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.

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