Because I’m out of town this week for work and my sister-in-law’s wedding, I asked Allison Kretz to stop by the blog and write about Cleveland’s newest sports league: Major League Bocce.
Major League Bocce, the nation’s largest organized bocce league, has found its way to Cleveland, 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 the court at Stone Mad Pub in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood.
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.