Sunday, July 5, 2015

Tournament -Pétanque Sunday August 30th at 1:00 p.m.

Fun and games.   Food and friendly competition.
Please signup on the "Petanque Ann Arbor" meetup site to reserve a place.  Go to the calendar and RSVP for August the 30th.
24 max players.  First come first serve.
Video of last years tournament (thanks to the Zanesfield Pétanque Club)
Bon Chance.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Pétanque meetup

Our meetup group is now functional again.  See you Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

Pétanque Ann Arbor - A French Game for Everyone meetup.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

May 17th at 2:00 p.m. - Start of 2015 Pétanque Ann Arbor Season

Hello Everyone:

* We will be finally getting started.
* Hope everyone is rested after a long Winter.
* Courts are open for play anytime.
* Boules can be borrowed from the Senior Center.
* Starting the 17th of May at 2:00 p.m., we will bring extra boules.
* Newcomers and beginners welcome.
* We also hope to restart the Meetup group soon.

Howard and Jane

Monday, September 8, 2014

Improving your Game !

Here are three good articles about improving your game.
[even though I have provided active links, I would suggest as
good internet hygiene to independently google the key words,
and you should get the right sites.].  Bon Chance !

Improving your pétanque game - the Ferg Method
Ma Methods - Marco Foyot
Winning Pétanque

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Playing Together Builds Community


Pétanque, similar to bocce, is one of the world's fastest growing outdoor sports. Simple to learn; challenging to master.

  • What is Pétanque ?
  • Why is Pétanque the Ultimate Social Sport ?
  • What are the Rules of the Game ?
What is Pétanque ?

A distant relative of horseshoes and a cousin to the Italian game of bocce, pétanque developed in France in the early 1900’s. It is one of Europe’s most popular outdoor games and is growing fast in the US, Canada, Australia, and Asia. It is also a professional sport.

The aim is to toss a number of hollow steel balls (boules) as close as possible to a small target ball, called a jack or cochonnet (meaning "piglet" in French). Players take turns and the team that ends up nearest to the target ball, once all balls are played, wins.

While in horseshoes the aim stake is fixed, pétanque’s target ball may be hit at any time, which can completely turn around the score at the last second. And whereas bocce calls for a smooth court, pétanque is played on a rougher, more informal surface.

Why is Pétanque the Ultimate Social Sport ?
  • Way to meet neighbors and make new friends
  • Plenty of time for chat
  • No special athletic ability need
  • Good sport for grandparents and grandchildren
  • Ideal pick-up sport: come alone, with partner, or with family
  • All ages and abilities, play from a wheelchair
  • Teams informally formed and reformed
  • Free, no club or game fees

What are the Rules of the Game ? (from Pétanque America)




1The game is played by 2 teams of 1, 2, 3 or 4 players.
Teams of 1 or 2 players use 3 boules per player. Teams of 3 or 4 use 2 boules per player.
2Toss a coin to choose which team will start. A player on this team chooses the starting point by drawing a circle of about 20 inches in diameter.
3This player tosses the little target ball between 18 and 30 ft away, but not closer than 20" from any obstacle or boundary. The thrower's feet must stay inside the circle until the target ball has reached the ground.
4Any player from this team then throws the first boule, trying to place it as close as possible to the target ball. Again, both feet must remain inside the circle when throwing.
5A player of the second team comes into the circle and tries to throw a boule even closer to the target ball. Or knocks away the first team's leading boule. The boule nearest to the target ball leads.
6It's up to the team not leading to throw until they get a leading boule. Then it's up to the other team again.
When a team has no boules left the other team throws their remaining boules and tries to place them as close as possible to the target ball.
7When neither team has any boules left the points are counted.
Only the leading team scores: as many points as it has boules that are closer to the target than the best one of the losing team.
In the example on the left, the "blue" team has 3 boules closer to the target ball than the nearest boule from the "green" team, and thus gets 3 points.
8An "end" is over when each team has thrown all its boules. The winning team starts a new end, by drawing a circle where the previous end finished, and tossing the target ball again.
The game continues until one of the teams has accumulated 13 points.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Summer Tournament - August 24, 2014

Great weather - Jane ran a great tournament with lots of food and fun.  New players:  Laurie, Karen, and James played great games.  Fun with our friends from Detroit, Ohio, and North Carolina.
Tournament Rankings (3 & 2 game winners):

1 Bo 3+31;   2 BobM 3+28;   3 Lance 3+27;  4 Howard 3+22;
5 Shannon 2+9;  6 Jeanne 2+8;   7 Randy 2+5;  8 Josh 2+4;  9 Jeff 2+1

Monday, July 28, 2014

Ann Arbor French Conversational Group Meetup


Samedi, le 26 juillet 2014 :  Saturday, July 26, 2014:
Nous avions le bon temps malgré quelques prédictions de pluie. Quinze joueurs se sont amusés en échangeant des mots et boules. Les nouveaux joueurs ont appris très vite avec l'aide des joueurs expérimentés.
We had good weather despite some predictions of rain.  Fifteen players had a good time exchanging words and boules.  The new players learned very quickly with the help of the experienced players.