COURTESY AND ETIQUETTE DURING PLAY
There are various aspects of courtesy and etiquette which should be observed at all times during play, whether on Club nights or in competition. They are designed to ensure that standards are maintained and that behaviour does not cause friction between players/competitors. The text below (a) seeks to encourage the keeping of those standards and behaviour and (b) assumes a ‘team’ situation, but can apply equally when ‘singles’ are played.
The following text seeks only to describe etiquette and courtesy issues. The rules of the game remain as published by the FIPJP or, as set by the Club for it’s internal play and competitions.
(i) When a cochonnet is thrown, both teams must agree that the distance from the throwing circle is within permitted limits (6 to 10 metres). This agreement can be reached following ‘pacing out’, a ‘visual’ measure, tape measurement or confirmation by a third party/referee. A ‘head’ is created immediately a cochonnet has been thrown within permitted limits.
(ii) Subsequently, only the team about to throw a boule, can approach the head to eg. examine ground, see the ‘lie’ of existing boules in the head, or re-cover one small area of ground disturbed by previous activity.
(iii) No player should stand adjacent to the head when an opponent is throwing a boule. Ideally, other players should stand behind the ‘thrower’.
(iv) One member of each team can approach/examine the head, when it is unclear which boule is ‘holding’. If there is agreement as to the leading boule after eg. a ‘visual’ measure or a ‘taped’ measure, then the game can proceed.
(v) If there is no agreement as to the leading boule, then an independent measure can be called for, that measure to be done by a non-playing umpire or a person agreed between the 2 teams. The result of that independent measure must be accepted. No-one, other than those involved in the game and/or the ‘independent’ arbiter is permitted to examine the head, or offer an opinion as to the leading boule or other placements.
(vi) It is discourteous to attempt to ‘look over’ the shoulder of someone who is ‘measuring’ or otherwise to seek to verify the measurement.
(vii) No boules should be removed from the head until (a) all boules have been thrown and (b) all have agreed the number of ‘shots’ held by a particular team.
(viii) Apart from the legitimate retrieval of boules or cochonnet at the end of a ‘play’, actions taken by an individual which might (a) disturb the positions of boules and/or cochonnet on any part of the playing area or (b) cause offence or injury to another player, are regarded as misconduct, and will be considered by the Committee, which can determine any further action against the guilty party.
(ix) Players should keep in mind that, particularly, but not exclusively, where time limits are imposed on games, actions such as (a) persistent, non-essential ‘pacing out’ of distances (b) measuring of distances which are already clear to the naked eye and (c) overly-long discussion on tactics, can be perceived by opponents as ‘time wasting’. Similarly, un-played boules should be positioned as close as possible to the throwing circle to avoid unnecessary, time-wasting, pacing back and forth.
(x) Ideally, any perceived contravention of (a) the rules of the game or (b) etiquette and courtesy, should be discussed and resolved amicably between the parties concerned. Any issues not resolved in this manner, should be brought to the attention of a member of Committee or, during competition, the organiser of the competition.