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. 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, November 20, 2013

5th Annual Pétanque America Open

Here's a great video of how beautiful, convivial and just plain FUN pétanque can be.
Filmed at the 5th annual Pétanque America Open in Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Florida, there were some 128 teams from  approximately 11 countries and 22 states competeing yet spending one of the greatest weekends of the year one can have playing pétanque.
Thanks to Philippe Boets, The Amelia Island Boules Club, All of the Volunteers, The Food Vendors and Local Restaurants, The Cities of Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island,  Heritage and 8 Flags of Amelia Airport Transportations, The Hampton Inn & Suites and many others who made this fantastic weekend possible for all of us.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

2013 LPM Interclub

Greetings Everyone,
This it to be sure everyone knows that the 2013 Interclub has been cancelled.
VOMPC is hosting the Marco Foyot tour on that weekend.  I am hoping that many of you are going to be participating in their events. 
If you are a club contact, please pass this message on.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Petanque growing in popularity in South Lake Tahoe


Tony Lyle won Lake Tahoe Petanque Club’s inaugural competition.
After a tightly fought game, Lyle beat Steve Heslop in the finals of the adult singles class.
In an ironic coincidence Scott Heslop (son of Steve Heslop) defeated Noah Lyle (son of Tony Lyle) to be crowned champion in the junior class. The competition was Sept. 22.
Jessica Williams plays a round of petanque. Photo/Provided
Jessica Williams plays a round of petanque. Photo/Provided
Petanque takes about 20 minutes to learn, is not too physically demanding and can be played on a range of surfaces, except grass, concrete or asphalt. Petanque or boules, as the game is also known, are not the same as bocce ball, but similar. Bocce is of Italian descent and is more of a bowling game. The French game of petanque is more of a tossing game. Bocce balls are rolled palm up whereas petanque balls or boules are thrown palm down to get a backspin. Petanque boules are about the size of an orange.
The club has been meeting weekly during the summer at members’ private homes. The goal is to create a public location for the club to meet and play.
The club is affiliated with the Federation of Petanque USA and the International Federation of Petanque and Jeu Provencal (FIPJP). The Lake Tahoe Petanque Club is an informal, casual club and welcomes players of all abilities, ages and nationalities. For more information visit the club website.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Marco Foyot USA Tour

International Petanque Champion Marco Foyot will  be visiting a dozen locations across the country where he will conduct clinics on skills of the game and also compete against local FPUSA club players. The public is very welcome to come and watch 
Click HERE for complete tour detailsarco Foyot will  be visiting a dozen locations across the

Friday, August 30, 2013

LPM Annual Lamb Picnic

LPM Annual Lamb Picnic
Open Mêlée Tournament
Guests and newcomers are welcome!
Sunday – Sept. 8, 2013
Mark your calendars & Make your reservations!!!
Tournament Registration ends promptly @ 11 AM 
Tournament entry fee $5.00 per person
No Cash Prizes
All Prizes awarded by raffle drawing

Casual games before Lunch  /  Tournament begins after lunch
Lunch Menu:  BBQ Lamb, white beans, salad, cheese & bread
Free for LPM members
$13.00 per person for non-members and guests
(Don’t forget to bring your plate and utensils.)
Food reservations are required
by the evening of Thursday, Sept. 5
Make your reservations with Alain Efron lutecemeister@gmail.com  or 415-479-5820 
- OR -
 please click on the link below and enter the names of all the people who intend to come.

Please reserve on-line if possible, and
Please state the names of all persons on reservation.
Tournament Questions:  Verena Rytter 415-892-5034

Friday, August 2, 2013

LPM - FPUSA NW Regional Select Triples

LPM Members, Associate Members and Friends,
Time is drawing near for the NW Regional Select Triples
Sunday, August 11
Check in by 9:00 AM
Pierre Joske Memorial Courts, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael CA
$15.00 per player
Registration closes: Thursday, August 8
There is an entry form below, or you can go to the Landing Site to download.  

Entry form and payment to be sent to: Verena Rytter, 270 San Felipe Way, Novato, CA 94945
Check or money order made payable to La Petanque Mariniere

Event Info: Hospitality or sport questions? Contact Christine Cragg 415-302-5069 or email to petanque.marin@gmail.com
Coffee & Croissants in the morning. Bring your own lunch. Aperitifs at Awards Ceremony.

