Active Adult Community: Bocce Ball

Bocce ball being rolled indoors

Written by Starhaven Villas

April 15, 2021

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By some experts estimates, Bocce Ball has been around since 5000 BC. It has been played by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. It is the 3rd most popular sport in the world, after soccer and golf. 25 million people in the U.S. alone play Bocce Ball. With these impressive stats, it is no wonder why Starhaven Villas has Bocce Ball as one of its outdoor amenities.

Bocce Ball is a sport that can be enjoyed by all ages. The nature of the court and play is such that those individuals confined to a wheelchair can play just as easily as anyone else. The rules of play are simple, which makes it easy for anyone to learn.

Bocce Ball is enjoyable and can relieve stress. Bocce combines light activity, social interaction, and outdoor time which can give a very uplifting distraction from life’s worries. Playing with others can lift your mood. Sunlight increases vitamin D levels and gives a feeling of well-being.

Bocce can help improve your coordination. The object of a game of Bocce Ball is to get your ball (Bocce) closest to the small pallino. This requires some hand-eye coordination. The more Bocce is played, the better that coordination becomes.

Playing Bocce encourages improving flexibility. Movements such as bending your body and extending your arms flex and move your joints without putting too much strain on them. This can be very beneficial to seniors in maintaining their mobility. 

Bocce would not still be around if the game were boring. It has withstood the test of time. It’s always a good time being with friends and neighbors. Enjoying a round of Bocce Ball can bring fun and laughter, which is a BLAST!

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