Petanque America Open is just around the corner

By Mr.Bordsenius at 2013-10-25

Remember the petanqueamerica open this coming week! An assortment of petanque- celebrities and a lot of teams from all over the world are coming. So why don't you join the party too?

The 9th and 10th of November is the time, and the place is Amelia Island in sunny Florida.

the petanqe-america open website

Any questions? A part of the faq is here:

Do I need a FPUSA or FIPJP license?
No, the tournament is open to all petanque players. But we do go by FPUSA rules, such as no smoking on the courts.

What 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 commission expenses.

I 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, men/ladies etc..?
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" at all?
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 beach?
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".

What 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.

The rest is of course available at the petanqe-america open website

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