DIRECTORS: Sharon Brasel, John Carr

ASSISTANTS: Barb Orr, John Kelley

COVID19 POLICY: Please refer to our COVID19 policy by clicking here


In an effort to fulfill our mission of fostering worldwide peace, health and friendship, we are excited to announce, on our 36th anniversary, the Friendship Festival. We invite all athletes and their friends, volunteers, sponsors and community members to join us for six nights of food, fun, entertainment and friendship. The festival will provide flexibility for participants to attend at their convenience on any or all nights of what is sure to be a new favorite opportunity to connect with old friends and make new ones regardless of your sport.

EVENTS: Singles, Men's Doubles, Women's Doubles, Any Doubles, Foresomes

Team captains should check their team number and check-in times approximately 2 weeks prior to the games on-line. This information and any changes will also be available in the Sports Lounge in the Dixie Convention Center.

Singles: Monday - Tuesday, October 16-17 (16 teams)
     Monday: Check-in at 7:45am. Play starts at 8:00am 
     Tuesday: Check-in at 7:45am. Play starts at 8:00am 
4-Person Teams: Wednesday, October 18 (8 teams)
     Sesion 1: Check-in at 7:45am. Play starts at 8:00am
     Sesion 2: Check-in at 12:00pm. Play starts at 12:15pm
Mens Doubles: Thursday - Friday, Oct. 19-20 (8 teams)
     Thursday: Session 1 - Check-in at 7:45am. Play starts at 8:00am 
     Friday: Session 2 - Check-in at 12:00pm. Play starts at 12:15pm
Womens Doubles: Thursday - Friday, October 19-20 (8 teams)
    Thursday: Check-in at 12:00pm. Play starts at 12:15pm
    Friday: Check-in at 7:45am. Play starts at 8:00am
Any Doubles: Saturday, Oct. 21 (8 teams)
    Session 1: Check-in at 7:45 a.m. Play starts at 8:00 a.m.
    Session 2: Check-in at 12:00pm. Play starts at 12:15pm
Times for all events are subject to change depending on the number of Bocce athlete registrations in the event.
When registering, you may receive a waitlist notice. If so, please put your name on the waitlist. The waitlist may mean that teams are being added in groups of 2 or more depending on the event.
Note:  Scheduling allows participants to play in all events.

For Bocce athletes who are not SunRiver residents, the courts will be available from 1-3pm Sunday, October 15 for practice.


The Villas at Sun River Bocce, 4775 Wallace Dr, St. George, UT 84790

There are no age divisions

SPORT FEE: $12 Per Event

Early Bird Deadline (Save $20) – August 1
Final Registration Deadline – September 1


  • If you need a partner in the Doubles or 4-Person event, check Partner Finder on the home page ( for a listing, by sport, of individuals looking for partners. Other wise, contact John C. at
  • Tournament is open to any individual or group with basic knowledge of United States Bocce Federation Open Rules rules of play and reasonable competitive experience. Please see the section, BOCCE TOURNAMENT RULES for changes that have been made to the USBF Open Rules for this tournament. 


  • The Bocce events will be Round Robin.
  • Participants must present their Huntsman World Senior Games ID at the venue check-in on the first day of each event.
  • Tournament format may need to be adjusted at the discretion of the Directors based on registrations.
  • If courts are available, the time prior to the scheduled play can be used as a warm up..
  • 4-person play two teammates at each end of court and roll 2 balls each; Mens and Womens Doubles play with one teammate at each end of the court and roll 4 balls each. Any Doubles will have all players at the same end and rolling 2 balls each, changing ends between frames. In Singles, opponents will be at the same end and roll 4 balls, and at the the opposite end, two more single opponents will play each other and roll 4 balls each.
  • Depending on the number of teams registered for an event, the games will be adjusted by limiting frames per game or by putting time limits on a game.
  • Court monitors will be present for all games. The monitor will do/supervise the measuring. If asked, they can offer an opinion. In case of a dispute, court monitors will make the final decision.
  • One set of bocce balls and one measuring device will be provided per court. Personal balls are NOT allowed.
  • Each team must have a captain. The captain will appoint an End Captain for the opposite end of the court. Captains/end captains will keep score for his/her team and will call a monitor to settle a dispute or to help with measuring. Captain, end captain, or appointee will determine who rolls the next ball in a frame and call points. No other player is allowed on the court or past the center line from their respective end.
  • Courts are artificial turf and pad on cement. FOR THE SAFETY OF EVERYONE PRESENT, No VOLO, RAFFA or RUNNING THROWS are allowed.
  • Score cards must be signed by both team captains and will be handed in to the official scorekeeper at the end of each game with the winning team points and losing team points.
  • Winners will be determined first by number of wins made by a team and in case of a tie, the number of points earned. If there is still a tie, the number of points opponents scored against the team (fewer is better) will be used.
  • At the end of the week a Mens and Women's Best Overall Medal will be awarded to the man and woman who have won the most games throughout the week. If a tie exists, medals will be awarded to all participants who tie.

