bocce1Bocce was first introduced to MIYC by club member and artist Yngve Soderberg in the 1950s. Mr. Soderberg discovered the game while in NYC for treatment of an illness and decided that Bocce would be a great addition to the Club.   He bought a Bocce set and started playing on a piece of grass near the tennis courts and it quickly took off.   In the 1960s and 1970s, members Lucius Briggs II and Howard Smith II and his wife Sammie took the mantle from Mr. Soderberg, becoming local Bocce gurus, and the game has flourished ever since with new generations keeping the game alive and well at MIYC.

All Club members and guests may play a game at any time if one of the courts is open, Bocce balls are kept in the white box next to the tennis court.  There are July and August Bocce tournaments for those who want to test their mettle against the more accomplished players.  Mens, Womens, Doubles and Mixed Doubles are played.

All MIYC members seem to memorize the rules of Bocce by age 10  so it is rare that there are rules disputes, but to settle any rules debate that may arise the “Official Rules of Bocce a la MIYC ” are attached here for your reference.

For more information please contact the Bocce Committee Chairman – Vernon Rauch 401-316-8958 email: