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Rules for Boules

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Rules for BoulesDOWNLOAD OR PRINT OFF RULES FOR BOULES HERE
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Simple Rules for Playing Boules (Ptanque):


Size of Teams:

You can play the game with two teams of one, two or three players on each side.

Number of Boules per Player:

With teams of 1 or 2 players, each player has 3 boules
With teams of 3 players, each has 2 boules.

Choosing the Throwing Place:

Toss a coin to see which team plays first.
Any player in the team that wins the toss chooses where to draw a circle on the ground in which every player will stand to throw their boules.
The circle should be about 0.5m in diameter and at least 1m from any obstacle (wall, tree, edge of playing area, etc).
The team that wins the toss is also the team that throws first.

Throwing the (Jack) Cochonnet:

A Player of the winning toss team then throws the "cochonnet" between 4m and 8m, or 6 to 10 paces from the circle in any direction. It also must not be closer than 1m from any obstacle.

Playing the First Boule:

Any player from the first team then throws the first boule, trying to get it as close as possible to the "cochonnet" without touching it.
Both feet must stay together on the ground and within the circle while throwing and until the boule has landed.

The Other Team:

A player from the other team then steps into the circle and tries to place a boule closer to the cochonnet than their opponent, or to knock the opponent's boule away.
You must throw within 1 minute of your turn starting.
The boule nearest to the cochonnet is said to be "holding the point".

Who's Turn to Play:

The players in the team that is not "holding" continue throwing until they place a boule closest to the cochonnet, and so on.
Players on the same team do not have to take alternate throws, but players must always play their own boules.

When One Team has No More Boules Left:

When a team has no more boules left to play, the players of the other team throw theirs and try to place them as close as possible to the cochonnet.

Counting the Points:

When both teams have no more boules left, you stop and count up the points.
The winning team scores one point for each boule nearer the cochonnet than the opponents closest.
Only one team can score points in each round.

Starting the Next Round:

A player from the team that has won throws the cochonnet from a new circle drawn round the cochonnet's last position.

The winners are the first team to reach 13 points (or whatever total you decide).

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