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Embracing Solitude


Sheryl warming up for a singles tournament

As our club prepares for the upcoming National Singles tournament, some of us discussed the unique challenges of playing as a one person team. When it comes to pétanque, camaraderie and teamwork reign, and it's one the main reasons why this game is so fun. The singles format, however, stands as a distinctive challenge that requires a distinct mindset. Picture yourself in the circle, gazing at the cochonnet, knowing that every toss is solely reliant on your skill and strategy. Playing singles in pétanque is a solitary endeavor where the spotlight shines only on you – a realm where self-reliance and strategic finesse intertwine.


In this solo journey of boules and precision, there's an undeniable shift in perspective. With no teammate to lean on, every decision rests on your shoulders. If you miss a shot, should you take another shot? The absence of collaboration magnifies the need for meticulous planning and calculated execution. The singles format demands a keen self-awareness of our strengths and limitations. Some thrive on this solitude, relishing the opportunity to determine their own destiny. For others, the solitude can be daunting, exposing vulnerabilities and heightening pressure. Playing singles is special test that unveils players' inner strength, highlighting their capacity to strategize, adapt, and succeed with only themselves to depend on. "I've got this!"


Jake tossing the jack for his one person team

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