Bocce makes a comeback to Aussie backyards

Nicole SalmeriSouth Western Times
Camera IconCredit: Michael O’Brien

Need some ideas for some fun activities this Australia Day?

Call it old-fashioned, but bocce is making its comeback as a popular Aussie backyard game.

Basic rules — backyard bocce

There are four balls to a side and they are made in two colours to distinguish the balls of one team from the four balls of the opposing team.

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The jack is thrown out by a member of the team, having won the coin toss to start the game.

The opposing teams will then deliver their bocce balls until the point is taken or they have exhausted their four balls.

This “nearest ball”, rule governs the sequence of thrown balls.

A team has the option of rolling, throwing, bouncing, banking, etc its ball down the court, provided it does not go out-of-bounds or the player does not violate the foul markers.

A player also has the option of hitting out any ball in play in trying to obtain a point.

At the end of each frame, a designated official (captain) will determine the points scored.

Scoring points are all those balls of one team closer to the jack than the closest ball of the opposing team, which can be determined by viewing.

In the event the two balls closest to the jack belong to opposing teams and are exactly the same distance from the jack, no points will be awarded, and the jack returns to the team which delivered it.

Only balls which are distinguishably closer to the jack than any opponent’s balls may be awarded points.

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