Put your feet together and play pétanque at Northside Park or Memorial Park!
Pétanque is the second most popular participation sport in Europe after soccer. The word means ‘feet together’ in French, and games consist of two teams of one, two, or three players trying to throw their boules (balls) closest to the cochonnet, or target ball.
The first team draws a circle from which each player must stand and play, throws the cochonnet in any direction between 20 and 33 feet away, and tosses their boules as close to it as possible. The second team knocks away the first team’s boules, tries to get theirs closer than the first team, or both until the teams are out of boules.
At the end of the round, the team with the boule closest to the cochonnet gets a point for every boule closer than the other team’s boules, and the first team to 13 points wins.
See further instructions on Petanque How to Play (PDF).
Do you already love pétanque and want to meet more teammates? Join DuPage Pétanque, a chapter of Chicago Pétanque Club!