BOCCE STANDARDS ASSOCIATION

Bocce Equipment

      Standard Equipment

The information below is provided to help standardize the equipment used to play bocce. Standard equipment will bring the game of bocce up to the level of all other major sports.

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STANDARDS

Bocce Balls DESCRIPTION:
Standard set consists of 8 bocce balls, typically 4 green balls & 4 red balls. (People who are color blind complain about the typical red and green balls. You may want to get 4 dark colored balls and 4 very light colored balls.) Every ball must be the same diameter, same weight, and made with the same materials.
SIZE & WEIGHT:
All 8 balls shall be identical in size and weight. Tournament grade Bocce ball sets are available with 100 mm to 115 mm diameter balls. Bocce Standards Association has chosen the International Standard ball diameter of 107 mm (4.2 inches) and weight of 920gms. (2 lbs.) as the standard size.

[ Manufacture Specification ]

Diameter: 107 +/- 0. 5 mm

Weight: 920 +/- 10 gms.

MATERIALS:
Hard plastic composite materials (bowling ball type materials).
 
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Pallino DESCRIPTION:
Small ball of contrasting color used as the target ball.
SIZE:
Tournament grade sets are available with pallinos from 40 mm to 60 mm diameter. The International Standard is 40 mm (1.6 inches) diameter.  The most popular size in the U.S. appears to be the 50 mm (1.97 inches) diameter pallino. Pallino size is much less important than the bocce ball size and a strict standard size/weight/material is not specified.
MATERIALS:
Hard plastic composite materials (bowling ball or billiard ball type materials).
 
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Scoreboard DESCRIPTION:
Numbers 1 through 12 arranged similar to a clock face with an arrow pointing to the score for the red or green team. The scoreboard can be a single set of numbers with a red and green arrow or a set of numbers for each color.[?]
SIZE:
  2 inch minimum height numbers in a 12 inch minimum diameter circle. The scoreboard should be readable from both ends of the court.
MATERIALS:
  Plastic / wood / metal
 
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Measuring Devices

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Any measuring device that can repeatably and accurately determine the difference between the distances of 2 or more bocce balls from the pallino is acceptable. Some currently in use are below.
Bocce Cup Measurer DESCRIPTION:
A small cup like device that fits over the pallino with a rotateable locking tape measure centered on top of the cup. [?]
SIZE:
  Cup inside diameter of 1/16 to 1/8 inch larger than the pallino diameter at bottom tapered to the pallino diameter at top and inside depth of 1/2 inch larger than the pallino diameter.
MATERIALS:
Plastic or metallic cup and standard 12 to 25 foot measuring tape.
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Measuring Tape DESCRIPTION:
  Standard retractable and locking measuring tape. Some special types come with attached calipers.
SIZE:
  12 to 25 feet long.
MATERIALS:
  Metal tape in plastic or metal housing.
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Measuring Rod DESCRIPTION:
Telescoping pocket rod used to measure short distances. Some special types come with attached calipers.
SIZE:
  6 inches minimum expanding to 24 inches minimum.
MATERIALS:
Metal or plastic.
 
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Signaling Devices

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Any signaling device for the referee to use to clearly signal the players at the throwing end which color is in or which color throws next is acceptable. Some currently in use are below.
Referee Paddle DESCRIPTION:
Round paddle colored red on one side and green on the other side.
SIZE:
Paddle ball or ping pong paddle size.
MATERIALS:
Wood or plastic.
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Referee Flags DESCRIPTION:
A red flag and a green flag.
SIZE:
6 inches by 6 inches minimum.
MATERIALS:
Cloth or plastic
 
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Court Brush DESCRIPTION:
A court brush with long handles used to drag the court to smooth it out.
SIZE:
Width of brush should be over 1/2 of the court width. (Check with a tennis court equipment supplier.)
MATERIALS:
Stiff horse hair or synthetic fibers, 3 to 5 inches long.
 
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Court Scraper DESCRIPTION:
A wide blade, smooth on one edge and serrated on the other edge with a long handle. It is  used to loosen high spots, move material around, and smooth the court. (Check with a tennis court equipment supplier.)
SIZE:
Width of blade should be 2 to 4 feet.
MATERIALS:
Metallic
 

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