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!



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:


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!


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

Ten Basic Petanque Rules for Beginners

Allen has revised and created his condensed rules for beginners. It varies a little from his “Top Ten FPUSA Rules” that are designed for players heading into FPUSA competition. Many thanks, Allen!

 Ten Basic Petanque Rules for Beginners

When it’s your team’s turn to play

1. Placing the circle, throwing the jack, and playing the first boule: These functions are usually carried out by the same team player. If you are new to petanque, allow an experienced player to perform these functions while you watch and learn. When you’ve learned how to do these things, your team may ask you to do them.

2. Marking the circle: When you’ve advanced sufficiently to start an end, be sure to mark the circle, and mark it before you throw the jack.

3  Foot faults: Keep both feet entirely within the circle and keep both feet on the ground until your boule lands.

4. Playing a boule: After the last boule stops rolling, you will have one minute to plan and execute your next play. There are two main types of play: pointing, in which you just try to throw your boule as close to the jack as possible; and shooting, in which you try to knock away an opponent’s boule. While you’re learning the game, it’s best to just point.

5. Picking up the circle: If you have played the last boule of the end, pick up the circle, carry it to the other end, and drop it around or behind the jack where it will not disrupt the measuring of boules and the counting of points.

When it’s your opponent’s turn to play

6. After throwing and gaining the point: You and your teammates must immediately proceed to a valid standing area so that the opponents, now in their 1-minute time limit, have clear room to examine the situation and plan their next play.

7. Where to stand: Stand beyond the jack, at least 2 meters from the line of play, when an opponent is playing. The line of play extends beyond the jack, so you cannot stand on the other side of the jack in line with the opponent’s next throw. You may also stand behind the circle, but standing beyond the jack gives you a better view and prepares you to examine the results of your opponent’s throw and plan your next play. Just don’t stand between the circle and the jack. Stand still and don’t talk during the regulation time allowed for the opponents to plan and execute their next play. When a teammate is playing, you may stand anywhere you wish.

Behavioral rules

8. What to do: https://www.athenspetanque.org/ccpc-code-of-conduct/

9. What not to do: https://www.athenspetanque.org/ccpc-code-of-conduct/

10. Ultimate objective: HAVE FUN!

Visitors / Guests – how to introduce people to petanque

We have had a great many new faces at our CCPC club play days and we hope to have more. Here are some guidelines to help folks understand what’s a good idea and what’s not such a good idea as we continue to see many new faces showing up to see what this game is all about.

The most important thing to remember when introducing someone to the game is that you should emphasize that it’s simple and FUN! Nobody will care about all the nuances, rules, strategies, etc. if the game isn’t fun.

When someone comes out to try petanque for the first time or two:

  – make sure they have fun!   They came to play a game – not to have a lesson.

  – give them 2 minutes or less instruction and put them into a game

  – throughout the game, give them a very, very short tip or two on some occasions – never more than 1 tip per end

  – let them learn the rules through observation and asking questions; nobody needs to know all the rules on the first day

  – invite questions but don’t volunteer too much information;  petanque is fun but lectures are not

– Never forget that you’re in a game with other people, too. Everyone will welcome the new player and be happy to help but nobody will be happy if you are delaying the game with a long-winded explanation.

Tournament Season Recap

Members of CCPC had a wonderful 2019 tournament season! Those who participated from our club were Allen, Sally, Heidi, Al, Frank, Diane, Rob, Ron, Maliko, Gabbi, Gail, Honor, Marilyn, Ray, and Debbie. In some cases, our members teamed up with players from other clubs for the events. There are many photos on our Facebook page but, here are some of the highlights:

CCPC was represented at these FPUSA tournaments this season:

Atlanta Petanque League Regional Triples – 2 teams + 1 member

Asheville/Carolina Petanque Regional Triples – 2 teams

Winston-Salem/Carolina Petanque Regional Doubles – 1 team + 2 members

Morganton/Carolina Petanque Regional Doubles – 1 team + 1 member

Oh-La-La National Women’s Doubles – 2 members

Oh-La-La National Men’s Doubles – 1 member

Oh-La-La National Mixed Doubles – 3 members

Amelia Island Women’s Compact Double (not FPUSA) – 2 teams

Amelia Island Open (not FPUSA) – 5 teams + 1 member

As a result of all this traveling and competing, we made a ton of new friends and gained a lot of attention and respect in the wider petanque “family”. We have great relationships with members of many, many clubs around the country. While we may not have brought home any medals, we can proudly say that it was a smashing success! Now, a break from the traveling and the competitions until April 2020 – the Atlanta Petanque League’s FPUSA Select Doubles tournament. As much fun as we have at the tournaments, it will be nice to just play some social, casual, and fun petanque with our own club at our home turfs before we get ready to do it all again in 2020 with many more of our CCPC members planning to compete!

New CCPC equipment!

We now have a proper rake! The Board approved the purchase of a new landscaping rake that we can use to smooth and groom the terrains without digging in and pulling up the big pieces of gravel underneath the playing surface. The “trick” is to only use the flat side – never the teeth. While too much grooming is still discouraged, we can now groom and smooth in the correct way to keep our courts the nicest in Georgia.

We have circles! The Board also approved the purchase of 4 new Obut circles that we were able to purchase at a discount and without paying for shipping while we were participating in the Amelia Open tournament.