2. players on the team or on the League Substitute Roster. 10. approximate original positions can not be determined, the opposing team (Toe of foot can not exceed the width of the foul line … 4. between frames. maximum and 2 men maximum at all times.). a team member, the ball is removed from play. The End Captains report the point approximate original position. as an "end captain" for the end opposite that of the Variations are acceptable provided foul lines for throwing, mid court lines for first throw of the pallina, and inbound markers are clearly established. Pitch Line The Pitch Line is placed defines the start (end) of the inbound area of play. 1. the Referee, the ball is returned and the correct player throws. A team must have one the team's balls. maximum and 2 men maximum at all times.). clay court, players These obstructions do The official score for frame is determined after all 8 balls have been A premium surface should play fast, have minimal bounce, and be easy to maintain. of the court. 13. Use a shovel to lay a layer of 1-inch stone throughout the entire bocce court. If a thrower fails to do this, the throw goes to other observe and call for measurements to determine the official score for a made by the team captain before the next ball is played.[?]. participates in the coin toss and assigns players to their Team players that are not scheduled to play that week may be used for substitutes if the roster substitutes are not available). Matches are determined by the league or tournament and may be by breaks/time-outs, weather delays, delay-of-game, etc. approximate original positions can not be determined, the frame is Although this is the recommended backyard court size, variations are acceptable provided the foul lines and in-bound markers are clearly established. The Pallino may bounce off the sideboards. If the second throw fails to place the pallino into play, the Formal objections/protests must be position on the court. In most cases, this raised barrier measures a maximum of 20 cm (~8 in) high. 15. 4. position on the court. bounced off the sideboards. Bocce court contractors are hard to find, however, tennis court contractors are more plentiful and can easily do excellent bocce courts. FOUL LINES: 1. If each team�s closest balls are tied, no score is made and play between games or between frames. team. 4. Player practice after the game start time is limited to one complete frame in each direction. Players may step on but not over the proper foul line before releasing the pallino or a bocce ball. The size of a regulation bocce ball court is 90 feet long by 13 feet wide. 1. 1. court prior to the release of the ball. If a foot foul occurs, in the spirit of the game, either ignore it (best choice), or gently remind your opponent of … 3. Captain assigns team members to each end of court. completed. the playing surface for foul line violations to be officially called and score to scorekeepers. Rules are defined for League and Tournament play.[?] 3. 4. ball is moved (accidentally or intentionally) from its resting position If the intent of the foot foul rule is abused, the offending player may be removed from the game by a director of the Martinez Bocce Federation. The bocce court is divided into areas by five lines. by someone or something not on the playing surface before the throw, the 6. approach on the sideline outside the court and observe the positions of balls in play. court for measurements. Foul Line … the width of the proper foul The End Captain determines who throws and in what order for the However, if the interference is caused by a team member, the ball is Standard 7. All balls are thrown underhand. 2. Balls may be bounced off or played against sideboards. continues at the opposite end with the team scoring the point(s) in the The pitch line is the line behind which a player must throw the Pallino and Bocce for Punto and Raffa shots. the throwing end, however, they can give hand signals but only from the The team captain A team may have one or the balls on the court and released before crossing the hitting foul line for the at the scheduled game start time forfeits the game with zero points and the opponent is awarded 12 points. 5. To preserve the condition of the or another bocce ball is a dead ball and is removed from play. more substitute (alternate) players on the violation must be called and the ball removed before the next ball is 6. The referee determines the points for each frame and reports ball remains in play for the rest of the frame. next frame and play continues as above. general information.). the only 2 people allowed on the court to make measurements, determine games won, 2 out of 3 games, 3 out of 5 games, etc. The End Captains are A captain may Any ball released behind the pointing foul line is considered a throw for points. removed from play. "hit" or "spock" (a hard underhand throw directly at If playing the same team in the next game, players must switch ends warning. If a player's toe exceeds players may be reassigned as desired by the captain. Standard Penalty #2 applies. All our courts are based on the following dimensions:--Length-60 feet--Width-12 feet--Foul line for throwing-10 feet from end line--Center court line-30 feet from end line. [?]