Thursday, May 25, 2017

Memorial Day Play - Saturday at 2:00 pm May 27 instead of Sunday

Because of poor weather predictions for Sunday, May 28 we will play on Saturday at 2:00 pm.
See everyone soon.
Howard and Jane

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Season Opener May 14 in AA ---- Tournament on Memorial Day Zanesfield

Hello Everyone,

We will be initiating our 2017 Season soon on May 14, 2017.
Keep an eye out for further details.
   Also
Our friends in Ohio will be having their annual Memorial Day 2 day tournament.
If you can attend, this is a great event.  Minimal entrance fees.   Follow link below.
May 26 Zanesfield Pétanque Club for details.

Monday, September 26, 2016

End of Season - Boo Hoo - September 25, 2016

We had a great day for the last play of the season.  This season: Gilbert was playing well with a new pointing style, and beware, he now shoots;  Larry broke well into the 20-game win barrier;  Randy was the most improved player;  Karen and Larry put together a remarkable win over a very strong team;  Larry held up the club's honor with his tournament play.;  and we had a wonderful Wine and Cheese party at L&J's.    Great Season!!   Happy Hibernation!!    !!  See you in mid-May 2017 !!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Annual Tournament - Sunday, August 28th at 1:00 p.m.

Great weather (well, perhaps a bit warm and humid) with no rain and great food.
The triplet panache of 3 games of 24 players was well run by Jane and Jeanne.
Wonderful representation from Zanesfield, Detroit, Lansing, and Ann Arbor
And the WINNERS were !!:  1st Place: Ian (D),   2nd Place Larry(AA),   3rd Place Mike(Z),

Mike,    Ian,   Larry
























   Now That's Concentration !!  



A Little Snooze on the Job ?

















 Great Follow-Through

Monday, May 23, 2016

May 22 - Season Opener

Wonderful weather. Great Play (1st game was 1.4 hrs.).
Nice to see LarryF again as well an Ankit and Jessica.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Postponement of Season Start to Sunday, May 22 at 2:00 pm

Hello Everyone,
Seems like the weather is a bit chilly today the 15th.
Let's get a good start next Sunday, weather permitting.
See you then.
Howard and Jane