Bocce-A Game for Everyone
We are pleased to offer an official size bocce court for guests to enjoy. Bocce is an easy and fun game to play and guests find it a relaxing and fun way to recreate naturally! First constructed at the end of 2019 the court has enjoyed a good deal of play from guests from spring through fall.
The game of bocce is closely related to British bowls and French pétanque. It was developed into its present form in Italy (where it is called bocce, the plural of the Italian word boccia which means ‘bowl’ in the sport sense) and is played around Europe and also in regions to which Italians have migrated, such as Australia, North America, and South America (where it is known as bochas, or bolas criollas (‘Criollo balls’) in Venezuela, bocha in Brazil).
Bocce is traditionally played on natural soil and asphalt courts up to 27.5 metres (90 ft) in length and 2.5 to 4 metres (8.2 to 13.1 ft) wide. (The Nuance B&B court is one of the few you will find that is the full official size of 90ft x 13.1 ft) The court walls are traditionally made of wood or stone and Bocce balls can be made of wood (traditional), metal, baked clay, or various kinds of plastic.
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 (called a boccino (‘little bocce’) or pallino (‘bullet’ or ‘little ball’) in Italian, depending on local custom), from one end of the court into a zone 5 metres (16 ft) in length, ending 2.5 metres (8.2 ft) 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. Casual play is common in reasonably flat areas of parks and yards lacking a Bocce court, but players should agree to the minimum and maximum distance the jack may be thrown before play begins.
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 object of the game is for a team to get as many of its balls as possible closer to the target ball (jack, boccino, pallino) than the opposing team. 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 that is closer to the jack than the closest ball of the other team. The length of a game varies by region but is typically from 7 to 13 points.
The Bocce Court is located just behind the Guest Parking area. Enjoy Bocce at Nuance Naturist B&B!