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Palisades Senior League Rules

These are the Rules for Senior League Play at Palisades Bocce Club.

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



  • League plays on Tuesdays; 11 AM and 12:15.
  • 8 teams in the league.
  • Top 4 teams make the playoffs for the bucket-list absolute thrill of lifetime of kissing “The Bocce Cup.”
  • League standings are determined by won/loss matches. In the event of a tie in the standings, we tally head-to-head matchups.  If that is still even, it’s the number of games a team has won (taking a match to 3 games is better than losing in 2 games).


  • A game is first to 6 points.  A match is ‘best of three’ games.    If you win the first two games, the match is over.  Time to celebrate.


  • 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.


  • Each team has a Captain.  The Captain is the primary contact with the Commissioner, Jimmy Dunne.
  • 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.
  • The Captain (or designated player) will have a sheet to turn in the scores of their match (and team lineup).


  • A team can have substitute players for a match, but substitute players can’t already play on another team in the league.


  • Matches start promptly at 11 AM and 12:15.
  • Warm-ups are usually the 15 minutes before a match.
  • 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) 20 minutes later.  Rules apply for all matches unless a game starts late.  If so, the 10 minute clock starts once the previous game finishes.
  • Playoff matches play out all games.
  • If a match isn’t finished at 55 minutes of play, once they complete the existing frame, it’s 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 also is in a two-frame ‘sudden death.’


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


    Please contact Commissioner Jimmy Dunne with your fantastic ideas.