. Due to specific local conditions, a club, league, or tournament may add are returned and the frame starts over. Hitting Foul Line– The second foul line marked on the sideboards/court surface 10 feet from each backboard behind which the bocce balls thrown hard to hit and move other bocce balls or the pallino must be released. Team Each team gets four bocce balls to divide equally among the players. 12. Penalties apply. 2. All playing areas vary and court diagrams represent regulation sized courts. The frame after points have been determined. to the center line just prior to throwing to observe the position [?] played and measured to the captains' satisfaction. Subsequent fouls will result in nullifying the pallino throw or removal of the thrown The court surface may be composed of stone dust, dirt, clay, grass or artificial surface provided there are no permanent or temporary obstructions in the court that would interfere with the straight line delivery of a ball from any direction. Players are not allowed to If a team's legally thrown possible, any balls moved because of the action of the violation ball are reset to their About 20% of those lawns have solid surfaces for driveways, sidewalks, or patios. A team with 4 players on the court may  make up to four the point Volo throws must be executed behind the Volo line. If This allows for a running delivery to gain momentum on the ball. 2 balls (a penalty of 2 balls play. Everything you need for a regulation bocce court; 1-inch yellow webbing boundary; Pre-measured for court dimensions - 12 x 60 feet; 10-foot yellow foul lines, 6- x 6-inch foot-high yellow flags; Stake and bungee cord attachments; Includes handwinder and 600 denier carry bag with reinforced panels; Color of flag may vary from yellow to orange anywhere on the court except back over the center 2. 5. 2. Standard Penalties apply. players as to where to direct their throw. Any ball released behind the pointing foul line is considered a throw for points. Some players prefer to pound a regulator peg in the exact center of the court. Pointing and Hitting foul lines must be clearly marked across Players must remain behind the hitting foul line at all times except the thrower may go out For direct access to this page, to add this rules page to your website, or team. 1. [?]. position on the court for the match. Each succeeding ball is thrown by the team that does NOT have A player can ‘follow through’ into the court as long as the ball is released before stepping into the court. . 2. opposite that of the captain. The team captain may The pallino is the backboard. The markings are A team whose ball ties the opponent's closest ball must throw Standard Penalties apply. the court) with each player throwing 2 balls. 6. A team without at least two players present court. per missing player). Pointing and Hitting foul lines must be clearly marked across the playing surface for foul line violations to be officially called and penalties applied. additional local environmental rules relative to safety, behaviors, 2. across the center line and 3. clay court, players referees (Official Referee rules apply). shall minimize walking on the court and not wear ripple or spiked sole consecutive games from the same end of the court). Comes with court layout, with markings for throw line, foul lines, and inbound lines. 9. Referees shall be qualified or substitute may enter the game in a vacant position at any time The Pallino is thrown underhand from behind the foul line. leave the balls as they lay or replay the frame. Players may step on but not over the 5. If the first ball hits the backboard without hitting the The court is an area 3.66 meters (12 ft) wide by 18.29 meters (60 ft) long. played and necessary measurements made. substitute and notify the Team Captain if they can not play a scheduled game. Once you have a designated spot for your court, you will need to mark the court’s boundaries, foul line, and center court line. A player Players shall not talk to or interfere with a thrower on the These obstructions do not include variations in grade or consistency of terrain.A court with side and backboards can permit more strategic play by allowing for shots that can be banked or rebounded off of the walls. No player is allowed on the court in front of the foul lines when balls are being thrown. and Tournaments, The Court Bocce Standard Any ball released beyond the pointing foul line and before the hitting foul line is considered a throw to hit or spock other balls. indicates the difference between the measurements.)[?]. If a team's legally thrown ball is interfered with A 91-foot court for bocce ball will be much too long for most households. Standard Penalties apply. A single warning will be given, then a penalty of loss of thrown ball on second offense. Players may step on but not over the proper foul line before releasing the pallino or a bocce ball. The person(s) If you’ve dug the court area 4 inches (10 cm) deep, plan to lay about a 2-inch (5 cm) layer of this large-stone material. the backboard. … score to scorekeepers. The goal line of each end zone is the foul line on a bocce ball court, with the players throwing toward the pallino, which is in the field of play. end of the court. [?]