• The game is played by 2 teams of one, two or three. In a team of 2 players each member uses 3 boules, in a team of 3 players each member uses 2 boules. In the singles game each player uses 3 boules. There must not be more than 12 boules on the ground
  • Players use steel boules of diameter between 70.5 mm and 80mm. The weight must not exceed 800 g. The cochonnet is made of wood, and must be between 25mm and 35mm
  • The first team is chosen by tossing a coin. Any player in this team chooses a starting place, and draws a circle on the ground in which to stand. This should be between 13.79 ins (35cm) and 19.70 ins (50cm)
  • The player throws the cochonnet between 6 yards (6m) and 10 yards (10m) away. It must not be any nearer than 1/2 yard (1/2 m) from any obstacle (trees, wall etc..)
  • He then throws his first boule, trying to get it as close as possible to the cochonnet.  Both feet must remain on the ground within the circle until his/her boule has landed.
  • A player from the opposing team steps into the circle and tries to place his/her boule closer to the cochonnet than the opponent’s, or by knocking his opponent’s boule away. The boule nearer to the cochonnet leads.
  • It is then up to the players in the team who is not leading to continue until they achieve a leading boule and so on.   If they succeed, the other team plays.  If not, they run out of boules.
    When a team has no more boules the players of the other team throw theirs and try to place them as close as possible to the cochonnet.
  • When the 2 teams have no more boules, the points are counted. the winning team scores one point for each boule nearer the cochonnet than any of their opponent’s boules.
  • A player from the team that has won the previous “end” (from throwing the cochonette to throwing the next cochonette)  throws the cochonnet from the place where it was at the conclusion of the “end”. The winners are the first team to reach 13 points.