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A team on the court has 2 players maximum (all stationed at one end of the court) with each player throwing 2 balls.


  1. The pallino (small yellow ball) is the first ball put into play, and is thrown underhand from behind the pointing foul line. The pallino may be bounced off the sideboards.
  2. The pallino must end up across the center line and at least 12 inches away from the sideboards or backboard without hitting the backboard. If a thrower fails to do this, the throw goes to other team.
  3. Once pallino is in play is can be knocked anywhere on the court except back over the center line or out of the court (frame ends, play resumes at opposite end, and same team throws the pallino).


  1. The initial pallino thrower always throws the first bocce ball. All balls are thrown underhand. If the first ball hits the backboard, the ball is removed and the team throws again until they have a ball in play.
  2. Each succeeding ball is thrown by the team that does NOT have the ball closest to the pallino. A team’s ball that ties the opponents closest ball must throw again. The “IN” team only throws if opponents have thrown all four balls. Team members can throw in any order.
  3. Balls may be bounced off or played against sideboards.
  4. A ball hitting the backboard is a dead ball and is removed from play.
  5. If a player throws wrong color ball, it is replaced with a correct color ball after the ball comes to rest.
  6. If a player throws when the other team should throw or throws more than 2 balls, that ball is removed from play.

Players may step on but not over the proper foul line before releasing the pallino or a bocce ball. (Toe of foot can not exceed the width of the foul line mark.) If player does step over the line, the ball will be removed.


  1. The official score for frame is determined after all 8 balls have been played and measured to the captains’ satisfaction. One point is awarded for each ball of a team that is closer to the pallino than the opponent’s closest ball (1 to 4 points).
  2. The team that scores in the last frame throws the pallino in the next frame and play continues as above.
  3. If each team’s closest balls are tied, no score is made and play continues at the opposite end with the team scoring the point(s) in the previous frame delivering the pallino.
  4. Teams in THE WINNERS BRACKET of qualifying rounds will play to 9 points, and must win by 2 points to win the game.
  5. Teams in THE LOSERS BRACKET of qualifying rounds will play to 7 points, and do NOT have to win by 2 points to win the game.
  6. Teams in THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND will play to 12 points, and must win by 2 points to win the championship.

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