Friday, March 21, 2008

National Tournaments in Sacramento

Greetings FPUSA Members,
This is a preliminary notice to you all that Le Club Francais de Sacramento will be hosting a National Tournament weekend on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18 at Mather Field Park, just off US Hwy 50 in Rancho Cordova, CA.
On Saturday, May 17th, two tournaments will be held concurrently: National Men's Singles Championship and National Women's Singles Championship.
On Sunday, May 18th, the new National Mixed Triples Championship will be held for the very first time. Your team can be comprised of two men one women or two women and one man.
I hope that as many of you as possible will be able to make the trip and enjoy the weekend with your fellow members of our far-flung petanque community. It should be a great time!
Who knows? Maybe some of our East Coast (and MidWest!) members will join the fun -- including our current Men's and Women's Singles Champions, Jean-Pierre Subrenat of La Boule New Yorkaise and Cynthia Stroud of the Maine Boules Club.
You can expect gracious hospitality and good organization from Le Club Francais de Sacramento, who always do a stellar job. CFS will be providing lodging and event information in the coming weeks, but don't hesitate to reserve these dates on your calendar or to book your flight. Accommodations are very reasonable and convenient in Rancho Cordova, and I am sure that CFS will have a good recommendation for you.
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact either myself, CFS Petanque Director Kevin McGill or NW Counselor Jose Gonzales.
Thank you all and Enjoy Petanque!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Canadian Petanque Court

Here are some Pictures of our Friend Claude Lopez that came down to sunny Florida some weeks ago to enjoy the weather and play Petanque, in what it looks like clearing a path to practice our favorite sport, but don't take my word for it.
Come back we miss You! Claude.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Petanque - Guinness World Records - USA

Follow this link for further information:

Joe Zajac from the Michigan Petanque Club is organizing the Guinness World Records Attempt on May 23-25th 2008 in Rochester, Michigan. The event will be held during the tremendously popular Rochester Heritage Festival where he and other participants will attempt to pass the German record of 40 hours 9 minutes, and continue onward towards playing the longest Boule Marathon for 48 hours straight.

Guidelines from London (headquarters for Guinness World Records) lay out a modified doublette configuration with a third "alternate" player standing by for a maximum of 2 hours rest time. (more details will be posted to the World Record Attempt website:

Joe is looking for some Crazy dedicated petanque players who are willing to give up two days of sleep for this cause.

Here are some additional guidelines:

  1. Any FPUSA member is welcome.
  2. Space is very limited as the World Record Attempt will be occuring in the midst of a very popular and busy event (Heritage Festival), so first come first serve. Juan, Mario, Loi and Mamari are filling a court already...
  3. Hotel not needed, obviously, for the entire time as everyone participating has to do the whole 48 hours (Friday & Saturday rest periods (5 minutes (bankable) per hour for rest/breaks) will be spent on the courts). Sunday night accomodations/celebration is in the works...
  4. There might be a small participation fee requested to help pay for a GUINNESS RECORD shirt for the teams to wear (there's gong to be plenty of media present) - These kinds of details to be determined later.
  5. Local sponsors will provide food (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  6. Participating Record Breaking Teams will get to determine a portion of the written entry for the Guinness World Record Book.
  7. During the Record Attempt, there will be a score/point tally for all games resulting in various contests and prizes!

If you have any questions contact Joe Zajac for more Information, and check out the website: and the blogsite: Petanque World Record for the latest developments.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Petanque in the USA



I would like to share with You the most complete and up to date Map (work in Progress) of all the small Clubs across the USA that get together to enjoy the Game of Petanque.

Philippe from Petanque America has been working on this Map for some Years now and is a MUST SEE!.

Click on the Link Below.

No Excuses

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

SE Regional Melee Triples - Results -

After a rainy Night and a bit cold for our taste we all showed up for what was going to be the first FPUSA SE Melee Triples Tournament. To my surprise I asked John Roland why was he setting up the lines to separate the Courts when he replied "this is an FPUSA Event", most of the Players had no idea this was a "Medal" Tournament but just another "let's get together and Play tournament" (including me of course).

When the dust settled, the winners were:
1st Place
John Rolland
Michel Cazenave
Elie Ohayon
2nd Place
Aaron Kianofsky
Regis Argenteri
Alex Canesse
3rd Place
Marc Vedrines,
Marieke Rolland,
Marc Mailloux.

Monday, March 10, 2008

SE Regional Triples - RESULTS -

We started the Day with with the temperature in the upper 50's but it nicely warmed up to the mid seventies by the afternoon.

There were some Players from Sarasota, Lakeworth, Boca, Miami and Canada and after a little Speech by Boca 2000 Club President John Roland and explanation of the Court Rules by Gilles Canesse we were underway for the 2008 SE Regional Triples Tournament.

The Playing was done after 5:00PM with Undefeated Team Roger, Juan and Mario in the final VS Christian , Gerard and Michel.

1st Place

Juan Garcia
Mario Olivieri
Roger Arpaia

2nd Place
Michel Casenave

Chistian Casenave

Gerard Galiano

3rd Place

Jean Jacques Rouillon

Gilles Canesse


Thursday, March 06, 2008

How to Play Petanque Video

Here is a three minute video made by our friends in Washington, D.C. a few years back, showing how our favorite game is played. Those who are curious about the game will find this video a good introduction.

Either click on the screen shot above or this link to view the video.


Tuesday, March 04, 2008

National Doubles Tournament

Sarasota Club de Petanque is going to Host the National Mixed Doubles on March 29th and the Men's and Women's Doubles on March 30th.
Here is some Info sent in by Christian Bousquet, Sarasota club member:

Hampton Inn, 5995 Cattleridge RD [corner bee ridge and cattleman next to I-75, phone: 941-371-1900
Directions to Lakeview Park: Turn left on Bee Ridge ,right on Middlesex,left on Maunaloa,right on Lago, on the first curve is Lakeview park, continue alongside the park until the next parking lot on the left.

Comfort Inn, 5778 Clark Road [Next to I-75] phone # 941-921-7750
Direction to Lakeview Park:Turn Right on Gan, Right on Proctor , over I-75,next flashing lite left [at Baptist Church],
Lakeview park is 1 mille on the right

These two are about 5 minutes from Lakeview park . Lakeview Park's address is 7150 Lago Street if you want to Google or Mapquest it, or you can use these map views of the Area and Courts.

Read on for the registration forms and dinner information.


This information supplements Juan’s posting above and describes the “doubles festival” of tournaments; the National Doubles for Men; for Women; and the National Mixed Doubles all held on the Sarasota Club de Petanque’s courts in Lakeview Park, Sarasota.

These tournaments are open to all FPUSA members who renewed their licenses in January.

Registrations and entry fees must be in the tournament director’s hand by March 22, along with money and reservations for the Saturday evening dinner.

To download the tournament entry forms which also contain club contact information and information about the dinner, click on these links: NAT MENS DOUBLES FORM.pdf

Questions? Contact Gilles Canesse 941-365-5487 or 941-724-1845 or

Monday, March 03, 2008


Petanque America our Friendly Boules Distributor has Announced on their Website an Open Tournament on the Grounds of the newest Club of the FPUSA, CAROLINA PETANQUE based in the Winston-Salem area.

Saturday, May 17

Miller-Park, Winston-Salem, NC

Select doubles (teams of two players)

Start at 10:00 AM

Fee $ 15 per player

For more information contact Philippe Boets:

Petanque America
Phone: 800-682-2557 or 336-454-4129

Fax: 336-454-4131

Or visit his Website