Overall Purpose of the
Activity: To improve players aim and accuracy.
Objectives: for one team to get as many of their balls closer
to the pallina than the opposing team's closest ball
large bocce balls (half of which are of a different color or pattern)
"object ball" (sometimes called a "pallina" or a "jack")
- Bean Bags
- Players need
to be aware of the objects being thrown
- Players throwing need to control
throws to avoid hitting other players
Planning and Organizational
- Tell players:
- To use underhand throw to
maximize control and precision
- To slowly throw and not rush
to improve accuracy of throw
- Bocce is played in two teams
of either 1, 2 or 4 players
- Four player team- each player
throws 1 ball
- Two player team- each player
throws 2 balls
- One player team- player throws
coin toss determines which team starts. The starting team chooses which color (or pattern) ball they will play with.
first team member throws the pallina and then throws his/her first ball as close to the pallina as possible. It is now up
to the opposing team to throw a ball closer to the pallina than the starting team. If the opposing team uses all four balls
and fails to get closer to pallina than the starting team’s ball, the starting team throws each of their remaining balls,
trying to place them closer than the opponent's closest ball.
the opposing team places a ball closer to the plllina then the starting team then the starting team must throw again attempting
to get closer or better the point.
all balls have been played, this concludes the frame and ONE team is awarded one point for each of its balls which is closer
to the pallina then closest opposing team's ball. Thus, a team may score up to four points per frame.
the closest ball of each team is equal in distance from the pallina, NO points are awarded.
team that scores in a frame starts the next frame by throwing out the pallina and playing their first ball.
continues until a team wins by reaching a score of sixteen points.
Refinements to Look for:
- Alternate players from each
team to throw the ball
- Use two pallina’s to
make more interesting
Simplification and Extension
- Use lighter easier objects to throw
at pallina (bean bags)
- Use a bigger target (beach ball, soccer
- Allow player to move closer
- Create a playing area that
the balls have to land in order to count towards teams score
Create a bigger playing area to increase the distance players will have to throw the balls at the