Stay active, social, and sharp with bocce

Posted Apr 04, 2024


Every­one’s Play­ing Bocce

Whether you’re a sea­soned play­er or look­ing to learn, the game of boc­ce offers a wel­com­ing envi­ron­ment for peo­ple of all ages, skill lev­els and phys­i­cal abilities.

Boc­ce’s pop­u­lar­i­ty is surg­ing. First played in its cur­rent form in Rome 3,000 years ago, boc­ce has become the third most pop­u­lar out­door sport in the world, after soc­cer and golf. Over 25 mil­lion Amer­i­cans play this sim­ple-yet-chal­leng­ing game of inches.”

It’s a Great Way to Play

Boc­ce ball offers a gen­tle yet effec­tive way for seniors to main­tain their phys­i­cal health. It’s also a socia­ble and acces­si­ble sport, mak­ing it an ide­al activ­i­ty for old­er adults. 

Enjoy the Health Ben­e­fits of Bocce

Par­tic­i­pat­ing in boc­ce at The Arling­ton isn’t just about enjoy­ing the Flori­da sun­shine; boc­ce for seniors is a gen­tle, yet effec­tive, way to main­tain phys­i­cal health. It’s a holis­tic activ­i­ty that helps improve coor­di­na­tion, flex­i­bil­i­ty, and bal­ance – reduc­ing the risk of falls, which is a cru­cial con­cern as you get old­er. It’s also a low-impact exer­cise that burns around the same num­ber of calo­ries as walking.

Learn­ing Boc­ce Is Easy

If you’ve nev­er picked up a boc­ce ball, don’t wor­ry! The rules of boc­ce can be mas­tered in min­utes, and boc­ce equip­ment is sim­ple and inex­pen­sive. Any­where from two to eight can play. Play­ers stand on a boc­ce court tak­ing turns rolling a set of balls towards a small­er tar­get ball, called a palli­no” (some­times called a jack”). Points are scored for balls clos­est to the pallino. 

Keep Your Mind Active

Of course, there’s a lot more to boc­ce than rolling balls down the court. The game demands strate­gic think­ing and pre­cise cal­cu­la­tions of ball speed and dis­tance. It also requires keen hand-eye coor­di­na­tion to deliv­er the ball exact­ly where you want. These activ­i­ties have a ben­e­fi­cial effect on brain health and may help low­er the risk of cog­ni­tive decline.

A Great Oppor­tu­ni­ty to Make Friends

One of the most sig­nif­i­cant advan­tages of engag­ing in boc­ce is the social inter­ac­tion it fos­ters. This sport pro­vides one of the best ways to meet peo­ple, strength­en bonds, and enjoy the cama­raderie of team play. At The Arling­ton, you’ll find an invit­ing com­mu­ni­ty eager to wel­come new play­ers to join the fun. 

You’ll Love Play­ing Boc­ce at The Arlington!

Our lux­u­ry retire­ment com­mu­ni­ty offers some of the best boc­ce in Naples. We have a 16-team senior boc­ce club, which hosts com­pet­i­tive boc­ce tour­na­ments for seniors. Like all of the ameni­ties at The Arling­ton, our pro­fes­sion­al boc­ce courts are top-notch. Designed to offi­cial stan­dards, they’re metic­u­lous­ly main­tained, offer­ing an excep­tion­al play­ing expe­ri­ence, mak­ing the game so much more rewarding.

Whether you’re look­ing for engag­ing com­pe­ti­tion, want to sup­port your phys­i­cal health, or sim­ply like to enjoy some fun in the sun with friends, it’s time to get rolling with bocce!

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