Bocce Bowling was invented by Sir The Ben Woodward when he was presented with an incomplete Bocce Ball set as a combonation between bocce ball, bowling and in many ways, curling.
The goal of Bocce Bowling is to knock down or hit the pin that is sitting at the end of the Bocce Ball court more times than your opponent can in 3 bowls.
Rounds, Games and Matches
Each round of Bocce Bowling consists of 3 bowls per player. If a player wins a round they win the game. If the round ends with a tie another round ensues. This continues until someone wins the game. A player must win 3 games (best of 5) to win a match.
Points (Touches and Topples)
To gain points in Bocce Bowling you must hit or knock down the pin. If you knock down the pin this is a topple and you gain 2 points. If you hit the pin but it doesn't fall over this is a touch and you get 1 point. If the object is still sitting on it's base after impact it is a touch. if it is off it's base it is a topple.
The run zone is where the players bowl the bocce ball. Players may not step in the roll zone. If a player steps in the roll zone they lose that turn.
Bocce Bowling is a 2 player game. To decide who goes 1st flip a coin, play rock paper scissors, etc. After every bowl the ball stays in play and can act as an obstacle or be hit into the pin by another ball depending on where the ball ends up. As long as the pin is hit/knocked over by a ball it counts as a touch/topple. The balls are only gathered after the end of the round (after each player has bowled 3 times.) The winner of each round gets to choose whether him/her goes first or last the next round.
You can use any hard and moderately heavy object that is taller than it is wide with a flat bottom such as a plank of wood as your pin. The stability and weight of the object have a huge impact on the game.