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rules of


 1. setting up teams

Form 2 teams of 2 players and play with 3 balls each,

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or form 2 teams of 3 players and play with 2 balls each.

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 2. start of the game

Draw lots to determine which team will throw the ball first. A player from the team that goes first places the jack at a distance of 6 to 8 meters. He then stands inside the circle and throws a ball, aiming as close to the jack as possible.

The opposing team then throws a ball.

The team whose ball is the furthest from the jack has to keep playing until one of its balls get closer to the jack compared to the other team’s closest ball.

 3. course of a round

- After each throw, the best-placed ball "holds the point" and leads the round.

- The team not holding the point plays its balls until it regains the point. If they fail to do so, they play all their balls.

- When a team runs out of balls, the opposing team plays its remaining balls to score as many points as possible.

 4. counting points 

- At the end of each lead, the points are counted.

All the balls of the same team that are closest to the jack, by being better placed than those of the opposing team, earn a point.

- For example, if a team has two balls better placed than its opponent's, it wins two points.


 5. Specific rules 

Dead Ball :


A ball that touches the wooden court frame is declared "Dead" and must be removed from the court. It will not count for points.


Drowned jack = round cancelled


If a ball moves the jack and the jack touches the wood, the round is cancelled.

The team with the jack throws it again. If only one team has balls left, it scores as many points as balls remaining.


The game ends when a team reaches 13 points.

History of


Provençal game

Since the end of the 19th century, the Provençal game, also known as La Longue, was the most popular balls game. It required good balance and precision, requiring three moving steps to shoot.

Les Pés tanqués

Legend has it that in 1907 in La Ciotat, a man severely handicapped by rheumatism could no longer play La Longue. To enable him to participate, his friends drew a circle on the ground and invented "Lou Pés tanqués", where everyone plays standing with their feet in the circle.

The world's 1st inclusive game had just been created.

the pétanque

While retaining its DNA imbued with the strong values of sharing and conviviality, the « pés tanqués » gave way to « pétanque »in 1910 with the 1st pétanque tournament, still in La Ciotat.

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Synthetic petanque on
La terrasse des jeux

To make this sport even more accessible, we've set up temporary pétanque courts with synthetic carpeting and soft boules, which are the same weight and diameter as metal balls.

That's how we came to invest in La Terrasse des Jeux, to help you discover this elegant and exciting sport!

values of


Inclusion and fraternity are the original values of pétanque! The rules and equipment of a game have been adapted to make it accessible to everyone.

Respect is an integral part of the rules of this game with its authentic and powerful values.

Respect for rules, partners and opponents

The notion of sharing between players is very important. Communication takes place naturally in a relaxed atmosphere.

Strategy is also a pillar of pétanque. It contributes to the competitive aspect of the game and reveals team spirit.

Petanque is a sport that requires concentration and precision to perform well.

Emotion, simply vibrate!

It's a sport and an activity that's all about shared emotions. Joy, sadness, tension, stress, relief...

What could be more enjoyable than shooting your opponent's ball ?

What could be more pleasurable than succeeding in placing your ball just in front of the jack, despite the opponent’s balls in the way !

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