Do you know “jack”?


The ancient Roman Empire first created this game that was further developed in Italy and eventually spread around the world.

While strolling through midtown Manhattan’s Bryant Park on a sunny afternoon, I mixed in with the lunchtime crowd who were otherwise occupied with themselves and spotted this activity taking place on a pair of courts set aside near the park’s entrance.

Commonly called bocce, it is a game that’s played on natural soil (sometimes on asphalt courts) and a game’s tactics can get quite complex and interesting to observe when there are players involved who have good control over the bocce ball to throw or roll it with accuracy.

..they even give lessons here so people will know that the only equipment used are a set of balls (bocce) and a single jack (pallino)…

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