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If, during an end, the jack is accidentally masked by a leaf or a piece of paper these objects are removed.
If the jack comes to be moved by the wind or the slope of the terrain, for example or by the Umpire, a player or spectator accidentally treading on it, a boule or a jack coming from another game, an animal or any other mobile object, it is returned to it’s original position, provided this was marked.
To avoid any argument, the players must mark the jack’s position. No claim can be accepted regarding boules or jack whose positions have not been marked.
If the jack is moved by a boule played in this game it is valid.
If, during an end, the jack is displaced onto another terrain of play, marked out or not, the jack is valid subject to the conditions outlined in Article 9.
The players using this jack will wait, if there is room, for the players in the other game to complete their end, before completing their own.
The players concerned by the application of this rule must show patience and courtesy.
At the following end the teams continue on the terrain which had been allotted to them and the jack is thrown again from the place it occupied when it was displaced, subject to the conditions of Article 7.
If, during an end, the jack is dead, one of three cases can apply:
- Both teams have boules to play, the end is void and the jack is thrown by the team that scored the points in the previous end or who won the toss.
- Only one team has boules left to play, this team scores as many points as boules that remain to be played.
- The two teams have no more boules in hand, the end is void and the jack is thrown by the team that scored the points in the previous end or who won the toss.
- If the jack, having been hit, is stopped or deviated by a spectator or by the Umpire, it remains in this position.
- If the jack, having been hit, is stopped by a player in the authorised playing area, his opponent has the choice of:
a. leaving the jack in its new position;
b. putting it back in its original position;
c. placing it anywhere on the extension of a line going from its original position to the place that it is found, up to a maximum distance of 20 metres from the circle (15 metres for younger players) and such it that may be visible.
Paragraphs b) and c) can only be applied if the position of the jack was previously marked. If this was not the case, the jack will remain where it is found.
If, after having been struck, the jack travels into an out-of-bounds area before returning, finally, on to the playing area, it is classed as dead and the actions defined in Article 14 apply.