Welcome to Hampton in Arden Pétanque Club!
According to a document in the Musée Ciotaden in La Ciotat signed by Ernest Pitiot, pétanque in its present form was first played in 1910 in what is now called the Jules Lenoir Boulodrome in the town of La Ciotat near Marseilles. It was invented by Ernest Pitiot, a local café owner, to accommodate a French jeu provençal player named Jules Lenoir, whose rheumatism prevented him from running before he threw the ball. In the new game, the length of the pitch or field was reduced by roughly half, and a player no longer engaged in a run-up while throwing a ball—he stood, stationary, in a circle.
Thus did petanque start. At Hampton it was a little later. We have been playing since May 1991. We are quite a social bunch, having great fun in different competitions throughout the year.
We have 4 Boules pistes that can be booked on the Booking page.
Hampton Club de Petanque Pairs Competition 2021
There are 27 teams entered in this years’ competition, and have been split into three pools of seven and one pool of six by a random draw made by the committee on Monday 22nd March.
A list of teams and contact details can be found here.
Each team will play one match against all the other teams in their pool. Each match will consist of two games, first to 13 points. Teams will arrange their games between each other, and will book a piste using the Hampton in Arden booking system on this website https://clubspark.lta.org.uk/HamptonInArden/Booking/BookByDate#?date=2021-03-19&role=guest
Teams must notify their scores to Dan Adams at [email protected] within 24 hours of completing their game by email.
All pool games must finish by 30th May.
Once the pool games have been completed, there will be a finals day between the top two teams in each pool
This will consist of a quarter final, semi final, and final. Teams getting knocked out at the quarter final will play in a reserve competition.
Finals day is 13th June. If a team is not able to play on finals day, they will be replaced by the next placed team in their pool.
To respect COVID rules in existence, players should ensure that they maintain social distance as best as they can whilst playing.
- Please stand at the side of the piste and not behind the thrower.
- Only the players from the throwing team should be on the piste at any time.
- Plastic circles should not be used.
- Players should mark circles to start play in accordance with petanque rules, and should ensure that circles are two meters from the circle/jack being used on the adjacent piste.
- Only throw your own jack, and only handle your own boules.
- Measuring should be done by one person,
- An opponent is allowed to check the measurement if they are not sure,
- There will be a string in the middle of each terrain marking the two pistes.
- For this competition, this will be a dead boule line. Any boules crossing this line will be considered dead and should be removed from the terrain as soon as possible. If the jack crosses this string, then the end has finished and dead jack rules will apply. The outside strings will obviously still be dead boule lines. To be absolutely clear, boules and jack are dead when they fully cross the string. The best way to check is to look directly down from above the boule.
- Once an end has been completed, and the scores have been agreed, please collect your own boules separately.
- Teams will toss to start each game. The winner of the toss will throw first.
Any queries, please contact Geoff Phillips. If you have a query at the time you are playing, please ask a committee member if there is one present. The rules of petanque will always apply except where they vary from the regulations of this competition.
We hold club sessions every Monday evening throughout the summer. We have junior coaching at 5.00 pm, seniors at 6.00 pm, and open play from 7.00pm. All are welcome.
Throughout the year we play on Saturday and Tuesday mornings at 10.00am.
The club is a member of Petanque England, and we enter teams in the Heart of England Summer League for licensed players. A number of Hampton players have and do represent the region and play in national and regional competitions.
We hold a summer internal league which culminates in a very social finals day in early September. We also hold singles, pairs and triples competitions which run alongside the league.
We started a winter pairs league, but this was finished off by Covid 19. We will hold it again when we can.
Every December we hold a Christmas Melee.
From time to time, we will also hold friendly games against other clubs, mostly from within the region, but occasionally further afield.
Frequently asked Questions
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Join the Club
We offer a number of different membership types. You can find them here.
How to find us
Hampton in Arden Pétanque Club is hosted in the grounds of Hampton in Arden Sports Club.
You can find the location and directions here.