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Amelia Island Boules Weekly Games

Feb 15, 2016 02:00AM
Amelia Island Boules is a pétanque club founded in June 2010 in the northeast Florida. As of September 2010 the club counts 36 members, who meet twice a week in various locations around the Island, including the downtown Fernandina Beach Marina, behind the Rec Center and at Café Karibo on Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. to socialize and play boules.

Petanque is a French cousin of both horseshoes and bocce, the Italian bowling game. According to a document in the Musée Ciotaden in La Ciotat signed by Ernest Pitiot, pétanque in its present form was first played in 1910 in what is now called the Jules Lenoir Boulodrome in the town of La Ciotat near Marseilles. It was invented by Ernest Pitiot, a local café owner, to accommodate a French jeu provençal player named Jules Lenoir, whose rheumatism prevented him from running before he threw the ball. In the new game, the length of the pitch or field was reduced by roughly half, and a player no longer engaged in a run-up while throwing a ball—he stood, stationary, in a circle.

The first pétanque tournament with the new rules was organized in 1910 by the brothers Ernest and Joseph Pitiot, proprietors of a café at La Ciotat. After that the game spread quickly and soon became the most popular form of boules in France.

Amelia Island Boules is a member of The Federation of Petanque USA, which is a non-profit group of Petanque clubs which has as its primary objective to grow, promote and organize the the sport of petanque in America. FPUSA is the United States member of International Federation of Petanque and Jeu Provencal (FIPJP) and acts as a liaison between all petanque players and all petanque clubs in the United States and throughout the world.

Amelia Island Boules’ playing locations vary with the seasons so it is recommended that participants visit their web site for more information: www.ameliaislandboules.blogspot.com