CREATING LOCAL RULES OF PLAY

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CREATING ‘LOCAL RULES OF PLAY’

USA Bocce recommends that all clubs also have ‘Local Rules of Play’ — that may, in some instances, override USA Bocce ‘Rules of Play.’

We strongly recommend that a club adheres to the recommended USA Bocce ‘Rules of Play’; ‘Local Rules of Play’ are meant to address particular choices regarding length of games and particular league procedures.   They also establish guidelines such as dress codes and other club particulars.

Below is only an example of a bocce club’s ‘Local Rules of Play’ — that your club may consider as a starting point to creating your own ‘Local Rules of Play.’  (In this case study, these are the ‘Local Rules of Play’ for Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades, California.)

BEL-AIR BAY CLUB ‘LOCAL RULES OF PLAY’

We celebrate the great tradition of bocce as a sport played by ladies and gentlemen, enjoyed with a dignity and respect deserving of this great game.

LEAGUE PLAY + STRUCTURE

  • Courts are on a ‘first come, first serve’ basis.  When players are waiting to play, please relinquish the court after you have played for 45 minutes. 
  • There may be specific times reserved for the BABC Bocce Leagues, club tournaments or private events.

DRESS

  • High heels are not allowed on the courts.

LEAGUE PLAY + STRUCTURE

  • Leagues play on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sunday.
  • Top teams make the playoffs for the bucket-list absolute thrill of lifetime of drinking from “The Bay Cup” — the incredibly revered bocce trophy.
  • League standings are determined by won/loss matches. In the event of a tie in the standings, head-to-head matchups are tallied. 

LEAGUE GAMES + MATCHES

  • A game is first team to 6 points.  A match is ‘best of three’ games.  The tie-breaker third game, if necessary, is to 5.

TEAMS

  • Each team must have at least 7 players on their roster (but the more, the merrier).
  • A team must field 4 players for a match – yet, a team can play as many as 8 in a given game, and any number in a given match.
  • Players on a team can substitute for other players on a team at the end of a game in a match.
  • If a team only has 4 players for a match, 2 players play on each end of the court.  6 or more players on a team for a match is the ‘preferred’ number of players.  If three players are on one end of the court, one of the three players can roll twice.

CAPTAINS

  • Each team has a Captain.  The Captain is the primary contact with the Athletic Director, Brandt Jeffers.
  • A Captain’s responsibility is to share all league information with their players.
  • Each week, the Captain is responsible to make sure that their team has at least 4 players that will be playing.

GUESTS AND SUBSTITUTES

  • A team can have substitute players for a match, but substitute players can’t already play on another team in the league.  Substitute players can be other members or non-members.
  • A player’s non-member guest can only play 3 times during a league season.
  • A team can only have 2 non-team members play in any match.

FORFEITS

  • If a team doesn’t have at least 4 players 10 minutes after the start time, they forfeit Game 1.  A team forfeits Game 2 (and the match) at the 20-minute point.  Rules apply for all matches (unless a game, for some unusual reason, starts late).  If so, the 10-minute clock starts once a new ‘start time’ is declared.  

TIMINGS OF GAMES

  • League games are at 6:15 PM and 7:15 on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  Games start promptly at these times.
  • At exactly 7:05 and 8:05 (after 50 minutes of play), unfinished games go into ‘overtime.’  After the existing frame is completed, teams play a 2-frame ‘sudden death.’  Team with the highest score wins the game (if it’s a tie at that point, one frame decides the winner of the game.)  Each subsequent game to finish the match is also in a two-frame ‘sudden death.’  

PLAYOFFS

  • Playoff matches play out all games (no ‘overtimes’).
  • Teams must field 6 rostered players in all playoff matches. 

WINNING TEAM

  • Winning team receives one of the highest honors in all of sports; getting their picture and name inscribed on “The Bay Cup” trophy.
  • What more do you want in life than that?

 

Please contact Athletic Director Brandt Jeffers and Athletic Chairman John Buckingham
with your fantastic ideas.

THE BOCCE COMMITTEE

“The most prestigious and coolest committee in the club”