Jeu Provençal

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Jeu Provençal being played in Lyon

Jeu Provençal (also known as boule lyonnaise) is a popular French form of boules.

In Italy, the sport Bocce Volo, which is played with bronze boules, follows the same set of rules.[1]

History[edit]

The current version of the game developed during the 18th century around the area of Lyon.

  • The Fédération Lyonnaise et Régionale was formed in 1906.
  • About the same time, in 1907, the sport of pétanque split off to become its own sport.
  • It led to the formation of La Fédération Nationale des Boules in 1933.
  • That became the Fédération Française de Boules in 1942.

Rules[edit]

The rules are similar to the game of pétanque except that

  • A pétanque terrain is about half the size of a Jeu Provençal terrain.
  • In pétanque the feet are fixed in one spot while throwing, while in Jeu Provençal the normal practice is to take a short run-up to the throw.

These differences are due to the reason why pétanque was invented—to create a sport that was accessible to a disabled player in a wheelchair.

In addition:

  • In pétanque, each player has 3 boules when playing as singles; in Jeu Provençal (as in bocce) each player has 4.

The grounds and equipment[edit]

Under official rules, the ground must measure 27.5 metres (30.1 yd) in length and between 2.5 to 4 metres (2.7 to 4.4 yd) in width, with a clear play area of 12.5 metres (13.7 yd) and 7.5 metres (8.2 yd) at each end (one end is the Landing zone, and the other is where the players stand and throw).

When the 'Jack' is thrown, it must land at least 12.5 metres (13.7 yd) away from the player.

The boules[edit]

The boules vary in size, weight, and composition, usually to accommodate the player's comfort, but tend to be made of bronze (with the jack being wooden) and are usually 90 to 110 millimetres (3.5 to 4.3 in) in diameter and weigh 900 to 1,200 grams (2.0 to 2.6 lb).[2] They must be centrally balanced.

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