What are the rules for playing bocce ball?


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A bocce round begins with a player from one team pitching the pallina from one end of a court, with hope that it lands near the court center. Then, a bocce ball is thrown close to the pallina, ideally in front of the pallina. The opposing team then attempts to knock the bocce ball away from the pallina by hitting the bocce or pallina with its own bocce ball.

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What are the rules for playing bocce ball?
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An official bocce court is 76 feet long and 10 feet wide. The game begins with a coin toss to determine which team pitches the first bocce ball.

Scoring only occurs at the end of each round, which is called a frame in bocce. The team with the bocce ball closest to the pallina is the only one that scores points in a round, and one point is awarded for each ball that is closer to the pallina than the opposing team. Two points are given for each ball that touches the pallina.

If the balls from each team are at an equal distance from the pallina, no points are awarded. A tape measure is helpful for cases to get an exact determination.

The usual goal is 12 points, but this can be changed to create a longer or shorter game.

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