ADVANCED BACKYARD TOURNAMENT RULES
These advanced rules, sometimes used in United
States Croquet Association tournaments, need not be adopted for casual
play. Although only three rules differ from the Basic Rules, the changes
create more complexity in tactics and strategy. The game is played with
four balls, blue/black opposing red/yellow. The rule adjustments are:
- Sequence of play.
The balls must be played in strict sequence throughout the game:
Blue/Red/Black/Yellow. If only one ball of a side has hit the Finishing
Stake and is out of the game, that side loses the turn of the staked-out
ball, and play continues in the proper sequence to the end of the game.
- Roquet of partner balls.
A player may may gain Roquet Bonus Strokes by roqueting (hitting)
any other balls in the game - not only the balls of the other side, but
also the partner ball.
A ball is "dead" on a ball it roquets for bonus strokes
and does not become "alive" again on that ball (that is, eligible
to hit it again for bonus strokes) until the striker scores a wicket or
stake. A rover ball may become "alive" by going through any wicket
in any direction, but may roquet the other balls no more than once in a
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