I was looking at my local Council on Aging flier and I noticed that there were Bocce games being played. This made me ask some questions, like what is Bocce ball, how long has it been around, and how do you play it?
A general definition is that Bocce ball is an Italian bowling game. See if you think it sounds like what we think of as bowling by the end.
The game appears to have started quite a long time ago.
A version of the game appears in Egyptian artwork back in 5200 BC. It moved from Egypt to Greece then on to Italy. Fast forward to today and after rules and versions changing it’s played all over the world. The game has even made it into the Olympics.
You play with two people or in teams of two, three or four people. You need one smaller target ball called a palladino (usually white) and eight larger bocce balls (two different colors or designs).
Measure out a space of approximately 82 feet long by 13 feet wide. (Hint: it can be a different size and the smaller the area the easier the game is).
There is a foul line at 13 feet on each side of the court. A player or team member throws in the palladino and it is live once it stays within the main area between the two foul lines.
Basically each team takes turns tossing in their balls. The goal is to get as close as possible to the palladino. You can knock another player’s ball out of the way so your ball can get closer but it must stay within bounds to be valid.
When all the balls are thrown, distances from the palladino are measured. In order to get points you need to have balls the closest to the palladino. Play continues and points are added up and when you hit 12 points you’ve won the game. (You should think about having a tape measure ready.)
If you belong to a Council on Aging center you can use their materials, otherwise it’s an investment in a palladino ball and eight team balls. You should find an area to play as well.
Private Home Health Care thinks this game sounds more like curling than bowling but it sounds fun. It’s a great way to socialize too!