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Welcome to Our Site! Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament!
Tournament Rules

If you are not familiar with bocce, do not fret. It is a simple game and you will learn it in minutes. You will enjoy it and the friendship and spirit of competition that goes with it.

  • Teams may be male, female, or co-ed and are comprised of four players.
  • Two players from each group will be stationed at each end of the court and will roll two balls each. At the end of the frame, the game resumes at the opposite end of the court.
  • We will use North American Open Rules (Referees from the Ken Waldie Senior Circuit, Inc. will be assigned to each court).
  • Games are played to 12 points or 45 minutes, whichever comes first.
  • Winner of coin toss rolls object ball first, and selects color of bocce balls for his/her team.
  • First roll of object ball must reach at least half court and may not touch the backboard.
  • Whichever team rolls the closest ball to the object ball stands aside and lets the other team roll. That other team rolls until it beats (not ties) the opposing ball. This continues until all teams have used all their bocce balls. This ends the frame and only one team will score. Score one point for each ball closer to the object ball than the closest ball of the opposition.
  • Bocce balls may be rolled off the side boards and backboards. However, if a ball is rolled to the backboard without first striking another ball, it is dead and removed from play
  • There is one foul line ten feet from each end board. This line is used for pointing and hitting.
  • Players may request a measurement at any time
  • Each team will play two matches in the preliminary round. Based on the results of these preliminary games, all teams will be placed in brackets for two additional games vying for the championship in their particular bracket.

This event is not a major cash prize tournament drawing top players from around the country. Our goal is to enjoy the company of family and friends, promote bocce, and raise funds for the Joey Fund and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

We hope you enjoy this great sport and we thank you for supporting the cause!