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Beach Bocce *NEW*

SUMMER 2021 League Details:
REMEMBER: Registration Deadline for SUMMER 2021 leagues is MAY 17, 2021!  

Payment must be received in full by the deadline to secure a spot in the league/program of your choice! 
FCSSC offers 2 ways to play this new league: 
1) Register a full team (2 people). 
2) Register as an individual & we will place you on a team with another individual/friend.

What to Expect

ALL SKILL LEVELS WELCOME. We'll be happy to teach you what we know about "Bocce on the Beach".  This version of the game plays on beach court sand and will require precision lobbing rather than rolling with prizes from Steam Whistle Brewing and more on the line!

Come out to play with a friend, or sign up as an individual and we will pair you up - either way you gain complimentary FCSSC lakeside park access at Fanshawe Conservation Area.

This is a FOR-FUN league, with no standings however be prepared for some final fun on the last week of play for bragging rights. Prizing will be provided on the last night of play.

NOTE:  NO RAIN OUTS are planned for this league. Any weeks lost to thunderstorms (see FCSSC Foul Weather Policy HERE) will be made up with a double header in one of the following weeks.

League Dates

SUNDAY
Starts: Sunday, May 30, 2021
Ends: Sunday, July 25, 2021

*There is no pre-set rain date for this league. All games lost to foul weather will instead be rescheduled as a double-header on a future date.

Total Weeks

9 weeks

Game Times

Start times begin at 4:30pm. All games are approx. 60 minutes. 

Price

Team of 2: $110
Individual: $55

More Details

Click the SPORT INFO, RULES & LOCATION tabs (scroll up!) for many more details about this league/program, including equipment requirements and play spaces.

 

 

 

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Sport Info

Spirit of the League

This league is all-welcome, all-for-fun. Please review FCSSC's Conduct Policy before registering.

League Format

Each week, teams will be assigned a beach court to use as a field of play. Teams will play a "best of three or five" series in 60 minutes against a different predetermined opponent. Each game will play to 11 points. Since this is beach bocce, balls must stay on the sand.

NOTE: If demand or attendance requires it, teams may be combined to total, 4 people per team (8 people per match).

Any time left after your game can be used for additional play/practice!

All games are self-officiated, though FCSSC staff will be on-site at all times to protect player safety, help with the rules, and pump up the fun factor.

Number of People

This is an OPEN league and no gender minimum required for this league. Groups and teams will traditionally be in 2s (or 4s) but may be equalized depending on the game or absences.

Recommended Roster Size

Teams of 2 players. Individuals will be paired with another registrant.

Equipment

FCSSC members are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and bring sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen and a water bottle.

Age & Waivers All players MUST be 19 years of age or older, no exceptions.
All players MUST sign a waiver before playing, no exceptions. Signing the waiver on-line is super easy, just follow the steps during registration & checkout.

Rules

FCSSC BEACH BOCCE BALL RULES

Starting the Game

Bocce takes place in two teams of two players each. Each player has two large balls called bocce. A smaller ball called the "pallino" is the target. Officially, people play on a court (AKA FCSSC ASSIGNED BEACH COURT), but players can also play bocce wherever they find enough ground on which to roll the balls. Teams should decide which side will go first (aka throw the pallino). FCSSC suggests a game of Rock Paper Scissors (best 2 of 3) to determine who wins this prestigious honour. You throw it, you show the way (meaning the pallino tosser throws first ball as well).

Gameplay

The winner of the Rock Paper Scissors match team going first throws the pallino and the place where it comes to a stop becomes the target. All players should then stand behind a line in the sand to make their throws. Generally, everyone agrees on where it is fair to stand. The team that threw the pallino throws the first bocce. Teams and players alternate throws until all eight balls have been thrown. Players try to make their team’s bocce be the closest to the pallino. Traditionally, players should alternate by allowing the team farthest from the pallino to throw until they get closer or run out of balls; in many friendly games, however, players just alternate from one team to the next irregardless of who is closer.

Scoring

Only the team with the closest bocce to the pallino scores any points. The team that is closest, or inside, gets a number of points equal to how many of their bocce balls are closer to the pallino than the other team’s nearest bocce. If a player’s bocce touches the pallino, it is called a baci and the team earns 2 points for that ball. A game of bocce is called a round and it lasts until a team reaches FCSSC's predetermined point value. Common point values are 9, 11, 12 and 15 and we will be using 11. Any disputes can be settled using a foot stick to check the distance from the pallino. In the case of a tie, or any dispute that cannot be settled, no points are awarded to either team for those balls in question.

Violations

If a player steps over a designated line when making a throw, that is a foot fault. The penalty can be either a warning or an invalidation of that throw. Bocce is a friendly game and a warning will keep most people within the rules. If a player makes a throw out of order, the teams can agree to let it go or to replace the balls approximately where they previously were. Last, no one from the opposite team should try to distract a thrower.

Adapted from www.livestrong.com.

Location

This league will play on the FCSSC Beach Volleyball Courts at Fanshawe Conservation Area (near the Safety Village).