It is very popular in Europe but is rapidly gaining a following in America. It is played outdoors and can be played by everyone regardless of age or athletic ability. The equipment consists of a small ball called a jack, six larger balls called boules, a measure and a carrying case. Players divided up into two teams composed of one, two or three players. The first player throws the jack, which is the target the players aim for, from a designated throwing spot. The other players then try to throw their boules as close to the jack as possible. After all the boules are thrown the team closest boule receives a point for each boule that is closer to the jack than their opponents. The first team to earn 13 points wins the game.
In the sport of Pentanque the rules of the game are easy. The challenge comes in trying to master your throwing skills.
The gentleman in the photos are members of the Sigean Club and were kind enough to interrupt their game to pose. While only men were playing today, women and children are frequently members of the team.