club member. By 1999 the redesigned court was in place and being used, maintained by the same company who manages the greens of the community's Golf Course.
|And, of course, any serious club requires a mascot, even if unofficial! Robbie (aka Rob Roy, Duke of Cranbury) remains "on the alert" watching the colored round "critters" shoot across the court. Robbie warily sizes-up any unfamiliar faces carrying mallets, and is the nemesis of all furry or feathered "varmints" who DARE show up on his court!|
Rossmoor Community Association, Inc