2022 Season Details

4/2/2022

Here are some important details for the coming season.

Board

Here is your board for the year:

  • President: Matt DeClaire
  • Vice President: Jorge Castaneda
  • Treasurer: John Van Blake
  • Secretary: Jenny Castaneda
  • Directors: Greg Richey, Ron Kane, Scott Reep, Zac Van Blake, Beth Szabo, Steve Pieroni, Lynn Hannafin

Covid-19

We are generally back to normal, without the restrictions we had in place last year. I'm sure you've noticed that we have extra content. Please read that carefully before you sign your waiver. Please perform home health checks before coming to the courts. If you have a cough or a fever greater than 100.4°, remain at home. Sanitizer will continue to be available in the sheds, but is not required this year.

Key Dates

  • Opening Day - Sunday, April 24th
  • Last day for roster changes - May 14th
  • Blackout weekends
    • Memorial Day - May 27th - 30th
    • Independence Day - July 1st - 4th
  • Tournament - Saturday, July 23rd
  • End of Year Celebration - Saturday, Sept. 10th
  • Playoffs - Sept. 6th - 17th



2022 Season

3/17/2022

We’ve completed the registration, division placement, and scheduling process. You can see it all online.


Benicia Bocce League 2022 - Division Placements


Please take a look at your team’s schedule, and use the rescheduling process to handle any matches that don’t work for your team. Take special note of the handful of matches that aren’t scheduled on your normal day of the week.


The Capo Meeting is scheduled for April 2nd at 10am. We’re going to hold the Capo Meeting virtually again this year. But, instead of simply using a one way livestream, we’re going to use a Zoom meeting so that folks can join and ask questions live. I’ll be sending information to capos shortly.


As usual, let us know if you have any questions, info@beniciabocce.org.


2022 Registration

1/15/2022

It’s time again. Registration opens in just a few weeks. This year we should be able to return to our normal format, doing away with the COVID precautions we had in place at the beginning of our 2021 season.

Registration will be open from Sat. Feb. 5th at noon, through Sat. Mar. 5th at noon. As usual, registration will be done here online at beniciabocce.org/registration. Be sure you have an account, know your password, and have your roster figured out when registration opens. If you are looking for a team to join, or more players for your own team, head over to the BBL - Find a Team Facebook group.

We’ll send out more information about key dates and events in the near future.

One note about registration priority: As you likely recall, in 2021, in order to not pressure teams to play when they were uncomfortable, the League let teams skip the season without losing priority. So this year, first priority will go to teams who played (way back!) in 2019. Beyond that, registration priority will work as normal.

We’re happy to get rolling again this year.


2021 Playoffs

8/29/2021

I’ve got some information for you about Playoffs. And I also have some reminders I’d like everyone to check out.

Playoffs

We’re going to have a full single-elimination playoff bracket this year, as we have in the past. Matches will be played in five rounds. All matches will start at 6pm, except for the Championship, which will start at 4pm.

  • Round 1: Tue. through Fri., Sept. 7-10th, 6pm
  • Round 2: Mon. and Tue., Sept. 13-14th, 6pm
  • Round 3: Wed. Sept. 15th, 6pm
  • Round 4: Fri., Sept. 17th, 6pm
  • Finals: Sun. Sept. 19th, 4pm

The top four teams from each division, plus four wildcard teams, will advance to the finals. Seeding of the bracket is predetermined. You can check out the details online.

https://www.beniciabocce.org/playoffs

Reminders

We’ve had a number of folks write in with questions. So, here are a few reminders for everyone to keep in mind.

  • Keep it friendly. Folks need to stay friendly out there. Remember that this is a casual league of players looking to have a good time with neighbors. There aren’t any scouts in the stands. So, if you feel yourself getting a bit heated, please take a step back to regain some perspective. It seems this is worth at least one reminder every year. So, here it is.
  • Kids on courts. We’ve got a lot more teams with kids these days than we did early in the history of the league. We think it’s great, as it reflects the family oriented nature of our small town. That being said, the kids can’t run wild. Please keep your children from distracting players during their games. Kids darting in between players, and up and down the courts can be a lot. (My kids are on the offenders’ list here. I’ll be buttoning it up.) And please keep the kids from too much “sandbox” time after matches. It’s tough to keep the courts in a solid condition through the season.
  • Music. There aren’t any rules against playing music down on the courts. That being said, music travels. So, please keep the volume such that the music is only enjoyed by your party.
  • Rescheduling. The reschedule process is meant to be used well ahead of time. We’re at the end of the season, so this doesn’t apply as much. But, next season, please review your schedule and identify any matches you need to move early on. It is not intended that you use the reschedule process at the last minute. That being said, we all want to play. So, we should all still work together to make every match happen. Further, we rely on the City on whether to close courts due to conditions. If you haven’t heard from us, the game is on. But, you are free to meet with the capos of the other team to determine if you’d like to reschedule on the spot.

That’s it. As always, let me know if you have any questions. info@beniciabocce.org



COVID-19 Update

6/13/2021

The California Department of Public Health has recently released new guidance effective on June 15th. We encourage everyone to read the document entirely. But, the most impactful change for our league is related to physical distancing.

Physical distancing requirements are expected to be lifted on June 15th. The previous requirement was the main reason we were only playing on two courts. So, we’re happy to announce that we’ll soon be scheduling additional matches on courts one and three. We’re in the process of drafting these additional matches, which will tentatively start on Tuesday, July 6th.

While we’re excited to add matches to the schedule, we need to plan for the possibility that the guidance may change after June 15th. So, we’ll be watching closely during the two weeks after the changes go into effect. If all is well by the end of June, we’ll leave the extra matches on the schedule. But, in the worst case scenario, we may need to cancel them. Expect to hear back from us on July 1st. That being said, we’re optimistic, and we’d like to get the new schedule in your hands as soon as possible to accommodate any of your other plans this summer.

You can go online today to review the newly added matches. We recognize that many players have likely made plans during the times they weren’t scheduled to play. For that we’ll use our rescheduling system. Team capos should review their team availability, then go online to reschedule matches necessary ahead of time.

The masking guidelines have changed, even as of today. The June 15th memo continues the current guidelines on masking, which allows for fully vaccinated individuals to go without masks outdoors, but still requires unvaccinated individuals to wear a mask. We are adopting those same guidelines within our league, effective immediately.

We are also removing the surface related restrictions. Hand sanitizer and the option to use two sets of balls are now optional.

While these changes bring things a bit back to normal, please remember that not everyone is in the same situation. Please respect others’ choices to continue with safety precautions. Further, everyone visiting the courts should continue to perform a self health check before arrival. If you are experiencing COVID associated symptoms, or have had a positive test in the past two weeks, please stay home.

Additionally, we are pushing back the traditional three-week period for making roster changes. You can now make additional roster changes through July 1st.

As always, send any questions you may have to info@beniciabocce.org.

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