In late September the new FPUSA website, www.usapetanque.org, went online. The new site represents a large scale expansion over its predecessor, combining as it does not only the functions of the old FPUSA location, but also the those of the Landing Spot. Other new features are web pages for each of the FPUSA-affiliated clubs that include a brief description of the club, its practice hours, links to websites, Smugmug folders, Facebook pages, local contact information, and a map to its terrain. Sport director Etienne Rijkheer assisted with the creation of the areas of the competition section that derived from the Landing Spot, so all of the tournament calendars, results, regulations, entry forms, and reports remain just as they were on the Landing Spot, which officially will go dark October 1st.
The developers, volunteers Dan Feaster and Nan Walter, kept two audiences in mind while creating the look and feel of the site. They wanted to provide useful information not only for the experienced pétanque player, but also for the newbie, or even the casual browser who might stumble across our pages. The overarching idea is to have the Newsletter and the website work together as useful tools not only to inform the current membership, but to serve as effective recruiting tools for pétanque.