Bocce ball is a game somewhat similar to outdoor bowling. According to wikipedia, bocce originated in Italy and bocce is the plural of the Italian word boccia, which translates as "bowl". Bocce is commonly played across most of Europe, and around the world where Italian immigrants have settled. We all remember that Sopranos episode where Tony Saprano puts a hit on Sammy Junior after a heated bocce ball defeat.
Here in good ole' Missouri, we don't take the game quite as seriously, but my friends and I enjoy playing and have gotten pretty competitive about it. In the United States, it's a little more difficult to find actual courts like the ones in the second picture of this step (a public domain image from wikipedia) that would be used for tournament play, so my friends and I mostly play in each other's backyards. When we first began playing, it was difficult to find good instructions and information on how to play, so I thought I would attempt to document our process a bit.
Step 1: The Bocce Balls
Le Bocce- The eight larger balls, there are usually 4 red and 4 green in most sets (blue in these pictures). The different colored balls are thrown by the different teams. The like-colored balls are often subdivided into stripes and circles or other markings to determine not only team, but individual(s) who threw them. Bocce can be thrown or rolled, however they must be released underhanded.