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Basic Bocce RULES
Bocce'd UP! Club Basic Bocce Rules
A team will be comprised of 4 players (but can be from 2 to 6 players) with ½ of the team stationed at each end of the court, throwing two bocces each. At the end of each frame, the game resumes at the opposite end of the court.
A captain is designated for each team.
Begin the match with the flip of a coin between the captains of each team. The winner of the coin flip will choose the color of their bocces (red or black), choose which end of the court to start the frame, and will have the first toss of the pallino.
will also: 1) determine at which end of the court his/her players
will be stationed 2) will be the only players allowed on the court
to measure distances of the bocces from the pallino and determine
points for scoring 3) remove a ball from play if it illegally hit
the back board 4) remove team balls off the court after each frame
5) settle any disputes
1) determine at which end of the court his/her players will be stationed
2) will be the only players allowed on the court to measure distances of the bocces from the pallino and determine points for scoring
3) remove a ball from play if it illegally hit the back board
4) remove team balls off the court after each frame
5) settle any disputes
Tossing the Pallino
The play of the pallino is legal if it passes the center line of the court and does not touch the backboard. If a player fails to toss the pallino properly, the opposing team will toss the pallino and put it into play. If the opposing team fails to properly toss the pallino, the pallino reverts back to the original team.
Any time a player is rolling, opposing players must remain outside the court.
Starting the Bocce Game
The first bocce will be thrown by the team that originally tossed the pallino.
If that bocce hits the backboard, the penalty is that the bocce is removed from the court.
The other team throws until it beats (not ties) the opposing bocce. This continues until both teams have used all their bocces. Whenever a team gets a bocce closer, it steps aside and lets the other team roll. The team that scored last throws the pallino to begin the next frame. Consecutive or alternating throws by teammates shall be at the option of the players. Players may use the side walls at any time. If a player rolls the wrong color bocce, simply replace it with the correct color ball when it comes to rest.
Players may step on but NOT over the foul line before releasing the pallino or their bocce.
Only one team scores in a frame. One point is given for each bocce that is closer to the pallino than the closest bocce of the opposing team. If at the end of any frame the closest bocce of each team is an equal distance from the pallino, the bocce that was thrown first gets the point. Bocce'd Up club games are generally played to 13 points, however, in order to speed up play, it is acceptable to play to 10 points.
End of play is the best two out of three games.
Bocces Hitting the Back Board
A bocce hitting the back board without hitting any other bocce or pallino first is dead and the penalty is that ball must be removed from play. If it hits a bocce or pallino and then hits the back board, all bocces are valid. If a thrown bocce does not first touch another bocce and hits the back board and then strikes a stationary bocce, that stationary bocce will remain where it rolled to and the thrown bocce is removed from play.
Pallino Hitting the Back Board
Once the pallino is in play, it remains in play even if it hits the backboard during the game. However, if the pallino is knocked out of the court, or is knocked in front of the centerline, the frame will end and play will resume from the opposite end of the court with the same team tossing the pallino.
At the end of each game, players may switch to the opposite ends of the court.
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