Boules – A Relaxing Outdoor Sport

Hello everyone. I hope you all had a great weekend! Today I would like to welcome you back to my sports and fitness blog.
The summer is definitely the time for outdoor activities. But not everybody likes a full body workout where you are drenched in sweat afterwards. Some prefer relaxed sports and like to spend their time outdoors leisurely. Therefore I have the perfect match for you! The French sports Boules. It is the ideal light outdoor activity not just for pensioners – like most people think – but it is suitable for everyone. Form the young to the old.

Basic Variants

Boules is a game for two to six players. Most common is the so called "Tête-à-tête" (head to head). There are two players with three balls each. Also well known is the "Doublette" (double). Two teams, each consists of two players, play against each other. Like in the head vs. head, each player has three balls. So in total each team has six shots.

Boules Game

The last variant is the "Triplette" (triple). Here every team consists of three payers. But this time each player only owns two shots. So in total, like the double, each team has six balls.

You Need Balls

If you want to play, you of course need appropriate Boules balls. There is a wide variety in size, weight and materials depending on the type of game. But a good start is to grab a few cheap, second hand boules balls of the great used of sales website

The balls itself have a diameter starting from 70.5 mm to 80 mm. But finding the right size can be a bit difficult, especially for a beginner. So here is my personal advice. Just measure the width from the tip of your pointer to your thumb. Take that distance as a rough estimate for the right size.

Boules Balls

Where to Play

The good thing about Boules is, it can nearly be played everywhere. The only criteria are, all the balls must be clearly visible and they have to roll smoothly. The playground doesn't have to be perfectly straight. Far from that. It is even more interesting for the game when the ground is slightly bumpy or if there are a few small pebbles around. It requires more precision and this typically spices up the game.

Basic Rules

The rules are fairly simple. But before I go on, here is on more hint. If you want to play Boules with your friends, there are great deals for starter sets available on It is much cheaper than everybody buying it's own kit.

First you have to toss up for the starting party. The first player of the winning party draws a circle on the ground with a diameter ranging from 35 to 50 cm. Anything in-between is fine, depending on the playground and the available space. Afterwards the player walks into that circle and throws a little, wooden ball called Jack. It's distance must be between six and ten meters. Then he throws his first ball. Then the turn changes to the other team or player until there are no more balls available.

Boules Sets

The goal is to get one's (or the team's) balls as close as possible to the Jack. For every ball which is closer to the target then the opponent's you or the team get(s) a point. Whoever has the most points, scores that round. The first party who has 13 points wins the game.

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