The Macrobertson International Croquet Shield is the world championships of croquet which was founded by the Australian nobleman Sir Macpherson Robertson in 1925. Robertson played croquet on a regular basis as a passionate pastime and he believed that croquet helped you to improve your motor skills as well as improve your personal discipline. He soon began getting his World War I veteran friends involved in the croquet game and by 1925 he had developed his tournament into a world championship. In the history of the Macrobertson International Croquet Shield only 5 countries have ever sent participants to the event and those countries are Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Ireland, and the United States. The host country of the championship has bounced between Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand and the United States. The tournament is not held annually and has recently been held approximately every three years with the most recent tournament being held in 2006. Every one of the five participant countries has won the championship at least once except the United States who has never won the Macrobertson International Croquet Shield.
One of the easiest ways to learn how to master the mechanics of playing the croquet game is to engage first in a version of croquet called golf croquet. Golf croquet is a version of croquet where all the players start from the same point and attempt to hit their ball through the same hoop taking their own turns of course. The person who has hit their ball through the most hoops by the end of the round is declared the winner and while this does nothing to help you learn and apply the rules of the actual game of croquet it can go a long way in helping you understand how to control the way you strike the ball and how ball striking works in relationship to the hoops. It is highly suggested that if you are new to the game of croquet that you first play golf croquet to learn how to properly operate the equipment and to get a feel for the game’s mechanics.
Croquet is an extremely popular backyard sport in the United States and Canada and the most popular version of the croquet game for the backyard is 9-wicket croquet which many people treat as a race rather than an accumulation of points. In the backyard version of croquet the person who strikes the final stake first is usually the person that wins the game and there are no points kept. There are many versions of croquet and to the casual croquet player the versions that require score keeping can get complicated. That is why many casual croquet players prefer to play the versions of croquet that do not require a score to be kept.