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2017 First Annual Lexington Celebrity Bocce Tournament
Event Starts:
Monday October 9, 2017
@ 12:00pm

Event Ends:
Monday October 9, 2017
@ 4:00pm


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University of Kentucky Tim Couch Practice Field

Lexington, KY


Presented by:
The V Foundation for Cancer Research - Louisville Friends of V


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What is bocce?  A game can be conducted between two players, or two teams of two, three, or four.  We play two teams of four.  A match is started by a randomly chosen side being given the opportunity to throw a smaller ball, the pallino ('bullet') in Italian, from one end of the court into a zone 5 metres (16 ft) in length, ending 2.5 metres (8.2 ft) from the far end of the court. If the first team misses twice, the other team is awarded the opportunity to place the jack anywhere they choose within the prescribed zone.

The side that first attempted to place the pallino is given the opportunity to bowl first. Once the first bowl has taken place, the other side has the opportunity to bowl. From then on, the side which does not have the ball closest to the pallino has a chance to bowl, up until one side or the other has used their four balls. At that point, the other side bowls its remaining balls. The team with the closest ball to the pallino 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 pallino than the closest ball of the other team. The length of a game varies by region but is typically from 7 to 13 points.

Players are permitted to throw the ball in the air using an underarm action. This is generally used to knock either the jack or another ball away to attain a more favorable position. Tactics can get quite complex when players have sufficient control over the ball to throw or roll it accurately.

Join us for fun times, great food and a great cause!