We play during the winter. Our normal season is October through April.
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- We play at the Reid Park bandshell terrain at 2 pm on Sunday afternoon.
- Visitors and beginners welcome.
- If you have boules, bring ‘em. If you don’t, we have guest boules.
- If you’d just like to come down and watch, feel free.
- Bring a bottle of water. It’s easy to get dehydrated in Tucson.
Signing up for email notifications
If you already have a WordPress login, you can follow us by clicking on the blue Follow Tucson Petanque Club button, and logging in.
Otherwise…To receive email notifications of upcoming events and cancellations, look to the right and find the Follow Blog via Email heading. Beneath it, down below where it says Join X other followers, (1) enter your email address, and then (2) click the Follow button. Whenever news of an event or cancellation is posted, you will receive an email message. Each message will contain an “unsubscribe” link, so you can unsubscribe to these messages whenever you want to.
Lessons for new players
If you’ve never played before, don’t let that stop you — just come down and join us. We’ll give you a free, fast, five-minute, on the fly lesson and you’ll be good to go. If you would prefer a more leisurely lesson, drop us a message (below). Leave your name and phone number, and we will arrange to meet you before the start of regular play.
Buying a set of boules
In petanque, each player typically owns his or her own set of boules. If after trying the game with our guest boules, you want to own your own set, we can sell you a set of Petanque America leisure boules for $20. Or you can order your own boules online. For tips on buying boules online, visit the Buying Boules page. The best online store for petanque boules is the Petanque America online store.
The best way to contact us is to send us a message (below). Your comment will be sent to us via email, and (assuming you left your email address with your comment) we will be able to reply to you via email.
Reach the club president, Stephen Ferg, via telephone at (520) 664-4133.
How can I join the Tucson Petanque Club?
Currently we are not formally organized as a club, and we have no procedures for enrolling members. Right now, we are an informal group of players who are Tucson residents, along with a small group of winter visitors who will probably rejoin us in January-March. We use this web site to organize our meets. To join us, simply sign up for email notifications of our events (see above) and come out and play with us.
The plan is to try to achieve a critical mass of regular players before creating any formal organizational structure, joining the FPUSA, and so on.
For more information about the game of petanque—
- Petanque Portal USA has links to the most useful petanque web sites.
- The All about Petanque blog covers all the basics of the game and its traditions.
About Tucson parks
- Consumption of wine or liquor is prohibited in Tucson city parks. Consumption of beer (during a picnic, for instance) is permitted but requires a $25 permit.
- A Tucson city resident may reserve a ramada for an afternoon for $15.
See the list of rates and fees for park reservations.
- Ramada availability may be checked online and then reservations may be made via telephone. Reservations may be made for up to 6 months in advance. Weekend time-slots go quickly, and are usually booked several months in advance.
About other petanque clubs in Arizona
- There is a well-established club in the Jerome/Verde Valley/Sedona area. They do not have a web site, but contact information is available on the “Arizona” page of the American Petanque Directory.
- We have had several enquiries about petanque in the Phoenix area. Currently we know of no petanque club in Phoenix. You might find contact information for other petanque players in the Phoenix area on the “Arizona” page of the American Petanque Directory.
Two-minute video introduction to petanque