Your friends are coming over for a barbeque and you want to play some backyard games. If you are like most of us you probably recall a few games, but don't remember the rules of how to play. Here are a couple of our favorites (including the rules). Both of which can be played on your artificial turf or synthetic putting green:
After purchasing a Bocce Ball Set, find a flat, level playing surface (packed dirt, gravel or artificial grass are ideal). A regulation bocce court is 76 feet long and 10 feet wide, but you can use whatever space you have available
Divide players into two teams of one, two or four players each. Each team gets four balls, divided equally among the players.
Have a player from the starting team stand behind the foul line (which is 10 feet from the throwing end of the court) and throw the small ball, or "pallina," toward the opposite end of the playing surface.
Let the player then throw one of the larger balls, or "boccia," trying to get it as close to the pallina as possible without touching it.
Have players from the opposing team take turns throwing their balls until one of the balls stops closer to the pallina than the starting player's ball. If they fail to do so, the starting team tries to outdo its first attempt.
Let the starting players take their second turn if the opposing team gets closer to the pallina than the starting team without using all of their balls.
Continue in this fashion until all eight balls have been thrown. The team with the closest ball gets one point for each of its balls that are closer to the pallina than the other team's closest ball.
Keep in mind that if the two teams' closest balls are an equal distance from the pallina, no points are awarded.
End the frame after all eight balls have been thrown and appropriate points have been awarded. The scoring team begins the next frame. If no team previously scored, the team that threw the pallina last begins the next frame.
Play as many frames as needed until one team has a total score of 16 points.
The game is played with two or three people or by teams. Players are each given three golf ball bolas, which are two golf balls attached by a rope. The game involves landing your bolas one of the three rungs on a ladder. You can purchase a ladder golf set at most sporting good stores or large discount stores. Here are some of the rules that most people follow while playing ladder golf:
Toss your bolas from about 15 feet away from the ladder. Most people set the toss line by taking five paces from the ladder. It can be closer if children are playing.
Take turns established by a coin toss. Each player throws all three of his bolas before the next person's turn. Points are earned by which rung of the ladder your bolas are hung. The top rung is worth 3 points, the middle one 2 points, and the lowest of the rungs just 1 point. A bonus of 1 point is earned if a player has bolas hanging on all three rungs or all three are on one rung. He will earn 10 points for that round. Your bolas remain on the ladder until everyone has tossed theirs, because one aspect of the game is to knock another player's bola off the ladder.
Play ladder golf until one player or team has exactly 21 points. If 21 points is exceeded, all the points for that round will not count. To win a game, a player or team must be the only one to have exactly 21 points at the end of a round. If the players or teams tie at 21, they will play overtime until someone wins. To win in overtime, you or your team must beat the other by at least 2 points.
Know the etiquette of ladder golf. For example, because the game takes concentration, do not make sounds or moves that may distract other players. Also, do not touch a player when she is tossing bolas.
Use the equipment safely. For example, avoid swinging the bolas unless you do so during normal play, because doing so can cause injury. Further, do not pull unnecessarily on the bolas because they may detach. Finally, do not stand on the ladder while playing the game. Doing so can cause injury.
Synthetic Turf has many benefits; including providing the ideal game surface for these and several other backyard games. Its not too late to get your synthetic grass installed before your next barbecue.
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