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  Co-Rec Bocce Rules 

SUNY Delhi follows the rules, with some modifications, set forth by Collegium Cosmicum Ad Buxeas, which is the preeminent international organization for the sport of bocce.  For a copy of the rules, please visit:

A set of bocce balls:  consisting of eight (8) large bocce balls (half of which are of a different color or pattern) and a smaller "object ball" (called a "pallino" or a "jack").

Team Roster and Object of Play
The game is played with two teams; each team with two players.  Each team shall have one (1) male and one (1) female player. Each player will throw two (2) balls per round. The object of the game of bocce is for one team to get as many of their balls closer to the pallino (object ball) than the opposing team's closest ball.

Game Play
The toss of a coin determines which team will start. The starting team chooses which color (or pattern) ball they will use. The first team member throws the pallino and then rolls his/her first ball as close to the pallino as possible. It is now up to the opposing team to roll a ball closer to the pallino than the starting team.

If the opposing team uses all four (4) balls and fails to get closer to pallino than the starting ball, the starting team rolls each of their remaining balls, trying to place them closer than the opponent's closest ball.

However, if the opposing team succeeds in placing one of their balls closer to the pallino, the starting team must then roll again to attempt to get closer or "better the point". Each team continues to roll until it beats the point of the opposite team.

While the object is to get close to the pallino, it is permissible for a player to roll his/her ball as to knock an opponent's ball away from the pallino. Likewise, a player may knock or move the pallino toward his/her own team's balls. The pallino is playable anywhere on the playing surface.

When all balls have been played, this concludes the frame and ONE team is awarded one (1) point for each of its balls which is closer to the pallino than the closest opposing team's ball. Thus, a team may score up to four (4) points per frame. If the closest ball of each team is equal in distance from the pallino, NO points are awarded. The team that scores in a frame starts the next frame by throwing out the pallino and playing their first ball. Play continues until a team wins by reaching a score of eleven (11) points. Matches consist of the best 2-out-of-3 games.

Beau Bracchy
Intramural Coordinator
Last Updated: 4/5/13