Bocce Ball Rules

SSC Policies

TEAM ROSTERS:

There is no maximum number of players allowed on a team’s roster provided all players have signed the Team Roster and Waiver Form.  It is the responsibility of all team captains to ensure players are in compliance with this policy.  Teams have up until the third week of the season to make changes to their roster.  After the third week, rosters will be frozen.  Roster changes that require additional T-Shirts will be subject to availability.  All roster changes must be communicated to and approved by the league office.

WAIVERS:

To be eligible to participate in the league, each player must sign the team waiver form.  Team captains can find the team waiver form in the information email sent prior to the start of the season.  A link can also be found on the SSC rules page. Captains are required to turn in completed waiver forms to an SSC Coordinator prior to their first game.  Players not present for their team’s first game must still submit a signed waiver form prior to participating. Players that register individually agree to the waiver policy electronically, so there is no need to submit a separate waiver form.

PLAYER RESTRICTIONS:

All SSC participants must be 21 years of age or older prior to their first scheduled game. Players that have participated in Division 1 Collegiate or Professional sports must be a minimum of two years removed from participation to be eligible to play in a similar SSC sport. Players may only be on one roster for any given sport on a given night, regardless of if multiple divisions are offered.  Violation of this rule may result in game forfeiture by both teams. The SSC reserves the right to request a photo ID from any player at any time for any reason. Roster checks will be performed by an SSC Gameday Coordinator at the request of the challenging team.  Only individual players may be challenged.  Entire teams may not be challenged.  The challenging team must provide legitimate reasons for submitting a roster check request.  Challenging teams must report their intention to initiate a roster check to an SSC Official as soon as possible to ensure the preservation of playing time. Except in the case of a late-arriving player, teams forfeit the right to challenge a player’s eligibility at a point noted in the “Roster” section of each sport’s respective rules document.

SPORTSMANSHIP:

We are all adults, and the SSC expects all participants and spectators to act like it. Unsportsmanlike behavior may result in disqualification.  At the request of an SSC Official, disqualified players or spectators must leave the playing area. Repeated or egregious unsportsmanlike behavior, including refusal to leave the playing area, will result in an extended suspension term. Suspended players are not permitted to attend any current or future SSC leagues, tournaments, races, and social events until after having received written approval from SSC Player Services.  Violation of this policy may result in a team forfeit and additional suspension.

OVERLY COMPETITIVE PLAYERS:

All SSC sports are intended to be recreational. Any player who is deemed to be excessively competitive and/or overly aggressive may be removed from competition at the discretion of any SSC official or gameday coordinator.

DRONES:

Drones, model planes, and any other unmanned aircraft are not permitted at any SSC activity.

UNIFORMS:

SSC T-Shirts are your team’s uniforms.  All players must wear the appropriate color uniform with the current SSC front logo to participate.  Past season’s uniforms are not permitted, even if they are the correct color.  Any player not wearing the appropriate uniform will be sidelined for that game. The SSC T-Shirt must be worn on the outside of any clothing worn during play with all logos and designs in tact and clearly visible.

UNIFORM ALTERATIONS:

Players are permitted to modify their uniforms in any way provided they do not cover up or obscure any of the logos printed on the shirts and the resulting garment does not pose a threat to player safety.

FORFEITS:

If a team is short the minimum number of players to play a regulation game, the game will be ruled a forfeit. In the case of an injured player, at the sole discretion of an SSC Official, a game may be continued if a team does not have the minimum number of players for a regulation game provided the team has a chance to win.

FORFEIT FINES:

If the forfeiting team is short the minimum number of players to play an exhibition game, a $50 forfeit fine will be assessed. This fine is transferred in full in the form of a gift card or voucher to the offended team who showed up with no game to play. Provided the fine is paid on time, the offended team can collect the forfeit fine from an SSC Coordinator the following week. Forfeit fines must be paid prior to the end of the offending team’s next scheduled game.  Payment can be made to an SSC Coordinator by either cash or check.  Unpaid forfeit fines may result in additional forfeits and/or suspension from the league.  Teams with outstanding fines from past seasons will be barred from future registration in any SSC sport or event until they are paid in full. Game forfeiture notice must be submitted via the SSC website by 5:00 PM on the preceding day (Friday for weekend games) in order to avoid the forfeit fine. Except in the case of a late-arriving player, teams forfeit the right to challenge a player’s eligibility at a point noted in the “Roster” section of each sport’s respective rules document. The minimum number of players required to play an officiated exhibition game is noted in the “Roster” section of each sport’s respective rules document

DIVISION PREFERENCE:

Whenever possible, the SSC will separate divisions based on playing experience and/or ability. In the event multiple divisions are not possible, all players will be placed into a single division. Division placement for all teams will be at the sole discretion of the SSC. Any team that wins a super social championship will automatically be placed in the social division for the next season in which they participate.  Top finishers from the previous season may also be moved up at the discretion of the SSC. Any player, or team based on the majority of their players, that is determined to be in the incorrect division may, at any point during the season, be asked to switch divisions at the discretion of the SSC.

