Posted by: Sunset Rentals | July 4, 2011

A Great Family Game: Bocce Ball

Summer is a great time to relax on the beach, but what can you do after you’re done working on your tan? Why not try the family-friendly beach game, bocce ball!

Bocce ball has been around for years, and judging from its name, you probably already guessed that it originated inItaly. The folks around Hilton Head have been playing bocce since we can remember, and it’s a great way to get the whole family involved.

If you’ve never played or if it’s just been awhile since your last bocce game, Bocce.org has all the official rules posted for your review.

Here’s a quick rundown. First, make sure you have eight bocce balls. The game can be played with two, four or 8 players. Then, divide the bocce balls evenly between the number of players you have. At random, choose a player to throw the pallino, a hard ball that is slightly smaller than a tennis ball. After the pallino is thrown, that same player will throw his or her first bocce ball. The purpose of the game is to get your bocce balls as close as possible to the pallino. All the other players will then throw bocce balls. The player who is closest to the pallino will forfeit his or her turn to those further away until all the balls are thrown.

One point is awarded to the player who is closet to the pallino. That player will also recieve one point for every other ball that is closer to the pallino than his closest competitor’s ball. The first person to 13 wins the game.

Have you played bocce ball on the beach? The tides and moving sand can make for some very interesting shots. Have fun!!


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  1. Here’s a quick rundown. First, make sure you have eight bocce balls. The game can be played with two, four or 8 players.


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