Federation of Pétanque, USA Introduces New Logo

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Portland Pétanque Club - 2013 NW Regional Men's, Women's and Mixed Doubles Tournament

The Portland Petanque Club and FPUSA are pleased to announce that the 2013 NW Regional Men's, Women's and Mixed Doubles Tournament will be on July 27-28, 2013 at the Portland Petanque Club in Westmoreland Park, Portland, OR. 
Details on daily activities, hotel suggestions, tournament registration and the separate Saturday Dinner are below. Registration fee is $50 per team per tournament. This fee and completed registration materials must be received by noon Friday, July 26. 
Regards, Steve Walker
President, PPC.
cell: 617-852-4262

FPUSA Northwest Regional Mixed Doubles
Saturday, July 27, 2013

Please note that the Men's and Women's Doubles entry forms are the same.
On the the detached portion cross out the gender that does't apply to you.

FPUSA Northwest Regional Men's Doubles 

FPUSA Northwest Regional Women's Doubles

Sunday, July 28, 2013
To see directions and important tournament information as well as hotelsclick here

Need a partner? Click Partner Finder.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Pétanque Tube

PetanqueTube.com is site born from the idea of creating a platform that connects players around the world. PetanqueTube is an non profite video community, run by passionate petanque players. You can share your petanque videos and watch others. Site has a YouTube integration what makes uploading really simple. If you have your video already uploaded to YouTube then you can simply submit your video with just one click 

Kind regards from PetanqueTube team.

Valley of the Moon - Sonoma Cup Challenge

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Pétanque America - New Designs from La Boule Obut

If you happen to be looking for boules that are really different, Pétanque America has recently received some new balls with fun designs from La Boule Obut. Click on PA Store to see them.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Heart Of Texas (HOT) Petanque Club Dedicates New Courts

taken from the HOT Petanque Club Blog...

What a day!  Paggi Square is now officially open for Petanque.  Yehhaaa!  Over a couple hundred people came for the opening from 10 am to noon on Saturday June first.   A big thank you to Mayor Lee Leffingwell who gave a speech about supporting  the game of Petanque and the new  fabulous courts at Paggi Square.   He also gave us the blessing by throwing a few balls.  Many kids and families got to learn the game.  Thank you to all the HOT teachers and thank you for your patience teaching  all of  those people. We now have some Olympic courts as the Mayor  mentioned it and  soon we  will put a schedule together to keep on  teaching  the community. A+ Love Arsene

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Lamorinda Petanque - FPUSA Northwest Regional Men's & Women's Singles

On Sunday,16 June Lamorinda Petanque Club will be hosting the
*2013 FPUSA Northwest Regional Men's and Women's Singles Tournaments*at their terrain at 480 St Marys Road in Lafayette, CA.(click address for map).

These are two separate Title Tournaments. The usual FPUSA one-day format will be applied:
- 3 Seeding games to 13 before lunch.
- Single elimination Concours and Consolante games after lunch.
- 1st, 2nd & 3rd place medals for the Concours winners.
- Cash prizes 1st, 2nd &3rd place winners in Concours and  
-4th place Concours cash prize if there are sufficient entries.

La Boule D'Or - FPUSA Regional Melee Triples

On 2 June *La Boule D'Or *is hosting the *2013 FPUSA Northwest Regional Mêlée Triples Tournament. This is an ideal type of tournament for people wanting to get tournament experience in a low-pressure but competitive environment and have a lot of fun doing it.  Sign up as an individual, marking on the registration form your skill level (categories: Experienced, Novice or Beginner). The Tournament Director will make up Triples Teams incorporating one person from each category. Three games before lunch and with single elimination Concours and Consolante matches in the afternoon. First, Second and Third Place Concours winners will receive handsome *FPUSA Medals* plus *cash prizes*. Consolante winners will receive cash prizes only. 

Sacramento Petanque - 6-Ball Challenge

Thursday, May 2, 2013

LPM - Select Doubles Tournament

Be aware that on Saturday, May 11, parking will be limited due to The  Marin Human Race which will take place around the Marin Civic Center Lagoon.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Monday, March 18, 2013

Changes to LPM Blog Sidebar

Whether you are trying to find information about the next local or national FPUSA or Open  tournament, or if you are just looking for a partner with whom to play, the sidebar of our blog has been redesigned to make it very easy to do. You will find the changes as shown below:

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Lamorinda Pétanque - 2013 Season Opener **UPDATED**


Hello Petanquers

We need to clear up some confusion about the Format for the Sunday 17 March Tournament at Lamorinda.
The Bay Area and Beyond Calendar says it is going to be a Select Doubles and The Announcement says Melee Doubles.

