Wednesday, May 26, 2010

"Teach The Trainers" a grand success!

Englemann Cellars, site of the TTT
This past weekend, May 19-23rd, was the occasion of the FPUSA Teach The Trainers program in Fresno, California. Skillfully organized by Tim Channell of the Fresno Petanque Club, and conducted by Victor Nataf of the FIPJP (the international petanque federation) the 32 FPUSA players from around the country met for 3 full days of instruction and hands on training on the courts to show them how to design programs for younger players and for adults new to the game.

Gary explaining a drill to Frank

Going through the line doing one of the drills.

There was plenty of classroom instruction at the local Fresno winery (Englemann Cellars) that had donated its facilities for our use, and lots of outside activities demonstrating different drills and exercises useful to teaching new players basic skills and strategy. The focus of the training was to enable those of us who attended to understand and consider the elements necessary to construct a program of training sessions that would enable a new player to progress through the game. Indeed, our final exam was to layout a training session on some element of shooting that would fit into a one year program of instruction.

Victor using the big screen to illustrate his points.

Assuming all passed this exam, each will be issued a certificate showing them as Level 1 Instructors in Petanque.

After the class sessions each day, there was a reception allowing us to taste that winery's products, followed by dinners, catered and also at a local restaurant.

Dining "family style" at a local Basque restaurant

Needless to say, one great value of the TTT was the opportunity for those attending to network, often with others whom they were meeting for the first time, to compare thoughts and plan for a continued relationship in the ongoing process of developing and spreading awareness of the sport of petanque.

Victor receives a plaque in appreciation of his work with us. (photo courtesy Philippe of PA)

The generous support of time and money from both the FPUSA and the Fresno club for this first time effort guaranteed that the TTT was a grand success. The follow up will be for our Certified Trainers to begin the process of conducting training in their communities.

(photo courtesy of Ken Lee)
One of those attending, Ken Lee of LPM will soon have additional photos on his LPM blog

Video link to the Fresno local TV broadcast of the event. Try it soon because it won't be up for long.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Calling all Juniors and Women's Qualifier teams!

Here is a heads up, a preview, from La Petanque Mariniere and Ed Porto about the Qualifier tournaments for the Junior and Women's teams to be hosted by our great club in San Rafael, CA during the weekend of July 17-18, 2010.

Women's Qualifier
Saturday: qualifying games
Sunday: pools and elimination

Juniors' Qualifier
Saturday and/or Sunday formats will depend on turnout.

Saturday "Open" Select Doubles Tournament
Space may be limited depending on turnout in the main events, so advance reservations may be required.
Format will depend on number of teams.

Sunday "Open" Select Triples Tournament
Space may be limited depending on turnout in the main events, so advance reservations may be required.
This tournament will include teams from the main events who do not qualify for their respective pools and playoffs.
Format will depend on the number of teams. The tournament will be completed in time so that everyone can watch the Qualifier finals.

Lunches will be available and/or included in the entry fees. Details to be announced by La Petanque Mariniere.

There will be a very reasonably priced court-side BBQ on Saturday evening after the games are completed. Details and reservation forms to come.

Awards ceremonies and aperitif at the courts will follow the games on Sunday.

La Petanque Mariniere is gearing up to make this a great weekend - for all our Qualifier participants, for those who would like to compete in either or both of the "open" tournaments, and for those who come as spectators and supporters.

Hotel Information for the Women’s World Qualifier and Junior World Qualifier July 17 & 18, 2010

Hotels are listed in order of their proximity to the Courts.

1) Embassy Suites 101 McInnis Pkwy San Rafael, CA 415-499-9222 (location San Rafael)

2) Four Points Sheraton 1010 Northgate Dr San Rafael, CA 415-479-8800 (location San Rafael)

3) Villa Inn 1600 Lincoln Ave San Rafael, CA 415-456-4975

4) Colonial Inn 1735 Lincoln Ave San Rafael, CA 415-453-9188 reservation: 888-785-2111

5) Courtyard by Marriott 2500 Larkspur Landing Circle Larkspur, CA 415-925-1800 reservation: 800-321-2211

6) Marin Suites Hotel 45 Tamal Vista Blvd Corte Madera, CA 415-924-3608 reservation: 800-362-3372

7) Best Western Petaluma

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

New York Petanque Club Open!

The New York Petanque Club has updated its June 19-20tournament to be a doubles and it is sure to be a great success. More information is on their website, click here.

Monday, May 03, 2010

John Rolland Annual Select Tournament

John Rolland Annual Select Tournament

Boca Petanque, 16700 Jog Road
November 20th and 21st 2010

Open only to the 1st registered 24 "Doublettes" Entry Fee $100.00 per Player.
 Includes Dinner (Prize Ceremony)
 Sunday Night the 21st , (guest $20.00) also Breakfast every morning, coffee, pastries... Lunch Available: Mergez, Hamburgers, Salad...

Schedule: Friday the 19th.

Drawing of the Teams: 7:30PM at a local Restaurant. (information will Follow at a later Date)

Saturday the 20th: The Games start promply at 9:00 AM.
There will Be 4 pools of 6 teams with 5 Games on Saturday.
Main Tournament: 1st and 2nd of the Pool, 1st Consolante 3r and 4th of Pool, 2nd Consolante 5th and 6th of Pool.


Friday the 19th: From 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM Shooter Contest. Cost $5.00 at 4: PM: 1st 6 Qualified Shooters will Play: 1/4, 1/2 and Final.
 PURSE: $100.00 + all inscription Money. (split: 50% of the Purse to the 1st  + Trophy, then 30%, 10%, 10%.

3 to 5 Games on Sunday: 9:00 AM

Tournament Prizes

For the 24 "Doublettes"

Tournament Prizes 

1st  $2000 + Trophy
2nd $900
3rd $400
4th $400
5th $200

1st Consolante Prizes

1st  $500
2nd $200

2nd Consolante Prizes

1st  $200
2nd $100 

Please make check payable to: Boca Petanque 2000.
Send Check and Entry Form as soon as Possible to:

John Rolland
5788 Wind Drift Lane
Boca Raton, FL. 33433

Organized by: John Rolland, Claude Laulhe and Alain Brunette


Saturday, May 01, 2010

SE Regional Triples - Sarasota, FL.

We just had the SE Regional Select Triples on April 24th and the following day April 25th the SE Regional Melee Triples. The weekend was perfect and the rain stayed away until the end of the second day of play.
The playing ground changed from one day to another, softer and slower on Saturday and hard and faster on Sunday, just to keep it interesting.
 The Results are as Follow:

SE Select Triples

1st Gilles Canese, Salem Touati, Juan Garcia

2nd Eric Moutard, Marcel Kallanian,Christian Bousquet

3rd David Bloom, Brenda Green, John Hayes

SE Melee Triples

1st Eric Moutard, Marcel Kallanian,Salem Touati

2nd Gilles Canese,Juan Garcia, Stephane Sollieux

3rd David Bloom, Richard Goodin, Christian Bousquet

4th John Hayes, Joan Sollieux, Jacques Bajard

SE Regional Triples - PICTURES