Not-So Major League Bocce Rules
All games played Wednesday through Thursday at 6-9pm
All games played at The Yard at South Bowl (SOUTH BOWL on Google Maps)
At least 2 players must be present for every game
If a team forfeits (with no notice) for 2 weeks than they will be ruled ineligible for playoffs
League will go for 7 weeks, followed by a playoff/championship week (June 24th)
League will start May 5/6th
Kenwood beer will be on special. Red Bull is also on board this year with specials
Cash prize for champion
Bocce is played with eight large balls and one smaller target or object ball called a pallina. There are four balls per team.
The game is played with two teams, with each team having two or four players. Each player throws two balls. When there are multiple players on a team, a playing rotation is determined at the start of a game and is maintained throughout the entire game. When a team has 2 players, the players will walk end to end during the match. When the team has 4 players, 2 players will stand on each side for the entirety of the game. When a team has 3 players, the team will play the game with 2 players while the 3rd player sits out and participates in the next game.
A game begins with the toss of a coin. The team that wins the coin toss has first toss of the pallina. To start a game, the pallina is rolled or tossed by a member of the team having won the coin toss. A player can toss the pallina any distance as long as it passes the center line of the court and stays within the boundaries of the court. If the player fails to toss the ball properly into play, a member of the opposing team will toss the ball into play.
The player tossing the pallina must deliver the first ball. The "nearest ball" rule governs the sequence of thrown balls. The side whose ball is closest to the pallina is called the "in" ball and the opposing side the "out" ball. Whenever a team gets "in", it steps aside and allows the "out" team to deliver. The other team throws until it gets its ball closer (not ties) to the pallina. This continues until both teams have thrown all their Bocce balls. After both teams have exhausted all their balls, a frame is over and points are awarded. The game resumes by teams throwing from the opposite end of the court. The team that was awarded points in the previous frame begins the next frame by tossing the pallina into play.
All balls must be thrown underhanded. A team has the option of rolling, tossing, bouncing, etc. its ball down the court provided it does not go outside the boundaries of the court or the player does not violate the foul line.
Any ball that goes outside the boundaries of the court is considered a dead ball and is removed immediately from play until the end of a frame. If the pallina is knocked outside the boundaries of the court during play, the frame ends with no points awarded and a new frame is started.
At the end of each frame, points will be awarded. Only one team scores in a frame. One point is awarded for each ball that is closer to the pallina than the closest ball of the opposing team. In the event that the closest ball of each team is the same distance from the pallina, no points will be awarded and the pallina returns to the team that delivered it. Only balls which are distinguishably closer to the pallina than any of the opponent's balls are awarded points. All measurements should be made from the center of the pallina to the edge of a Bocce ball. Games are played to 12 points with the first team reaching 12 points being the winner of a game.
Each match will be best of 3. The first team to win 3 games will win the match.
Questions? Refer to a member of Serra Beer Company or a member of South Bowl.