National umpire guides & rules interpretations

See also our FAQs page.

United States of America

► Pre-2016 FPUSA rules interpretations | pdf | docx |

New Zealand

► Pre-2016 Petanque New Zealand rules interpretations | pdf |
► 2016 rules interpretations interpolated into the rules | PNZ web site |
► 2018 PNZ rules and interpretations | pdf |

Netherlands (Holland)

The rules committee of the Dutch national petanque federation (NJBB) has prepared a set of rules interpretations that are binding for umpires in the Netherlands.
Dutch rules interpretations

New Zealand

► PNZ umpire training manual | PNZ website | ► pdf (2014) |
PNZ Umpiring Resources page on PNZ website

United Kingdom

Ask the Umpire Facebook group by International Umpire Mike Pegg
Welsh Petanque Association rules interpretation page


Introduction to the rules (Powerpoint:2015)
“Code d’arbitrage” (pdf:2014)
French umpires web page

CNA stands for Commission Nationale d’Arbitrage, the French federation’s umpires committee. MAJ is mise à jour, “revision date”.

4 thoughts on “National umpire guides & rules interpretations

  1. What is the ruling on leveling the piste before throwing?

    Jules says—
    It depends on what you’re asking about. For grooming the terrain between ends, see THIS. For the various rules about fixing holes see THIS and the following questions.

  2. I have been told that you can’t put unused boules on the terrain. I.e if you are in the circle and have two unused boules, you can’t put them on the ground.

    Jules says see THIS.

  3. Before the rules of 2016 version, the scoreless team in the previous end is the one to throw the jack to start the next end. Why FIPJP changes the rules into the opposite way?

    • You are mistaken. The rule has always been that the winning team throws the jack. There was no change in 2016.
      Technically, the rule is that the team that last scored throws the jack, so if the last mene (round, end) was scoreless, the team that last scored points in an earlier round throws the jack.

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