MEDALS: Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals will be awarded to the top finishers at the end of each event. At the end of the week, the man and the woman who have won the most games will be awarded a Best overall medal. If a tie exists, medals will be awarded to all athletes who tie.


The rules listed are those which have been modified for the HWSG Bocce events. Anyone wishing to see the complete USBF Open Rules should go to

Starting the Game!
Begin the game with a flip of a coin between the captains of each team.  The winner of the coin toss may choose to either roll first or pick the color of the ball.

Foul Lines
If a player commits a foot foul while in the act of setting the pallino or rolling a ball, the monitor should be notified and a warning is issued for the first offense. Should the same player foul again, the rolled ball is removed from play and all struck balls are returned to their approximate original positions.

 The Game

  • There should always be two players, one from each team, on the court at all times to roll a ball.. The player waiting to roll a ball should be behind the player rolling the ball and out of the way.
  • Only one person from each team (at the opposite end of the court from play) may enter the court between rolls for the purpose of calling points. The monitor will supervise any requested measurement. All other players must remain at their respective end and out of the court. If the monitor  issues a warning and more than one player from the offending team continues to be on the court, one of the offending teams's balls (rolled or not rolled) will be removed by the non-offending team.
  • Balls may be measured at anytime. If balls of opposing teams are too close to call, a measurement will be made. If balls are tied, the last team to roll a ball must roll until the tie is broken. If after all balls are rolled and there is still a tie, no points are awarded. Play resumes at the end of the court with the team last scoring rolling the pallino.
  • In the event a ball is moved during a measurement, the balls are returned to approximate positions, and the monitor will make the call.


  • Game points will be determined by the directors based on the number of entries.

Rolling for Points

  • Three types of shooting are NOT ALLOWED on Bocce courts for Safety Reasons.
    • Raffa (aka spock or hit) - the act of forcefully throwing a ball at the pallino or another ball to move it out of position or throwing a ball without contacting the ground first in order to hit a target ball is prohibited.
    • Volo - the act of lofting the ball in the air attempting to hit the target is prohibited.
    • Running Throws
  • Balls may not be lofted above shoulder height on SunRiver courts.
  • Balls may be rolled fast but not with force or lofted above shoulder height on courts. If any player throws a ball with enough force to cause any ball to leave the court, the non-offending team will receive 2 pts and the frame is finished. Play continues at the opposite end of the court.

Late arrivals, substitutions, delays, etc.

  • In case a player cannot attend for health or personal reasons and the captain cannot find a substitute (please check partner Finder at, A director should be notified. The directors will try to find a substitute for the player.
  • A team not present within 10 minutes of a scheduled start time of the game will forfeit the game. The opposing team will be declared the winner and receive game points.
  • No substitutes will be allowed during play.
  • In the event a player must leave a game in progress, the game continues with that team playing shorthanded and minus the appropriate number of balls.
  • If a team drops out before the completion of their event, the team's remaining games are forfeited and the opposing teams will receive the game points for the event.
  • Repeated "conferences" and other intentional delays during a frame are discouraged and should be brought to the attention of a monitor. If the monitor issues a warning and delays continue, one of the offending team's balls (rolled or not rolled) will be removed from the court by the non-offending team.