Little Italy Bocce Rollers Association of Baltimore
These two beautiful courts are in the Little Italy section of Baltimore, MD. They are 80' by 13' and topped with a very fine, light gray stone dust. The courts play fast and are a terrific draw for local restaurants and other businesses.
Affiliated with the Sons of Italy, the Bocce Rollers Association maintains the lighted courts and runs tournament events.
The bocce courts are the focal point of the Thomas J. D'Alesandro Jr. Park (former mayor of Baltimore) which was dedicated in 1987.
Similar to the North End of Boston's bocce courts, these are open to visitors. There is a lock box for bocce balls as well as a brick storage area and bathroom.
Red, white, and green benches surround the courts and are filled to capacity during evening play. They play the backboard dead if a ball hits it without first striking another ball. There is no padding or swing board at the ends, though, and some raffa shots come bouncing back quite a distance.
Here's a look at the courts from the opposite end.
Scoreboard and We Love Bocce sign...play goes to 12 points and the red and green pegs can be easily moved to keep track of the score. Unlike many scoreboards we have seen, these have a slot for zero.
Bocce is largely a night-time activity hereabouts. The well-lighted courts start to fill up right after dinner time. They often play spirited games with 12 players - 6 on each team. Three teammates are stationed at each end and 12 balls are used - two for each player. Thus, you could score as many as 6 points in a frame.