Games & Rules
Bocce Ball is an individual age category competition which is divided into both men and women divisions.
Bocce Ball is a competitive game accumulating points to win.
- Fifteen minutes late for a scheduled match is a default.
- Games will be run as a single elimination.
- The winner is the first player to score 8 points. In the medal round the winner is the first player to score 8 points.
- To start the game, the winner of a coin toss may decide to either throw the target ball, called a Pallino, first or choose the ball color.
- On the initial throw, the Pallino must pass the center line. If the Pallino hits the back wall it is considered dead and the opponent will have a chance to put the Pallino in play. They only get one attempt. If both fail, the first person can try again.
- The player that originally threw the Pallino tosses the first Bocce Ball trying to get as close as they can to the Pallino. The other player then tosses until they have a ball closer to the Pallino than the starting person. Once the second player has a ball closer than the first or runs out of balls, play reverts back to the first player. Play goes back and forth from player to player each time they get a ball closer to the Pallino than their opponent until all balls are tossed. If a player throws the wrong colored ball, it is replaced with the proper colored ball.
- Any ball that hits the back wall is dead. If the ball bounces off the back wall and hits another ball the dead ball is removed and the ball that was struck is returned to its original position. The Bocce ball striking the back wall should be removed before the next player tosses their ball. If the Pallino is knocked into the back wall by a Bocce ball, it is still played where it lays.
- Only the player with the Bocce ball closest to the Pallino at the end of the frame scores. The player with the closest Bocce ball to the Pallino scores points for any additional Bocce balls that are closer than the closest of any opponents balls to the Pallino for a maximum of four points per frame.
- If at the end of any frame, the balls are equal distance from the Pallino the frame ends in a tie and NO POINTS are awarded.
- The participants with the three highest scores in the age categories below will be awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.
- In case of ties, duplicate awards will be given.
50-54 65-69 80-84 95+
55-59 70-74 85-89
60-64 75-79 90-94
- Courts used in this competition measures 9′ X 75′.
- The game is played with nine balls: four green, four red, and a ninth small white ball called the Pallino.
Any circumstances not covered in these rules will be ruled upon by the Event Coordinator.