When a moving jack or boule is stopped

[FIPJP rules quick reference]

If a player accidentally stops or deflects a moving jack, the jack should be left where it is unless the jack’s original location was marked. If the jack was marked, then the offended team (the opposite team to the team of the offending player) may put the jack back in its original location, or put it where it would have gone if it hadn’t been interfered with.

Place it [the jack] on the extension of a line going from its original location to the place where it is located, up to a maximum distance of 20 meters from the circle. [Article 15]

If you draw a line from point A to point B and then keep extending the line indefinitely, the part of the line that extends out beyond B is the “extension” of the line from A to B. So Article 15 says that the offended team may start with the jack’s new location and move the jack farther away from its (marked) original location. They can move it as far as they like, as long as they don’t go farther than 20 meters from the circle.

Note that on an open (unmarked) terrain, moving the jack 20 meters from the circle will not kill the jack, but doing the same thing on most marked terrains will move the jack across a dead-ball line, killing it. So in effect, when playing on a marked terrain, Article 15 gives the offended team the option of killing the jack. Depending on the state of the game at that point, killing the jack may or may not be a good idea for the offended team.

Article 15 is for the jack. The corresponding rule for a boule is in Article 20.

Article 20 says that if a player accidentally stops or deflects a moving boule, then the opposing team (which may or may not be the owner of the boule) may leave the boule where it is, or (if its location was marked) place it on the extension of the line— but the boule can NOT be placed outside of the boundaries of the playable area. So the rule for an interfered-with boule is different from the rule for an interfered-with jack. You can kill the jack by placing it outside of the dead-ball line, but you can’t do that with a boule.

Note that these are interesting rules, but for all practical purposes they are pointless and useless. They can only be applied when the original location of the interfered-with ball was marked. In real life, the location of the jack is rarely marked, and the locations of boules on the terrain are never marked. So for all practical purposes the rule is this. If a moving boule or jack is interfered with, leave it where it is and carry on with the game.

Post updated: 2020-01-21