No matter where we come from, we all have played some kind of game in which we roll or throw a ball towards a target. Boules, Bocce and Pétanque are the most popular of these types of games. But the differences among the three can be really confusing at times. Now, let’s try to understand how these games differ from each other.
Petanque is a form of boules where the goal is to toss and roll steel or stone balls while standing inside a circle with both feet on the ground. As any game goes, one should know where to play, select the boules to use, and which team goes first. In this sport, one can move the ball by throwing it, letting it fall on the terrain by bounce or roll, or letting it be hit by another ball in the game. Then the players start to throw the jack. One can only put the ball back in its original position if that original position was marked, but it doesn’t mean that one should always mark the locations of everything even though it was once a tradition. One can mark the jack if it is a windy day or in a crowded place. The official FIPJP course of action in