To play, a team will require four players, eight boules and one jack.
The game is played by two teams of four players who take turns to throw their boules toward the jack. The aim is to place your boules nearer the jack than your opponents, which may be achieved by either knocking your opponents’ boules away or ‘nudging the jack’.
During a game, players from opposing teams do not play alternately as is sometimes assumed. A player or team continues to throw until they gain the advantage.
The winning team scores as many points as it has boules better placed than the best boule of the losing team. A new ‘end’ is then started with the jack being thrown by the winners of the previous end. The winners of the previous end must go first. The game is repeated until one team scores nine points. They are the winners.
Boules are in play as long as they come to rest on the pistes and not against the back sleepers. They can rest against the sides of the pistes and still be in play. If the jack ball is knocked out of play, the end must be played again.
If two opposing boules tie on completion of an end, then the same players will throw an extra boules until one wins the end.
The tournament begins with all teams split into groups. The teams in each group play each other.
The team in each group which records the greatest number of wins or in the event of a tie, the team with the greatest number of points, will qualify for the quarter finals. If there is still a tie, then the team with the lowest points scored against, will qualify.
NB: The absolute time limit for a league game is 40 minutes. If a game has not finished within this time, the winning team will be the one who is leading at that point.
After each game the captain of the winning team must report the result to ‘Le Bureau’.
The quarter finals and the semi finals to nine points and finals will be to eleven points.
The same four players must play throughout one game. A team must consist of four players and those four players must play throughout one game. However, different players may be used for different games and those players may only represent one team.
As this is a tournament for amateurs and to keep within the ethos of this event, we would point out that league players may be handicapped. Please speak to Adrian Lawrence if this is the case.
The Referee’s decision will be final.
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