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Boules Sports

Boules is general term for a category of sports, such as Pétanque and Bocce. Sometimes these sports are incorrectly called boules. The objective of boules sports is to throw balls towards a small target ball, and get them as close as possible to the target.

Traditional boules-type games popular in many European countries. Boules games are usually played in town squares and parks, typically large, level, rectangular courts made of flattened earth or gravel.

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Depending on the version being played, balls are either thrown or rolled towards a target ball. Throwing techniques may vary. Points are usually scored for getting your ball closest to the target. Sometimes a run-up is allowed. The balls can be made of wood, metal or leather, and vary in size and weight.

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