How Do You Play Bocce Ball?

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How Do You Play Bocce Ball?
Bocce ball can be played in the sand at the beach. (bocce game image by PaulPaladin from

Bocce ball is played on a level, flat surface such as a court, on carpet or the beach. The equipment needed is eight bocce balls in two patterns, weighing approximately 0.907kg each, and a smaller ball called a pallino.

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Two teams of one to four players begin play with a coin toss. The winner of the coin toss throws the pallino onto the court.


The coin toss winner throws a bocce ball onto the court trying to get the ball as close to the pallino as possible. The opposing team then throws bocce balls until one of their team's balls is closer to the pallino. Teams take turns throwing balls until all balls are thrown.


Players can use their roll to knock an opponent's ball away from the pallino. A player can also knock or move the pallino toward their teams own balls.


A frame ends when both teams have rolled all four balls. The team with the closest ball to the pallino is the only team that can score points in that frame. The scoring team earns one point for each of their balls that are closer to the pallino than the closest ball of the opposing team. No points are given if the closest balls of each team are of equal distance. Unlimited frames are played until a team reaches 16 points and wins.

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