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The Bocce Court

August 02, 2011 | Comments: 0 | Views: 160


Bocce (often misspelled as bocci) is a game that consists of eight balls about the size of grapefruits, one small ball slightly larger than a walnut, and a court or lawn to play on. The large balls are called bocce balls and the small ball is called a pallino (also known as a pallina, pill, and polle). The goal of the game is to get the large balls closest to the small ball. The game is played in frames and a winner is declared when they reach the end point total before the other team. The end total is usually between 7 and 15.

To play bocce effectively, it must be played on an even surface or court. This article will briefly explain the layout and makeup of a bocce court.

Bocce Court Dimensions

Bocce courts are large, rectangular structures. Courts come in a variety of similar sizes. The the court is most commonly between 10 and 13ft wide and 75 and 90ft long. Personal bocce courts built in backyards and basements are often smaller to accommodate for less space.

With or Without Walls

Bocce courts are often surrounded by wooden walls up to 1ft tall. The walls serve a few purposes. First, they allow players to bank shots when rolling the balls. Secondly, walls protect surrounding players from deflected balls when the active player is hitting (also know as boccing or vollo).

Courts without walls also exist. The two most common courts that lack walls are lawn and beach bocce ball courts. Many lawn courts are often not courts, rather the backyard where friends and family gather to cookout and enjoy some bocce ball. Beach courts often lack walls for two reasons. Sand is loose, so it is difficult to build a court with sturdy walls that don't shift. In addition, beach bocce ball is often played for social interaction, so an official court is not necessary.


Bocce court surfaces can consist of many materials. The most common are grass, sand (beach bocce), dirt, stone dust, brick dust, crushed oyster shells, artificial turf, and clay. Most league and tournament bocce courts at the regional level are made of packed dirt, stone or brick dust. High profile tournaments often have highly groomed grass, artificial turf, or clay. In coastal states, official courts made of sand are also common.


Although bocce is still trying to gain ground in the United States, most cities have public bocce courts that people can play on. In addition, many clubs and bars provide courts for their patrons. For more information on bocce courts, including constructing them, visit the site listed below. Happy boccing!

The author is a bocce enthusiast and fan of the sport. He also co-owns a company that sells bocce ball sets located at They have a wide variety of bocce sets and pride themselves on great customer service. Visit today!

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