Second manuscript, The rules of the game of boules

By Mr.Bordsenius at 2000-01-01

Article 1
The game is normally played until the first team to make 11 points, wins. The game may be extended according to the pleasure of the players. They must all consent to prolong the match. One lone player may oppose this, he shall be within his rights.

Article 2
As soon as the ďlittle oneĒ (jack) is thrown, it must be marked. He who threw the jack must point first. If he plays only one boule, he has the right. All the players must take their place by the jack, this is a requirement. The pointer having thrown the jack far or near according to his pleasure, the opposing team have no say in the matter. The same when their turn comes, far or near, the player is at liberty.
Article 3
The pointer on throwing the jack, finding it stopped by the audience, itís still good. If itís one of the his teammates and the opposing team approves, then it stays where it is, unless itís hidden. The pointer on throwing the jack, finds it stopped by the opposing team, he has the right to rethrow it.
Article 4
The pointer playing, if his boule is stopped by the audience or one of his teammates, too bad for him the boule is good, but if itís one of the other team that stops the boule, the pointer has the right to put his boule wheresoever he likes or replay the boule. Because sometimes a bad sport on seeing a boule go in a good direction will stop it and make some false excuse. In all games, all those who would be fooled, are victims. Itís taken into account in all the rules, to avoid any arguments.
Article 5
When a shooter (tireur) is about to shoot a boule or the jack, or playing to push, he must before shooting shout ďwatch outĒ to warn the public, itís in the rules, required as a general rule.
Article 6
If the jack is stopped by the audience, it must stay where it is. If the jack is stopped by a player from the shooterís team, it canít stay where it is because it could end up with boules from the shooterís team. There will necessarily be arguments. The opponents of the shooter have the right to leave the jack where it is, or to replace it where it was before the shot was made. The shooter may not replay his boule, but if itís a player from the opposing team who stopped the jack, the shooter has the right to toss the jack at one, two, three meters as he desires, from the place where he shot the jack, to the right or left or straight at his whim. Because there may be boules at a certain distance, he has the choice but it isnít the same for a boule shot that the audience stops, it stays. All boules shot and stopped by players are removed.

This rule is aimed at underhanded players who by standing in front stop boules or the jack, too bad for he who misses, itís he who is the victim.
Article 7
To know who has the point, the last to play or one of his partners, believing that he has the point, must measure first. If he moves the jack or the boule, he loses the advantage of measuring and leaves it to the opponent to do the same. If it canít be decided who has the point, it must be presented to be judged by the majority of the audience. If it still canít be said who (holds the point) the player who last played must play again, and then the opponent. This continues as long as the players leave it unchanged, if it stays until all the boules are gone, the end is null, and he who threw out the jack starts again.
Article 8
All boules thrown are (considered) played even when holding the point. Itís up to the player to pay attention to the game and if his partner stops the boule believing he may replay it, heís mistaken. Itís a lost boule. If itís a player from the opposing team who stops the boule, the pointer for his trouble, has the right to place his ball where it suits him.
Article 9
One must not play before his turn, under penalty of leaving the boule badly played, unless the other team tricked you by saying that they had the point, in that case it may be replayed.
Article 10
He who forgets to play his boule, when all his team have finished and the opponents have begun to play out their remaining boules (to empty their hands), his boule is lost. He would have all the advantage if they were to have shot the jack or somesuch.
Article 11
The inadvertantly removed boule which might have counted a point, no longer counts. The same goes for the jack if removed.
Article 12
If a boule which has been played is disturbed where it lies, from whatever direction, it shall be put back where it had stopped. If that place cannot be demonstrated, the boule is removed.
Article 13
When players are asked how many boules they have left to play, they must respond honestly. He who abandons the game, by right, loses it.
Article 14
If a player must leave for some reason, the opposing team may designate the player who will play the boules. Since there are some players who do better than others, and since the teams were chosen for a well matched game, the opponents are within their rights.
Article 15
The jack lost or a boule lost, depends on the disposition of the court being played and the habit of the players. The jack gone out, the pointer who threw it starts again. If in the course of the game the players canít remember the score, they must take the question it to the audience. Just as when the jack is stopped, itís the majority of the audience who judge the facts.
Article 16
When a boule is rolling, it must be accorded respect, one mustnít stop it nor throw or remove trash. If while your partner is preparing to play you notice something which may interfere with his play, you may do it, but only before he plays. If itís the other team you have no right.
Article 17
Gentlemen, several players have complained of the abuses of latecomers to the games, not the latecomers themselves, but the choosing of them. Players whoíve lost a game or two call out for reinforcements. Thatís not a reason for choosing a player, the match must remain balanced until the end of the day. The fellows may object to this choosing of a player, telling you letís carry on the game the way we started. That to me is the most fair, because itís too easy to lose the first game so as to win the right to choose a player. It happens very often that a first game is won by luck and the second comes point by point. Itís not that one team was so strong, itís a match that well deserves a rematch.
Article 18
As for the money on the game and for the day, those who lose two games more than their opponents shall pay the boule-keeper. This is accepted by the vast majority of players, neither more nor less than what is owed the boule-keeper, so as not to attract gamblers to the game.
Article 19
For the same reason, bets are forbidden. Those responsible, the bettors, will not be tolerated.
Article 20
For the pride and honour of the boules club, there must reign there a moral union of equality and sincerity for the game. No quarrels nor foul language, they only ruin all civility. Itís not only that we are in the public eye and that it would be indecent to utter oaths, for the sake of the club and the strangers around us we wonít put up with it. In the name of progress I propose the following punishments. The first time, he shall be reprimanded by the players. The second time, three days on his feet, thatís to say three days without playing. The third time, eight days without playing, and the fourth and last time, the players will spurn him as incorrigible, leaving him at complete liberty to play by himself so as to no longer bother anyone. This little rule was made for that ill-meaning person, badly behaved and jealous of our union and our freedom. He looks to insinuate himself in the club so as to spread disunion among the players. A remedy must be brought to this intrigue, thatís to expel them from the club. Without being perfect, nonetheless we must have standards, society requires this even from us.

My regards to those gentlemen, the boules players and to Mister Lambert,

our leader and secretary of the club. Gentlemen, if this little set of rules is acceptable to you, I ask for your signatures of approval. I am your devoted player of boules, for my daily amusement, Aimť Coussin, retired bookseller.

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