Bocce Court Size


THE COURT suggested for a backyard , is an area approximately 12' wide by 60' long. Although this is the recommended backyard court size, variations are acceptable provided the foul lines and in-bound markers are clearly established.
The court surface may be compacted dirt, clay, crushed oyster shell or artificial surface providing there are no permanent or temporary obstructions in the court that would interfere with the straight line delivery of a bocce from any direction.
The side and end walls of the court may be composed of any material that would not move during play and be at least as high as the bocce balls. The side or end walls may be utilized for bank shots or rebound shots

For court construction details of this non synthetic type I suggest you go over to our good friend Tom McNutts site at He mixes and ships a great blend of oyster shell, perfect for an all weather court and is a wealth of knowledge on court construction.

All courts should be clearly marked for the following:

A 1' from side boards - in bounds for first throw of jack.
B 3' from back boards - in bounds for first throw of jack.
C 4' from back boards - foul line for pointing. Distance may vary provided foul lines are clearly marked.
D 9' from back boards - foul lines for spocking or hitting. Distance may vary provided foul lines are clearly marked.
E Half court marker - minimum distance jack may be thrown on first throw of jack.

Courts may have additional minimum distance markers for jack which would overrule half-court markers. During the course of play, the position of the jack may change as a result of normal play; however, the jack may never come to rest closer than the half point marker or frame is considered dead.

Recommended dimensions for a backyard court are 12' x 60' ( 60 ft is a common width of many city plots so is a good size for across a back yard )
True competition courts are approx 90' x 14' clearly much longer and more difficult to fit in a back yard.

Dotted lines represent IMAGINARY lines drawn between court markers. Marks can be painted on top of wooden sides and used as sight lines.