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Bocce Classic Tournament Rules


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RULES UPDATED 7-15-10
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Rules of Tournament
• Round Robin format with a minimum of 4 games played with top 64 teams advancing to a single elimination tournament. Game times are 30 minutes for round robin, 45 for single elimination and no time limit, first team to 16 for the semi finals and finals.
• All teams (4 members) must be near the court of play 5 minutes prior to the start of the match in order to start on time. A team forfeits the game after 10 minutes from the start time if they do not show.
• Practice throws from each end will be permitted.
• Referees or captains will toss a coin to determine who goes 1st and which color.
• The team that reaches 12 points will be declared the winner in the round robin games, 14 points in the single elimination games until the semi-finals and finals which are to 16 point.
• In the event the match is still in process after the allotted time, the frame will be completed and the team with the most points is declared the winner or a tie declared.
• An additional frame will be permitted if the score is tied in the single elimination tournament. Round robin games will be counted as ties.
• Seeding into the 64 team single elimination tournament will be based upon the W-L-T records and then by total points scored and total points against during the round robin. A coin flip will break any ties concerning seeding.
• All balls must be delivered in an underhand manner without crossing the foul line. Fouls will result in penalties being assessed after the team has fouled more than two occasions. Only one person on the court at time of delivery. Exception to this rule is during the round robin tournament for those with physical difficulties.
• Two 30 second time outs will be allotted per match per team.
• A pallina toss will be attempted by a team no more than twice. In the event they are unsuccessful, the other team may toss the pallina. If this results in a failed placement of the pallina, the referee will place the pallina in the center of the court an equal distance from the side boards and the center and back lines.
• Only one substitute may play per team per game. If a player subs for one team in the tournament, he/she may not play or sub for another team.
• Substitutes may enter a match at the end of a frame.
• If the referee is unable to determine the “in” ball, he/she may measure at any time. However, the referee may not measure to determine the 2nd “in” ball while other balls remain to be played. Measuring may only occur to determine the closest ball.
• Only one player per team shall be permitted beyond the foul line for coaching and/or measuring. At the time of delivery during the single elimination tournament only one player may be on the court. And all players must be behind the end line (keep in mind the 30 sec. delivery rule)
• Measurements will only be made by the referee who may ask players to help if needed during the single elimination tournament.
• If a team A agrees that the other team has the point and the balls in contention do not move, then team A forfeits its right to a measurement and the point(s) are awarded to the other team
• In the event a ball is accidentally moved by the referee (while balls remain to be played) and that ball is in contention, a dead frame is declared. If a ball is moved that is not in contention, the referee will place it back in its original spot.
• In the event the referee inadvertently moves the pallina, a dead frame will result unless all balls have been thrown and the referee clearly is able to acknowledge which team was “in.”
• Unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated. Behavior deemed as poor sportsmanship may lead to a team's disqualification.
• Footwear must be worn while playing bocce for safety and health-related reasons.
• Semi-final and final matches will be played to 16 with no time limit.
• Referees will refer all questions and/or rule clarifications to the Tournament Director so designated for the Bocce Classic.
• All decisions made by the Tournament Director are final.

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