bocce ball is for great gatherings, fun competitions, and social interactivity
The sport is played with one small ball (Pig) and eight larger balls [Bocce (singular), Bocci (plural)]—four for each team. The Pig is thrown first and becomes the target. Then each Bocce is thrown with the goal of placing it as close to the Pallino as possible.
A full game of Bocce is called a Round, and it is separated into a series of scoring periods called Giri (plural) or Giro (singular). The team that reaches nine points first wins the Round (15 point Rounds are used in international tournaments)
In each Giro (scoring period), only one team may score points. A point is scored for the team with its Bocce closest to the Pig, and additional points are earned for each Bocce of the same team that is closer to the Pallino than the closest Bocce of the opposing team. Hence, if all four Bocci of one team are closer to the Pallino than any Bocce of the opposing team, four points will be scored for the winning team and none for the opposing team. The team that reaches nine points first wins the Round.
rules of the sport
Bocce is traditionally played on natural soil and asphalt courts 90 ft in length and 8.2 to 13.1 ft wide. Bocce balls can be made of metal or various kinds of plastic. Unlike lawn bowls, bocce balls are spherical and have no inbuilt bias. A game can be conducted between two players, or two teams of two, three, or four.
A match is started by a randomly chosen side being given the opportunity to throw a smaller ball, the jack, from one end of the court into a zone 16 ft in length, ending 8.2 ft from the far end of the court. If the first team misses twice, the other team is awarded the opportunity to place the jack anywhere they choose within the prescribed zone.
The side that first attempted to place the jack is given the opportunity to bowl first. Once the first bowl has taken place, the other side has the opportunity to bowl. From then on, the side which does not have the ball closest to the jack has a chance to bowl, up until one side or the other has used their four balls. At that point, the other side bowls its remaining balls. The team with the closest ball to the jack is the only team that can score points in any frame. The scoring team receives one point for each of their balls that is closer to the jack than the closest ball of the other team. The length of a game varies by region but is typically from 7 to 13 points.
Players are permitted to throw the ball in the air using an underarm action. This is generally used to knock either the jack or another ball away to attain a more favorable position. Tactics can get quite complex when players have sufficient control over the ball to throw or roll it accurately.
care and maintenance of the la luz bocce ball court
Please treat the equipment as if it was your own. Try to keep the larger rocks off the fine playing surface of the court. Please rake the bocce ball playing surface upon completing your time at the facility. Report any problems to the La Luz office or a board member.
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