The Oakmont Pétanque Club has tentatively scheduled its first tournament for 2021, the Bastille Day Tournament, for Bastille Day, Wednesday, July 14. The event will include the traditional singing of La Marseillaise led by tournament director Jean-michel Poulnot. Details will be announced closer to the date and depend on the current state of vaccinations, the County Health Order, and OVA restrictions.

Jean-michel Poulnot leads the singing of La Marseillaise at the 2019 Bastille Day Tournament.

An extensive article in a recent edition of the magazine “Southern Distinction” extols the rapidly expanding interest in pétanque in the United States: “Are you looking for a low-stress, very social game that can be played in an hour, is easy to learn, and encourages lively debate, serious concentration, and jovial competition equally among men and women, young and old? Pétanque, pronounced as pay-tonk, may be for you!”
Pétanque owes its essential accessibility to its early 20th century French origins. The ancient and popular boules game, Jeu Provencal, required players to run up to a designated line before throwing a boule. One day in the provençal town of La Ciotat, a former champion, Jules “le Noir” (Blackie) Hugues, was seated in a chair watching a match and throwing practice boules into a ring where players had left their unused boules. He could no longer stand because of crippling rheumatism. A friend, Ernest Pitiot, offered to play with him from a stationary position, feet planted (“pieds tanques”), and the new game was born. By World War II the game had become a major pastime in France and was spread throughout the French colonial world.
“Pétanque is a game you can play right along the best of them,” explained Crissy Lion, president of the Los Angeles Pétanque Club. “This sport is very social for all ages, women and children. Women should grasp the chance to play this game since you can play at any age with or without health issues or disabilities. I took up pétanque because I had major back surgery and could no longer play tennis or golf and needed to play a sport. In pétanque, you don’t have to be a triathlete and those men had better not underestimate us women!”

Club play remains suspended due to the Health Order but player-arranged pickup games continue under the posted Reopening Rules on the Oakmont courts between Berger and the OVA offices/Umpqua Bank.
Those using the courts are reminded to keep a minimum of 6 feet social distance at all times and to bring and use their own equipment, face covering and hand sanitizer. Masks covering mouth and nose should be worn at all times. Gatherings before and after games are prohibited.
The Club will announce when it will officially resume sponsorship of open, random team selection Club Play on Wednesday and Saturday mornings in the regularly scheduled 9:45 a.m. – noon time slot.



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