Bocce Rules & Scoring Method to Help You Play

 Kevin Brown
  Feb 14, 2019

Basic Rules for Bocce Ball

A game which is played with 8 large balls and one small pallino it is known as Bocce. A court or field that is at least 60 feet long will be ideal for the Bocce game. This game can be played with two teams. Each team consisting of one, two or four players. Four balls are given to each team and each ball looks different than the other balls from the point of view of color and pattern. If a team in which there is only one player then that player will throw 4 balls, if there are two players then each player will throw 2 balls whereas if there are 4 players then each player will throw one ball.

Bocce Ball

As usual, the game will be started by tossing a coin and then the team that wins the toss will have to choose from either roll or toss the pallino or the color of the balls they want. If the winner selects to toss the pallino then losers need to choose the colors and vice-versa. The winners will get the first throw regardless of if they make a foul also. In order to start the game, a player needs to roll or toss the pallino. A player can toss the pallino by staying inside the boundaries of the court. The ball can be thrown from the hitting line which is 9 feet in front of the backboard. If in case player fails to perform in an expected way then the chance is forwarded to the opposing party and if the opposing party also fails to perform then the chance comes back to the original team.

Bocce Ball Scoring

The scoring is done according to the following conditions: Firstly, if the team will get one point if its balls are closer to pallino than opposing team closet ball. Secondly, there will be no points given if the distances of both the team’s ball are at an equal distance. If there is a tie in the second round then one point will be rewarded to each team. Ultimately, ask yourself, “How many balls are close to the pallino than the opponent’s balls?” By observing the position of the balls one can make out what is the position of the respective team.

A team has many ways to throw the ball. It should be thrown under one’s hand. The team can also throw the ball by rolling, tossing, bouncing, etc. but the ball should not go outside the boundaries of the court or else it will be a foul. Any ball that goes outside the boundary, it will be considered as dead and would not be used in that particular game till the end. A player should not step the boundary line while releasing any ball. If there is a situation where a player steps over the foul line then that player will receive one warning and the team having fouls then there will be no points rewarded to the respective team or the team has an option to decline the entire penalty and continue with the frame.

Different phase is decided for the game and only one team gets the points in that single phase. As you know by now that a point is scored by the team when their toss of the ball is successful (i.e. closer to the pallino than the other team’s throw). One can come to know whose ball is closer to the pallino by measuring the distance between the bocce ball and the pallino through a measuring tape. Remember that measurement can be done from the center of pallino to the edge of the Bocce Ball. This game can be played until a team scores 16 points and as soon as a team scores 16 points that respective team is the winner of the game.

For fun, players (adult) can hold a drink and throw the ball whereas kids can hold a soft drink.

Bocce Rules & Scoring Method to Help You Play

Kevin Brown

Kevin Brown is a journalist at his own start-up, born and residing in Seattle, Washington. He has a knack of reading up newspaper articles and coming up with summaries and points of view, hence taking up a profession similar to his interest. Simply covering events and activities is something he can do as good as a professional, but he seems to enjoy writing on events that need viewpoints and suggestions.

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