Since 1983, Johnnies on the Annapolis campus have faced off against the midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy in a friendly-but-fierce rivalry for the Annapolis Cup and bragging rights as the best croquet team in town.

After a two-year hiatus, the Naval Academy graciously hosted the Annapolis Cup with St. John’s College for the first time in 2022. The tradition returned to the St. John’s College campus on April 15, 2023, kicking off the first-ever Johnnie Week. The resulting victory for St. John’s brought the overall record to 31 wins for Johnnies and 8 for the Naval Academy’s midshipmen.

The United States Croquet Association participated in the Annapolis Cup this year. Organized in 1977 by Jack Osborn, the USCA established croquet as a serious sport in America and remains the primary organizing force behind its growth and development. The USCA has nearly 300 member clubs and 3,000 members, sanctioning hundreds of local, regional, national and international tournaments each year.

St. John’s College offers a variety of events on campus, including art exhibits, musical and theatrical productions, and lectures and community seminars year-round that are open to the public. Visit the Events Calendar to learn more.

Croquet Quick Facts

The match between St. John's and the Naval Academy dates back to the early 1980s.

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Thank you to the 2023 Annapolis Cup Sponsors

Cullen and Ailsa Murray

F. Michael Smith

Gary Jobson

Joe Rubino

Robert Clark

Richard Franyo

A.R. Marani, Inc.