Bocce Information

Bocce is a precision sport belonging to the boules sport family, closely related to bowls and p├ętanque with a common ancestry from ancient games played in the Roman Empire. Developed into its present form in Italy , it is played around Europe and also in overseas areas that have received Italian migrants, including Australia, North America and South America , initially amongst the migrants themselves but slowly becoming more popular with their descendants and the wider community. The sport is also very popular in the former Yugoslavian countries of Slovenia, Croatia , Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Montenegro. In Southern France the sport is also popular and known as Boule Lyonnaise.

Bocce is traditionally played on natural soil or asphalt courts approximately 20 to 27 metres in length and 2.5 to 4 metres wide, sometimes with wooden boards of approximately 15 centimetres in height surrounding the court. 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 about 5 metres in length, ending 2 metres from the far end of the court. If they miss twice, the other team is awarded the opportunity to place the jack anywhere they choose within the prescribed zone.

Wikipedia, Bocce, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bocce (as of Apr 1, 2010)

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