Cap Bocce Rules


First and foremost all DC Fray are 50% Social and 50% Sport. We do have officials; 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. DC Fray wants everyone to have a fun and be social while enjoying a great sport. DC Fray will do whatever they can to make sure all players are having fun.


DC 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. Groups must have at least five (5) players on their roster to be elevated to team status, however the league reserves the right to place free agents on teams with fewer than five (5) players. 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.
  2. 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.
    1. While phone numbers are optional for regular players all captains must ensure that their profiles have an accurate phone numbers listed. This allows the league to communicate with captains during urgent times. Personal information will never be shared with third parties.
  3. Players must be registered and paid in full to play and to be counted towards a groups team status.
  4. During the playoffs, teams may not use subs and may only use players on their roster.
  5. Playoff Eligibility: teams that notch 2 or more forfeits during the regular season will not be eligible for the playoffs.

Here is a table explaining our roster policies for Bocce. And click here for a general table of all of our sports’ roster policies.

Sport Roster Promotion Size Official Roster Size FA Roster Size MAX Roster Size Female Minimum
Bocce 5 6 8-10 12 N/A

Five (5) players on your roster guarantees your team a place in the league however ANY TEAM with less than six (6) players on their roster is eligible to have additional players (1-3) placed with them by the league. Any Team with six (6) or more players will be able to opt IN or opt OUT of additional players.

This policy is an important tool to ensure that DC Fray is able to welcome individuals and small groups who are new in town or are otherwise unable to field full teams. It also helps ensure that each team is of adequate size to prevent forfeits and to help ensure a fun and social environment it also helps spread the love of Cap Bocce and ensures our league has a healthy number of new players!


  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 Palina first. The team who throws the Palina 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 Palina must go past the midway point of the bocce court and stay in bounds in order to start.
    1. If the Palina does not go past the midway point and/or goes out of bounds then the Palina must be re-thrown. If the Palina once again does not pass the mid-way point and/or goes out of bounds then the opposing team will now throw the Palina.
  4. Once the Palina is in play the object is to get your team’s balls closer to the Palina 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 Palina 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 Palina 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 Palina, however if the Palina goes out of play than the set will restart and the team who originally threw the Palina 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. Capital 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


  1. Teams & Bocce players are encouraged to introduce themselves to their opponents prior to the start of each game.
  2. Teams are encourage 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. 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. Capital Bocce League Hosts will have final decision on any issues regarding enforcement of this rule.  We have never had to enforce any of these rules please don’t be the first :)…


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