Sun Nov 26 – Petanque in the park
As usual, we will meet at the Reid Park terrain at 2 pm.
For a map and detailed directions, click HERE.
As usual, we will meet at the Reid Park terrain at 2 pm.
For a map and detailed directions, click HERE.
Normally petanque is played by the international rules drawn up by the FIPJP, the international petanque federation. (FPUSA rules are the same as FIPJP rules.) The FIPJP rules, however, are designed for use in organized, umpired competitions. Attempting to interpret and follow the FIPJP rules in a friendly, non-umpired game can lead to problems and unfair decisions.
There is a project called the Petanque Libre Project (PetanqueLibre.wordpress.com), whose goal is to develop a set of rules for petanque that is designed for use outside of organized competitions, in games played without an umpire. I propose that, during this 2017-18 season, we in the Tucson Petanque Club do a “road test” of Petanque Libre and experiment with playing by the PL rules.
There is one obvious difference between the PL rules and both the current and previous versions of the FIPJP rules. Traditionally, a team was given three attempts to throw the jack before turning it over to the other team to throw. The current (2016) FIPJP rules allow a team only ONE throw of the jack before turning it over to the other team, which then manually places the jack on the ground. Petanque Libre takes the best from both the old and new rules— PL allows a team the traditional THREE attempts to throw the jack before turning it over to the other team, which then manually places the jack on the ground.
Other than this, I don’t think that using PL would mean much of a change from the way that we play now. Mostly it would mean allowing teams to agree to undo illegal events, rather than attempting to follow the murky FIPJP rules governing illegal events. For my part, if I’m asked “what is the rule?” in a certain situation, I will give the PL answer (which was specifically designed to be much clearer than the FIPJP answer). And we can just see how things work out.
So that’s my proposal. For any particular game, of course, the players can choose to play by the PL or FIPJP rules. But if they do, they’ll be playing by the PL rules, because the very last PL rule is THE CONSENSUS RULE: The above rules may be changed, waived, supplemented, or over-ridden by agreement of the teams.
You can download and print a copy of the Petanque Libre rules from petanquelibre.wordpress.com/rules-2, but I’ll try to remember to bring a few paper copies.
When there is a big event at the Demeester Bandshell, parking can be limited in the Concert Place parking lot closest to our playing area. When that happens, a good alternative is the Picnic Place parking area. See the area marked ALTERNATE PARKING on the map.
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In front of the terrain at Carl’s house. Daniel Duflot, Kaye, Carl.
We had an all-time record number of players today— 22 if you count drop-ins. There were too many players to get photographs of everyone, so I tried to get pix of just our newest players. In most cases mousing over a picture will show its title; clicking on it will show a larger image.
Our newest players: Diane (from the French for Breakfast group), Doug, Nancy
Paul and Ricardo
Finally, here are three wonderful panorama-style pictures that Gonzalo Alvarez (who was there with Jayson) took with his iPhone. You really have to click on them and open them up full-screen to appreciate them. Again, everybody you see in these pictures is playing petanque!
December 4, 2016
A great turnout today with more than a dozen players. Patrice and Nico joined us for the first time. Lori is off to Belgium for several weeks.
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December 11, 2016
A new player this week— Carl’s wife Judy. Le regard de championne.
Photos – 2016-04-24 — Last day of regular spring play
Photos – 2016-03-06
We had some new players this week, Kay and Marian.
Elaine is back from Newfoundland. 🙂
Photos – 2016-02-28
The bad new is that John and Becky will be heading home this week. They’ve become regulars and we’ll miss them.
The good news is that I got pictures of folks that I missed last week. Here are Sid and Erin. On the right, I lucked out and captured Erin’s follow-thru.
Ron (left) brought a friend and first-time player… Ron (right).
In the last game, I tried for a group photo.
Photos – 2016-02-21
We had five visitors today— Steve, Erin and Sid, and Norman and Carol. I managed to grab only a few photos with my cell phone. That’s Carol pointing, with Steve in the black shirt.
Photos – 2016-02-14
This was a big weekend. Between new regulars and visitors we had 13 players, along with a couple of spectators. Unfortunately I got only a few pix toward the end of the afternoon. I failed to get photos of young Bradley, as well as Etienne, Wilma, and Marianne. We hope to see them again. I did get pix Gary and Ronnie, Dick, and Rich.
Photos – 2016-02-07
This week Rob and Koren are hitting the road, to finish their vacation with friends in Mexico before returning to Alaska. And Jon is heading back to Bellingham, Washington.
We had three visitors – Carol and John, and Hans’s friend Gary.
Here are some action shots. Click on the pictures to see larger images.
Best wishes to Jon, who is heading back to the Seattle area this week.
Here is a slideshow of some pix of the play. Depending on your browser, you might be able to see larger images by right clicking and selecting “Open image in new tab”.
Photos – 2016-01-17
We had a good turnout again this weekend (12 people) with some new visitors… Alan and Fred. Fred also plays in the petanque league at the South 40 RV Park, near Orange Grove Road and I-10.
