FIPJP rules for the precision shooting competition

The World’s Championship precision shooting (tir de precision) competition is a relatively new FIPJP competition. The competition was initiated for men in 2000, and for women in 2002. Now the FIPJP organizes a precision-shooting competition in parallel with its other competitions— the men’s world championships in even-number years, and the juniors’ and women’s world championships in odd-number years.


Overview of the competition

The competition is a combined event (like a decathlon) with five different individual events (ateliers). The competitors throw at targets located inside a target circle (cible) that is one meter in diameter. In each atelier competitors throw four boules— one boule from each of four distances— 6, 7, 8, and 9 meters.
precision_de_tir_diagram_distances

In the first four events, the target is a boule; in the fifth event the target is a jack. In events 2, 3, and 4, the target circle contains obstacles (boules or jack) as well as the target boule.


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Since there are 5 events, and each competitor throws 4 boules in each event, each competitor throws 20 boules in total. It is possible to score 5 points with each boule, so the highest possible score that a competitor can achieve is 100.

The thrown boule – some basic terminology.

valable (valid)
If the thrown boule (a) hits the target boule directly (that is, without hitting anything else on the way), or (b) hits the ground inside the target circle and then hits the target boule, then the throw is valid (valable).

manqué (failure)
If the thrown boule (a) completely misses the the target boule, or (b) the first thing that the thrown boule hits is the ground outside the target circle, or (c) the first thing that the thrown boule hits is a boule other than the target boule, then the throw is a failure (manqué).

Scoring

Each throw scores from zero to five point. In the first four events, where the target is a boule, points are earned in the following ways.

carreau – 5 points
A valid throw where the target boule is knocked out of the circle and the thrown boule stays inside the circle.

réussi (success) – 3 points
A valid throw where the target boule is knocked out of the circle, but the thrown boule then goes out of the circle, too.

touché (touch) – 1 point
A valid throw where (a) the target boule is hit (touché) but is not knocked out of the circle, or (b) the target boule is knocked out of the circle but at least one obstacle ball is also moved.

manqué (failure) – 0 points
A failed throw scores zero points.

In the fifth event the target is a jack. The category of carreau doesn’t exist, and a touch or a success scores more points than in the other events.

réussi (success) – 5 points
A valid throw where the target jack is knocked out of the circle.

touché (touch) – 3 point
A valid throw where the target jack is hit but not knocked out of the circle.

manqué (failure) – 0 points
A failed throw scores zero points.

Here is a scoring sheet for recording the scores of a single competitor.  (Note that “Carreau” under Atelier 5 is wrong.  It should be “sorti” or something similar, for but sort du cercle, jack knocked out of the circle.)

precision_shooting_5_ateliers


About the files

The FIPJP publishes the rules for the precision shooting competition on its web site but does not provide access to archived versions of its files.  The filenames (below) are ours, not the FIPJP’s. Files whose names begin with —

  • “petanque_tir” contain the rules for the precision shooting competition.
  • “petanque_tir_form” contain the competition scoring sheet (formulaire, form).

Special thanks to Michael Rocks for supplying several files from his personal archives, and for help in documenting the rise and demise of the 1-point award for a but bougé in atelier 5.



2016

petanque_tir_2016_fipjp_en.pdf
Mike Pegg reports that the two main changes to the rules are

  1. A coach is not allowed to get closer to the target circle (cible) than the closest of the four circles where the shooters stand; in effect, a coach is not allowed near the target circle.
  2. The score achieved in the first round is added to the score in the second round (repechage) to decide the competitors’ ranking order. In rounds in the finals, the two players flip a coin to determine who plays first.


2014

petanque_tir_2014_fipjp_en.pdf
petanque_tir_2014_fipjp_fr.pdf

2013

petanque_tir_2013_fipjp_en.pdf
petanque_tir_2013_fipjp_en.docx

Mike Pegg and Joseph Cantarelli revised the 2012 version of the document. The rules were changed  to specify that balls in the target circle can be replaced only by an umpire or official (not by a member of the competitor’s team). Explanatory diagrams were added, and the English translation was revised.

2012

petanque_tir_2012_fipjp_fr.pdf
petanque_tir_2012_fipjp_en.pdf
petanque_tir_form_2012_fipjp_fr.pdf
petanque_tir_form_2012_epa_en.pdf

In 2012 the 1-point award for a but bougé was removed.

2008

petanque_tir_2008_fipjp_en.pdf
petanque_tir_2008_fipjp_en.doc
petanque_tir_form_2008_fipjp_fr.pdf

In 2008 a rule was added that awarded one point “For atelier 5 if the target jack is touched by the shooting boule but remains in its original place” (but bougé).

2006

petanque_tir_2006_fipjp_en.doc
petanque_tir_2006_fipjp_en.pdf

2000

Shooting competition rules (2000)


One thought on “FIPJP rules for the precision shooting competition

  1. It looks like one other change was made to the rules. In 2008 the rules were updated to award 1 point “For figure 5 if the target jack is touched by the shooting boule but remains in its original place”. The current rules appear to have removed this change.

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