A Guide to Selecting a Bocce Ball Set
With the mild weather of spring and summer, people instinctively want to spend more time outdoors. And there are all sorts of yard games that are suitable for the entire family so that you can enjoy time together. Bocce ball is a classic Italian yard game that can be played one-on-one, or in groups. You can find bocce ball sets that are regulation size for tournament use, for adults to play against each other. Or you can select slightly smaller and lighter balls, that will be suitable for children under 12 to participate as well.
We’ll go through the Best Reviews Guide’s list of the most popular bocce ball sets. Most of them are made from a polyresin compound, although you can also find sets made from wood or rubber. There are also variations of the game, where the balls are made of stainless steel. And there are also glow-in-the-dark versions so that you can play at night!
You can find bocce ball sets for around $30. And if you get hooked on it, you may want to upgrade to the more professional sets!
What are the rules of bocce ball?
Bocce ball is usually played with a minimum of 4 balls for each team. The official game is played in an enclosed court that’s 90 feet in length and around 8-13 feet wide. One of the teams throws out the small jack ball, or pallino, into a zone at the end of the court. The two teams then take turns throwing a ball, trying to have their ball end up as close to where the pallino is situated. After each team has 4 throws, the team who succeeded in getting one of their balls closer to the pallino ball, earns one point. The game continues until one team collects a predetermined number of points (usually 7 or 13 points).
Do you need a special court to play bocce ball?
As we mentioned, tournament bocce is played on a regulation-size court with a floor made of soil or asphalt. However, if you just want to play a casual game with friends or family, it’s possible to play on sand at the beach, on the grass in the park, or even in your house on a hardwood floor or on a carpet.
Types of Bocce Ball Sets
Looking at the different products in the Best Reviews Guide list of bocce ball sets, we see that there are a few variations available:
Regulation-size bocce ball set: If you want to play in a bocce ball tournament, the official size of the ball is 107 mm, and the official weight is 2 pounds. The St. Pierre Sports Professional Bocce Set contains 8 balls of the official size and a 60 mm jack ball (also called “pallino”). You also receive a pamphlet with the official rules of the game.