The Tucson Petanque Club is an informal group of Tucson residents and winter visitors. We use this web site to co-ordinate times and places to play, but we don’t keep a membership list. To join us, simply come out and play with us. If you wish, you can sign up for email notifications of our events (see below).
- We play at the Reid Park bandshell terrain at 2 pm on Sunday afternoon.
- Reid Park is big, so you need precise directions in order to be able to find us.
- Be sure you also know the way to the alternate parking area.
- Visitors and beginners welcome.
- If you have boules, bring ’em. If you don’t, we have guest boules.
- If you’d just like to watch, that’s fine. We have lawn chairs.
- Bring a bottle of water. It’s easy to get dehydrated in Tucson.
- We recommend that you leave your purse and other valuables in the car. We’ve never had any problems, but you’ll be able to concentrate better on the game if you’re not worrying about something else.
- Note that consumption of wine or liquor is prohibited in Tucson city parks.
- Note that TPC does not exist as a legal entity and our meetings are not covered by event liability insurance. Participate at your own risk.
Our normal schedule
We select teams and start promptly, very shortly after 2pm. We try to accommodate players that arrive late, but late arrivals make team-organization more difficult, so it is better to be a little early than a little late.
Players stay as long as they like and are free to leave at any time. We play as long as people want to continue to play. Usually some players must leave around 4:00pm. Others have the time and inclination to play until 4:30 or 5:00.
If nobody shows up, we pack up the guest boules and go home at 2:30. If you definitely want to play, but cannot arrive until after 2pm, please contact us (see below).
Want to play at some other day, time, location?
Contact us (see below).
How to contact us
To contact us send us a message in a comment. Your message will be forwarded to us and we will be able to reply to you via email. Or you can use this—
For last-minute questions, directions, cancellations, and weather reports, or just to speak to a live human person, here is our telephone contact information.
How to get email notifications of upcoming events
If you sign up for email notifications, whenever news of an event (or cancellation) is posted here, the post will be sent to you in an email message. The email messages contain an “unsubscribe” link, so you can unsubscribe whenever you wish.
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Never played before?
If you would like to learn, or just try, petanque, come down and join us. We’ll give you a free five-minute lesson and you’ll be good to go. You don’t need to be especially “athletic” to play petanque. If you can swing an arm, you can play and enjoy petanque. Petanque is a game of skill, not strength, and men and women can compete on an equal footing. We have kid-size guest boules for those smaller hands.
Buying a set of boules
In petanque, each player typically owns his or her own set of three boules (metal balls). We provide guest boules, but if after playing for a while you want to own your own set, 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.
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 other petanque groups in Arizona
- There is a well-established club in the Jerome/Verde Valley/Sedona area. Contact information is available on the American Petanque Directory.
- There is no club in the Phoenix area. You might find contact information for Phoenix players on the American Petanque Directory. Look there also for information about winter-vistor (January-February) groups in Tucson and Yuma.
- For information about bocce in Tucson, we suggest you try THIS.
A good two-minute video introduction to petanque
See also the comprehensive English-language source for The Rules of Petanque.