Rob and Koren brought friends Al and Kay from Logan, Utah. (Al— The petanque club that I was remembering north of Salt Lake City is in Kaysville.)
Photos – 2016-01-10
We had several new players/visitors today. I missed getting pix of Gabriel but I got a few of Becky, John, and Ron.
December 20, 2015
Jon, Steve, Mike, Charlie, Jean-Paul, Ted
Photos of Hans and friends in Bremen
Hans has sent a link to a Dropbox album of photos of him and his friends playing petanque in Bremen.
They play like we do… on an open terrain in a public park with a kids playground nearby.
Here’s the link to the Dropbox album –
April 30, 2014
Today Steve Ferg and Daniel Duflot played their last game, in Cottonwood Lane in Fort Lowell Park. Daniel soon will be flying back to his home near Verdun. We are sad to see him leave.
Aujourd’hui, Steve Ferg et Daniel Duflot ont joué leur dernier match, à Cottonwood Lane dans le parc Fort Lowell. Daniel volera bientôt à son domicile près de Verdun. Nous sommes tristes de le voir partir.
Photos – Mar 16, 2014 – visitors from Prescott, Jerome & France
This week we had visitors from the Jerome petanque club, “Goules with Boules”.
Bill Volk (center) is the ringleader of the Jerome group. That’s locals Jon on the left and Lucien on the right. This week we lost Jon, who is returning to Seattle after enjoying Tucson’s winter climate.
Hans had visitors from Bremen — Willy and Johan — who came down to play. Ella was there also, taking pictures. Unfortunately, I shot most of my pictures into the shade and got nothing. Here are the best that I have.
Photos – Feb 16, 2014
A great turnout today with 11 players — two doubles teams and two triples teams. Visitors Lucien Masson and friend Natacha drove an hour-and-a-half from Pearce to join us. Mario and Karen brought along young Cameron, who stepped in when Jon left and took to the game like a duck to water. Jon, Steve, Tom, Hans, Koren and Rob. Lucien and Hans pretty much mopped the floor with their opponents. The second triples game… Mario, Karen, Cameron vs Koren, Rob, Natacha… was particularly challenging, with winners gaining only one point per end and the scores never more than one point apart until the winning point.
Weather was unseasonably hot for February — we hit 82 degrees around 3 pm — but a light breeze and high cloud cover prevented Solar Grill Syndrome. In fact, the temperature was quite pleasant.
Trying out a new camera, I grabbed a lot of quick long shots. I guess the real star of this particular picture show is our playing area in Reid Park.
Photos – Jan 12, 2014
Playing on the unmarked natural terrain in Reid Park — a Provencal town square, transported to Tucson, Arizona.
I fell down on the job this season. I failed to get pictures of some of our new regulars… Elaine and Linda.
Photos – Mar 15, 2015
Our 2014-15 winter season is winding down. Jon has been back in Seattle for a couple of weeks. Rob and Koren are packing for their trip back to Alaska. Elaine will be heading back to Newfoundland at the end of the month.
But we had some nice drop-in visitors — Margaret (left center), and Lupita (far left) and Erasmo (far right).
Photos – Feb 22, 2015
Photos – Feb 1, 2015
At 11 am this morning the sky was cloudy and gloomy, but the sun came out around noon. By 2 pm the temperature was balmy.
Hans and Dave, and Koren and Rob, and Steve (me) were there, and we had six visitors. Anna was passing thru Tucson on her way to the West Coast. And five folks who had heard of us through the Alliance Française dropped in.
These photos were taken by Koren in December.
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Photos – Nov 16, 2014
Some of our newer and younger players.
Photos – Nov 09, 2014
Several new players this week.
… and Jon is back from the northern wilderness of Edmonds and Seattle.
Photos – Nov 2, 2014
A nice turnout today — 10 players. Two triples teams and two doubles.
Bill, Brian, and Adan are visiting from Jerome and Coolidge.
Kassy, Taylor, Alissa, Logan, and Dakota are new players who have taken to squat pointing more quickly than any new players I’ve ever seen.
Special thanks to Dakota for posing for the picture of picking up the circle too soon.
Photos – advertising via the Loft Cinema
I’ve arranged for some advertising via the Loft Cinema. Over the next several months, a black-and-white 1/8-page ad will appear in their monthly magazine, and they will show an on-screen slide as part of their pre-show advertising.
In the ads, I don’t try to explain what petanque is. That would be impossible in the limited space that we have. My goal is just to let people know that we exist, and how to find us. So the message is simple. There is a Tucson petanque club. If you want to learn more, google “Tucson Petanque Club”.
The 1/8-page ad will look like this, but in black-and-white.
I’m pretty happy with on-screen slide (below). As Matt McCoy (Photoshop wizard on the Loft’s design staff) said, “Just looking at this slide gives you a pretty good idea of what petanque is.” You may recognize the gentleman in red as Marco Foyot, one of the all-time great players of the game. The photo of the players in Bryant Park, in New York City, is courtesy of La Boule New Yorkaise.