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Overview Of The USBF National Championships

The United States Bocce Federation (USBF) was created in 1976 with the primary goal of sponsoring and promoting the sport. Its secondary mission was to pursue having bocce included in the roster of Olympic events. Among its responsibilities are organizing and promoting bocce national competitions and backing the players that go on to represent the United States in international tournaments. To maintain its presence while simultaneously promoting the game, the USBF also sponsors bocce clinics to teach the sport to beginning players, organizes tournaments for players of all ages and provides help in organizing Special Olympics events. In this article, you'll learn about the USBF National Championships, including the rules of play and code of conduct during the tournaments.

Rules Of The USBF National Championships

The rules of bocce vary slightly depending upon where the game is played. That said, the USBF National Championships rules are carefully documented and followed during all events sponsored by the USBF. When tossed, the Pallino must pass the center of the court and avoid striking the backboard of the opposing wall to be considered legal. If a player (or team) fails to make a legal toss of the Pallino, the other team is awarded the toss.

After the Pallino is legally tossed, the player (or team) who tossed the Pallino is given the first opportunity to toss a bocce ball. As long as the first ball toss is considered legal, that player must stand aside and allow the opponent to toss. Once a toss from the opposing team is placed nearer the Pallino than the original bocce toss, that player must stand aside, allowing the first player to toss again.

Once each player (or team) has tossed all of the bocce balls, the positions of the balls are reviewed, points are awarded accordingly and the frame ends. A game is won once a player (or team) reaches 13 points. However, whoever is hosting the tournament has the authority to change the number of points needed to end the game.

Code Of Conduct

During the National Championships, a certified referee is given absolute authority. Whatever ruling the referee makes is the final word. If a volunteer referee is overseeing the game and a call is questioned, the volunteer referee must consult the tournament committee for a ruling.

The referee has a wide range of discretion in giving penalties to players. If a player breaks the rules, the referee can halt the game, annul one or more bocce balls, award a "do over" to the aggrieved player (or team), or even disqualify the offending player from the match.

If a spectator during the National Championships is interfering with or disrupting the tournament, the referee has the authority to expel that person. If the disruptive spectator is an official member of the USBF, that person can be expelled and suspended from USBF events for up to 1 year.

The USBF National Championships is the hallmark of bocce. It brings together the best players and most passionate fans of the sport. Aside from a few exceptions, the behavior of everyone involved in these events is remarkably good. The friendly nature of the game and the natural competitive spirit during the matches tends to foster friendships amongst fans, players and even opponents. The USBF National Championships is more than merely an opportunity to compete; it's a chance to reconnect with old friends and acquaintances.