Par les joueurs. Pour les joueurs.
The rules of petanque published by the FIPJP are badly written and poorly designed for use in games played without umpires. Grass-roots players around the world need a set of rules that they can understand, interpret, and apply without an umpire. The goal of the Petanque Libre Project is to develop such a set of rules.
The canonical version of the rules is the English-language version available here at PetanqueLibre.wordpress.com. We welcome translations into other languages and will be happy to work with you if you decide to prepare a translation.
The French word libre means “free”, “open”, and “independent”. Stephen Ferg, an American who started the Petanque Libre project, chose the project name to indicate the fact that the project is independent of the FIPJP. Although Stephen was the only author of the current version of the rules, his hope was that the rules of Petanque Libre would be developed and maintained as an open international standard by a working group of interested and qualified players. See this interview with Steve Ferg.
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