Petanque with Jacques Biaggini in Florida USA

Petanque presentations

Thanks to his enthusiasm and his uncompromising commitment, Jacques has promoted since 1976 the game of petanque in the USA. Jacques dedicated each and every minute of his spare time to the game and its promotion in USA. Now retired, at 66 years of age and still full of dreams. Jacques wants to set up new clubs with a traditional structure plus a dedicated sponsor seeker, a marketing specialist knowledgeable of the US school system, and dedicated members willing to go the extra length to turn a hobby into a "full size" sport.

Training sessions and presentations are available

Jacques offers presentations of petanque for schools and organizations (retirement homes, cultural clubs) interested in cultural exchanges. French teachers and students of Foreign Language Departments have always appreciated his energy, expertise and patience. The game of petanque is another way to promote all kinds of French related topics.
See How To Play Petanque for an introduction to the game of petanque.

French teachers and students of Foreign Language Departments have always appreciated his energy

Because Americans are usually optimist and trustful
they offer a favorable market for a serious development of the petanque game in the USA
Petanque is played on any small area of bare ground, crushed stonbe or gravel.
It is not played on grass or pavement.

The come back of the real French culture is visible in  supermarkets, travel agencies, tourism
This petanque field was graciously donated by the management of the Maryland State Parks in Wheathon Maryland

Petanque can contribute as a medium to promote the real image of France
Alain Vidal - Presentation of petanque to Portsmouth's students

These benefits are a representation of the real France, and more particularly of Provence; both being examples of quality of life
Joseph Ardagna president of Portsmouth Virginia Club
Champion of Morocco 1961

organize presentations and tournaments of the warm Provencal culture with the help of American and French sponsors
Maurice Banian member of the club La Boule New Yorkaise in position of Pointeur

Petanque can be used as one more way to teach French vocabulary and sentence building to students
Interclub presentation of petanque game
in Washington - Princeton New York - New Jersey

You can for example ask Jacques to participate in petanque presentations at meetings of foreign language resource teachers. Several classes can have a chance to preview petanque during meetings where parents and children can attend. Being a French sport, essential vocabulary can easily be learned and then practiced and drilled during the play. For every student who wants to pursue a new sport, petanque provides relaxation, camaraderie and a chance to meet new people. Petanque brings a new dimension to students' learning and offers new possibilities to teachers and parents.


The game is played by individuals or by two teams of two or three players. Individuals or teams of two players have three balls whereas teams of three players have two balls.

Players use metal balls that are approximately 3 inches in 9 diameter, officially between 7 and 8 centimeters and weigh approximately one and one-half pounds, officially 680 to 800 grams. The target ball ("but" or cochonnet") is of wood and is approximately 1 inch in diameter, officially 25 to 30 millimeters.

The first team to play is determined by the toss of a coin. A player of the first team selects a starting place and drawa a circle on the ground approximately 1-11/2 foot in diameter, officially 36 to 50 centimeters. Both feet of the player must be within the circle until the thrown ball touches the ground.

The game commences when a player of the first team tosses the target ball a distance of six to ten meters; however, it must not be closer than 50 centimeters to any wall, tree or other obstacle.

Then the first player of the first team standing within the circle throws his first ball and attempts to place it as near as possible to the target ball and preferably between him and the target ball.

Next on the opposing team, the player will either seek to throw his ball closer to the target ball or to knock away the ball of the first team.

This team continues to play until at least one of their balls is the closer to the target ball than a ball of the opposing team.

When a 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 both 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 usually until one team has 13 points.

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