Thursday, May 6, 2010

bocce ball

I am no expert in Bocce ball. All I know is this, it is a game generally played outdoors (except in Brooklyn) with simple rules and I enjoy it best with a mint julep in hand. Start practicing this summer and come to Empire State South in August for a game or two of bocce.

In case you need to brush up, here are the most basic bocce rules.

The game is played with 8 bocce balls and one smaller target ball called the pallino. Bocce can be played between two players or two teams of four players per team. The object is to roll the bocce balls closer to the pallino than your opponent.

The game begins with a player chosen at random (maybe by coin toss) throwing the pallino. Each team then takes alternating turns to throw their balls toward the pallino in hopes of placing their ball closest to the pallino or moving their opponent's ball away from the pallino.

At the end of each frame (when all players have thrown their balls), points are determined by figuring out which team has the highest number of bocce balls closest to the pallino. In the event that the two balls closest to the pallino belong to opposing teams then the teams are tied and no points will be awarded. The pallino then returns to the team who threw it. Only balls which are clearly closer to the pallino will be awarded points.

The team who wins will be the first to throw in the next match. Generally, bocce rules state the first to 13 points wins.


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