Petanque Rules and Etiquette
The rule of petanque are really pretty simple. In the beginning you can just play along with more experienced players and they will tell you all you need to know. The Basic Rules and Etiquette are listed below.
Here are the Official Rules of Pétanque.
Here are the rules formated so they can be printed out and bound as a handy Pétanque Rules Booklet.
This is a special Annotated Official Rules of Pétanque prepared by National Umpire Gary Jones that helps clarify the official rules. This is a great resource, especially for those studying to become an umpire.
New players in casual games don't need to worry about penalties too much, but as you advance and start to play in tournaments you will want to learn about Penalties in Pétanque.
Here is a handy informal Umpire Quick Reference Guide to help umpires make good decisions during games.
Basic Rules of Pétanque
Cochonnet = a small wooden target ball usually painted a bright color.
Pétanque is usually a friendly, social game and most competitions are played in a “sporting but friendly” atmosphere. Aside from playing by the rules, following the points of etiquette below will enhance your enjoyment of the game and camaraderie with fellow players.