MCA Official Six-Ball Rules
(Backyard Croquet Rules)

As most of the retailer sets in North America contain six balls, many croquet players like to play singles with only one ball per player, the winner being the player who advances his or her ball around the court first to stake out. This popular variation is played with the same rules as regular singles nine wicket or doubles croquet, but any number of players from two to six can play.

The colors may be drawn by lot to determine the order of play. Assuming the set being utilizes has the standard set of colors, the playing order is:

  • Blue
  • Red
  • Black
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Orange

This order is generally indicated on the stakes provided with each set. If your set has stakes that indicate another order, it can used as long as all players are made aware that the stake colors represent the order of play.

The winner is the first ball to complete the entire pattern of wickets and stake out at the final peg for 16 total points.