May 19, 2013
Do I need a FPUSA or
No, the tournament is open to all petanque players. But
we do go by
FPUSA rules, such as no
smoking on the courts.
if I register but cannot make it as planned?
Until Oct 20 we will refund your contribution 100 %.
That's why we prefer payment by check, to avoid card
would love to come, but I don't have a teammate. Can you
link me up with someone?
You are not the only one. Just sign up as a "single
player". As we get closer to November, we
will create a "Players looking for teammates"
email group, so you can contact each other. It
worked quite well in the past.
Will you have
categories, e.g. beginners, advanced, age groups,
No. One big competition. Except for age, it would be
impossible or unfair to qualify anyone for any given
level category. We also suspect that a disproportionate
number would then perhaps sign up as "beginner"...
One of the beauties of petanque is that age and strength
are irrelevant. Some countries do have separate men and
women contests, but... we're in Florida!
As to age: the min. is 14. Actually we hope to
see several "two generation" teams again.
Is there no "seeding"
Nope. In an effort to mix y'all up, we do try to
avoid that - on Saturday - you end up playing against
folks from your own area. It would be a pity to travel
thousands of miles to confront your weekly opponents. In
the case of geographically mixed teams however (e.g. a
player from NY + a player from CA) it can happen.
I love petanque and
play with friends all the time, but I have never played
in a real tournament!
Don't worry. You will not be the only one. Most players in the US only
started recently. The main thing is to have fun, and to
learn from others in the process. Petanque players
generally like to share their experience and give tips,
even to opponents. Until you're catching up too
fast in points, that is!
Are we playing on the
No, the beach in Amelia Island is beautiful, but too
soft. We're playing at the marina downtown, along the riverfront.
That area is normally covered with rough stone (# 57),
which will be
scraped up and replaced with a
mix of crushed
limestone, from fine to 1/4".
type of boules will be allowed?
You can play with any metal petanque boules, as long as
they're within the normal size (70.5 to 80 mm).
Boules will be for available sale before and
during the tournament in case you'd like new ones.
Are teams from ..... welcome?
Of course, from anywhere! The more
countries represented, the more fun. To make you feel
better about the cost of airfare, keep in mind that the US Dollar
exchange rate is quite favorable, making the cost of your stay
here very reasonable. Overseas players often go shopping for clothing and
electronics and make up part of
the cost of their flight.
|Do I have to
be there on Friday afternoon?
The more teams we can check in on Friday, the better.
But once you have registered and paid, you can also
check in early Saturday morning.
about traveling with boules in my carry on luggage?
advice about flying with boules. Do read the
comments from travelers on the post. You can also mail
us your set beforehand and travel light. Priority Mail
"flat rate" is fast and economical. We'll ship
them back to you after the tourney for $12.
We have won many
tournaments in ........ Can you invite us?
Sorry, but we have no budget for airfares and/or
lodging. Top players are more than welcome, but like
everyone else they have to get to Amelia Island at their own
What is a "consolante"?
It is customary in petanque tournaments to give teams
that get eliminated in the first rounds a second chance.
Those teams then move on to a parallel circuit with its
own prizes. That way everyone gets to play several
games, even on Sunday.
We need a visa to
travel to the States. Can you assist?
Once signed up, we can send you a letter confirming that you are
registered for the tournament. But do bear in mind that
the US Consulate in your country will - before anything
else - require guarantees that you (a) have the means to
cover your stay, and (b) will return home.