A Bocce Ladder is a listing of the club's players in the order of bocce skills. Very seldom when forming a league do all the players play at the same skill level. The Bocce Ladder (similar to tennis ladders) is one way to establish relative skill levels.
The Bocce Ladder is a continuous one on one competition (basically teams consisting of 1 person). This competition is critical to forming teams of equivalent strength for intra organization teams and to form the most competitive teams for external play and tournaments. The Bocce Ladder can be one of the club's regular season competitions with awards to the top players.
BOCCE LADDER RULES & GUIDELINES
Initial Bocce Ladder is formed as follows:
All club members will be listed in alphabetical order.
Each club member will roll 8 Bocce balls from behind
the pointing foul line to a target pallino located in the
center of the hitting foul line at the opposite end. If the
pallino is moved, it is replaced to the target location. The
first ball can be rolled up to 3 times to establish the
initial position of the first ball. Each ball is measured from
the center of the target pallino to the leading edge of the
Bocce ball and recorded. The 8 measurements are then totaled.
The initial Bocce Ladder is formed with the member with
the lowest total at the top to the member with the highest
total at the bottom.
Members who join after the initial Ladder is formed
perform the 8 ball qualifying test and are inserted into the
Ladder in a position relative to others with the same results.
This method is for establishing a starting point only.
Once placed in the Ladder, movement up and refinement of the
Ladder is accomplished by challenges.
ongoing Bocce Ladder is maintained through individual
challenge games as follows:
A member on the Ladder may challenge and arrange an
agreeable game time with a member up to 4 places above the
member. (The Club Bocce Committee has the option to institute
challenges to better define portions of the Ladder.)
If the challenger wins 2 out of 3 games, they advance
to a Ladder slot above the person challenged. If they lose,
they remain in the slot they were in.
A member may not challenge the same person more than
once in a calendar month.
A member may accept any number of challenges but is not
required to accept more than 4 challenges in any calendar
If a member concedes a challenge, they exchange
positions with the challenger.
A score sheet, signed by both members and presented to
the Club Secretary, is required to update the Ladder. (Any
disputes will be settled by the Club Bocce Committee.)
The Ladder used to form teams is the current Ladder at
the time the team is formed.
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