The highlight of the sport is that it is divided into two parts: Leisure and competition. For the leisure part, it is for the participant to get a French experience associated to petanque. This section is for people who want to learn about the sport and for other team to practice before competition. Beginners are welcome to participate to have a taste of the sport.

a. Rules

  • ●  The competition will progress in 4 stages: playoffs, quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. Each team consists of 3 people. Schools can register a maximum of 2 teams.

  • ●  For the playoffs, the teams will be divided in 4 pools and will randomly play games between different pairings within each pool. The top 2 teams in each pool qualify for quarterfinals.

  • ●  The objective of any team on each match in the preliminary stage is to score 7 points before its opponent.

  • ●  In the knockout stage, the objective of any team on each match is to score 13 points before its opponent.

  • ●  A game is a single encounter with each team playing 6 balls. A match is a series of games played until the winning score.

  • ●  Players in each team use a set of six metal balls (2 balls per player). The target ball is known as "but" or "cochonnet".

  • ●  The first team to play is determined by the toss of a coin. A player of the first team then tosses the target ball.

  • ●  The game starts when a player of the first team, throws his ball and attempts to place it as near as possible to the target ball. The opposing team then begins to play until at least one of its balls is closer to the target ball than those of the opposing team.

  • ●  Should the target ball be hit, the game continues unless the target ball cannot be seen. In the event that the target ball cannot be seen, the round is begun again.

  • ●  When either team has thrown all its balls, the players of the other team throw their balls, seeking to increase the number of their balls that are closer to the target ball than those of the opposing team. When teams have thrown all their balls, the round is complete and the points are determined.

  • ●  The winning team receives one point for each ball closer than any ball of the opposing team. A player of the team winning the round again throws the target ball and another round begins. The game continues, until one team has 7 points.

  • ●  At the end of a match, if a ball is withdrawn before all the points are counted, the score from that ball shall be null.

  • ●  All players are required to be present at the start of the games, but if a team is missing one player it can start the game with only 2 players. However, if 2 or the entire team is missing, the team is disqualified.

  • ●  In case of a tie between two teams when establishing which teams will qualify for the knockout rounds, the following procedure will be followed in determining the qualifying team:

  • ●  The point difference in each game will be taken into account and the team with the highest points difference will qualify for the next round.

    b. Tournament format


The participant teams will be divided in groups. Depending on the number of teams, the 2 teams with the highest amount of victories will advance to the semifinals and finals. In case of a tie, the team with the highest accumulated points will advance. The semi and final will follow the single elimination format.

c. Points

The 3 teams with the highest score will obtained be awarded with points based on the Standard Score System (Please refer to ​Points Allocation ​section).