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New play day! Tuesdays!

CCPC membership has approved changing our regular Monday play day to Tuesday, instead. This allows our play days to be more evenly spaced and we will have access to restroom facilities on Tuesdays. We now play on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. We are in our “hot season” hours so we are playing in the mornings at Lay Park: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am. Sunday mornings at 9:30am. When the weather cools, we’ll switch back to afternoon play. Come play boules y’all!

CCPC Swag! Patches & Stickers now available!

$5 each – only a few left so, get ’em while they last!

CCPC has patches for sale to our members at $5 each. These are very high-quality cloth patches, 3″ diameter, that can be attached to hats, clothing, bags, etc. We only have about 20 left! email: info@athenspetanque.org to reserve yours!

2 stickers for $1 – they are on rolls so, let us know how many you need. Great for showing your CCPC pride and for giving to other teams at tournaments!

Stickers! These are about 3″ square and will hold up to the elements so, you can put them on cars, boule cases, etc. Many of us are buying them to pass out to tournament opponents as gifts – everybody loves stickers! (Note: The purchase of these stickers was made through private donations but the CCPC will receive any profits or extra stickers after the initial cost is recovered.)

CANCELLED! APL Announces New Tournament date Sept. 13th, 2020

THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED! ORIGINAL POST: Well, the April Boules event that the Atlanta Petanque League had to cancel has now been rescheduled.

The message from Peter and Tricia:

Positive news! Roswell Annual April Boules event in Atlanta now rescheduled to an OPEN Select Doubles on Sunday, September 13th 2020,

8:30 AM registration, 9 AM let the games begin!

I you are ready to join  us for the fun and hospitality, please register before September 8th.

For those who already paid and are unable to make it and need a refund, please let us know.

Save the date for next year April Boules Days April 17&18th 2021 at Riverside Park in Roswell.

A bientot

Peter & Tricia

NOTE: This is now a 1-day event and it is no longer a FPUSA tournament. As it is an open tournament, anyone can register and you do not need FPUSA competition boules.

Playing through the pandemic

COVID-19 has forced us to all think about the health and safety of ourselves and each other. We all want to play! We all wish it were not risky to be around others. However, the reality is that we simply must take every precaution. The CCPC Board has been through many hours of discussions and has solicited the input of our members. We’ve also been in contact with FPUSA and clubs around the country to get their best ideas and advice.

So, we have resumed our play dates and our members have been most cooperative, thoughtful, and careful. We wear masks at all times – nobody likes it but, we all know we must. We have changed rules and “relaxed” certain parts of the FPUSA rules in order to make this work. The games move more slowly as we must allow everyone a chance to collect their boules while maintaining at least 6 feet of separation. We wait because only one person in the game is allowed to move the ring. It’s tedious but, we are playing petanque!

With a close watch on keeping our distance, we can’t have triples games right now. We can’t use all 4 courts at Lay Park. In other words, we’ve been forced to limit the number of players who can play simultaneously to only 8 or 12. Some of us have to wait our turns to get into a game. Some of us have to sit out for a game. This, more than anything, really clobbers our long-standing policy of making sure that everyone can get into a game, without having to wait, and welcoming each player into a game as they arrive. It kills me to see any eager player just waiting for their chance to play! But, it is what it is, for now…

We have had to start using time limits on games. As more of our club members and guests begin to come out to play, we may have to have even shorter games. None of this is desirable but, probably necessary. We will get through this with your help and consideration. Please continue to make suggestions – we are always listening.

Allez CCPC!

Al Davison

Sports Director, CCPC

Upcoming Events – Tournaments and Challenges are all CANCELLED!

Greetings CCPC members!

The calendar for competitions is about to change dramatically! Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

March 1st – 6 of us played in a triples tournament in Sanford, FL.   1 women’s team and 1 men’s team. We got to play this one and had a blast!

March 21st – the March APL monthly challenge comes to Lay Park!   Cancelled.

April 18-19 – APL “April Boules” Doubles tournament.   Cancelled.

April 26th – Carolina Petanque hosts a FPUSA Regional Triples tournament in Asheville.   Cancelled.

Remember this always:   Whether or not you choose to enter a competition, everyone is always welcome at Classic City Petanque!   Our members who are competing love having you play with them and against them as they prepare for the upcoming events!

Resources and links you should have:

www.athenspetanque.org – that’s our CCPC club website where we post lots of useful stuff

https://atlpetanqueleague.com/ — the Atlanta Petanque League’s website

https://www.usapetanque.org/uploads/3/4/9/7/34979601/2020_fpusa_calendar_2019_1216.pdf  — the full 2020 FPUSA tournament calendar

https://www.athenspetanque.org/posts/ccpc-calendar-for-1st-quarter/  — our calendar for 1st Quarter 2020

Finally, for more info about what it’s like to enter and play in a tournament or what the terrains are like in the tournament locations, just ask us.   CCPC members who have competed on many of these terrains and at several tournaments include:

Al, Heidi, Rob, Allen, Frank, and Sally.   Gail and Diane are heading into their first FPUSA tournaments and they can tell you their experiences after March 1st.   Our affiliate members, Honor, Gary, and Dennis have lots of tournament experience.  We are all happy to share our experiences!