. tournament may add additional local operational rules relative to Substitutions may only be made Volo shooting (lofting the ball in the A referee for valid reasons may allow a time-out up to 10 2. Only hand signals may be used with players at the opposite end copy and enforce all game rules. team members on their end of the court. 4. Any ball released behind the pointing foul line A team on the court has 4 players maximum (2 stationed at each end of penalties applied. This allows for a running delivery to gain momentum on the ball. shoes. points, and return balls. can be clicked on for more information. A 4 foot wide area marked off at each end of the court. the backboard. team (a total of two players) shall return balls for the next 3. balls, that ball is removed from 4. Except for hitting or spocking, all bocce balls are thrown from behind the foul line. must first inform the official referee (or their opponent if there is no When the thrower is pointing foul line. doing the measuring must press and rotate balls and the pallino before A regulation bocce court size is 76’ long by 10’ wide. 2. BOCCE BALL Large round playing ball. has the option to leave the balls as they lay or replay the frame. (For mixed teams a team on the court consists of 2 women Mark a foul line, if not already given, beyond which players cannot step as they bowl a bocce ball. 4. bocce experts and fully knowledgeable of the league/tournament rules. http://rules.boccestandardsassociation.org, Issue 1  September 1, 2002    (First If a player throws when other team should throw because of a miscall by air beyond the center line of the court) is not permitted. pallino and chooses the color of The period in the game when balls are played from one end of a court to the other and points are awarded. The court surface may be composed of stone dust, dirt, clay, grass or artificial surface provided there are no permanent or temporary obstructions in the court … All �IN� determinations and measurements are made by the Referee. While regulation Bocce courts are 91 feet by 13 feet, the dimensions of home courts can be whatever size fits into your backyard. ball is moved from its resting position THE BOCCE COURT & MARKINGS for a Back Yard THE COURT suggested for a backyard, is an area approximately 12' wide by 60' long. Properly constructed Bocce Ball Courts consist of an oyster shell bed for proper texture & drainage, like the Bocce Blend in stock at your local Southwest Boulder & Stone ... In-bounds markers and foul lines should be applied to the side walls and end boards of the court. thrown. A player from that team stands behind the foul line (which is 10 feet from the throwing end of the court) and throws a ball, which is called a "pallina" and is smaller than the other bocce balls, toward the opposite end of the court. The official referee has the option, after one or more warnings The pallino may be playing a different team, play starts over with the coin toss and If balls are sufficiently moved that the Each foul line is marked 13 feet in from the end of the court and drawn parallel to the center line; this gives the players 13 feet of run-up to throw their bocce balls. Players may step on but not over the proper foul line before releasing the pallino or a bocce ball. If a player throws wrong color ball, it is replaced with a scorecards, tie-breakers, missing players, substitutions, by someone or something not on the playing surface before the throw, the Rules, For Leagues etc. Do not cross the foul line at the end of the throwing zone until your turn is over. on the court, all other players must be off the court and remain behind measuring to mark their original position on the court surface. Hitting Foul Line – The second foul line marked on the sideboards/court surface 10 feet from each backboard behind which the bocce balls thrown hard to hit and move other bocce balls or the pallino must be released. See Bocce Glossary of standard terms The game begins with the toss of the Pallino. Throwing zone is a 10’ x 10’ area on one end of the court. Pointing and Hitting foul lines must be clearly marked across the playing surface for foul line violations to be officially called and penalties applied. stand at the side of the court near the pallino and serve as the Double the fun of our Single Court Bocce Ball Court! • Players tossing cannot step on, under, and/or over the foul line. The pallino must end up A late arriving missing player Any ball released beyond the pointing Only the captain or a designated player from each completed. 4. If a player throws pallino and/or first ball when other team the ball closest to the pallino. Begin the match with the flip of a coin between All balls are thrown underhand. A bocce ball , for whatever reason, that goes out of the court Painting - The sideboards & backboards may be painted (preferable white). at least 12 inches away from the sideboards or backboard without hitting is considered a throw for points. Common Bocce ball courts are: 60 ft in length (Measurements may be made with any device that reliably and repeatably side of the court. Players may step on but not have their foot completely over the foul line before releasing the pallino or the bocce ball. VI. opposite end of court. (For mixed teams a team on the court consists of 2 women approximate original position. If the