Bit of a snafu there, but easily resolved; 
If you come with a partner you will play with that partner. 
If you come alone, team up on the day with someone who comes alone. 

And, most importantly: We will have a porta-potty on site.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our Season Opener.


Saturday, March 16, 2013

Pétanque Partner Finder

Petanque Partner Finder is a facility that connects petanque players looking for partners for tournament play. This is not included automatically with the posting of upcoming tournament information. 
This site is where you will find posted information about upcoming FPUSA National and Regional Tournamentsas well as Open Tournaments. You will find Tournament Entry Forms, and if the information has been provided, accommodation and hospitality information. If a club has requested Partner Finder, you will find that as well.

Look for Pétanque Partner Finder in the LPM sidebar under NEXT TOURNAMENT.

LPM Commemorative Cup Winners

Congratulations to LPM members David Riffo and Monique Bricca for their victory in LPM's California Commemorative Cup.

New Blog Addition - Lamorinda

The latest addition to the new blog sidebar list is that of the Lamorinda Pétanque Club in Lafayette, CA.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

LPM Blog - New Sidebar Feature

As of recently, blogs about pétanque have not existed or were not become apparent to us.  The LPM Blog is thrilled to announce that there will be a new side-bar feature dedicated to blogs.
The first three blogs to be added will be the Mile High Pétanque Blog (MHPC), The American Pétanque Association, Heart of Texas Pétanque Club.
If you know of any blog devoted to pétanque, please feel free to send us the information. It will be added to the list. Thank You and enjoy pétanque!

Click on the names of the club(s) to reach their blog.

Mile High Pétanque Club
American Pétanque Association
Heart Of Texas Pétanque Club

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Napa Pétanque

We recieved a letter today from our pétanque friends in Napa, where another big group showed up,  and that along with their new petanque friends from Sonoma, Petaluma and even New York, everyone enjoyed a really fun day. Here some pictures.
For more information about Napa Pétanque, you can reach Bruno Bardet, President of the Napatanque Club at 707-688-9110.


Friday, March 1, 2013

Pétanque 600 Meters Underground!

American Pétanque Association

About the APA

The American Petanque Association (APA) is an organization devoted to promoting petanque, and raising public awareness of petanque, in the USA.
To read about the vision that animates the APA, seehttp://americanpetanque.wordpress.com/about-vision/.
To read about the action plan that the APA has for implementing its mission statement, seehttp://americanpetanque.wordpress.com/action-plan/.

Mission Statement

The APA is not a rule-setting body; it does not write the rules for petanque. It does not organize games. It does not sponsor tournaments.
The APA has a three-fold mission.
To promote awareness of petanque on the part of the American public.
That is the purpose of the American Petanque Association web site at http://americanpetanque.wordpress.com.
To make information about the game of petanque easily available to people living in the USA.
That is the purpose of the About Petanque web site athttp://petanque.wordpress.com.
To help those wishing to play petanque in the USA to find petanque clubs, other petanque players, and playing locations (terrains).

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Pétanque USA

To all Pétanque Club Presidents &Tournament Organizers,
In an effort to facilitate the communication for Pétanque Tournaments taking place nationwide the Petanqueusa.com has been created. 
You will be able to post and publish infos regarding your upcoming tournaments and also post winners/results of said tournaments
If you are a Pétanque Club President or a Tournament Organizer and you would like to post infos about Upcoming Tournaments or Past Results, feel free to  contact me at: petanqueusanews@gmail.com  

Thank you in advance for your participation
Stephan Soilleux
Pétanque Enthusiast


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

FPUSA National Mixed Doubles in Sonoma

The Valley of the Moon Petanque Club is honored to be hosting the FPUSA National Mixed Doubles, Men's Doubles and Women's Doubles on the weekend of May 18th and 19th.  Should you or someone you know be considering attending, please be aware that it is advisable to reserve your lodging now.  Hotels are booking up quickly.  Attached please find recommended lodging in Sonoma, Petaluma, Santa Rosa and Napa. 

Several of our club members have graciously offered a guest room in their homes.  If this is of interest to you, please contact me directly.  Shannon Bowman, President, VOMPC
We hope to have a true National tournament and have many teams from the entire United States.  We will be sending out a more detailed program within the month. 

Ensenada, BCN, Mexico Pétanque Open

Lunes de Petank, Ensenada, Baja California Norte's Pétanque Club invites one and all to their 6th annual open competition, May 18-19, 2013. For more information see them on Facebook