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Tentative set of regulations for game clubs

I posted in a previous article a description of the game Petanque or bachi since it is this game I do have in mind.

The regulations are to be discussed by the members who don’t miss a game and show up on time

1)  First come players, first served. It is inconceivable and unfair that any member barges in and considers he is endowed with the privilege Not to wait his turn to replace the losing team,

2) There should be No veto power, implicit or explicit, Not to play with any member who showed up on time.

3) If a team must have a leader, for obscure reasons pertaining to a few idiosyncrasies, the leader must be selected from those who don’t miss a game and show up on time. The rationale is that: 1) they practised more than the other occasional players, 2) They had plenty of opportunities to observe the other players and know better their limitations and capabilities, and 3) they are dedicated to keeping the team alive and kicking.

4) Players should come when Not hungry or feeling jittery from a bad day. Quitting should be penalized because it destroy the loyalty to the team. Each member of the team must focus and play the best he can. Otherwise, the game suffer and the cohesion is weakened.

5) When it is Not his turn to play, a team must Not interfere with the decisions of the other team. Any playing member has the right to inspect the field for an entire minutes and the player has 30 seconds to play his balls.

6) Any member of the playing teams has the full right to measure the distances of the balls to the cochonet and no one must disagree with that right simply on visual evaluation.

7) A measuring instrument with two movable cursors is more appropriate that any other measuring gismo that relies on visual evaluation.

8) It is desirable that each team be the same in order to function properly during competitions. If the team is Not complete, then selection from the first comers is highly recommended.


After 3 months of regularly playing Petanque and being on time, I discovered that irregularities in behaviors of the members have taken a toll on me. It was no longer fun and pleasant to pass quality time with the new acquaintances I linked up friendship with.

We enjoyed wonderful evenings accompanied with plenty of quality laughter, the kinds of involuntary loud laughter.

It was a wonderful journey that permitted me to learn and socialize and discover my humoristic tendencies and joking mind.


Have you played Bachi, Petanque, Boule, Horse shoe throwing? This is my story

In the past 3 months I joined a club for playing petanque. I had a lot of fun and laughter, and encountered many wonderful young people.

Petanque is a game of throwing two iron balls close to a tiny ball called cochonet that is your target. The closer to come compared to your adversary team, the more likely an expert in hitting your ball away from the cochonet become necessary. The iron balls weight between 650 to 730 g.

The space is between 6 to 10 m long and 3 m wide. Many players get used to throw the cochonet as far as possible, and get fretful when closer to 6 m.

Usually, in competitions, the teams are of 3 members. Otherwise you can form teams of 4 or even two. If teams of 2, then you may used 3 balls.

Very simple game, yet you need plenty of consistent practice to discover your right movement, rhythms and capability to control your throw.

In my hometown, we have 3 summer clubs, one of them is formally registered with ministry of sport and erect a plastic tent for the colder and rainy weather.

We knew how to throw parties after the games. Everyone brought the menu of the day, frying or charcoaling hamburger, onions, potatoes, cheese… with plenty of whiskey and arak.

Many times singing and dancing was all the rage. Practically, everything that Daesh frowned at “publicly”

Once, a player came and was in the mood of playing and found us eating. He got upset and went back murmuring: “They are better off opening a restaurant“.

Slowly but surely, a few players poisoned the game. Some people would Not play with another one, or would Not play unless a certain player is in his team.

Most of the time, players would appoint themselves leader of a team, though they are Not that good.

I made sure to come to every game. Those who appointed themselves leaders of teams were the occasional players. They have no shame.

There are rules and regulations, mainly meant for competitions.

A member of the club considered himself the most expert and laid downs rules and regulations of his own (3ashwa2eyyan), without concerting with anyone.

The worst part, he considered himself above his own rules and interfered in the game. Nobody dared to confront this tiny and wiry person, or even whisper their opinions because the parcel of land belonged to him or his family.

I swallowed a lot of crap in these months for the sake of meeting these young happy people and getting some laughter and spending quality time.

I recall a shocking event during one of outside town competitions.  Two teams of our club were selected to play against one another, and the organizers didn’t care to appoint any impartial arbiter. So the leader of the other teams made a deal with two of my teammate to lose the game at a score of zero, so that they might be advantageously be selected in the quarter final.

I didn’t agree. The more my teammates threw the balls nonchalantly, the more I played better and made winning the game for the other team much harder. All the members of the other team had no choice but to hit my ball: They could afford this strategy since my teammates were Not to play well or approach the cochonet.

Once, they couldn’t hit my ball and instead of scoring for my team, they appointed one of them to handle the scoreboard: They added the point to their score so that we remained Zero.

The irony of this stupid deal is that both teams had already lost the first round and they were no match to the other contending teams.

Apparently, the sense of loyalty has many shades. For me, the only valid loyalty in any team game is for each member to play the best he can. Otherwise, there is no point playing any game.




March 2023

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