What Is Bocce Ball and How Do You Play?

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What Is Bocce Ball and How Do You Play?

What Is Bocce Ball and How Do You Play?

Have you ever heard of the outdoor game bocce ball? If not, you're missing out. Keep reading to learn more about bocce ball and how to play the game.

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When was the last time you played outside? You know it's fun and healthy, but have you taken the time to relax outdoors?

If you're like three-quarters of the populace, you've probably spent less than 10 hours outside per week. No doubt your excuses involve not finding the time, not knowing where to go, or being unsure of what to do.

We've got the perfect solution for you - bocce ball!

This easy yet fun game will challenge you, get you outdoors, and help you socialize. Read all about how to play bocce ball in our comprehensive guide!

History of Bocce Ball

Bocce came to the United States in the early 1900s. Italian immigrants from the region close to Liguria brought the game with them.

At that time, it was a game exclusively for the men. Women and children were barred from playing mostly because the guys wanted to get some male bonding time in.

They could drink, smoke, cuss, and even gamble - things that weren't proper - without the ladies there.

Over time, it opened up and become popular. It's not hard to see why - it's easy, social, and fun.

Now that you know the history, find out how to play the game.

What You Need to Play Bocce Ball

To begin playing, you need to get a bocce set and a place to hold the match. Here's what you'll need:

  • A bocce court. Official measurements are 76 feet long by 10 feet wide.
  • Eight large bocce balls. They should be in different colors and patterns.
  • One smaller target ball, called a pallina
  • Tape measure - not necessary, but good for close calls

As you can see, you don't need much to get started. Speaking of getting started, read on to see how to to begin playing.

How To Begin A Game

Split into two teams. You'll have to do a coin toss to determines who goes first when starting out.

Whoever wings the coin toss gets to pitch the pallina.

On the bocce court, you'll have a zone that the pallina has to land. It can be a circle drawn at the end of the court.

Once the pallina is in position, your goal is to get your bocce ball as close as possible to it.

How To Play Bocce Ball

The same team that pitched the pallina gets to bowl the first bocce. Your best bet is to get the ball to stop right in front of the pallina.

The next team then gets a chance to bowl. They might even knock the other team's bocce ball out of the way.

After each round, you'll tally the score. If your ball touches the pallina, that's two points. If your ball is closer to the pallina than the other team's, you get one point. If both balls are equal distance apart, there's no points awarded.

Come Play Bocce Ball With Us!

Now that you know how to play, won't you join us for a round of bocce ball? We house three evenings of bocce ball every week and are always looking for new players.

Come get your outdoors time, socialize with others, enjoy our bar and gourmet Italian fare, and play bocce. Contact us today to find out when is the next game.