Plainly put-you get the big ball closer to the little ball. Simplicity is fundamental to bocce as the object of the game is to get as many of your teams bocce balls as close to the target ball, the pallino, as possible. Teams can be comprised from one to six people. A toss of the coin determines who gets to throw out the pallino and the first bocce ball with the other team choosing the color of their balls. Play proceeds with the team that is furthest away rolling a ball to get closer and continues until that team either gets a ball closer or runs out of balls. At the end of the frame, the team with the most balls closest to the pallino scores. Only one team scores per frame with one point being awarded for every ball the scoring team has closer than the balls of the other team. The scoring team then puts the pallino in play the following frame. Play continues in this fashion until one team gets to 12 or 15 points depending on time constraints
At Campo di Bocce we introduce all of our guests to this “Open” style of play. It is the easiest to learn and can be played by anyone from 2 to 102! But, don’t be deceived. We have a saying here at Campo di Bocce-“Bocce takes a five minutes to learn, but a lifetime to master!”
Campo di Bocce strives to be a leader in the promotion of bocce on all levels. With multiple league nights, local and regional tournaments and playing host to large scale National Championships and International competitions, Campo di Bocce hopes to see the sport of bocce continue to grow. Perhaps someday people from the United States and the world over will enjoy bocce on the Olympic stage. Until then places like Campo di Bocce and backyard games will keep the oldest game known to man, alive and well. Whether you are at Campo di Bocce or your backyard, bocce is beyond doubt, a sport for all.
Punto Raffa Volo Rules or the “International Rules”
This style of bocce is played most widely among competitive bocce players in the United States. To see some serious Punto Raffa Volo play first hand, come out to the Singles Showdown competition. We are showcasing some of the best bocce players in Northern California and have $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer!
The most important rule we have at Campo di Bocce is to HAVE FUN! That one is easy because bocce is a BLAST!
We do have some house rules that we ask our guests to follow. The core of these rules are for your safety and the safety of our World Class courts.
- Please No FOOD or DRINK on the courts. Aside from the dangers of broken glass, spills and stains diminish the quality of our courts. Please do enjoy your food or beverage at the court-side tables situated along each one of our courts.
- No high-heeled shoes. Our courts are vulnerable to tears and punctures when heels are worn. Bocce is best played in low, soft heeled shoes for your safety.
- Dress Code – All guests should wear proper attire (casual, comfortable) with proper shoes. Gentlemen – please no sleeveless shirts or tank tops.
- All members & non-members using the club facility MUST be 18 years or older or have immediate adult supervision. Supervising adult must be present on the courts with minor.
With all these to consider, don’t forget the most important rule is to HAVE FUN and PLAY BOCCE!