Open and Club Tournaments
OPEN AND CLUB TOURNAMENTS run the gamut from cozy one-day potlucks to multi-day extravaganzas. On one end of the spectrum you have the many beloved and eagerly anticipated local club events like Carolina Pétanque's select doublette at the Lexington Barbecue Festival Weekend, Valley of the Moon's gourmet Grand Concours de Pétanque for mixed triplettes, and your own home club's Annual Mixed Doubles Championship.
On the other end of the spectrum are events like the legendary Emil Furlan Memorial Tournament. A mixed triplette played on a varied landscape of sheltered walnut groves and open rocky terrain, Furlan has been attracting devotees since before the FPUSA was born.
And then there is the star-studded spectacle of the Pétanque America Open, aka Amelia Island. This is the pilgrimage most every boules player will take at least once in their active pétanque-playing life. Here you will get to see some of the greats of the game at play. Marco Foyot, Damien Hureau, Claudy Weibel…the masters up close and personal.
Opens and club tournaments vary greatly in size, scope, format, and intensity, from small, local, and laid-back, to big, national, and intense. Below is a guide to some of the more popular formats. Photo above courtesy of Coast Multimedia. Photo gallery lower left courtesy of Juan Garcia, lower center courtesy of Justin Bo Johns, all other Coast Multimedia.
Some Tournament Terms
A competition in which single opponents play with three boules each.
DOUBLES or DOUBLETTES
Two teams comprised of two players each with three boules compete against each other.
TRIPLES or TRIPLETTES
Two teams comprised of three players each with two boules compete against each other.
A competition in which the teams are picked at random by drawing lots. The teams are the same for the day's competition.
A competition in which the teams are picked somewhat at random. Usually composed of an accomplished player, an intermediate, and a beginner. The teams change for each game throughout the day's competition.
A team composed of member's selected by the captain; could be all men, all women, or a mixture of both.
Any team composed of both men and women; could be a doubles or triples team.