Fearrington Village (NC) Bocce Courts in honor of George "Bus" Detweiler
My "bocce posse" and I discovered these terrific courts in 1999 when we were in the Raleigh-Durham area to officiate the Special Olympics World Games (the largest sporting event on the planet that year).
The locals play four-person teams, all players at one end with each rolling just one ball. I don't like this style since it's harder to get the "feel" for a shot. If two players from each team were stationed at each end, you could roll two balls each. Being short or long on a roll, you could play again having "gone to school" on the previous shot. No such luck with the one ball per player style.
The Fearrington players marked each ball 1, 2, 3, or 4 with indelible marker. You had to designate who was to roll the first ball, second, etc., and couldn't vary from this order. If you are number two, you roll second every frame when it is your team's turn to roll. They reasoned that this negated a top player's advantage. You couldn't say, "Tom, you take this shot. You're better at it than I am." You have to stay in sequence. The bottom line for me is this: despite all the clamor for standardization of rules, courts, and equipment - and I understand the importance of this for the growth of the game - there is an undeniable charm in traveling to other venues and playing the "home court's" rules. We got "crushed" by the Fearrington Villagers, but I loved every minute of it.
The well-maintained and fast playing courts are in honor of a local Mr. Bocce.
Gold medal winner Wayne Boggs of Nebraska (we met at the 1999 SO World Games) is a great athlete with an equally great sense of humor. He won the coin toss and I gave him his choice of red or green bocce balls. There was a short pause as he considered his options. Then with a big grin he decided "I'll take red...same color as my pick-up."