Petanque Libre 2022-06-06 is now available

The Petanque Libre Project is happy to announce the release of version 2022-06-06 of the Rules of Petanque Libre. The version home page is HERE.

Le Projet de Pétanque Libre est heureux d’annoncer la sortie de la version 2022−01−01 des règles de Pétanque Libre. La page d’accueil de la version est ICI.

El Proyecto Petanca Libre se complace en anunciar el lanzamiento de la versión 2022−01−01 de las reglas de Petanca Libre. La página de inicio de la versión está aquí.

Das Petanque Libre Projekt freut sich, die Veröffentlichung der Version 2022−01−01 der Regeln von Petanque Libre bekannt zu geben. Die Homepage der Version ist HIER.


CHANGES IN THIS VERSION

SUMMARY
Changes were made to the way that boules thrown out-of-turn, and mistakenly-thrown boules, are handled. Now the opposing team may choose to leave everything where it is and continue the game, or to reverse the illegal events.

1. In the previous version, the rule about how to handle a boule (or boules) thrown out-of-turn was

  • A boule played out of turn is left where it is. It should not be reversed.

This rule was adopted from the rules interpretations guidelines of Petanque New Zealand. It has, however, a serious defect—in some cases, a boule thrown out-of-turn can be very damaging to the opposing team. It would be unfair not to allow the offended team to reverse it. To correct that defect, in this version of the rules, PL adopts a modified version of the FIPJP’s advantage rule for handling boules thrown contrary to the rules.

  • If it is discovered that a team has played one or more boules out of turn, the opposing team may choose to leave everything where it is and continue the game, or to reverse the illegal events. In reversing the illegal events, the thrown boules are returned to their owners (who may play them again), and illegally-moved game objects are restored to their original locations by agreement of the teams.

Note that this rule explicitly covers situations in which multiple boules are thrown out-of-turn.

Note that under both FIPJP and PL rules, when a boule is thrown out-of-turn, the offended team has the option to reverse the illegal event. The FIPJP notion of reversing illegally-thrown boules consists of (a) declaring the thrown boules to be dead, and (b) restoring illegally-moved game objects to their original locations only if their original locations were marked. Under PL rules, (a) the thrown boules are returned to their owners (who may play them again, as if those boules had never been played), and (b) illegally-moved game objects may be restored to their original locations by agreement of the teams, even when their original locations were not marked.

2. The section titled “Handling a boule played out of turn” was renamed “Improperly-played boules”; the rule for handling a mistakenly-thrown boule was moved into that section; and the advantage rule to be applied for a mistakenly-thrown boule was made the same as the advantage rule for a boule thrown out-of-turn.

The “Improperly-played boules” section now covers roughly what FIPJP rules refer to as “boules thrown contrary to the rules”. The difference is that the FIPJP rules never define “a boule thrown contrary to the rules”, whereas PL defines three specific types of improperly-played boules.


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