WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL BLOG for La Pétanque Marinière in San Rafael, California. LPM has been an active Marin pétanque club since 1972 and affiliated with the Fédération of Pétanque USA, since 1975. We welcome people of all abilities, ages and nationalities to come and enjoy pétanque with us.

The Pierre Joske Courts are located on Civic Center drive in San Rafael. (click for directions). Casual games are played every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from about 1 pm. Tournament play is usually held on the second Sunday of every month.

Please consult the links on the sidebar to the right for more information on clubs in the bay area, nationally and world wide.

If you would like to play but haven't any boules, please contact our President, Christine Cragg, or Ken Lee. They can bring some for you to use, as well as introduce you to the basic skills and techniques of pétanque. In addition, if you are looking to purchase boules but are unsure as to which size and weight are right for you, we have a range of different examples from which to choose.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Teach the Trainers

The F.I.P.J.P. - Fédération Internationale de Pétanque et Jeu Provençal is the world governing body of pétanque located in Marseille, France. Part of their international role is to establish national pétanque federations around the world, just like our very own Federation Pétanque USA . One of their other major roles is to travel the world and teach leaders of national federations how to teach pétanque to their affiliate clubs.
During the past three months, Robert Pierre, FPUSA International Liaison, has been in discussions with the International Federation and FPUSA national leadership about bringing their certified pétanque training clinic, “Teach the Trainers” to the United States. The International Federation has agreed to offer one U.S. certified trainer‟s clinic in May 2010, and it will be in Fresno. FPC is proud to host this 4-day event for USA and International pétanque.
Pétanque clubs across the United States will send one or two of their members to receive this certified training. After the completion of the clinic each participant will be listed by the International Federation as a certified pétanque trainer. We are anticipating registering up to 35 FPUSA members in this clinic.

May 20, 2009A video rendering on future Fresno, California petanque terrain. Home to the largest and fastest growing petanque club in the United States. Find out more at www.FresnoPetanque.com

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