IBC Bocce - Local Rules & Rain Dates

How to Play

Place the bocce balls into the racks.

Flip a coin to see who throws the pallino (small white ball). Let's assume Player 1 wins toss.

Player 1 tosses pallino from behind the throw line (white line at the near end of the court). Pallino must go past half court (the white line in the middle of the court), but not past the white line on the far end of the court, and must stop at least 12 inches from the side walls. The white ball is now your target.

Ball 1:Player 1 rolls first because they threw the pallino. Player 1 rolls one ball, attempting to get as close as possible to the pallino. It is ok to hit the pallino. If the pallino moves, where ever it stops is the new target. It is ok to use the sides, but if you hit the back wall without hitting another ball first, it is considered a dead ball and is removed from play.

Ball 2:Now Player 2 rolls one ball, attempting to get closer than Player 1. Player 2 can throw from anywhere behind the throw line. They do not need to stay on the side the balls are kept.

Ball 3-8: Depends. If Player 1 is closest, they are considered the "In Ball" and do not roll again until someone beats that throw. Player 2 will continue rolling until they get closer and become the "In Ball," or they run out of balls.

When all balls are played, we tally the scores. Scoring is limited to one player per match. Only the closest player can score.

If you have one ball closer than your opponent, you score 1 point (see below).

If you have two balls closer than your opponent, you score two points (three closer is three points, four closer is four points).

If your ball is touching the pallino, it is considered a "kiss" and is worth 2 points.

After scores, you start again from the other end of the court, the winner of the last round gets to throw the palino.

In doubles play, partners alternate throws but the team further from the pollino continue to throw till out of balls or are closer to the polling.

Local Rules

  1. Use the equipment for its intended purpose only.
  2. Give the court a sweep when you are finished.
  3. Make sure all equipment is locked away when finished playing.
  4. Don't play on squishy or soggy courts.
  5. This is a social league, appreciate your opponents play.
  6. Coin toss for ball color.
  7. Remember, it is impossible to ascertain the proximity to the pollina from either end of the court.
  8. A typical match will consist of two games to 7 points and a rubber match to 5 if the games are split between teams or players.
  9. Scoring for Doubles League: The team that wins their match in two games gains 4 points, the team that loses in two games receives 0 points and the winning team after a rubber match or third game receives 5 points and the losing team 2.

Link to International Bocce Federation Rules

International Bocce Federation Open Rules