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In order to measure a point, it is permitted, after having marked their positions, to temporarily remove the boules and obstacles situated between the jack and the boules to be measured.
After measuring, the boules and the obstacles which were removed are put back in place. If the objects cannot be removed, the measuring is done with the aid of callipers.
The measuring of a point is the responsibility of the player who last played or by one of his or her team-mates. The opponents always have the right to measure after one of these players.
Measuring must be done with appropriate instruments, which each team must possess.
Notably, it is forbidden to effect measurements with the feet. The players who do not observe this rule will incur the penalties outlined in Article 35.
Whatever positions the boules to be measured may hold, and at whatever stage the end may be, the Umpire can be consulted and his or her decision is final. During the time that the umpire is measuring the players must be at least 2 metres away.
By decision of the organising committee, especially in case of televised games, it may be decided that only the umpire is empowered to measure.
It is forbidden for players to pick up played boules before the completion of an end.
At the completion of an end, any boule picked up before the agreement of points are dead. No claim is admissible on this subject.
If a player picks up his boules from the playing area while his partners have boules remaining, they will not be allowed to play them.
The team, whose player displaces the jack or one of the contested boules, while effecting a measurement, loses the point.
If, during the measurement of a point, the Umpire disturbs or displaces the jack or a boule he will make a decision in an equitable way.
When the two closest boules to the jack belong to opposing teams and are at an equal distance from it, 3 cases can apply:
- If the two teams have no more boules to play the end is dead and the jack belongs to the team which had scored the points in the previous end or who had won the draw [toss of a coin].
- If only one team has boules at its disposition, it plays them and scores as many points as it has boules closer to the jack than the nearest opponent’s boule.
- If both teams have boules at their disposition, it is for the team which played the last boule to play again, then the opposing team, and so on alternately until the point has been won by one of them. When only one team possesses boules, the arrangements set out in the preceding paragraph apply.
If, after completion of the end, no boules remain within the boundary of the authorised playing area, the end is null and void.
Any foreign bodies adhering to the boules or the jack must be removed before measuring a point.
To be considered, any complaint must be made to the Umpire. As soon as the game is finished, no complaint can be accepted.