Ask me anything!

Al

sportsdirector@athenspetanque.org

CCPC Calendar for 1st Quarter

Thanks to Debbie McCaleb for putting this calendar together for us! Look for updates every quarter. NOTE: Many of these events have been cancelled during the current national crisis. More info as it becomes available.

The APL Challenges listed above are the monthly Challenge tournaments that the Atlanta Petanque League hosts. These events are primarily for the benefit of the APL members but sometimes they have space for a few more players. Our Sports Director stays in regular contact with them and will be able to help CCPC members to know when there are some slots open. It varies from month-to-month and we don’t usually know very far in advance. They are great fun to play! The typical format is a doubles tournament although it can switch to triples on short notice. CCPC players should be prepared to be added to a team of APL players rather than compete as a team. It’s a bit adhoc but that just adds to the fun. Here is some basic info about how it works:

APL CHALLENGE RULES

4 matches 45 minutes. Finish the end you are playing and end the game! If game tied, finish that end to break the tie. If still tied, play one more end to break the tie. If that end does not break the tie, winner decided by cumulative differential of points from previous games. If no previous games played, then ties are decided by coin toss!

Federation of Petanque USA rules will prevail.  

Winners will be determined by:

A. Number of wins.

B. If tied, by cumulative differential of points.

C. If still tied, by fewest points won.

D. If still tied, by fewest points surrendered.

E. if still tied, a coin flip. Lowest numbered team will call heads or tails. If there is a single player and no partner available, that player will “be a team” and play 6 boules.

FPUSA Calendar for 2020

Just released! https://www.usapetanque.org/uploads/3/4/9/7/34979601/2020_fpusa_calendar_2019_1216.pdf

Just look at how many tournaments are less than 4 hours away! After the Atlanta tournament, there are several in NC – if you’ve never played one of Carolina Petanque’s tournaments then, you are in for a treat. Wait until you see what fabulous petanque complexes they have in Winston-Salem and Morganton! Start making your travel plans…CCPC is going to have a strong presence.

Carolina Petanque – Great news from our good friends!

Greetings:

2019 season is wrapping up and I would like to thank everyone for a great year!

Carolina Petanque in now the second largest club in the nation with an official number of 109 members; we have added a few members since the FPUSA census in September. In addition we are playing regularly at 7 locations which is more than the entire North East Region combined this gives our members more opportunities to play and more exposure for the sport. Carolina Petanque has been very successful in hosting official FPUSA tournaments and continues to offer additional competitions and events for our members elevating the club’s experience and competitiveness. Fortunately we also had two members on the USA national team at the World Competition in Cambodia in November. 

It has been a busy year and it looks like things are only going to get better in 2020!

The Carolina Petanque Board has bid on the following FPUSA Tournaments in 2020 and we have been given the following to host.

Mid America Select Triples April 26th at Asheville.

National Men’s Triples July 25 – 26 at Morganton

Women’s Triples World Qualifier July 25 – 26 at Morganton.

Mid America Men’s Doubles August 29 at Winston Salem

Mid America Women’s Double August 29 at Winston Salem

Mid America Mixed Double October 10 at Morganton

In addition to the FPUSA tournaments we have been discussing several other club/open tournaments though out the year and will send out information as we confirm dates and locations.

Note on the two National tournaments on July 25 -26. The men’s the team that wins this tournament will be the USA National Triples Team, however that does not mean that the FPUSA will send/sponsor the team to go to an international tournament 2021 but could be eligible to play if something comes up. The women’s team that wins the Women’s Triples World Qualifier will represent the USA at the World Championship in 2021. I have heard that it will be held in Thailand or New Zealand but it will not be finalized until sometime in 2020. If anyone has questions concerning the tournaments please send me an email.

In addition to tournaments in 2020 we hope that we are able to expand our locations to give more people the opportunity to participate in the sport in the Carolinas and build our membership to be the largest club in the nation.

What we need from you to make this a successful year is to renew your membership or sign up as a new member of Carolina Petanque. Currently we are awaiting the FPUSA to start taking memberships for 2020. I will send an email on how to renew or sign up when the time comes

Carolina Petanque will also need your help in 2020 volunteering at events and at the different locations expanding our player/membership base and keep Carolina Petanque growing. Without your efforts what has been accomplished and what can be is not possible. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered time, effort, and money to the club! It is greatly appreciated!

Finally this is a election year for Carolina Petanque and we need you to consider running for a position on the Board. All positions are open, President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, and Sports Director. If you are interested in volunteering your time to serve on the Board I will explain in detail  what is required and what would be expected from holding a position. I will be taking nominations for officer positions until December 31. To nominate someone or to run for a position you must be a Carolina Petanque member. In January, Carolina Petanque will hold the election.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to you and your family!

Kirk Edwards

Carolina Petanque President