The goal of pétanque is to get your ball (boule) as close as you can to a small target ball called the "cochonnet." That's it!


Each team has a total of 6 balls and only one team can score per round. You earn points by the number of balls you have closest to the target ball. For example, if your team gets 3 balls closer than your opponent, your team gets 3 points. The first team to get 13 points wins! (think bocce ball, lawn bowling, curling, and shuffle board). As you play more pétanque, you will get more skillful at throwing the ball and using different strategies to win.


Below is a great video showing people how to play or you can follow this link for step by step instructions. You can also find more information about the history of this French sport here

Vive la petanque!