Find the best croquet lessons, classes, and instructors at HeyKiki and learn how to play croquet. You play the game of croquet by using a mallot to hit a ball through various hoops. Croquet is said to have originated in 11th century France. During this time it was used for entertaining the royal court. It became most popular in 13th century England amongst the wealthier classes and then with peasents who began to try to recreate the game by creatively making the playing tools using what they had; they made mallots using broom sticks, hoops made from willow tree branches, and balls replaced by stones.