Bocce Ball – It’s Not Just for Your Grandpa Anymore
Major League Bocce Is Taking this Ball Sport Back in Cambridge this Winter
CAMBRIDGE, MA – December 18, 2013 – Major League Bocce, the nation’s largest organized bocce league, has found its way to Cambridge, bringing with it a fresh take on a sport steeped in tradition and heritage. It’s true. You no longer have to be retired to enjoy this refined Italian game. Major League Bocce is bending the rules and breaking traditions to make bocce ball available where and when it’s convenient to you – AT THE BAR! You were going to be there anyway… Why not commit to 7 weeks of tossing balls and tossing back brews one night a week at a local watering hole? Games are literally played right at the bar on custom-designed 20’ x 5’ courts with lighter weight equipment then the traditional outdoor game.
Not familiar with the sport of bocce? Here’s a quick tutorial: Two teams compete with four balls each attempting to get their team’s balls closest to the target, a smaller white ball called the pallina. Games are played for 45 minutes or until a team reaches 14 points. Players can toss their balls closer to the pallina, hit the pallina to maneuver it away from an opponent’s ball or closer to their team’s balls, or knock opponents’ balls out of the way. And don’t forget, it only takes one hand to toss a bocce ball, leaving the other one free to hold a frosty beverage.
Major League Bocce will be hosting bocce leagues at three locations across Cambridge & Boston starting in late January: Tuesday evenings at The Point near Faneuil Hall, Wednesday evenings at Moksa in Central Square, and Thursday evenings at Stadium Sports Bar in Southie. Teams play once a week for 6 weeks, and then at the end of the season everyone participates in a single elimination tournament culminating in the crowning of a champion team. The winners get trophies, bragging rights, and a donation in their name to a local charity. Bonus: Everyone makes the playoffs so you don’t have to be an expert to get started.
Playing bocce offers many benefits – making new friends, playing for charity, and staying social as we get into the cold days of Cambridge winter. “Bocce provides a great medium for meeting new people. There is a natural flow of conversation deciding whose ball is closer to the pallina and the game can be picked up by people of all abilities,” says Sarah DeLucas, a co-founder of Major League Bocce.
Fueled by cheap beer and an arsenal of ball jokes, Major League Bocce looks like it’s the best preventative treatment for seasonal affective disorder that you’ll find in town this winter. Register before January 17th to get in on the bocce action and use promo code Central15 to save $15. Games start the week of January 27th.