PLAYING THE GAME OF ICEBOCCE
World Icebocce Association.
ICEBOCCE TERMS and DEFINITIONS:
Advantage - The team throwing the jack is said to have "jack advantage" because they get to place the jack where they want it on the court and have a clear shot to place the first disk.
Backboards - The shorter court walls at each end of the court. Sometimes called endboards or backwalls.
Banking - Throwing the disk such that it hits and bounces off the sideboards towards the jack.
Icebocce - Proper name of the game of Icebocce which is a combination of several games. It associates parts of Curling, Bocce, Burling, Ice Stock Sport known as Bavarian curling (Eisstockschiessen) and Shuffle Board.
Icebocce Disks – Eight small round/curved edged disks 6 9/16 inches (166.69 millimeters) in diameter x 2 ½ inches (63.5 millimeters) in depth, weighing 48oz (1360.78 grams) with a 4 inch (101.6 millimeters) high handle attached to it. They are slid toward a jack to score points. The disks are of 2 distinct colors, four each color (red and blue). Icebocce Disks are sometimes referred to as "Curls".
Captain - The person on a team designated to coach and make all team decisions during a game.
Coin-toss - The initial flip of a coin at the start of a game to determine which team throws the jack the first time and chooses the color of the team's disks.
Court - The rectangular playing area defined by a backboard at each end and two sideboards with a level and smooth playing surface.
Court Icebocce - A sport played on a standard court consisting of a rectangular playing area defined by a backboard at each end and two sideboards with a level and smooth playing surface.
Dead Disk - A dead disk is a disk removed from play during a frame for reasons defined in the game rules.
End Captain - The person designated by the captain to coach and make team decisions at their end of the court.
Footwear - Shoes with smooth soles, like sneakers, that will not damage the ice playing surface.
Foul - An act committed by a thrower that violates the game rules. A team/player is penalized as specified in the rules for committing a foul.
Forfeit - The action taken against a team that does not have at least 2 players to start a game at the designated start time or refuses to complete a game for any reason.
Frame - The playing of all the disks in one direction and the awarding of points. After points are awarded a new frame starts in the opposite direction. Frames are played until sufficient points are accumulated to win the game.
(red or blue) GO - Direction given by the referee to the team designated to throw the next disk.
Half Court Marker – A line marked on the sideboards/court surface exactly halfway between the two backboards.
Hitting or Striking - A declared underhand bowling type hard throw directly at the disks on the court to purposely hit and move an opponent's disk or the jack. Sometimes called smashing, shooting, bombing, knocking, slamming, banging or pounding.
Hitting Foul Line – The second foul line marked on the sideboards/court surface 10 feet from each backboard behind which the disks thrown hard to hit and move other disks or the jack must be released. This allows for a running delivery to gain momentum on the disk. Sometimes called the striking, shooting, bombing, knocking, slamming, banging or pounding foul line.
Illegal Movement - A legally thrown disk is moved from its resting position by a player or referee.
In-bound Lines - Lines marked on the sideboards/backboards/court surface to define the 12 inch boundary for the initial jack throw.
In Team - The team who has the closest disk to the jack.
(red or blue) IN - Information given by the referee to the players as to which team has the "IN" disk.
Interference - A legally thrown disk is interfered with while moving by someone or something not on the playing surface before the throw.
Jack - A small hard rubber disc 3 inches (76 millimeters) in diameter, 1 inch (25millimeters) depth and weigh 6oz (76 grams) used as a target disc for throwing the disks at. Sometimes referred to as "object jack". The jack is sometimes referred to as the "Puck".
Kiss - A term that describes the condition where the disk is touching the jack.
Lagging or Pointing - The underhand throwing action of a player to slid the disk as close to the jack as possible to score points. Throwing styles vary from player to player.
League- A league is a group of Icebocce teams playing a prescribed number of matches or games over a set period of time with records kept to determine a winning team.
Live Disk - A live disk is a disk legally in play on the surface of the court.
Measure - The act of measuring the distance between the jack and the disk to determine which team's disks are the closest to the jack.
No Point or Tie - This is when the closest disk of both teams are equidistant from the jack. The team delivering the last disk must throw again or if all disks have been played no points are awarded for that frame.
Opponents - The two teams on the court who are competing against each other.
Out Team - The team who does not have the closest disk to the jack.
Puck – A small hard rubber disc used as a target disc for throwing the disks at. Sometimes referred to as "object puck" or jack.
Penalty - Action taken against a team or player for violating game rules.
Pointing or Lagging - The underhand throwing action of a player to slide the disk as close to the jack as possible to score points. Throwing styles vary from player to player.
Pointing Foul Line - The first foul line marked on the sideboards/court surface 6 feet from each backboard behind which the jack and disks slide point must be released. Sometimes called the lagging, throwing, pitch, tossing, lunching or fall foul line.
Referee - An independent official that enforces all game rules, directs play, determines the "in team", makes measurements, and determines team points for each frame.
Scoreboard - Numbers 1 through 12 arranged similar to a clock face with an arrow pointing to the score for the red or blue team. The scoreboard can be a single set of numbers with a red and blue arrow or a separate set of numbers for each color.
Sideboards - The longer court walls parallel to the direction of throwing.
Social Icebocce - Social Icebocce is basically a group of people getting together and forming temporary teams for the day to play the game but not in a scheduled league or tournament play.
Striking or Hitting - A declared underhand bowling type hard throw directly at the disks on the court to purposely hit and move an opponent's disk or the jack. Sometimes called smashing, shooting, bombing, knocking, slamming, banging or pounding.
Substitute - Extra players on the team or on the league roster that replace a regular player.
Team - A team on the court has 4 players maximum and 2 players minimum with each player throwing 2 to 4 disks. A team may have one or more substitute (alternate) players on the team.
Tournament - A tournament is a group of Icebocce Teams playing matches or games over a set period of time with losing teams being eliminated until a single winning team remains.
Volo - A high arcing throw of a disk in the air beyond the center line of the court. Volo shooting in court Icebocce is not permitted because of safety considerations and to prevent damage to the courts.