In the literal sense Boule (derived from the French la boule “the ball”) represents the ball sport Boule Lyonnaise, the so called “Sport-Boule”, also known as ‘Petanque’. With some 600,000 semi-professional players in 76 (national) Pétanque-organisations, Boule is the most common ball sport.
Boule is a throwing game for 2 to 3 players. The aim of the game is to throw your balls closer to the target ball (the ‘jack’) than your opponent(s). The game starts with one player throwing the jack. The players then take it in turns to throw their balls as close to the jack as possible. The round is over once all of the players have thrown all of their balls. The player who first reaches the predetermined point score wins the game.