Umpire Training – Updated

Gary and Shirley Jones


Here is the big idea. You may not be interested becoming an official FPUSA umpire, but you still might like to learn the rules of pétanque.

You may not want to take the written umpire test, but you might like to have a session or two with National umpire Gary Jones, the existing local umpires, and new umpire trainees to focus on really learning the rules and, at least, get a better understanding of how the whole umpire thing works.

If this sounds like something you might be interested in let us know and we will try to set up a session or two, maybe connected to regular Sunday play at the hangar, where we can get together and learn the latest rule changes as a group along with those who want to get qualified. 


Click the "I AM INTERESTED" button below and send your message. Then you can be part of the discussion on what we might possibly arrange. Thanks.

We need to decide soon, because Gary Jones will not be here very long.


Gary and Shirley Jones, from North Carolina, will be in the Austin area until around the end of the year.

Gary is a National Umpire in the FPUSA and has generously offered to, once again, train and test people who would like to become pétanque umpires in the FPUSA.

The links below have  information regarding the process of becoming a new Club Umpire or seeking promotion to a Regional Umpire.

Anyone interested should check the requirements and begin the process by submitting the application form.

Once that is done, approved applicants should begin the study of rules and measuring guidelines. 

Gary Jones is willing to meet with individuals or groups of people for as long as it may take to discuss and address any questions you may have.

It would be best if such discussion/training sessions could be done as a group.

The tests will need to be administered before December 15, 2021.

Gary says the test itself should only require 30-40 minutes and shouldn't prove too tough for anyone who has given the rules some prior attention.

If you are interested in becoming a pétanque umpire or getting a promotion click the button below and leave a message ASAP. We will get back to you. 

LInks to Information

General information on FPUSA umpire regulations.

The application for you would need to send in.

Once you complete Part One of the form it should be submitted to:

Once the candidate's application has been accepted, s/he has 90 days to make arrangements with a regional or national umpire for written and practical testing. A club president or Sport Committee Member will be required to witness the testing.

Tips concerning the different ways to measure between boules.

Last but not least, here are the Official Rules of the Sport of Pétanque.

A special bonus link to general pétanque etiquette that all players should be familiar with.