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Carlton Lakes

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Carlton Lakes, a gated community and member of the Southwest Florida Bocce Conference. Photos courtesy of Richard Curreri who says "Our scoring system was made by a member. Simply a metal pipe placed in a pvc sleeve in the ground. A wire holds twenty-four (24) wood blocks with numbers. Twelve painted green and twelve painted red. Every other block is short so it is easier to move towards the center. The center has a tennis ball to separate the sides. We decided on this system so people can see the score form either end without screaming at each other.

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Regarding ball racks, Curreri says "We did not want the balls on the court for safety reasons. People sometimes forget where they are on the courts and trip over the balls. It also makes it easier for the elderly to pick up a ball."

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Note the court-side bulletin board. "We believe in communication and we have members that do not have computers, so the only way for them to know what is going on is to read the bulletin board."

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This picture shows a shot made by a member during a tournament. "House rules, two points when the Bocce touches the Pallino. Believe it or not, this was a six point play. I never thought I would see it nor do I believe I will see it again. Pallino size 50 mm and Bocce 114 mm."

{Note #1: that 50 mm pallino is a tad large (international size = 40 mm) and the 114 mm bocce is larger than the 107 mm international preferred size.


Note #2: I occasionally hear of this house rule where a "leaner" scores two points. It's an interesting variation that appears to have been borrowed from horseshoes. It makes more sense to me in horseshoes - you almost got a ringer and you got rewarded with "bonus" points. But in bocce, you're supposed to get close to the target to score. You got close. You scored a point.
Play any way that's enjoyable for you, with any house rules you like. But be aware that in any "serious" tournament, it's very unlikely that the referee will give you bonus points for a "leaner."}


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This photo and the ones below show some of the 2009 additions to the venue (awnings, bleachers, and benches).

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