Bocce Ball



Reservations Recommended:
For both dining and bocce play.
Appropriate casual attire required.

Reservations Recommended:
For both dining and bocce play.
Appropriate casual attire required.

Mon-Thur: 11am-11pm
Fri: 11am-12am
Sat: 2pm-12am
Sun: 2pm-8pm

Carryout is also available during these hours.

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Flat soft soled shoes required for bocce play.

Specializing in personalized gatherings for groups of 8 to 800 with several meal, bocce & entertainment options to meet the needs of every group. ext. 12

No Balloons please
No outside food or beverage
Cakes are available upon request
There is a fee to bring your own cake
Flat Soft soled shoes required for bocce play
No food or beverages allowed on the courts

Leagues & Tournaments:
Join one of our leagues or start your own group or company league.
Tournament play open to all skill levels.
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Besides some simple equipment, all that's needed to play bocce is a spirit of fun and good sportsmanship. Any time is a good time to play bocce. It's not tied to any seasonal conditions, and you'll fall in love with this game, as you face its athletic and strategic challenges.

Court reservations are available up to one week in advance and are highly recommended. Please call 248-371-9987  ext. 0

Groups wishing to book more than one week in advance may book though our events department - CLICK HERE FOR GROUP EVENT DETAILS

Maximum of 12 people allowed on per court at any time

Bocce Rates
Per Person Bocce Rates

$10 for 1.5 hours per person


Download the Rulebook HERE


Palazzo di Bocce Open Bocce Rules
Bocce Teams

Teams will be comprised of up to six players, with the option of all players at one end of the court or 1/2 the team stationed at each end of the court, throwing two bocces each. At the end of each frame, the game resumes at the opposite end of the court.

Begin the match with the flip of a coin between the captains of each team. The winner of the coin flip may have the first toss of the pallino (small target ball), or choose the color of their bocces.

Tossing the Pallino

The play of the pallino is legal if it passes the center line of the court, and does not pass the last/end line.  If a player fails to toss the pallino properly, the opposing team will toss the pallino and put it into play. If the opposing team fails to properly toss the pallino, the pallino reverts back to the original team. Any time a player is rolling, opposing players must remain outside the court.
Starting the Bocce Game

The first bocce will be thrown by the team that originally tossed the pallino. If that bocce hits the back board, the bocce is removed from the court. The other team throws until it beats (not ties) the opposing bocce. This continues until both teams have used all their bocces. Whenever a team gets a bocce closer, it steps aside and lets the other team roll. The team that scored last throws the pallino to begin the next frame. Consecutive
or alternating throws by teammates shall be at the option of the players. Players may use the side walls at any time. If a player rolls the wrong color bocce, simply replace
it with the correct color when it comes to rest. If a player rolls out of turn or plays
more than two bocces, the other team may leave all bocces as is or remove the illegal bocce from the play and return all bocces to their approximate position.

Foul Lines

Players may step on but not over the foul line before releasing the pallino or their bocce.

Bocce Scoring
Only one team scores in a frame. One point is given
for each bocce that is closer to the pallino than the closest bocce of the opposing team. If at the end of
any frame the closest bocce of each team is an equal distance from the pallino, the bocce that was thrown first gets the point. Games are normally played to 12 or 15 points. The tournament host may change this number.

Bocces Hitting the Back Board

A bocce hitting the back board without hitting any other bocce or pallino first is dead and must be removed from play. If it hits a bocce or pallino and then hits the back board, all bocces are valid. If a thrown bocce does not first touch another bocce and hits the back board and then strikes a stationary bocce, that stationary bocce shall be replaced to its approximate position. The thrown bocce is removed from play.

Pallino Hitting the Back Board

Once the pallino is in play, it remains in play even if it hits the back board during the game. However, if the pallino is knocked out of the court, or is knocked in front of the centerline, the frame will end and play will resume from the opposite end of the court, with the same team tossing the pallino.

Late Arrivals and Substitutions

A team not showing within ten minutes of the scheduled starting time, loses two points, and an additional two points for each five minute increment thereafter. A team not showing up within thirty minutes of the scheduled starting time forfeits the game. A team missing players
at the start of the game may play, however, each player may only roll two bocces. (A player arriving late may enter a game, but only after the completion of the game.)  A team may make one substitution per frame. Substitutions may only be made between frames.

History of Bocce

Remember, You Don't Have to be Italian to Play Bocce

The Beginings of the Sport
Throwing an object toward a target is considered the oldest game known to mankind. Graphic representations of the sport, recorded as early as 5200 B.C., have been found in Egypt and the MiddleEast. While the game of Bocce today appears quite different from the ancient version, the consistently common objective of trying to come as close as possible to a fixed target remains intact. From this early objective, the basic rules of Bocce were born. The game made its way from Egypt to Greece around 800 B.C. The version of the game resembling what we know as Bocce today was refined by early Romans, who adopted the game from the Greeks and introduced it throughout their empire. Beginning with Emperor Augustus, Bocce became the sport of statesman and rulers. The Roman influence lives on today. The game's name, Bocce, is a derivative of the Vulgate Latin bottia, which translates as “boss”.

European Growth
European history is filled with references to Bocce, both good and bad. The Greek physician Ipocrates and Italian Renaissance man Galileo both noted that the game's athleticism and spirit of competition rejuvenated the body and the mind. Somewhere, the claim arose that playing Bocce had great therapeutic effect in curing rheumatism, and consequently the game enjoyed rapid growth throughout Europe as the sport of nobility and peasants alike. As Bocce's popularity grew, it began to threaten and interfere with the security of states. Kings Carlos IV and V of Spain prohibited the playing of Bocce because it took too much time away from military exercises. The Republic of Venice publicly condemned the sport in 1576, and punished players with fines and imprisonment. Perhaps the gravest condemnation of Bocce came from the Catholic Church, which officially prohibited clergy and deterred the laity from playing the game by proclaiming Bocce a means of gambling. Contrary to the rest of Europe, British nobility such as Queen Elizabeth I and Sir Francis Drake were avid players. According to lore, Sir Frances Drake refused to set out to defend England against the Spanish Armada until he finished a game of Bocce. He proclaimed, "First we finish the game, then we'll deal with the Armada!”

Bocce Comes to America
The sport first came to America with the English, with one early American playing field being Bowling Green at the southern tip of Manhattan. Though George Washington built a court and played regularly at Mount Vernon in the 1780s, the game did not flourish until turn of the century Italian immigrants brought their enthusiasm for the sport with them to America.
During its beginnings in the U.S. there were many versions of the game. In 1947, fifteen teams in and around the town of Rivoli (Torino) organized the first Bocce “club”, first Italian League, and the first of the yearly World Bocce Championships, bringing some order to the game. This idea of “order” soon spread to the new world, though the game is still played by several different sets of “regional rules” in the United States.