WHAT IS BOCCE?
Bocce is played with eight large balls and one smaller target ball called “il pallino.” The object of the game is to roll your bocce balls closer to the pallino ball than your opponent.
- The game consists of several “frames.” Toss a coin or otherwise select who will play first. The team that wins the coin toss pitches the pallino and then rolls the first bocce ball, trying to draw as near as possible to the pallino.
- The starting team stands aside and does not bowl again until the opposing team gets one of their bocce balls closer to the pallino or runs out of bocce balls.
- Play proceeds in this manner, observing the “nearest ball” rule. The team with the nearest ball stands aside and waits until the other team has the nearest ball or has used up all its balls in the attempt.
- After both teams throw all balls, the frame is over. In each frame, only one team scores. One point is given for each bocce ball that is closer to the pallino than the opposing team’s bocce balls.
- The team that wins the frame begins the next frame, which is played from the opposite end of the court.
- The game continues until 12 points have been scored.