Pétanque Club: Report from Spain


Pétanque play via player-arranged pickup games continues on the Oakmont courts between Berger and the OVA offices/Umpqua Bank. Using the two side courts and leaving the middle court vacant to promote social distancing, the maximum number of players currently permitted is12.

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.

Scoreboards, throwing circles, extra boules, chairs, and benches may not be used. Gatherings before and after games are prohibited. No one feeling ill may come to the courts and individuals play at their own risk. During play, no one may touch anyone else’s boules. Each team must use one designated player to throw out and pick up her or his own cochonnet.

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.


Notwithstanding severe national and regional health restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic, more than 30 regional championship teams from across Spain competed in the Triples Round of the Spanish National Pétanque Championship in Mojácar, Spain last month.

Sports commentators report that the tournament featured an exceptionally high standard of play “with most matches fiercely contested right up to the closing seconds” and was appreciated by many spectators who watched while socially distanced. Commentators also reported that the tournament was “impeccably organized” to adhere to all of the current Spanish health and safety restrictions.

Teams from the Catalan Federation were particularly successful, finishing in first and second place in the Women’s competition and second and third place in the Men’s competition.

(photo by The Costa Blanca Leader)
Masked Champions – 2020 Spanish Men’s and Women’s Triples Championship Teams