How to Play Boule

A coin is tossed to decide who starts.

A member of the team winning the toss throws the jack to land between 6m and 10m away (or up to two metres shorter for teams of very young players).  The jack, when thrown, should not be closer than one metre from the boundary of the terrain or any obstacle.

A player from the team winning the toss (not necessarily the same one who threw the jack) throws the first boule and tries to place it as close as possible to the jack.

A player from the opposing team then throws a boule, generally trying to establish the "lead boule" either by getting theirs nearer to the jack (pointing) or by knocking away the opponents' leading boule (shooting).  It is also permissible to try to throw the boule to move the jack in order to gain the “lead boule”.  Any boule thrown or shot beyond the terrain boundary is out of play, does not count in the scoring, and cannot be thrown again until the next "end".

After these first two boules of an "end", each subsequent boule must be thrown by a player from the team not having the "lead boule", and this team must then continue to throw either until their team has the "lead boule", or until all their team's boules are played.  If they succeed in gaining the " lead boule", the other team takes over and carries on in the same way, until either they have the lead or they have played all of their boules.  When one team has played all its boules, the other team may continue to throw theirs, trying either to “point” them closer to the jack than the opposing boules or “shoot” out any opposing boules that prevent any of their own from scoring (or they can try to move the jack to a more advantageous position).  If they consider that the risk of losing their " lead boule(s)" is too high if they continue to play, they do not have to play all of their remaining boules.

After all boules have been played, or the leading team decides not to play any remaining boules and the opposing team is out of boules, the team with one or more boules nearest the jack wins the end.  They score points equal to the number of boules they have closer to the jack than the nearest one of the opposing team.