Bocce is the Italian version of lawn bowling. The earliest known form of the sport was a game played in the Italian Alps, early in the Christian Era, in which stones were tossed at a target stone in an attempt to land as close as possible to it. This was a source of amusement for Roman soldiers, who spread it through the empire. Balls were eventually substituted for the stones and they were usually rolled rather than tossed. Three distinct types of lawn bowling developed through the centuries. In France, the game was known as boules, from the Classical Latin word for ball. A different form of the sport became known in England as "lawn bowls." Bocce, also known as boccia, derived its name from the Vulgar Latin word for ball, bottia. Bocce Sports.
The sport is also very popular on the eastern side of the Adriatic, especially in Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, where the sport is known in Serbo-Croatian as boćanje ('playing boće ') or balote (colloquially also bućanje ). (wikipedia)
- Wikipedia: Bocce, sometimes anglicized as bocci, is a ball sport belonging to the boules family, closely related to British bowls and French p tanque, with a common ancestry from ancient games played in the Roman Empire. Developed into its present form in Italy, it is played around Europe and also in overseas areas that have received Italian migrants, including Australia, North America, and South America. Bocce was initially played among the Italian migrants but has slowly become more popular with their descendants and the wider community.
- F d ration Internationale de Boules - F d ration Internationale de Boules is part of the "Conf d ration Mondiale des Sports de Boules" which is the highest international authority of bocce sports acknowledged by the International Olympic Committee. The current FIB president is Christian Lacoste from France.
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- Petanque.org www
Latest news from the Petanque world, Petanque.org, database, forum and chat.
- Contains United States Bocce Federation www
Contains the history of bocce, States Bocce Federation, tournament listings, rules, required skills and training. United States Bocce Federation.
- Italian John Pirelli Lodge: Bocce www
Italian American bocce club in Dayton Ohio. John Pirelli Lodge: Bocce.
- Basic Bocce on the Net www
Basic layout and rules for the game of Bocce. Bocce on the Net.
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Provides rules and regulations for the sport. Bocci Balls.
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Provides rules, iBocce, tournament resources, events, photos, shopping and instructions on making a court in your yard. Also includes a listing of facility locations in the United State and Canada. iBocce.
- Boccebrew, Bocce Court Design and Installation www
Boccebrew, Court Design and Installation, a division of Brewer Landscape Construction, is a company based in San Rafael, California that designs and builds Bocce courts. Bocce Court Design and Installation.
- Official Annual Festa Italiana Bocce Tournament www
Official of the event in Seattle, Festa Italiana Bocce Tournament, Washington, United States. Provides an application form, an overview of the event, and rules. Annual Festa Italiana Bocce Tournament.
- A Bocce History www
A history of Bocce, History, with an account of how the game is played. Bocce History.
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A weblog focusing on bocce strategy and critical analysis of the game. Improve Your Bocce.
- A Have You Heard About Bocce www
A book that takes drill and instruction to the same level as that of basketball, You Heard About Bocce, baseball, and other sports. Have You Heard About Bocce.
- The Collegium Cosmicum Ad Buxeas www
The international organization for the sport of Bocce. Cosmicum Ad Buxeas. Includes court design, history, rules, and news. Collegium Cosmicum Ad Buxeas.
- News, Bocce Federation of Australia www
News, Federation of Australia, events, contacts, games, history, shop, magazine, research, and links. Bocce Federation of Australia.
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Provides information on the local, Bocce.com, state and national bocce leagues and tournaments. USA Bocce.com.
- How World Bocce Association www
How to play bocce ball, Bocce Association, rules and regulations. How to build a bocce ball court. Video available. World Bocce Association.
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This is page is a collection of Bocce links. Fisher Bocce Links.
- Bocce Rules of Bocce www
Bocce rules with diagrams. Rules of Bocce.
- A Bowls-Clubs.co.uk www
A hosting site for enabling web presences for UK clubs, Bowls-Clubs.co.uk, with no need for any computer knowledge. Provides links to over 200 UK lawn bowls web sites. Bowls-Clubs.co.uk.
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Lists books, Bowls, videos and DVDs, indexed by title, author, country, decade and subject, sources and contact details. Books on Bowls.
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Virtual petanque game. Pro Petanque. Requires Shockwave plug in. Trankila Pro Petanque.
- Provides Backyard Bocce www
Provides portable bocce courts and ball sets. Bocce. Also includes history of the sport and court specifications. Backyard Bocce.
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BoHo Bocce ball games and accessories; offers company profile, Games, LLC, catalog, and contacts. Outside In Games, LLC.
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Alexa Directory Top Sites: Bocce Sports
- DMOZ: Bocce Sports
dmoz.org Directory: Bocce Sports