From the first time she picked up a mallet in 2008, Carla "The Hammer" Rueck knew that American Six Wicket Croquet is her game and that Central Park would always be her home court. A life long Long Islander she now has second home in Florida, so that she can play croquet 12 months a year. She is addicted to tournament play, playing in 17 to 20 tournaments a year. As a retired teacher with a love of rules she has become a Regional Referee, a Class I Instructor and an active Tournament Director. Carla has been the Secretary of the USCA since 2014. If you give her a half an hour she will tell you in detail how she became The Hammer.