Bocce is a ball sport belonging to the boules family, closely related to British bowls and French pétanque game. It has a common ancestry from ancient games played in the Roman Empire.
The game is played with two teams, with each team having one, two, or four players.
- Suitable for ages 6+
- Includes 8 x 75mm wooden balls, 1 x 32mm ball
- Made from pine wood
Game Brief Overview
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 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 closest to the jack than the other team.
The length of a game varies by region, typically from 7 to 13 points.