Use of Bocce Courts

The Bocce Ball Courts are for all members, ages 16 and older.  

The courts can be played on a first come, first serve basis.

If others are waiting to play, we ask that you limit your play time to 30 minutes.

Kids under the age of 16 may play but only with parental supervision on the court.

The Bocce balls are stored at behind the bar at the firepit, as well as court grooming brushes.

Rules of Bocce Ball

Coin Toss:
Begin the match with the flip of a coin between the captains of each team. The winner of the coin flip has the first toss of the pallino and chooses the color of the team’s balls.
If playing the same team in the next game, players must switch ends between games and the winning team throws the pallino to start next game.
 
Pallino Throw:
The pallino is the first ball put into play and is thrown underhand from behind     the foul line.  The pallino may be bounced off the sideboards.
The pallino must end up across the center line and at least 12 inches away from the sideboards or backboard without hitting the backboard.  If a thrower fails to do this, the throw goes to other team.  If the second throw fails to place the pallino into play, the pallino is placed approximately in the center of the hitting foul line at the opposite end of the court in order to speed up play. 
Once pallino is in play, the pallino can be knocked anywhere on the court except back over the center line.
 
Bocce Ball Throws:
The initial pallino thrower always throws the first bocce ball.  All balls are thrown underhand.  If the first ball hits the backboard without hitting the pallino first, the ball is removed and the team throws again until they have a ball in play.
All bocce balls are thrown from behind the foul line. 
Each succeeding ball is thrown by the team that does NOT have the ball closest to the pallino.  A team whose ball ties the opponent’s closest ball must throw again.  The “IN” team only throws if opponents have thrown all 4 balls.
Balls may be bounced off or played against sideboards.
A ball hitting the backboard without first touching the pallino or another bocce ball is a dead ball and is removed from play. 
A bocce ball, for whatever reason, that goes out of the court is a dead ball and is removed from play for that frame.
 
Scoring:
The official score for frame is determined after all 8 balls have been played and measured to the captain’s satisfaction.  One point is awarded for each ball of a team that is closer to the pallino than the opponent’s closest ball (1 to 4 points).
The team that scores in the last frame throws the pallino in the next frame and play continues as above.
If each team’s closest balls are tied, no score is made and play continues at the opposite end with the team scoring the point(s) in the previous frame delivering the pallino. 
The team that first scores 12 points wins the game.