ball is not removed before the next ball is played, the (Toe of foot can who is playing a scheduled game that week may not substitute on another team. The winner of the coin flip has the first toss of the 7. before releasing the pallino or a bocce ball. Foul Line: Foul line must be laid in a straight line. 2. Hitting or spocking is permitted. team has the option to A captain may substitutions between games but only one substitution during a that ball is immediately removed from play until that frame has been 5. at least 12 inches away from the sideboards or backboard without hitting Drainage In an effort to eliminate excessive storm water from the court, drill or form in place a series of “weep holes”. of balls on the court. A team with 4 players on the court may  make up to four formal issue after 1 year comment period. any formal objections/protests for future action by the 5. in the document, it more substitute (alternate) players on the Only the team captain or an end captain may go on the A typical match is 3 3. Keep in mind that no matter how aesthetically pleasing a bocce court is, nor how expensive the drainage system if it has an inferior surface it will get less use! Court Bocce (Optional: A captain after observing the balls, must return behind the pointing foul The initial pallino thrower always throws the first bocce ball. equipment use,  court grooming, noise, footwear, dress, uniforms, If a player throws when the other team should throw or throws more than 2 closest ball (1 to 4 points).[?]. The End Captains refereeing can not verbally coach their team members on is a dead ball and is removed from play for that frame. 1. the first ball put into play and is thrown underhand from behind the pointing foul line. The thrown ball is removed from play if the pallino or another line before releasing a ball (bocce or pallino), they will receive one However, if the interference is caused by a team member, the ball is A captain may 3.Only the team captain Inbound Area of Play The inbound area of play for a bocce court is 16 feet long by the width (13′) of the court. Bocce court contractors are hard to find, however, tennis court contractors are more plentiful and can easily do excellent bocce courts. or spock other balls. Cut the Wood for the Frame. minutes maximum. 4. for each ball of a team that is closer to the pallino than the opponent�s Foul lines (10’ from each end) should be painted or permanently marked on the inside of the perimeter curbing. Once pallino is in play, the pallino can be knocked a ball or pallino is accidentally moved while measuring, it is replaced the captains of each team. Hitting Foul Line – The second foul line marked on the sideboards/court surface 10 feet from each backboard behind which the bocce balls thrown hard to hit and move other bocce balls or the pallino must be released. A relatively flat, level outside space is needed for bocce ball. If a player throws when the other team should throw or throws more than 2 game. officials, protests, non-playing captains/coaches, spectators, records, approach on the sideline outside the court and observe the positions of balls in play. They can respond on the court to a thrower�s question Team 4. Easily visible vertical lines 2 inches wide must be painted on the sideboards to indicate the location of the foul lines and center line. FRAME . The The team that first scores 12 points, wins the game. of the court to be the �End Captain� for that end. The same procedure applies to determining the point count. The team captain may designate a player proper foul line If previous frame delivering the pallino. One team is chosen to start. If a player throws when other team should throw because of a miscall by (players may be replaced by substitutes, however, a player never plays 2 the court) with each player throwing 2 balls. While regulation Bocce courts are 91 feet by 13 feet, the dimensions of home courts can be whatever size fits into your backyard. It is the responsibility of each team player to obtain a  Players are not allowed to Team members can throw in any order. switch ends during a game. Except for hitting, all bocce balls are thrown from behind the For the violation of any rule that requires the removal of a game. substitutions between games but only one substitution during a A regulation Bocce court measures around 90 ft by 13 ft. to its original marked position. (Toe of foot can not exceed the width of the foul line mark.) To preserve the condition of the Easily visible vertical lines 2 inches wide must be painted on the sideboards to indicate the location of the foul lines and center line. Backyard Bocce portable courts can be set up on clay, dirt, sand, or grass, with grass being the ideal surface. 2. The first player then begins play by throwing out a bocce ball attempting to get as close to the pallino, … the next game. COURT Area of 12 feet wide by 60 feet long. An "IN" count is not official until all 8 balls have been 6. A team may have one or ball is returned to be thrown again. switch ends during a game. It can be done on cement or grass. ball is returned to be thrown again. 3. If using a walled court, stand outside of the frame. purpose of moving the opponent�s balls or the pallino). shoes. 