The Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau and United Petanque welcome you to the 2018 Petanque Amelia Island Open. We have a busy weekend planned full of music, food, sun, and of course—Pétanque. The tournament consists of approximately 180 doubles teams. A random draw determines how teams are placed into the field with geographic separation used to avoid teams from the same region playing one another in the qualifying rounds.
10:00am - 3:00pm Morning & afternoon clinics for all levels and Play With a Champion
1:30 to 5:00pm: Ladies Doubles Tournament - south end - compact format (registration closed)
2:00pm - Sign in for teams begins, waiver completion, and official team draw
5:30pm Welcome reception for the registered teams: “Taste of Amelia Island” social
7:00pm - Sign in ends
Each team will play a total of 5 qualifying games with a 1 hour plus 1 end time limit. When time is called players will finish their end and are be allowed an extra end if the game is not completed in regulation time. In case of a tie,* play a tie break end to determine the winner. Games are played to 13 points unless time expires. At the end of Day 1, the top 32 teams (based on wins & point differential) will advance to the Main Concours A. The next best 32 teams will advance to Concours B. The remaining teams are seeded into 4 separate Consolantes. The Consolantes will be equal in terms of play & prizes.
7:30 am -8:00am Team check-in for late arrivals
8:15am - Opening Ceremony and Group Photos
All games (1hr + 1 end)
9:00 to 10:00 - 1st game
10:30 to 11:30 - 2nd game
Lunch Break with live music by Shell and Friends
1:00 to 2:00 - 3rd game
2:30 to 3:30 - 4th game
4:00 to 5:00 - 5th game
Winners of their first games on Sunday will advance within their brackets. Losers will drop into their respective second brackets (AA, BB, CC, etc.) From this point forward, it is single elimination in each bracket. If you lose your second game, you are eliminated from the competition. This makes for 5 rounds of play to determine the winners in all 10 brackets.
8:00am Team check in & announcements. Music provided by Fernandina Beach High School Band
All games (1hr + 1 end, except final or decision of organizers)
9:00 to 10:00 – Sixteenth - final
10:30 to 11:30 – Eighth - final
Lunch Break with live music by Island Vibe
1:00 to 2:00 – Quarter- final
2:30 to 3:30 – Semi final
4:00 - Grand Finals followed by Awards Ceremony
*note, this year prize checks will be distributed on an ongoing basis following completion of competitions leading up to the final round.
We follow the international rules of petanque as well as the FPUSA code of behavior. The Head Umpire for the tournament is Dan Feaster. His decisions are final. Back up umpires will be announced each morning. Respect the officials and of course, be courteous to one another during the event. Please respect these rules. NOTE: FAILURE TO RESPECT THE RULES MAY RESULT IN EXPULSION FROM THE TOURNAMENT.
Please bear in mind that we have a number of new players here who may need help with some of the rules. So let’s remember to keep cool heads and educate when we’re able. If you have a disagreement in a game you are participating in and you disturb the games around you, you will be removed from the tournament!
Here are some of the tournament rules for the 2018 Open. Please familiarize yourself with this list and play accordingly. These rules and others will be mentioned in the morning announcements.
1. In timed games, all 4 sides of each court are dead ball lines. All boards are considered dead as well. Please remove dead boules from the court to avoid any arguments. Be courteous of your neighbors.
2. Jacks must be thrown at least 50 cm. from the side dead ball lines and 1 meter from the end lines. Only one throw of the jack. If the jack is not validly thrown, the opponent to places the jack at a valid location. It is acceptable to walk-off the distance and place the jack.
3. You have 1 minute to play each ball. The tournament officials reserve the right to reduce it to 45 or 30 seconds to ensure the event runs on time.
4. The court maybe raked before a game, if both teams agree. No raking during games. You may not cover at trail made by a previously played boule, only a divot.
5. On disputed points, both teams must measure before calling an umpire. The umpires are volunteers and some are playing in the tournament. An umpire cannot act as umpire in his or her own game.
6. A Forfeit scores 0-13. A Bye (if any) scores 13-7. When a game begins, if opponent is a no-show, scoring is as follows: You score 1 point after 5 min. Then 1 point every 5 min. If after 20 min. your opponent is still absent, they forfeit the game. When games start, please notify an official if the other team has not shown up.
7. Upon finishing your game, please report your score immediately to the control table or onsite official. This is important to keep to the schedule.
8. No smoking on the courts at any time. This includes the walkways between the courts.
9. No alcohol on the courts at any time. All alcohol must be kept behind to the designated area.
10. No phone calls or texting on the courts while playing. Please silence your phones.
*In the case of a tie score after the one additional end, the teams will play more one additional end.
During this extra end, the jack cannot become dead (out of play). If the jack goes out of the playing area it is to be put back in its original position, or if that is not marked, then in the nearest valid place to where it went out of play.