April 30, 2016
Do I need a FPUSA or
No, the tournament is open to all petanque players. But
we do go by most of the
FPUSA rules, such as no
smoking on the courts.
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!
if I register but cannot make it as planned?
Until Oct 12 we will refund your registration fee, minus
a $20 handling fee.
would love to come, but I don't have a teammate. Can you
link me up with someone?
You are certainly not the only one. FPUSA will set up "Partner
Finder" page for that purpose.
If you do want to reserve
a team spot, please sign up as a team for now, and
advise us of the teammate's name later.
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 you 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.
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 range (70.5 to 80 mm).
Boules will also be available for 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.
|Do I have to
be there on Friday afternoon?
The more teams we can check in on Friday, the better.
But you can also
check in early Saturday morning.
about traveling with boules in my carry-on luggage?
Although it helps to put them in a basket (just like a
laptop) and point out to the TSA inspector what they
are, there is no guarantee they will let them through.
Checked luggage is recommended. You can also mail
us your set(s) beforehand and travel light. Priority Mail
"flat rate" is fast and economical. We will
them back to you after the tourney ($13.45).
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 you have registered, 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.