Basic Rules

  • Rule number one – Be nice!
  • Minimum 2 players to play
  • Rock, paper, scissors to determine serving team
  • The serving team throws the pallino (small ball)
    • The pallino MUST pass the centerline of the court
    • If the player fails 2 times, the opposing team throws the pallino
  • The team that throws the pallino also throws the first bocce ball
    • The opposing team then throws their first ball and continues to throw until they have a ball closer to the pallino than the starting team
    • Teams alternate throws, with the team furthest from the pallino always playing until they are closer to the pallino or run out of balls


  • Each game is to 15 (unlimited rounds)
    • You don’t have to win by 2
  • If the ball touches the pallino, you don’t get an extra point
  • You can get 1, 2, 3, or 4 point(s) in a round; only 1 team can score points each round
  • Points are based on who is closest to the pallino
    • If you are closest, you get 1 point
    • If you have the next 1, 2 or 3 balls that are closer than the opponent’s first closest ball, you receive the points
    • If you throw a regular ball (not pallino) short of halfway, it stays on the court and can score a point
  • The team that won the last round throws the ball first in the next round
    • Ex. If the score is 10-1, then the team scores 2 points to make the score 10-3. The team with 3 points will throw the ball first (they won the last round).


  • If a ball is thrown and doesn’t hit another ball (or the pallino) and hits the back or side wall, that ball is out of play immediately.
  • The pallino must be at least 6 inches from the back wall to start the round. If the pallino touches the back wall during the round, play continues normally.

League policies:

  • Teams without the minimum number of players 10 minutes after the scheduled start time forfeit their game.
  • Forfeit Rule: All teams make the playoffs at the end of the season (Hooray!), unless you forfeit twice within the regular season.