Bocce bash

Akeem Isadore from the Barbados Defence Force cricket team makes his Bocce throw.
Akeem Isadore from the Barbados Defence Force cricket team makes his Bocce throw.

The Barbados Special Olympics annual national games continued yesterday with exciting Bocce at the Wildey, St. Michael Astro-turf.

Several athletes from across the island took part in the games and performed outstandingly. They were drawn from a number of school and other programmes and divided into teams that engaged in tough competition during the day.

Among the top individual performers were Alissa Cruikshank, Raymond Delphi. Akeem Isadore, Ryan Sealy and Tiana Grosvenor.

Bocce is played on natural soil or asphalt courts of about 27 metres long and four metres wide and can be played between two players, or two teams of two, three, or four.

A match is started by a randomly chosen side being given the opportunity to throw a smaller ball (the jack) from one end of the court into a zone about five metres long, ending half that distance from the far end of the court. If the first team misses twice, the other team is awarded the opportunity to place the jack anywhere it chooses within the designated zone.

The side that first attempted to place the jack is given the opportunity to bowl first. Once the first bowl has taken place, the other side has the opportunity to bowl. From then on, the side which does not have the ball closest to the jack has a chance to bowl, up until one side or the other has used their four balls. At that point, the other side bowls its remaining balls.

The team with the closest ball to the jack is the only team that can score points in any frame. The scoring team receives one point for each of their balls that is closer to the jack than the closest ball of the other team.

Playing conditions can be altered to suit requirements of participants.

The Special Olympics games continue during the week, with swimming slated for earlier in the day.

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