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There is no better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon than playing bocce ball with friends and family. You could try out for a baseball team, but bocce ball you can play anywhere. Bocce ball is a type of lawn bowling game in which you try to hit another smaller bowl with your bocce balls. You can play with as many people as you want and usually play in teams of two to four people per team. Starting a bocce ball tournament is easy to do and can add some fun and feistiness to your regular Sunday afternoon. The next time you are looking for a great way to kick off a party or spend some time with friends, dig out the bocce ball set, grab a pen and a piece of paper to keep track of the wins and losses and host your very own bocce ball tournament.

Bocce ball requires very little skill. All you need to do is throw the ball and try to get as close to the control ball as possible. That is it. The team that gets closest to the control ball will get the point or win the game, depending on how you are playing. There are usually four balls per team so each team has four chances to get their ball the closest.

In general, the team that is closest to the control ball will not need to throw again unless someone else gets closer. What this means is that the team that is losing will continue to throw until they either get a ball closer or run out of balls. Consider the rules very similar to golf where the ball furthest away from the hole goes first.

Hosting a Bocce Ball Tournament

You can play bocce ball anyway you like. You may wish to have two people per team and only play two teams at a time. The team that wins will go on to play another team in the tournament while the team that loses will be knocked out. Or you may wish to have a round robin so that every team gets to play at least three different games. There is no right or wrong way to play - it all depends on how you want to set up your tournament and how many people are actually playing.

To make your bocce ball tournament even more fun, consider adding some party favors to the event. Bocce ball can easily be played with just one hand which means your party goers can easily use the other hand to hold a beer or a glass of wine. You may also want to set out a few nibbles and make a tasty punch for the occasion so that those that are watching the game will have something to eat and drink.

You can also make it more fun by adding some stakes to the game. You don't have to use prize money but you can use other tools. The losing team, for example, may be in charge of cleaning up. Or, the winning team may get the honor of hosting the next bocce ball tournament next month.

Bocce ball tournaments are also a great way to get your family together. If you are hosting thanksgiving, a super bowl party or any other family event where there will be a couple of hours to spare, then why not send everyone outside while the turkey is roasting for a friendly game of bocce ball? Kids and adults can both play together and there is no real need to separate the good players from the bad ones - it's all about fun when it comes to bocce ball tournaments.

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