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When does a frame officially begin?

Posted by bmedia on Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A frame begins after the point or points have been determined at the end of the previous frame.  A player has one minute to put the pallino in play.  It is customary to roll out the pallino as soon as possible so that games proceed without wasting time.  If players cause delays in the game they will be […]

What is the correct surface for a bocce court?

Posted by bmedia on Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Regulation bocce courts can be made from mixtures of various surfaces including dirt, clay, cement, asphalt, and synthetic resin. Note: Non-Regulation courts are made from grass, carpet, or synthetic turf; however these surfaces are often used as substitutes in the recreational form of bocce known as “Open Rules”. 

What is a timed game?

Posted by bmedia on Wednesday, October 17, 2018

There are times when there are a lot of teams signed up to play in a tournament and not enough courts to allow games to be played without a time limit. At these times, the tournament director can put a time limit on the games; usually 45 minutes. All games start on all courts at […]

What is a Burned Ball?

Posted by bmedia on Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A burned ball is a ball that is taken out of the court for the duration of a frame, or, in some cases, the entire game. There are several reasons a ball might be “burned.” 1. USBF rules require that in order to be a valid roll, the ball cannot travel the length of the […]

What is the difference between Volo and Raffa?

Posted by bmedia on Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Volo and Raffa are internationally sanctioned sports in over 50 nations and have a common union in the CMSB (Confederation Mondiale des Sports de Boules) based in France. 

Shooting and the foul line.

Posted by bmedia on Wednesday, October 17, 2018

When shooting a ball, it is legal for any part of the foot to land on the foul line, even if it is the heel. As the shooter moves forward in his throwing motion, is the play fair or foul if the players heel lifts off the foul line? This is an age old question […]

How do you score a game that has been forfeited?

Posted by bmedia on Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The USBF Open Rules on this website say:   A team not present within 15 minutes of scheduled start of the game will forfeit the game.  Clubs may have house rules that govern late show ups. We have seen tournament protocol where teams have been granted a certain number of points every five minutes until the […]

What happens when a player rolls a ball before of the pallino?

Posted by bmedia on Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A player who rolls a ball out by mistake instead of the pallino at the start of a frame has played a ball out of turn.  USBF Open Rules state:“If a player rolls / shoots out of turn or plays more balls than allowed, the opposing team has two (2) options:  Leave all balls as they rest, […]

How long and wide is a regulation bocce court?

Posted by bmedia on Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A regulation Volo court is 27.5 meters long and 2.5 to 4 meters wide. A regulation Raffa court is 26.5 meters long and 4 to 4.5 meters wide.  

What is the official size for balls?

Posted by bmedia on Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Volo balls range from 90 to 110 mm in diameter and 900 to 1200 gms. in weight depending on a players’ preference.  Women and children (under 14) can use smaller and lighter balls with a minimum diameter of 88 mm and 800 gms.  A Volo pallino must be made of wood and be 35 to […]

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