Bocce ball is a great recreational activity for outdoor potlucks, garden parties or picnics. In its general form, Bocce Ball
may be the first basic ball throwing game invented by mankind.
According to the Bocce Ball organization,
Collegium Cosmicum Ad Buxeas, the sport may have originated in Egypt and was then passed down through Greece and Rome.
A game can be conducted between two players, or between two teams of two,
three, or four players each. A game is started by a randomly chosen side being given the opportunity to throw a smaller ball, the jack (called a pallino, or
boccino in some areas), from one end of the court into a zone about 20 feet long.
From then on, the side which is farthest from the jack bowls next until both
sides have thrown their four bocce balls.
The team with the closest bocce ball to the jack is the only team that can
score points in any frame. The scoring team receives one point for each of
their balls that is closer to the jack than the closest ball of the other team.
A typical game is usually played to 10 or 15 points. By using multiple
bocce ball sets you can play with up to 16 players.