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An online directory of petanque clubs, groups, and terrains in the USA.

The Directory (organized by state)



About the American Petanque Directory

What is the American Petanque Directory?

American petanque players

Carolina Petanque, in Miller Park, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The American Petanque Directory is an online directory of petanque clubs, groups, and terrains in the USA.

It is implemented as a wiki. This means that visitors to the Directory have the ability to update the entries in the Directory. 

In a centrally administered web site, the site administrator eventually becomes a bottleneck to keeping the site updated and current. Wiki technology removes that bottleneck by making it possible for individual site visitors to update the information on the site. That means that if you, a visitor to the Directory, know of something that needs to be added, you can add it. If you know of something that needs to be corrected or updated, you can change it. Just like Wikipedia!

If you are not familiar with the concept of a wiki, this short YouTube video explains the basics, and you can consult the Wikipedia article on wikis.


HOW TO EDIT OR UPDATE THE DIRECTORY

  • If you know of a petanque club that is not yet listed in the directory, please edit the page for the appropriate state and add an entry for it.
  • If you have a correction, addition, or update to an existing entry, please change the appropriate state page.
  • If you know of a club that has died or gone inactive, don't delete the entry for the club. Instead, mark the text with strikethrough so it is clear that the Directory knows about the club, and knows that it is no longer active.


BEFORE YOU EDIT THE DIRECTORY


What things ARE listed in the Directory

  • A petanque club is an organized group that has its own web site, blog page, Facebook page, or MEETUP.COM page. Information about the club is provided on its web page, so the directory usually provides little information other than the address (URL) of the club's web page.
  • A petanque group is an informal group that does not have its own web page. The typical group has a terrain where it plays regularly, and a regular day and time when it plays. The directory listing for the group may give a contact telephone number or email address, but in many cases the best way to contact the is simply to show up at a place and time when the group is playing, and introduce yourself.
  • A petanque terrain is a location that is suitable for playing petanque. It might be an area in a park, or a petanque court in a hotel or apartment complex, or just about any place that would be a good place to play. It has a location, and it may have a web site... for example a park might have a listing on the web site of the local parks and recreation department.
  • A petanque player is a person who is seeking other petanque players, in a city where no petanque club or group is listed. Contact information may include an email address, telephone number, or personal web page such as a blog or Facebook page.


What things ARE NOT listed in the Directory

  • Event announcements (such as announcements of upcoming tournaments), announcements of personal plans, personal status updates, etc. For those kinds of things, we recommend your club's own web site or Facebook page
  • "personals"-type communications (petanque player seeking petanque player). For those, we recommend Craig's list


How to help publicize the Directory

In order for the Directory to be truly effective, petanque players in the United States must be able easily to find it via Web search services such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing.

You can help search services find us by adding a link to the American Petanque Directory on the home page of your blog, web site, or Facebook page. When you link to us, you tell Google and the other search engines that you think we are worth linking to. And that makes us show up when people search on words like "petanque".

Adding something as short and simple as the following text will help us a lot.

For a directory of American petanque clubs, visit the American Petanque Directory.

For a directory of American petanque clubs, visit the 
<a href="http://american-petanque-directory.wikia.com">American Petanque Directory</a>.


How to see the latest editing activity


How to view a picture gallery of terrains

Visit the Directory's gallery of thumbnails.

  • If you "mouse-over" a thumbnail, you can see the picture's filename/title.
  • If you click on a thumbnail, the gallery goes into slideshow mode.


How to contact our site administrator

To communicate with Jules Lenoir, you can


Why your petanque club or group should have a web site

In the past the phone book and newspaper classifieds were the tools that people used to find things that they were looking for.  Today, the Web is the tool that they use. That means that nowadays if you want your club or group to grow — if you simply want other petanque players to be able to find you — your group needs to be "on the web".

Even if your group is listed here, in the American Petanque Directory, it is useful to have your own web page. A web page makes it possible for people to find your group or club via search engines such as Google, Yahoo, and Bing. And it makes it possible for people to send you email via the web site, thus keeping your email address hidden from spammers.

It is easy to create a web page for your group. You don't have to be a computer geek, and your group doesn't have to be a full-blown "club". And it can be done for free. We've created a web page with instructions on how to set up a web page for your club — see our blog post on How to make a web page for your club.

If your club would like to have a web page, but is afraid that it doesn't have the technical skill to do it, we can lend advice and a helping hand, or even create a web page for you. Just send us email at our contact page.


What is petanque?

Wiki-background

A boule

Petanque, pronounced "pay-TONK", is one of Europe's most popular outdoor games. It is a cousin of the Italian bowling game called 'bocce'. The game originated in the South of France in 1910.

The aim is to toss, or roll a number of hollow steel balls ("boules") as close as possible to a small wooden target ball (the "jack" or cochonnet - "piglet").

There are two teams with one, two, or three players each. Teams and players take turns throwing their boules. When all players have thrown all their boules, the team with the boule closest to the jack wins a point for each of its boules that is closer than the other team's closest boule. It is legal (and good strategy) to try to hit an opposing team's boules away from the jack, and even to try to hit and move the jack. The first team to score 13 points, wins the game.

Terrain VA Richmond BoulefrogsOfChurchHill

The BouleFrogs of Richmond, Virginia

Unlike horseshoes, where the target stake is fixed, petanque's target ball may be hit and moved at any time, which can completely upset the score at the last second. And whereas official 'bocce' rules call for a smooth, prepared court with markers and sideboards, petanque can be played on most outdoor surfaces, without any setup.

No previous athletic skill is required. It is easy to learn, adults can play with children, and the equipment is inexpensive. It is relaxing, lots of fun, and a perfect way to make new friends.

For more information about petanque, visit Petanque Portal USA.

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