Bocce Ball — Get Outside and Playby Mary on October 28th, 2016
Get Out and Play: Join the Growing Bocce Ball Craze
A game that dates back to at least the early Romans, Bocce Ball has grown as a sport in the U.S. since Italian migrants first brought it to the U.S. Today, the game is more popular than ever with fans of all ages. In fact, Bocce Ball has already taken hold in Taylor Morrison communities in Texas and Florida.
In this simple game, players take turns gently tossing a Bocce ball towards a designated target ball called a Pallino. That may sound rather uneventful, but play it once and you’ll get hooked.
The health benefits of Bocce were recognized back in the 16th century, when it was considered great therapy for rheumatism. The Catholic church, however, saw it as a form of gambling and prohibited clergymen from playing. Throughout Europe it was considered way too distracting. By 1575 if you played Bocce Ball in the Republic of Venice you could be fined or imprisoned.
So what’s so irresistible? Games are not long and drawn out; a single game won’t take up your entire afternoon. The balls are light and easy to handle, so just about anyone can play. It’s easy to learn, but challenging to perfect. Best of all, Bocce Ball is a social game with teams, and it’s a great way to hang out with friends and meet new ones.
All you need for Bocce is a grassy area or court, Bocce balls, and two to eight players. Head to the nearest Bocce court and see what it’s all about. We’ve designed Bocce courts right into many of our communities so you may find one close at hand. Check out this Bocce Ball guide for a full run-down of the rules.