- Answers to some specific question can be found on our FAQs page.
- Important changes were made to the rules in 2006 and 2008. Commentaries written before 2008 may contain parts that are obsolete.
The national umpires committee of three national federations have issued official sets of national rules interpretations. They are—
United States of America ▲ — The FPUSA Official Rules Interpretations for Umpires is available from the FPUSA web site. Our archived copy dated November 2015 is HERE (pdf) and HERE (docx).
- New Zealand ▲ — Petanque New Zealand’s Umpiring rules, interpretations & clarifications (effective May 1, 2016) is available on the PNZ web site. Our archived copy dated 2016-05 is HERE (pdf) and HERE (docx).
- Netherlands (Holland) ▲ — The rules committee (reglementencommissie) of the Dutch federation (NJBB) has prepared a version of the official Dutch translation of the rules into which they have inserted interpretations that are binding for umpires in the Netherlands. The document is of course in Dutch. It is available on the NJBB website. In the document’s name (ISPPlus.pdf) “ISP” stands for Internationaal Spelreglement Petanque (International Game Rules of Petanque), and “Plus” indicates that it contains the rules plus committee-approved interpretations.
Other useful resources include—
– A Guide to the Rules of Petanque by Stephen Ferg.
New Zealand ▲
United Kingdom ▲
– Mike Pegg, the English International Umpire, runs a “Petanque Rules – Ask the Umpire” group on Facebook.
– The Southern Counties Petanque Association (SCPA) web site has a number of old but useful papers on the rules by former Regional Umpire, Richard Powell.
CNA stands for Commission Nationale d’Arbitrage, the French federation’s umpires committee. MAJ is mise à jour, “revision date”.
– The CNA umpire’s guide can be found on the FFPJP umpires web page (scroll down until you see the words “Documents Arbitrage”, and under that, “Code d’arbitrage”). Our archived copy dated 2014-05-15 is HERE.
– The CNA has prepared an introduction to the rules as a Powerpoint slide show. Our archived copy dated 2015-04-20 is HERE.