FAQs

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How do you play?

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Petanque is a very easy game to learn and pretty much anyone can play. Petanque America has a great page explaining the basic rules of the game - click here to see them. If that whets your appetite and want to see the official international rules, click here for a PDF file of the 2014 rules.

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How do you score points?

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After each team has thrown all their balls, then the points are counted for that "end". The winning team receives one point for each boule that it has closer to the Petit Cochon than the best-placed boule of the opposing team(s).

Two points are scored by the red team. The two red balls are closer than all of the blue balls.

Two points are scored by the red team. The two red balls are closer than the closest blue ball.

One point is scored by red team because a blue balls is the second closest ball in play.

One point is scored by the red team because a blue ball is the second closest ball in play.

If the jack is knocked out of play during the "end", no team scores unless only one team has boules left to play. In this case the team with unplayed boules receives one point for each boule that they have to remaining.

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That seems pretty simple. Nothing more than that?

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Well, pétanque is certainly an easy game to begin.  But there are lots of great resources to help you learn more about technique, strategy, etc.  Check out our Resources page here.

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I get it. So Pétanque is the same as Bocce?

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Not exactly. Pétanque America has a great page explaining the differences between pétanque and bocce, between "pointers" and "shooters" and more. Click here to see their explanation.

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I don’t live near Lafayette. Where can I play where I am?

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Click here for more information about where there may be a pétanque club near you.

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la Boule Cadienne de Lafayette?

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Our club has a french name because:

  • Pétanque is a french game.
  • Part of our club's mission is to promote the french language. There are several Additional Resources online for you to learn or improve your french language skills, but maybe one of the best is simply to join us at the courts - many of our conversations will be in french!