Beginning as a club sport in the four high
schools in Eugene, Oregon, we became the first
youth based varsity club sport in the country. Marist, Thurston, and
Willamette high schools joined soon after our inception in 1998. Due
to budget cuts, Thurston, Willamette and North Eugene High School
have not participated for several years.
In 2008, we expanded to include adults thanks, in large part, to the efforts of Ray Peterson and his wife Jeed. Adults do not participate in the high school league, but students and adults can participate in club functions outside the schools.
Everyone is welcome to play
Why is this a great game?
• First and foremost, it is a friendly game which can be as competitive
or non-competitive as each individual wants.
• Secondly, anyone can play--young, older, boys, girls, or physically
limited-- and succeed quickly, yet there is unlimited potential for
improvement for those who want a challenge.
• We have equipment you can use and will teach you how to play for
free. If you like it and want your own equipment, it can cost as little
We would love to see you. Come watch a game and try your hand. See the right side-bar for times and location in yellow print.
More on pétanque and the high school league
Each high school usually has a team of 10-15 players making our total membership 50-75 players per fall and spring season. Players receive a varsity club sport letter for participation.
The beauty of this game is that it is a very low cost sport at which players of any age, gender, or athletic ability can play successfully. It also has a rich tradition of social and intergenerational interaction. Following that tradition, each of our competitions is followed by a gathering where players mingle and share snacks. Unlike any other sport played at high school, it has a low key and friendly atmosphere that highlights the positive aspects of competition and sportsmanship. It is more like a pickup game at a community picnic than a partisan sporting event.
Where do the high schoolers play?
As a high school club sport and as an independent FPUSA club, we are working to secure a dedicated space at each high school and within the city so that we can expand and regularize our league and our membership, especially to include the many adults who are showing interest in our club. We are currently working with the city to renovate University Park softball field.
The space needed for our regular season competitions is about 300 square meters. This accommodates 5 simultaneous games. For larger tournaments during which there are 10-12 simultaneous games, we need about 660 square meters. This is about the size of a softball field, which is what we use in fall when these fields are unused. The surface of a softball field is acceptable as a sanctioned FPUSA surface for national competitions. In the spring when the fields are in use for softball, we are forced onto grass. Unfortunately, grass is not a sanctioned surface for competitions.
Naming Our Club
Originally, our club was simple named the Eugene Pétanque iClub. We settled on International because it seemed the most inclusive and welcoming. However, we don't want to forget that the "i" originally represented many other things including:
intergenerational - children and adults are members
independent - a school club sport, we are also in the FPUSA
industrious - it takes a lot of work to start a club
intrepid - sounds cool, and kids just need to learn this word
initial - because we are the first varsity club also in the FPUSA
The 2008-9 CHS Championship Team
Artwork by Genni Koberstein
2011 Junior World Championship
In Marin county, on July 17, 2010 an EPiC team competed in the US National Junior Championship hosted by La Pétanque Marinère club in San Rafael, CA. Two teams competed in a very close best of 5 series which the Fresno team eventually won. The point differential over the 5 games was 0! Congratulations to the EPiC juniors who represented our club and region well. Many involved commented on the quality of their play and their sportsmanship. The Fresno team will represent the US well in 2011.
Teams for the Junior Worlds will be made up of 4 players so one player from the Eugene team will be a part of the team which goes to the World Championships next year. The other two will be alternates.
Here is a link to the Marin club blog with the short report and tiny slide show they put together.
2010 US Adult Triples Championship
A team comprised of EPiC president, Mike Stasack, vice-president, Ryan Baker, and Fresno Pétanque Club president Tim Channell won the FPUSA National Championship on August 26th, 2010. The cinderella team playing in their first national tournament beat out the reigning champions from New York in the semi-finals and a Portland team including veterans and former national champions.
Here is a link to the FPUSA blog report about the tournament.
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CONGRATULATIONS EUGENE AND FRESNO!!!
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information about our club, our league, or playing petanque, contact
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