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Basic Rules

of

Petanque

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1 The game is played by two teams of one, two or three players. In singles or doubles, each player uses 3 boules. In triples, each player uses 2 boules. There must be no more than 12 boules on the ground.
2. Players use steel boules of diameter between 70.5mm and 80mm. The weight must be in the range of between 650g and 800g. The target ball - the cochonnet or "coche" - is made of wood and must be between 25mm and 35mm in diameter.

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3 The team to play first is chosen by the toss of a coin. Any player in this team chooses a starting place and draws a circle on the ground in which to stand. This should be between 35cm and 50cm in diameter and and at least 1m from any obstacle
4. The player then throws the cochonnet between 6m and 10m from the circle in any direction. It also must not be closer than 1m from any obstacle (wall, tree, boundary of playing area, etc).

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5. He/she then throws the first boule, trying to get it as close as possible to the cochonnet. Note: both feet must remain on the ground and within the circle until the boule has landed.
6. A player from the opposing team then steps into the circle and tries to place a boule closer to the cochonnet than his or her opponent, or knock the opponents boule away. The boule nearest to the cochonnet leads or is said to be "holding the point"

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7. It is then up to the players in the team that is not "holding" to continue until they achieve a leading boule, and so on.
8. When a team has no more boules to be played, the players of the other team throw theirs and try to place them as close as possible to the cochonnet.
9. When the two teams have no more boules, the points are counted. The winning team scores one point for each boule nearer the cochonnet than the opponents closest.

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10. A player from the team that has won the previous end throws the cochonnet from the place where it was at the conclusion of the end. The winners are the first team to reach 13 points.