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.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Teach The Trainers

On May 20-23, Tim Channell, Joyce Simpson and the rest of the wonderful members of the Fresno Pétanque Club, in association with the Fresno Chamber of Commerce and Englemann Winery played host to 32 FPUSA members from throughout the country as part of Teach The Trainers seminar, or TTT as it came to be referred. As a special treat for the eager students, Victor Nataf, of the International Federation of Pétanque and Jeu Provençal (FIPJP), was flown in from Marseille, France to conduct the seminar. TTT was three days of all-out pétanque including theory, strategy, training, technique and history. The 32 students were filled with information which combined with their previous knowledge, will enable them to return to their clubs and teach new members about the sport. As if studying the ins and outs of pétanque from 8-5 couldn't satiate anyone, there were a few die-hards in the group who, inspite of the ever-present Fresno mistral, played until the wee hours of the morning.
For a look at all those who successfully graduated and are now recognised by the International Center for the Teaching of Pétanque (CIEP), in association with the FIPJP, as Level One Trainers, click here and then click on the American flag.
To watch a slideshow of the days events, click here

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