Boules

The Game

Pétanque is French Boules. The idea is to get your teams Boules nearer the Jack than your opponents.
The game can be played on many surfaces (terrains) usually gritty, sandy or small pebbles, but not grass.
The playing area is approximately 3m x 12m and matches are played between doubles or triples or both
(occasionally singles). Each team is allowed 6 boules (2 each in triples, 3 each in doubles). At Cricklade
we have 6 lanes (or pistes) with a fine gravel surface, which allow us to cater for the current membership
numbers and to host most competitive events.

We decide teams by 3 different methods.
1. By standing in a line and throwing a boule towards the jack. How near your boule is determines which
team you are in for the game.
2. Or by picking a number then looking on a chart to see which team you are in.
3. If there are 10 or less people, one person has 1 boule from each player in their arms with a cochonnet/Jack on top
and then lifts them up and drops the boules to the ground. The teams are then selected as normal, from the cochonnet outwards.

The team that wins the toss or the previous end will have one attempt to throw a valid jack.
It is thrown from a circle and must land 1 Meter from the boundary. If not then an opponent may place
it at any valid position on the pitch.

Each team plays until they have the boule nearest the Jack. Then they swap until the other team has one nearer,
and so on. When one team has played all their boules, the other team plays their remaining boules.
The team closest to the Jack counts all of their boules that are closer than their opponents. Ends are then played
until one team scores a total of 13 points.

On Saturdays a win scores 3 while a draw scores 1. A match consists a set of ends, the total for all ends gives the
player's overall score.