Out of Traditional

Out of Traditional

There are many alternatives in the world to traditional sports branches.

Even if we are more familiar with sports branches preferred by larger masses, patrons of more or less known sports such as Bowls, Pelota or Bocce are quickly increasing. If you are also one of those who are interested in different sports branches then our article may draw your interest.

A sports branch originating from England: Bowls

When we researched sports branches -excluding classic sports branches- that are preferred by more specific masses, we first came across with Bowls. This sport, which originates from England, doesn’t require much mobility. Rather than being very fast or mobile, the sports of Bowls which requires a special concentration, has a concept, which everyone of all ages can play. The goal of the game is sending the biased balls to the target as closely as possible…  This sports branch, which first became prominent in England during the 13th century, draws attention with its similarity to the game marbles.

Bowls, which stands out as a sport played with biased balls that has two sides and that are rolled at a small ball called jack or kitty, consists of two sets of nine games. In case of a tie, the third game determines the winner. The game starts with a coin toss and the winning side determines the last shot or the shot that determines the distance to the little white ball called kitty. The balls are made of two different colors. Each of the players has four shots to the kitty with the balls of their own color. The player who throws the ball close to the Kitty gains a point and if they have more balls close to the kitty than the closest ball of the opposing team then they get extra points for the amount of closer balls.

A game played against the wall: Pelota

Another forthcoming interesting sports type of today is Pelota… The sport of Pelota is thought to originate from Ancient Greece. The most popular location for it today however is the Basque country. It draws attention that Pelota is also played in the other areas of Spain and France, South America, many places in the Philippines and in some areas in the United States of America. Pelota is a game played against the wall with a ball named the fronton… It can be played similar to the combination of Squash and handball by hand, racket or a bat. One of the most attention attracting features of this sports branch is that it is played swiftly…

The primary Pelota types are compiled as Hand, Pala, Zesta Punto and Remote. Every type has a different court size, number of players and equipment to hit the ball. In the game Zesta Punto, which means edgy or pointy basket, rubber balls are caught in a basket and then thrown back at the court on the wall. El Pelota however is played only by hands. The balls are made of wool covered with leather. The goal of this sports branch, which shows similarity to Squash, is to get the ball away from the opponent by deflecting it of the wall. Pala, which is a different type, is made up of Pelota games played by a racket. Within this scope, long rackets along with short ones can be used. It draws attention that these rackets are made out of rubber or leather. Lastly, Remote like in Zesta Punto is played by a basket and gloves with one or two teams.

From Romans to our day: Bocce

The initial shape of the Bocce sport was played first by Romans with polished rocks. The game is played with completely round balls made of synthetic material today. Although Bocce is found to be reminiscent of bowling style-wise, its logic is quite different from it… The game is played between teams of two or three on a smooth ground that is 26.5 meters long and 4.5 meters wide. In the game, where the goal is to throw the iron balls thrown near the target ball called pallino, every ball that stops closer to the target ball than the opponents’ balls earn one point.

The basic objective of the game is getting the balls, which you threw or rolled towards the pallino, to stop close by it. If the opponents’ ball is closer to the target ball and it is impossible for you to roll, then it is possible to make shots to hit the target ball or the opponents’ balls. The team which begins the game first throws the pallino, then their own ball. Afterwards taking turns, the teams complete their own shots. The shot that players make to get closer to the pallino with their balls is called ‘Punto’. Shots made directly to the opponents ball, your own ball or to the pallino are identified as ‘Volo’. Shots made to first strike the ground, then the targeted ball are defined as ‘Raffa’. The match is won by the player to earn 15 points.