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August 5, 2014 - Kim Collette
Bocce Ball! Do you bocce? My family and I have been playing bocce for as long as I can remember. Great family battles in the back yard to see who would be victorious! I have always thought of bocce ball as Italian bowling. I mean, what other sport can you hold a glass of wine and still play?? What is bocce ball you ask? Bocce ball has been around since ancient games in the Roman Empire. The way that the game is played today has been derived from Italy and Italian Immigrants. Bocce is a simple game to learn and a tough game to master. Bocce is played on a 90 foot court which can be lawn, asphalt, limestone or carpet. Bocce balls can be metal or made from a type of plastic. A game is played between 2 players or 2 teams of 2, 3, or 4. To start a game a pallino (a smaller ball) is thrown from one end to the other. The team that tosses the pallino gets to "bowl" first. Once that takes place, the other team has the opportunity to bowl. From then on, which ever side does not have the ball closest to the pallino has the chance to bowl. This continues until all 4 balls for each team have been rolled. The team closest to the pallino scores the point. The scoring team scores a point for each of their bocce balls closer to the pallino than the other teams bocce balls. Games can be played to 7,11 or 13 depending on the region. Sounds simple enough right? Even if this sounds complicated, you can check out some great teams at next year's Italian Festival. If that is too far to remember, give a quick google to how to play bocce ball. Or....better yet, get a set of bocce balls and play!
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