Who can play Bocce?
Everyone can play! There is no race, sex, or age discrimination in the sport of Bocce. It is played
all over the world and is part of the International Special Olympics and the Senior Olympic
What do you need to play?
You need a set of 8 balls, four for each team, with different colors and a target ball called a
“jack” or “pallino”. It is also helpful to have some type of measuring device.
How many players on a Team?
One player per team = four balls per player
Two players per team = two balls per player
Four player per team = one ball per player
What is the object of the game?
The object of the game is to roll your bocce balls closer to the pallino (jack) ball than your opponent.
Bocce can be played on most surfaces (grass or sand) as long as they are fairly smooth and flat.
Court is 60 feet long by 12 feet wide; however, the court size can be accommodated to fit the playing
- The game consists of several frames.
- A frame starts with tossing the pallino by a team toward the opposite end of the playing court.
- The game (frame) is complete after the balls have been thrown and points awarded.
- Balls are tossed or rolled underhand.
- Whoever wins rock / paper / scissors will begin by tossing the pallino into the playing area. The pallino must be thrown past the center line and not further than the four foot line. If the pallino lands out of the designated area, the opposing team will throw the pallino into the playing area.
- Once the pallino is in position, the first team throws their bocce ball.
- Taking alternate turns, each team throws their balls toward the pallino to (A) get their ball closest to the pallino, (B) to move the pallino closer to their ball, or (C) move the opponent’s ball.
- The winning team begins the next frame.
- Frames are played alternately from one end of the court to the other.
- Your goal is to get your team's balls as close to the pallino as possible.
- On your first throws, attempt to toss your ball so it lands and rolls, coming to a stop near the pallino.
- If your opponent has three or four balls closest to the pallino, and yours are grouped farther away, attempt on your final toss to dislodge the pallino to a more favorable position. This maneuver is called "spocking." Skilled players try an underhanded throw with a high toss and a backspin to "pop" the pallino over rivals' balls and land it elsewhere.
- You can also deliberately aim to group your first three tosses in a cluster away from the pallino to set up spocking.
- Another strategy, called "blocking," entails setting up a wall of balls in front of the pallino.
- In each frame, only one team scores.
- One point is given for each bocce ball that is closer to the pallino than the opposing team’s bocce balls.
- The pallino distance marker can be used to determine which balls are closer.
- The game continues until 12 points have been scored or to pre-determined points set by the players before the game starts.
for the playing area when balls are being tossed.