My shooting pit (4)

This design (like my second design) is two pits, facing each other. Like my first design, the backstops are V-shaped, which makes the boules easy to gather. The backstop is constructed out of lightweight hollow-core plastic boards designed for fence construction. (I got them cheap, at a recycled building-materials yard.) Click on any of the photos to see a larger view.





The backstop is constructed out of lightweight hollow-core plastic boards designed for fence construction.

My shooting pit (3)

This is a light-weight design. There are three sawhorses arranged in a U shape. A sheet of white Plas-Tek and a some carpet scraps protect the ground from being pulverized into dust, and keep the boules dirt-free so that I don’t have to be cleaning them all the time.shootingpit3_the_head

From the sawhorses I’ve hung a 10’x16′ baseball net (from Networld Sports), folded so that it is 5′ high by 16′ long. The upper edge is hung from the sawhorses. The lower edge is held close to the ground by cords threaded through the net. The boule-return device is a pipe made of three 10′ PVC pipes.shootingpit3_the_netnetted_shooting_pit_1shootingpit3_collected_boules

Putting the boules in the boule-return pipe takes about one second per boule. Back at the throwing area, the pipe drops the boules into a bucket. I throw about 20 boules at a time. That is as many as I can lift in the bucket.shootingpit3_returned_boules2

I lift the bucket onto a platform, so that I can easily grab the boules as I throw. shootingpit3_boules_ready_to_throw

Here is another picture. You can read about the frame with the colored ribbons HERE.netted_shooting_pit_with_ribbons

My shooting pit (2)

This design consists of two shooting pits, facing each other. You throw from one pit into the opposite pit. Then you walk to the opposite pit, pick up your boules, and throw them back toward the first pit.

I built it using 2x4s but I think that 1x4s would work. The white sheets on the ground are an acrylic material called Plas-Tek. They are used to line showers and may be available at your building-materials store. They come in 4’x8′ sheets, about 1/8″ thick, and cost about $30 each.

The pits are out-of-doors, so I raised the sideboards about an inch off the ground. That allows rain to drain off, and allows me to sweep dust and fallen leaves under the sideboards and off of the court.

When I pick up the boules I put them in a white plastic bucket on brick “towers” where they will be easy to reach as I throw.

My shooting pit (1)

I’m new to petanque. I need to practice so I can hold up my end of the game. To help with practice, I have set up a sort of shooting pit in my back yard.

I laid down a big piece of scrap carpet on the ground. (This keeps the ground from being pulverized into dust, and traps the dust.) On top of the carpet are two 6-foot 2x4s in a V shape. They keep the boules from scattering all over the yard.

The 2x4s are secured with big nails driven into the ground.

Later I moved the carpet forward a bit. The depression behind the carpet traps the boules, so they can be gathered up more easily.


In the throwing area I have a white plastic bucket that can hold 20 boules, so I can throw 20 boules before having to walk to the head to pick up the boules.