Play the wonderful and fun game of petanque with help of Bex Sports’ Petanque Alsace Boules Set. Whether you want to spend time at the park or on your backyard, this complete bundle allows you to enjoy the game anywhere you go!
Petanque Alsace Boules Set Weight: 6 kg
6x Petanque boules – 3 shiny and 3 black
Balls measure 720 mm each
Aluminium Carry Case Box
Jack, Measuring strap, Rules & instructions Manual
Boule – the chances are when you are in France you will either want to play boules or you will be invited to play boules whether you want to or not! The game is traditionally played with metallic balls on a dirt surface (as long as it’s flat and level!) with a glass of pastis or wine at hand. Many villages throughout France have a boules playing area providing a social focal point for neighbours to meet, play or watch the world go by.
The game is played between two teams of 1, 2 or 3 players – in singles or doubles each player uses 3 boules, in triples 2 boules per player. For leisure play it’s okay to use 2 boules per player of any number – we often play two teams of 4 people!
To start a coin is generally tossed to decide who begins the game and has the right to place the cochonnet (the small ball).
A circle or area is drawn by the winner of the coin toss in which players must stand and not step outside of while throwing. The circle should be about 0.5m in diameter and at least 1m from any obstacle.
Any player from the coin toss winning team then throws the first boule, trying to get it as close as possible to the “cochonnet” but without touching it. Both feet must stay together on the ground and within the circle while throwing and until the boule has landed – although we rarely practice this in our friendly games, it’s good to know this rule in case your French opponents want to make the game more serious!
The winner of the coin toss throws the cochonnet between 4m and 8m, or 6 to 10 paces from the circle in any direction – it must not be closer than 1m from any obstacle or you have to throw again.
A player from the other team then steps into the circle and aims to throw a boule closer to the cochonnet than their opponent, or to knock the opponent’s boule away. You must throw within 1 minute of your turn starting.
The winner or winning team is the closest to the cochonnet starts the new round