Tips & Tactics

The act of trying to put one’s boule as near as possible to the “but” is called “marking”, he can also try, if he wishes, to knock his opponent’s boule out of play and this is called “shooting”.  If he succeeds in placing his boule nearer to the “but” than the first player, it is then the turn of the opposing team to throw a boule to try to place one of their boules nearest to the “but”.  As long as a team has one of their boules nearest to the “but” the players of the team must try to get a better point by “marking” or “shooting” their boules.

When they have no more boules to play, it is the turn of the other team to throw their boules.

When all the boules have been played, the team who is nearest to the “but” counts one point for each boule nearer the “but” than his opponent’s nearest boule.

Another round or “end” then commences in the same way; a player of the winning team traces a new circle, throws the “but” and starts to play.
The game of boule continues until one team has reached 13 points.  When the “but” has been thrown, no obstacle, even the smallest stone, may be removed between the circle and the “but”.

A boule once played may not be moved.

It may happen that two boules touch the “but” or are at equal distance from it; then the players of each team play alternately until the point is won by one of the two teams.