Huntingfield Hares Pétanque Club

All the latest Adnams Suffolk Coastal League information and news  may be found here:-             Suffolk Coastal Petanque Alliance

There are 5 divisions this year + the Premier Division and below is the opposition for the Huntingfield Hares in 2019

Division 5

Current Pos Team
1 Bootleship Petanquing
1 Das Boot
1 Huntingfield Hares
1 Kettleburgh Bells
1 The Crown Joules
1 Westleton

Fixture Dates

Division 5

April 28, 2019 Kettleburgh Bells vs Huntingfield Hares Away
May 19, 2019 Das Boot vs Huntingfield Hares Away
June 30, 2019 Huntingfield Hares vs The Crown Joules Home
July 21, 2019 Huntingfield Hares vs Bootleship Petanquing Home
July 28, 2019 Westleton vs Huntingfield Hares Away
August 11, 2019 Huntingfield Hares vs Kettleburgh Bells Home
August 25, 2019 Huntingfield Hares vs Das Boot Home
September 15, 2019 The Crown Joules vs Huntingfield Hares Away

News, Rules, Information

The Huntingfield Hares Petanque Club AGM and meal took place on Sunday 25th November 2018 in the Huntingfield Arms.

Hello All

I attended the Representatives meeting of Eastern Petanque Association on Friday 8th February 2019.

The main notes of interest were :-

The leageue will be represented at Folk East this year with a playing terrain.

A league newsletter will be circulated all members from time to with the proviso that members wishing not to receive them can opt out on League website.

If any club wishes to have club logo for the league website then that is available.

Playing season March 10th – Sept 15th    There are 44 teams registered for the 2019 season and approx 317 players.

Match dates are now fixed and not provisional and to be played on Sundays but can be played on another date with permission of both captains. Doug Benger must be informed of any changes but in any case, the match MUST be played within 6 weeks of the original fixture. A penalty system is now in place for unplayed games and games played beyond the 6 week rule.

There will be a new division structure for the 2019 season, with 5 Divisions + the Premiership Division thus 6 in all. For 2019, The Huntingfield Hares are in Division 5 and that means we have 10 games in total.

Rules from 2018 and 2019

Players will be expected to uphold the etiquette of the game and not recite the rule book per se.

The disputes panel consists of 6 players  who will be nominated each year by members and voted for by the members.

Leisure boules still permitted for league matches. Cochenet, coche or jack must be of an appropriate reasonable weight and made from wood.

The throwing circle must be marked on its outer edge so that it can be placed back to its original position should it be accidentally moved. If no circle is available, the throwing circle must be marked on the piste surface.

When a divit is to be filled after a boule is thrown, there must be no sweeping action of the foot to encompass a larger area.

If a boule is deemed to be dead, it must not be carried around by a player but placed on the ground off the piste.

If a boule becomes “dead” for whatever reason, the player throwing that boule must remove it or ask someone else to move it. The opposing team may remove it if necessary. If a dead boule is not removed from the piste or terrain, it will become live at the next players throw and that could be detrimental to either team so the message is, remove it!

If the cochenet when thrown ends up infringing the distance from the side or end, any opposition player may move it or throw it back to that player (3 throws rule applies)

Players must stand a minimum of  2 metres  behind a player when a player is throwing their boule or cochenet.

Only members of a playing team may remain on the piste when a member of that team is throwing a boule.

No player must stand in the line of sight of a player throwing their boule.

Smoking on the piste or terrain is not permissible and that includes electronic cigarettes.

If you are playing on a piste or terrain that may be considered as  being “quirky” you must tell the visiting team.

Clubs must adopt the EPA Code of Conduct and these may be viewed in the Captains Handbook when the new version is available.

 Captains are advised to inform their opposition Captains if they have a player or players who could become unwell in a match and that player substitution may be required during the game.

All games should be played in the spirit of the game so as to avoid any confrontation and any potential disputes should be handled through the teams captains. The games should be fun and a sociable occasion.

Member’s Code of Conduct
Everyone involved at all levels of pétanque has a responsibility to promote and uphold
the highest standards of behaviour in our sport.
The content of this Member’s Code of Conduct applies to all of our members.
Respect the rights, dignity and worth of Players (team-mates & opponents), Officials (umpires, coaches, organisers and managers) and Spectators
• Always listen to and cooperate with Officials
Abide by the rules of pétanque
• The Official Rules of the Game of Pétanque (FIPJP)
• The EPA Competition Rules
• At all times observe the rules of the sport of pétanque and any additional rules for specific events or those implemented by the Officials on the day of an event
Respect and promote the spirit of fair play in pétanque.
• Always play to the best of your ability and never directly or indirectly attempt to adversely influence an outcome of a game
• Always accept success and failure, victory and defeat with dignity and recognise the
achievements of others
Personal Behaviour
• Take responsibility for your own actions
• Never engage in or condone inappropriate or abusive language or gestures,
discrimination, bullying, harassment, intimidation or violence
• Never publicly criticise Players or Officials
• Never abuse a relationship of trust, position or power held at an individual, team, Club,
Regional, National or Inter-National level
Promote the reputation of our Association and sport, taking reasonable steps to prevent them from being brought into disrepute
• Set a positive example for others, especially young participants, beginners and spectators
• Refrain from any activity likely to bring disrepute on Players, Officials, Clubs, Regions,
Events or our Association
• Take reasonable measures to protect your own safety and the safety of others
• Never participate when under the influence of alcohol or drugs
EPA’s Policies, Procedures and Guidelines
• Abide by the EPA’s Anti-Doping Policy, Equity Policy, Junior and Vulnerable Members
Protection Policy, Social Media Guidelines
Contravention of this Code of Conduct may lead to disciplinary action in accordance
with our Association’s Disciplinary Procedures.

Origins of the game

Pétanque (French pronunciation: [petɑ̃k]; Occitan: petanca [peˈtaŋkɔ]) is a form of Boules where the goal is to toss or roll hollow steel balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet (literally “piglet”) or jack, while standing inside a circle with both feet on the ground.The invention of pétanque according to a document in the Musée Ciotaden in La Ciotat signed by Ernest Pitiot, pétanque in its present form was first played in 1910 in what is now called the Jules Lenoir Boulodrome in the town of La Ciotat near Marseilles.

Huntingfield Pétanque Club was formed in 2011 with a core of members some of whom are still involved. Like any organisation, there is always a turnover of members for many different reasons. Today we actively seek new members with or without experience for this most sociable of games. When we start playing usually in March each year and continue though to late autumn, we are happy to give our time to any prospective players if they want to “have a taster” for the game. All ages can play, but those under 16 years will need to be accompanied by a family member or nominated carer.

Huntingfield Pétanque Club currently play in Division 5 of the Adnams Pétanque League. Anyone can play on the Pétanque piste or terrain (except when matches are scheduled) which is situated on the Millennium Green above and behind The Hub ( 3 villages hall) and is opposite the Huntingfield Arms public house.


Page updated 3/03/2019