What is Bocce-in-a-Bag™?
Bocce-in-a-Bag™ is BocceNation.com’s answer to making bocce organized, fun and easy to play. The Bocce-in-a-Bag™ system includes our unique navy and gold bocce balls and our patented measuring device. It also includes the BocceNation.com drink holder and scoreboard with complete and easy to understand rules. With the Bocce-in-a-Bag™ system even first-times can be set-up, playing and competing within 5 minutes.
At BocceNation.com we’ve simplified the rules and scoring to make it easier and more enjoyable. Our matches are best two out of three games. The games are the first player/team to get 10 points. In case games are tied at 1-1 (1-all), then the third game is an abbreviated tie-breaker game with the first player/team to get to five (5).
How long does it take to play?
A full, two out of three game match usually lasts between 30 and 45 minutes. Time will vary with strategy, skill level and competitiveness.
Who can play?
Bocce is great for players of all ages. It’s social and generational. It’s a great way to share time with friends, family members and meet new people. Kids as young as 5 can play and bocce is great for all ages and even for players with physical limitations or disabilities.
What is the size of the court?
Our BocceNation.com portable court is 36’ long x 7’ wide. It’s portable, easy to set-up and take down.
How do you set it up?
Our BocceNation.com comes with 4 lightweight aluminum stakes that are affixed to each corner – perfect for dirt, grass, sand or any non-solid surface.
How do you play?
Play is simple and easy to learn. You are simply trying to get your bocce ball as close as possible to the lwb (little white ball) spot, jack, pallino, pallina. At the same time, your opponents are doing the same thing. For rules and how to play click here
What size are BocceNation.com bocce balls?
The BocceNation.com bocce balls are 4.25 inches (107mm) in diameter and weigh 2.4 lbs . Our "LWB" is 2.36 Inches in diameter (60mm) and weighs 0.4 lbs.
Where can you play bocce?
Our Bocce-in-a-Bag system is designed to be convenient and portable. Our BocceNation.com court is portable, travels well and can be set up virtually anywhere. The best places to set up courts are: Backyards, golf courses, fields, lawns, median strips, beach, golf clubs, music festivals………….
Is there organized play?
Through our affiliation with the American Bocce League, players from all over the country can join individually or as teams and compete locally, regionally and nationally in organized leagues, tournaments and special events.
What cities does American Bocce League have leagues?
Originating in the fall of 2010, American Bocce League already has several leagues beginning in cities across the country. Or, be one of the first in your area to begin an American Bocce League organization. ABL is a world-dominator. It’s the fastest growing organized national bocce league in America.
How many players on a team?
American Bocce League teams are comprised of 12 players, eight of whom compete at any given match. Each team will field 4 separate two-person teams to play against other teams for every match.
How do I sign up?
You can register at BocceNation.com or directly at AmericanBocceLeague.com. If you don’t have a team, American Bocce League will assign you to a team with open roster spots.
How do you throw the ball?
First off, all throws are underhand, including the lwb. The "LWB" must be thrown past the center line. Then throws are made with the bocce balls underhand trying to get closest to the lwb.
What kind of throws are there?
Traditional bocce defines throws in the following categories:
Rafa – rolling the ball or Spanish tennis professional
At BocceNation.com we’ve simplified the terminology and the descriptions:
Roll – the standard bocce throw. This throw, similar to bowling, rolls all the way along the ground to the intended target.
Bouncer Ball – this ball bounces along the ground on the way to intended target. It’s designed to bounce over, into or eventually next to the intended targe.
Skyball – a ball thrown high designed to travel most of the way in the air, with little roll.
Destroyer Ball – this ball is intended to remove the opponents ball or balls, thus clearing the way for a big score.
What is the official bocce attire?
Good question. The official bocce attire is defined by you. We like to think you bring your own sense of style to the game. Ideally there’s not a lot of running or overt physical exertion (depending on your celebratory style). Most BocceNation.com bocce is played on grass courts so tennis shoes might be best, although barefoot bocce is popular too (just don’t drop the balls on your feet!). Bocce style is being forged and written each day – do your part and submit your photo’s gallery or beginning.
Play, Compete and Enjoy!