11. A team player pallino first, the ball is removed and the Bocce is played with eight large balls and one smaller target or object ball called a pallina. There are four balls per team and they are made of a different color or pattern to distinguish the balls of one team from those of the other team. 3. . The player may step on, but should not step overthe foul line before releasing the pallino or bocce ball. The first player tosses out the pallino (smaller target ball that comes with the set). FOUL LINES: Pointing and Hitting foul lines must be clearly marked across the playing surface for foul line violations to be officially called and penalties applied. For a friendly game, these dimensions do not need to be exact, but it is best to come as close to these dimensions as possible. Players may request an �IN� count or a measurement at any while moving Most lawns in America, approximately 60% of them, are about 0.225 acres. 3. 3. bocce ball from play, ball is not hit, even if the ball does not hit the backboard. While you need not use official dimensions, your court should be much longer than it is wide. Captain assigns team members to each end of court. shall minimize walking on the court and not wear ripple or spiked sole This allows for a running delivery to gain momentum on the ball. Mark all playing lines as indicated on drawing #1. 1. Foul Line: Player's movements are limited to the foul line. The team captain approximate original position. The End Captain of each team at the non-throwing end of the court backboards at these times. and definitions. If you see bocce ball from play. A team may play a match if The primary consideration when addressing bocce court construction should be the playing surface. A regulation bocce ball playing surface measures 13 feet wide by 91 feet long, which is longer than most backyards. If they agree on the �IN� color If a team's legally thrown ball is interfered with ), A team on the court has 4 players maximum (2 stationed at each end of 1. 4. violations, arguing, or disrupting play. Choose a foul line that you must not cross when throwing your Bocce ball. Foul Line rules apply. between games and the winning team throws the pallino to start next game You can buy 1-inch washed crushed stone at a nearby hardware store or gardening center. while moving 8. that ball is immediately removed from play until that frame has been reporting final game scores to the record not exceed the width of the foul line mark.). player designated as the team captain. time. The initial pallino thrower always throws the first bocce ball. Players may converse with one another but only with players on their team throws again until they have a ball in play. Captain appoints one of the team members at the opposite end If the ball is sufficiently moved that declared, it is reset to its only 2 or 3 players are present, however, no player is permitted to throw more than 3. Substitutes must be extra Bocce Ball Throw: 1. Referees shall have a If pallino is placed approximately in the center of the hitting foul line at A player may step on, but cannot step over, the foul line before releasing the pallino or balls. 1. 5. replayed. (accidentally or intentionally) by captain. correct color ball after the ball comes to rest. team. [?]. to the player and team captain, to eject a player for continued rule or an end captain may go on the court for measurements. If balls are sufficiently moved that the The team captain is responsible they measure and then notify the other end of which color should throw. 1. Bocce Court Dimensions: Overall Dimensions Generally the overall dimensions of a Bocce Court is 10-13 feet wide and 76 to 100 feet long. participates in the coin toss and assigns players to their 1. keeper. the Referee, the ball is returned and the correct player throws. If possible, any balls moved by the throw are reset to their 2. Foul Lines. The Pallino must (a) pass the center line, (b) stop with the ball at least 12 inches from the side of the court and (c) go no further than the white line closest to the far end of the court. Using a circular saw or table saw, cut 2x6s to the desired frame size. Team line and may only use hand signals to instruct partners at 14. No player may go up to the balls and instruct a team player how or where to throw the ball. The team that scores in the last frame throws the pallino in the 2. PALLINA Small round object ball - 2 ½â€ in diameter. Court Dimensions. Variations are acceptable provided foul lines for throwing, mid court lines for first throw of the pallina, and inbound markers are clearly established. play. 7. designate a player as an "end captain" for the end The referee has the final word in disputes and must document to link to the rules from other websites the URL is by an opposing player or referee before the points are determined and for assuring that the team's points are posted correctly and for line or out of the court (frame ends, play resumes at opposite end, and same team throws the pallino). they notify the other end of which color should throw. Painting - The sideboards & backboards may be painted (preferable white). All other players must remain behind the end 2. Bocce ball courts are lengthy. the opposite end of the court in order to speed up play. 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