The Rules of the MINI Table Pétanque Game



MINI PETANQUE is practiced on the following surfaces :

Specially designed carpet: synthetic turf minimum 6 mm and maximum 8 mm thickness or "flapper" composed of calibrated sand and small gravel ranging from 0 mm to 5 mm.

  • The dimensions of the table are as follows: L 200 cm, l 80 cm, h 75 cm.
  • The games are played in 13 points.
  • The playing distances are 250 cm to 300 cm from the bottom of the table.
  • Some competitions can be organized with games with limited time or reduced scores (11 or 7 points).
  • The throwing circle cannot be less than 50 cm, nor more than 60 cm in diameter.
  • Rigid and foldable circles are allowed.
  • The throwing circle must not be placed less than 50 cm and more than 100 cm from the start of the game table.
  • The feet should be completely inside the circle, not biting on it.

Article 1 - Training of LA MINI PETANQUE teams :

* 3 players against 3 players (triplets). In triplets, each player has 2 mini-balls.

* 2 players against 2 players (doublets). In doublet, each player has 3 mini-balls

* 1 player to 1 player (head-to-head). Head to head, each player has 4 mini-balls.

* Any other formula is prohibited.

Article 2 - Characteristics of LA MINI PETANQUE mini-boules :

1) Be made of metal.

2) Have a diameter between 30 mm (minimum) and 40 mm (maximum).

3) Have a weight between 50 grams (minimum) and 70 grams (maximum).

Young people aged 12 and under have the option of using mini balls of 30 grams and 20 mm in diameter.

4) Modification of the mini-balls. In general, they must not be faked, nor have they undergone any transformation or modification after machining by the manufacturers.

Article 3 - Penalties for non-compliant mini-boules :

The referee or the organizers may, at any time, ask to examine the mini-boules of one or more players.

Any player guilty of an infringement of the provisions of paragraph 4) of the previous article is immediately excluded from the competition, as well as his partner (s).

Article 4 - Mini-goals :

  • The mini goals are made of beech wood.
  • Their diameter should be 10 mm.
  • Their weight should be 10 grams.

Regulatory distances for the throw of the mini-goal :

For the mini-goal thrown by a player to be valid, you must:

- That the distance separating it from the beginning of the table is 100 cm minimum and 200 cm maximum.

- The mini-goal must be 10 cm from all edges of the table when throwing.

- The mini-goal is launched from the throwing circle.

- If the teams do not have a circle, we can draw one.

- If the mini-goal is not at the correct distance from the edges, it is up to the opponent to throw it.

- If the mini-goal is still not the right distance from the edges of the table, it's up to the team that scored beforehand to put it down and play at regulatory distances.

- If you and the opponent had played a mini-boule, the mini-goal is definitely considered valid and no complaints are allowed.

Article 5 - Cancellation of the mini-goal during the end :

The mini-goal is null when it touches one of the edges of the table or leaves the gaming table.

Article 6 - Rules to be applied if the mini-goal is drawn :

If, during an end, the mini-goal is zero, there are three cases:

  • There are mini-boules left for each team to play: the end is a draw and the mini-goal belongs to the team that had previously scored or won the toss.
  • Only one team has mini balls left: that team scores as many points as they have mini balls to play.
  • Both teams have no more mini-boules in hand: the end is a draw and the mini-goal belongs to the team that had previously scored or won the toss.

Article 7 - The gaming table :

It is forbidden to touch the playing surfaces.

Article 8 - Throwing of the first mini-boule and the following ones :

The first mini-ball of an end is thrown by a player of the team that won the toss or was last to score. Then it’s up to the team that isn’t about to play.

The mini-balls must be played one by one.

Any thrown mini-ball cannot be replayed.

Item 9 - Amicable settlement of any dispute :

In the event of a dispute between two (or more) players, it should be settled amicably without animosity, words or inappropriate gestures. Players not affected by this dispute should assist, if necessary, in directing the players involved to a friendly solution.

Possible sanctions (proven non-compliance with the code of conduct).

Repetitive and deliberate violation of the Code of Conduct: the organizer, after ascertaining this state of affairs, may decide whether to suspend this player from the competition.

Article 10 - Drawn mini-boules :

Any mini-boule is a draw as soon as it touches an edge of the table.

Article 11 - Stopping a mini-boule :

Any mini-boule played, stopped or deflected by an opponent on purpose must be replayed.

Any mini-boule played, stopped or deflected involuntarily or voluntarily by a player of the team to which it belongs is void.

Article 12 - Time allowed for playing :

Once the mini-goal is thrown, any player has a maximum time of 45 seconds to throw their mini-boule. This period begins as soon as the mini-goal or the mini-boule played previously has stopped or if a point has to be measured, as soon as the latter has been taken.

These same requirements apply for the mini-goal throw.

Article 13 - Point measurement :

Measuring a point is the responsibility of the player who played last or one of his teammates.

Opponents always have the right to measure after one of these players. Measurements should be made with an appropriate tape measure, each team should have one.

Article 14 - Mini-Boules at equal distances from the mini-goal :

When the two mini-balls closest to the mini-goal, each belonging to a team, are equidistant, three cases can arise:

If both teams have no more mini-boules, the end is a draw and the mini-goal belongs to the team that previously scored or won the toss.

If a team is the only one with mini-balls, it plays them and scores as many points as mini-balls ultimately closer to the mini-goal than the nearest opponent's mini-ball.

If both teams have mini-boules, it is up to the one who played the last mini-boule to replay, then to the opposing team, and so on alternately until the point belongs to one of the teams. 'they.

When a team is left alone with mini-boules, the provisions of the previous paragraph apply.

Vincent Lepeltier, The Pétancoeurs,
Olivier Bourg, Mini Pétanque Party
Note: Game rules adopted by the Executive Committee on April 2, 2019 for application on January 1, 2020.