How do I join the league?

Benicia Bocce League holds one season per year, running roughly from May to September. In order to join the league, you'll need to either create your own team during open registration, or find a team to join.

How do I create a team?

When registration is open, typically early in the calendar year, register your team online. To get notified when registration is open, sign up to receive our newsletter.

In order register a team, you'll need at least six players, and at most twelve. An email address and phone number are required for both the capo (captain) and co-capo. Though, it is recommended you provide an email address for all your players, as that allows for the waiver to be emailed directly to them. If you aren't exactly sure who will be playing on your team, don't worry. You will be able to make changes to your team's roster after registration through the third week of the season. Just make sure you will have at least six players. If you don't have enough people, check out the Facebook Group we've created to get free players in touch with the teams that need them.

Each season is divided into several divisions, each playing on a different night of the week. You'll also need to make three picks for which divisions you would like to be placed in. See division placement for more information on how your team will be placed.

Fees are due at the time of registration. The cost is $350 per team, plus $10 per player. Keep in mind that our league has become popular, so we may not be able to accept all new teams each year. If we are not able to accommodate your team, your registration fees will be refunded.

How do I join a team?

The league does not place players directly on teams. We've found it creates a much healthier dynamic on the teams if they self organize. If you are looking for a team to join, check out the Facebook Group we've created to get free players in touch with the teams that need them. Of course, you're free to find a team any way you'd like.

How do I pick a division for my team?

See How do I create a team for more information about registration is done online during an open registration period before the start of the season. During registration, you will pick the top three divisions your team would like. At the end of the registration period, division placements will be made with the following priorities:

  1. First priority is given to returning teams that are staying in their previous division.
  2. Next priority goes to returning teams that are moving divisions.
  3. Followed by new teams that are created by returning players. (Sometimes teams grow and split.)
  4. Finally, new teams have last priority.

Ties are broken by registration date, so it helps to register as early as possible.

How do waivers work?

All the players on a team are required to sign a waiver of liability before the team can play. This is done electronically on the website. When you register your team, an email will be sent to each of your players with a link to sign their waiver. As the capo, if you do not provide an email address for a player, you must get a link to the player's waiver from the website, and are repsonible for getting your player to sign their waiver.

How will I know if a match is cancelled due to rain?

We to adhere more closely to the City guidance on rainouts. The City of Benicia makes the call on if matches are rained out. And that call is not made until the day of, typically in the afternoon. So, unless an email goes out notifying teams of a rain out, matches are still as scheduled. That means the typical rescheduling rules apply.

How do I reschedule a match?

Rescheduling is done online by capos and co-capos only. Find your match in the schedule and hit the Reschedule button. Alternatively, go to this page to see a list of matches you are able to reschedule. You’ll see a calendar of alternative dates. Pick ALL the dates that your team can play, not just the one you want. The capos on the other team will be emailed and will see a list of dates you’ve given them. If one of those dates works for them, they will select it, the match will be rescheduled, and both teams will be notified. As you can see, providing as many dates as possible makes it more likely the opposing team will be able to find one that works for them.

The rules were broken during a match, and the capos can't agree what to do next.

If you believe the rules to have been broken during a match, and you can’t work it out with the opposing team capo, it’s important to continue playing the match under protest. You can then bring your dispute to the board, where the Rules Committee will evaluate. Please do not abandon the match, or your team will forfeit.