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International Rules


The following photos are from the 2002 North American Bocce Championship held at the Highwood, Illinois Bocce Club.  A brief synopsis of play follows – for more info go to the Joy of Bocce Weekly back issue and click on … Continue reading

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International rules primer


Here is a three-and-a-half minute video of international punta raffa volo singles play where there happened to be no hitting, just pointing. Notice how gently the rolls are on the synthetic surface at Michigan’s Palazzo di Bocce. Two good players, … Continue reading

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The International Game


The international game is very different from the bocce most of us hackers are used to.  It is highly structured and a bit complicated until you get the hang of it.  I think I have the hang of it, and … Continue reading

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A tale of open rules


The bocce generally played in North America is very different from the game played in the rest of the world (which is governed by international rules).  International rules are well codified and standardized for two games – 1) punto, raffa, … Continue reading

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Bocce Rules


First off, you need to understand that the bocce that is generally played in the USA is very different from international style bocce.  International bocce has very well defined rules that are consistent from one bocce venue and event to … Continue reading

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variations of play


In 1995 the Special Olympics World Games were held in Connecticut, and I served as one of the bocce officials. (Four years later the Games moved to North Carolina, and in 2003 we are headed to Dublin, Ireland). During the … Continue reading

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