About the Club
The Edmonds Petanque Club was started by Michelle Martin. Chris Guitton, a person of exceptional talent, active in many organizations, helped Michelle organize the structure of the Edmonds Petanque Club in 2011. Chris passed away in 2016. To honor his memory the club awards the Chris Guitton trophy to the winners of its annual League. Together with 47 other similar clubs throughout the country, it is affiliated with the sport’s national association, the Federation of Petanque U.S.A., Inc.
Initially comprised of eight members, the club typically has between eighty and ninety members of diverse backgrounds, making it among the largest in the United States.
The club provides a framework for casual play most days of the week, and sponsors leagues and tournaments throughout the year. Club members also participate in tournaments hosted by other clubs in the region, and several have arranged for play in Europe.
Through its games and related activities, the club provides a ready and enjoyable means for introductions and socialization of persons new to Edmonds and long-term residents alike. Members often form new friendships that soon extend to other endeavors.
The club enjoys the support of many local merchants, and hosts an annual tournament to benefit the Edmonds Food Bank. It works closely with the City, the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, local schools and other organizations in an effort to serve the community while promoting the sport.
Having a single principal location for its activities has been instrumental in the growth of the club. That will continue with the renovation of the Civic Playfield at 6th and Bell, which is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2022. The club was an active contributor to the design of that project, which will include new petanque courts that will be capable of accommodating all of the club’s play, leagues and tournaments.
About the Game
The Game of Petanque
Petanque (pronounced “pay-tonk”) is a French game with a long history dating back into the Middle Ages and even further to Roman times. As a cousin to Italian bocce or English lawn bowling, petanque challenges players to toss steel “boules” closer than their opponents to a small wooden ball called the “cochonnet.” The current game was invented in 1910 at a cafe in the Provence region of southern France, where in the local language pieds tanqués means “fixed feet.” As the story goes, good friends adopted a more mobile version of the game, requiring an active run-up, in order to accommodate a good friend whose movement had been restricted by illness. In this way, petanque was born. Indeed, each player in turn must stand inside a marked circle and attempt to throw his or her ball closer to the target cochonnet. That seems simple enough, but every moment of every game is unique. Petanque is played on a gravel surface, and the terrain itself may be uneven. Opponents block one’s best shots or even remove a well-placed ball by “shooting” it away from the target with a strategic arching toss through the air. Luck plays a definite role in any game, but skills of “pointing” close to the target or “shooting” as described may be honed over time. Games are played between two individuals or by teams of two or three players each. The inexpensive game requires only a modest investment in equipment that will last for years. Most important, petanque offers a fun chance to meet with new and old friends, practice one’s skills, and enjoy the day..
Rules of Petanque
The rules of petanque are determined by the Fédération Internationale de Pétanque et Jeu Provençal. These rules are applicable to all the national federations, the member associations of the FIPJP. In the United States, the governing body for all matters pertaining to the sport is the FPUSA.
To read or download the rules of petanque, click here.
The Edmonds Petanque Club welcomes individuals who wish to play the game of petanque. We strive to be friendly and inclusive and accommodate both casual and competitive players. These guidelines are intended to improve our play, promote mutual respect, and keep our games fun! For more information about the game and our club, keep navigating our website.
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