To set up a croquet court, make adequate space for the nine wickets and two stakes. The regulation court size is 100 feet by 50 feet, but using a smaller field works for casual games. Set out the wickets and stakes, marking the boundaries with string or flags.
- Set out the wickets
Set one wicket in the exact center of the court (the midpoints of the end and sidelines). Set six more wickets out to complete a "double diamond" pattern, with one diamond on either side of the center wicket; put 16 feet between the center wicket and the position of the side wickets in each diamond, setting the side wickets 6 feet from the sideline. Move 16 more feet to put in the first wicket in front of the stake, setting the second wicket 6 feet closer to the end line. After 6 more feet, insert the stake, leaving 6 feet between the stake and the end line. Repeat for the other side of the court.
- Establish the boundaries
Mark the boundary lines for the court. Use string or chalk if you want formal boundaries all the way around the court, or use a flag or stake at each of the four corners.
- Distribute the balls and mallet
Give each player a mallet and a ball.