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Major League Bocce starts Jan. 28 at Moksa in Central Square. (Photo: Major League Bocce)

Major League Bocce starts Jan. 28 at Moksa in Central Square. (Photo: Major League Bocce)

Time is running out to register to play Major League Bocce, but it’s obvious participants won’t have to practice too much before their matchups – this being a league that meets weekly at a bar and sells itself with a rather wry slogan: “You no longer have to be retired to enjoy this refined Italian game.”

The game, to be played six Wednesdays in a row at Moksa in Central Square starting Jan. 28, is not exactly the bocce played in the North End. Games are played at the bar on custom-designed 20-foot by 50-foot courts, organizers said, and with lighter-weight equipment than the traditional outdoor game. (Moksa has offered Wednesday night bocce and other games since November.) Although it ends with a single-elimination tournament and the crowning of a champion team from among players at Moksa or two Boston bars, organizers say the real draw is that it’s “fueled by cheap beer and an arsenal of ball jokes.”

Winners get trophies, bragging rights and a donation in their name to a local charity. But everyone makes the playoffs.

“Bocce provides a great medium for meeting new people. There is a natural flow of conversation deciding whose ball is closer to the pallina, and the game can be picked up by people of all abilities,” said Sarah DeLucas, a co-founder of the league.

Registration closes Friday and costs $50, but those signing up are eligible for free beer for the season and can use promo code “Central15” to save $15.

Moksa is at 450 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square.

This post took significant amounts of material from a press release.