Bocce Ball Rules

Basic Rules of Bocce Ball

  1. Bocce ball is best played on a flat, level playing surface such as dirt, sand, gravel or grass.
  2. Divide into two teams of one, two or four players each.
  3. Divide the 4 balls for each team equally to each player
  4. A player from Team 1 throws the pallino toward the opposite end of the playing surface from the throwing zone.
  5. The first player from Team 1 then throws one of the boccia to get it as close to the pallino as possible.
  6. From then on, the team that does not have the ball closest to the pallino has a chance to throw, alternating until one team has used all four balls. At that point, the other side bowls its remaining bocce balls.
  7. The team with the closest ball gets one point for each of its balls that are closer to the pallino than the other team’s closest ball.
  8. If the two teams' closest balls are an equal distance from the pallino, no points are awarded.
  9. A frame ends after all eight balls have been thrown and the score has been totaled. The scoring team begins the next frame. If neither team scored, the team that threw the pallino begins the next frame.
  10. The winner is the team that first reaches a total score of 16 points.

Bocce Ball Court

Bocce ball rules - court

  • A regulation bocce court size is 76’ long by 10’ wide.
  • Throwing zone is a 10’ x 10’ area on one end of the court.
  • Do not cross the foul line at the end of the throwing zone until your turn is over.

  • All playing areas vary and court diagrams represent regulation sized courts. Have fun and adjust the court to fit your playing area!

    Bocce Ball Example
    In this example, team 1 has two balls closest to the pallino, so team 1 would end the frame with 2 points. Team 1 would then start the second frame.

    Bocce ball rules example

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