PLAYOFFS:

Whenever possible, the SSC will hold a single-elimination playoff tournament after the regular season has concluded.  The number of teams to advance to this playoff tournament will vary from season to season based on team records and available venue space.  The playoff tournament may be held on a day and time other than the normal day and time of regular season games. Space permitting, eligible teams not advancing to the playoff will be scheduled for an additional game.  Teams must be in good standing and have no outstanding balances owed to be considered eligible. Final Week of League Games:

INCLEMENT WEATHER:

Prior to the start of the game, players and spectators should regularly check the SSC Rainoutline for venue status updates.  Players and spectators can also sign up for automatic updates via email and/or text message.  Details are available on the SSC website. Once the game has started, gameday coordinators will work with facilities coordinators and SSC Operations personnel to monitor weather and playing conditions in order to determine if play will need to be suspended and/or games postponed.

GAME RESCHEDULING:

In the event of inclement weather or any other event that causes games to be postponed, the SSC will make every effort to reschedule. In the event of multiple cancellations, the SSC reserves the option to shorten the regular season and/or the playoff schedule. Makeup games may be scheduled on weekdays other than those regularly scheduled.  Makeup games may be scheduled at venues other than those regularly scheduled. Neither refunds nor pro-rated refunds will be given if the season is shortened due to inclement weather or due to actions taken by the venue.  

 

Bocce Ball Rules

OFFICIALS:

All games will be self-officiated, however the SSC will provide a Gameday Coordinator for each location to help direct payers, resolve disputes, etc.

EQUIPMENT:

The SSC will provide all Bocce equipment.

PLAYING ROSTER:

The maximum numbers of players on a team is four.  The minimum number of players is three.  The maximum number of males is two.  The minimum number of females is one.

Teams may pitch in any order they choose.  Any or all players may throw in a frame.  A female player must participate in at least every other frame.  All team players must participate in at least one frame.

If one team is short the minimum number of players by game time, that team will automatically forfeit the first game only.  If that team is still short the minimum number of players 15 minutes after the originally scheduled game time, the match will be ruled a forfeit.

The minimum number of players to play an officiated exhibition game, and avoid the forfeit fine, is two.

Teams lose the ability to challenge a player’s eligibility after the second game, except in the case of a late-arriving player.

FORMAT:

Matches are played best of three games with a 60 minute time limit.  The team to first reach a score of 12 points wins the game.  It is not necessary to win by two points.  If the time limit is reached in the middle of a frame, the frame shall be completed.

Each team plays one match per night for seven weeks.  Playoffs will be played by the top four teams in the league in the seventh week.

Prior to the first game, both captains will meet to determine initial pitching order with a game of rock, paper, scissors.  Subsequent pitching order is determined by scoring in each frame.  The team that has last scored points shall pitch first in the following frame.

Games are broken down into frames of play.  The top of a frame begins with one team throwing the pallina (the smaller ball) to a point in the playing area past the center line and not past the end line.  That team will then throw their first bocce ball.  The opposing team will then throw their first bocce ball.

The frame continues with the team throwing who does not have the ball in play closest to the pallina.  The frame is completed when all bocce balls have been thrown.

THROWING:

All throws must be underhand and made from behind the endling opposite the target endline.

All throws must remain in the playing area in order to count.  If a thrown ball contacts anything outside of the playing area prior to contacting the pallina or another thrown ball, it is dead, shall be removed, and any subsequently displaced balls returned to their approximate initial position.

SCORING:

Cancellation scoring shall be used without “skunks” or “busts”.  At the conclusion of a frame, only the team with bocce balls closer to the pallina than any of their opponent’s bocce balls scores points.  One point is awarded for each bocce ball the scoring team has closer to the pallina than the opponent’s closest bocce ball.

Scores shall be reported to the SSC Gameday Coordinator.

Any rules not specifically mentioned here follow those of the Bocce Standards Association.

STANDINGS:

Teams earn three points for a win, one point for a tie, and zero points for a loss.  Teams are ranked in order based on the following criteria:

  • Total Standings Points
  • Head to Head
  • Total Games Allowed
  • Total Game Differential

DYNASTY RULE:

Everyone loves a little competition, but one team dominating a league season after season can spoil the fun for everybody.

If a team retaining more than one player has won three championships in consecutive seasons for which they have been registered, the SSC will have the option to, in its discretion, request that team to form two or more separate teams to promote parity in the league or withdraw their registration. That team will then have the opportunity to form two separate teams with each subsequent roster approved by the SSC.