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How to Play Bocce

How to Play Bocce, Bocce Rules and Lessons

Quick and Easy Rules

Divide players into two teams with 4 red and 4 green balls divided equally between each team of one or two players. 


1st. Are you left or right handed?  Order a glass of wine or pint of beer and put the drink in the opposite of your throwing hand to maintain proper throwing balance.


2nd. Have the starting team stand within a couple feet from the back wall and throw the small ball called the pallina just about half way down the court, the pallina cant be against the side or back wall.  Since part of the strategy can
be to move the pallina you do not want to throw it too far because then there is less room to move it down the court. Next the same player throws the larger bocce ball trying to get as close to the pallina as possible. If your ball hits
the back wall it is out and can not point, this is a finesse game of skill and precision, you are not hitting pins in a bowling alley.


The first ball is considered “inside” because that ball is closer to the pallina than any of the competitors balls and the other players are considered “outside”. The outside players take turns throwing until they are closer to the pallina and now considered inside. After all the balls are thrown the color that is inside is awarded the point.  The scoring team is awarded additional points for each ball the same color closest to the pallina that is closer than their competitor, so you can get up to four points.


The first team to the desired points wins and games usually go to 7, 11 or 21 points.  To make it more exciting adjust the rules where you have to win by 2 points.


Tactics can get quite complex when players have sufficient control over the ball and throw or roll it accurately.  As you get better you can take more risks for greater rewards. Remember a ball that hits the back wall is not in contention to point.


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Advanced Bocce clinic:


Bocce Definitions:

Blocking: placing a ball in a position to make it difficult for your opponent to get to the pallino or score additional  points.
Banking: using the side rails to change the angle of approach to get around blocking balls.
Safe: playing a ball in a manner that will not have a chance to affect the point(s) you currently have.
Setups: placing a ball in a location so that you or your team mate can hit it into a scoring position.