Golden Rule

First and foremost all JAX Fray leagues are 50% Social and 50% Sport. We do have hosts; however, we expect individuals to respect the league’s culture of fair and fun play. Foul language and rough play will not be tolerated and individuals who cannot adhere to our standards of fair play and sportsmanship may be asked to leave the league. JAX Fray wants everyone to have a fun and be social while enjoying a great sport. JAX Fray will do whatever they can to make sure all players are having fun.

General

Team Sizes and Roster

JAX Fray is proud to relieve captains of the burden of paying for full teams. While captains and players are able to prepay for additional players and or full teams, it is not a requirement for participation in our leagues. We welcome individual player payments.

We are also proud to welcome those who do not have a full team (small groups and free agents) to participate in our league.

Our primary mission is to make it easier for people to have fun and get involved with social sports and these policies help accomplish that goal.

Because of these policies, all registrations are on a first come first serve basis and any roster that does not reach our standard size (based on each sport) is eligible to receive free agents and or small group by the league. Rosters made up of primarily free agents and or a collection of small groups may field more players than the standard roster size. This policy is in place to help ensure free agent teams are able to consistently field teams each week.

  1. JAX Fray Bocce has no roster requirements for male to female ratios. A team may be all male, all women, or any combination of the two (2).
  2. To secure your team on the season schedule you must have at least five (5) paid roster members. Twelve (12) players is the max number of players able to compete during a single match. We encourage teams to have 6-10 players on their roster for the times when individuals are unable to attend.
  3. Each team will have a captain, who will be the official representative to the league. The captain will also be responsible for communicating messages from the league. A co-captain is also highly encouraged.
  4. JAX Fray withholds the right to place other small groups and free agents onto your team to balance rosters. JAX Fray will not place any additional players that would cause a team roster to exceed eight (8) players.
  5. Players must be registered and paid in full to play and to be counted towards a groups team status.
  6. Groups of 2-3 or free agents will be placed with other teams or merged with other small groups to create a full roster.
  7. Playoff Eligibility: teams that notch 2 or more forfeits during the regular season will not be eligible for the playoffs.
  8. During the playoffs, teams may not use subs and may only use players on their roster.

Gameplay

  1. Each team can consist of five (5) to twelve (12) players. Teams will each have four (4) balls in every set.
  2. The match will begin after the captains rock-paper-scissors to decide who will throw the pallino first. The team who throws the pallino first will also throw the first Bocce Ball.
    1. If you have less than two (2) people on a given week your team will forfeit.
  3. The pallino must go past the midway point of the bocce court and stay in bounds in order to start.
    1. If the pallino does not go past the midway point and/or goes out of bounds then the pallino must be re-thrown. If the pallino once again does not pass the mid-way point and/or goes out of bounds then the opposing team will now throw the pallino.
  4. Once the pallino is in play the object is to get your team’s balls closer to the pallino than the other team.
    1. For every bocce ball, your team has closer than the other teams your team will be rewarded a point the most points possible per turn is four.
  5. Games are played to 15 points, there is no win by 2.
  6. The team with bocce balls further from the pallino will continue to throw until they throw a ball closer than the opposing team or they run out of bocce balls.
  7. Teams can decide on their own order of who throws the pallino and bocce balls.
  8. Players can knock a bocce ball of the opposing team or your own team without a penalty.
  9. Players can also knock the pallino, however if the pallino goes out of play than the set will restart and the team who originally threw the pallino will throw it again.
  10. At least two (2) people must be present for a team to compete. The game will result in a 15-0 forfeit if less than two (2) people are present.
  11. No one player can throw a ball more than two (2) bocce balls in a given set.
  12. JAX Fray Bocce Hosts will settle any disputes between teams and their decisions are final.
  13. After every game please report your score to the official. Your scores and league standings will be posted on www.phillyfray.com

Sportsmanship

  1. Teams & Bocce players are encouraged to introduce themselves to their opponents prior to the start of each game.
  2. Teams are encouraged to “line up” after their match and shake hands, give high fives, or otherwise congratulate their rivals.
  3. Bocce ball is considered a game for the civilized and friendly. While healthy competition is encouraged, any player deemed to be acting in an unsportsmanlike manner will be warned on their first instance, removed from the game on their second (and their score forfeited) and finally removed from the league on their 3rd infraction.
    1. Examples of unacceptable conduct include excessive badgering of players (to include cussing, shouting or heckling) and/or excessively rude conduct to other bar patrons or bar staff. JAX Fray Bocce League Hosts will have the final decision on any issues regarding enforcement of this rule.  We have never had to enforce any of these rules…