Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Welcome to Extreme Bocce Online

Extreme Bocce is a terrific, if slightly hazardous, way to spend a few hours with friends. It's basically Bocce Ball (you know the sport your grandma plays on the lawn) played anywhere (and everywhere), usually involving "spirits" or "hops", numerous obstacles, and angry security guards telling you to stop playing bocce by, in or on their building.

There aren't any real steadfast rules, but here is the list we follow:
  • Everyone has two balls. Yes, that was a joke. But seriously, if you have a Bocce Ball set with water filled balls (the cheap kind, which is highly suggested), and the balls break (inevitable) then fill the shells with rocks. These are advantageous for slopes, steps, and precision shots, but for shot across the street, across campus, or up the hill you'll benefit from a water filled ball. Basically its cool if everyone has one of each. Then there's some strategery involved.
  • There is one "target" at which the Bocce Balls are bowled, tossed, dropped, or otherwise propelled. We use an Aerobie, the orange hollow frisbee ring things. We add the rule that if the ball actually rolls inside the ring that you lose. But you can use anything, a golfball, pack of cigarettes, soda can, dead mouse, statue of James McGill, whatever you feel like.
  • If there is ever a question due to safety concerns as to whether or not a throw should be completed, the answer is always a strong YES.
Play is as follows:
  1. Someone throws the target (hereby referred to as the Snitch).
  2. The winner of the previous round throws the snitch in whatever direction he/she desires, preferably the most unorthodox, complicated, dangerous and or shit-disturbing way possible. Some examples include: across the street, through sun bathers and guitar playing hippies on campus, in buildings/classrooms, anywhere! Use your imagination.
  3. Then the same person bowls their first ball at the snitch. Each remaining person rolls their balls, one at a time in order of impatience, also at the snitch, either knocking their own or their friend's balls closer, smacking a competitors out of the way, or just plain going for the snitch.
  4. The person with the closest ball wins. Ties or disputes go to the player with the largest balls.
  5. Repeat while drinking beer, or work up an appetite playing and then go drink beer, or both. Take pictures and video of your extreme bocce adventures and post them here.
Game plays ends only on one or more of the following conditions:
  1. A security guard or other person of authority forces you to leave the playing field.
  2. Enough of your balls get lost or broken that gameplay is impossible.
  3. The gameplay becomes less then extreme.
So that's it for now. Upcoming posts will features bios, pics, and special moves from some of the League members, and the long term summer project is a skate-style Extreme Bocce video across the sites of Montreal. So keep on a-commin.