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07/27: KC Open Pro (9WS)
07/28: KC Open Gold (9WS)
08/16: US GC Classic
08/17: US GC Classic
08/17: Shield Championship-Tulsa (GC)
08/19: Shield Championship-Tulsa (GC)

02/01: 2020 MCA Annual General Meeting

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Kansas Challenge: Saturday, July 12

Don't miss out on the action as the MCA Nine Wicket Series returns to Leawood, Kansas for the Kansas Challenge on Saturday, July 12 in Leawood, Kansas. 

The deadline for entry is Tuesday, July 8 at 10:00 p.m. You have two easy options for entry:

1) RSVP to the event on the Croquet Network Community page (Link to the Event)

2) Email Dylan Goodwin at

LOCATION: Mission Trail Elementary Soccer Field, 133rd and Mission Road in Leawood, Kansas (Map Link)

START TIME: 8:30 a.m.

FEES: $25 Entry ($15 for MCA Members);
$35 for combo MCA membership and Kansas Challenge entry

DRESS CODE: Whites are not required.

FORMAT: Nine-Wicket Singles (60-minute games), three games guaranteed. All wickets scored count toward the MCA Nine Wicket Series race. A break for lunch is planned, so players should plan to bring their own lunch. Or, there are fast food restaurants nearby.

RULES: MCA events follow standard USCA Nine-Wicket rules (Located Here). The Pro and Gold Divisions will utilize Options 1 - Deadness, 1B - Clearing Deadness regardless of score, 2 - Out of Bounds, 3 - Starting Deadness, 4 - Wiring, 5 - Blocked Wicket, 6 - Rover Play and 8 - Overtime Play. Regarding #8, the MCA will continue rounds until a winner is determined. 

The Silver Division plays with Options 2 - Out of Bounds, 3 - Starting Deadness, 4 - Wiring, 5 - Blocked Wicket, 6 - Rover Play and 8 - Overtime Play. Regarding #8, the MCA will continue rounds until a winner is determined. 


Nine wicket croquet is very similar to the family backyard game that most everyone has tried. You can get an overview of the game on the USCA website. In addition, the Kansas City Croquet Club will be meeting on Saturday mornings on June 21 and June 28 for introductory clinics and club play. And the Kansas Challenge will provide divisions for all levels of players.

Six-wicket players will find the game is great for developing confidence in running breaks and hoops. Most of the rules follow the USCA Six-Wicket game, with just a few exceptions: 

  • The wicket pattern is unique, but it's pretty easy to pick up because it is the same double-diamond pattern most people played as kids with their family (the pattern)
  • When you roquet a ball, you still get two bonus shots, but you get more options. You can play in contact (just like 6W), you can play up to nine inches away from the roqueted ball or you can play from where the striker ball lies. The famous nine-wicket foot or hand shot is one of the in-contact options, which allows for a perfect "stop shot."
  • Wiring is a bit different. You don't get ball in hand if you are wired. You get to move your ball up to nine inches to create a shot.
  • Rover has a few modifications. 1) Any ball can peg out a rover ball. 2) The rover ball doesn't get a bonus shot off of running a wicket to clear deadness.

NOTE: The USCA modified the Nine-Wicket out of bounds rule to match the USCA Six-Wicket rule. A ball must be more than halfway over the line to be out of bounds.

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