2020 Season Cancelled


I hope that you and your families are all doing well.

I’ll get right to it. The board met earlier this week, and after reasoned deliberation, unanimously decided to cancel the 2020 bocce season. The board does not foresee an immediate future in which getting together on the courts is going to be safe for our players, particularly with many in the league being in a high risk population. The safety of our players is our top priority.  We are also cancelling the July tournament. The remainder of your 2020 registration fees will be refunded in the near future.

I look forward to when we can put this crisis behind us and have a happy community celebration with everyone down on the courts. Until then, please stay safe and let’s look forward to the 2021.

2020 Season Start Postponed


We’re going to postpone the start of the season until later this summer. We’re going to refund half the registration fees at this time (not including the $10/player fee for now). We’ll reevaluate as the situation evolves. And if the entire season needs to be cancelled, we will refund the rest.

At this time, the Tournament is still tentatively planned for July 11-12. But, we’1ll need to play that one by ear as well. Feel free to optimistically sign up, as we’re not collecting fees up front.

The safety of our players and community is our top priority during this time. If getting on the courts is at all risky, we will not hesitate to cancel the season. But, hopefully we see a return to normalcy soon enough, and bocce can be a happy reunion for friends and family. Until then, please stay safe.

Capo Information 2020 - Capo Meeting Cancelled for COVID-19


In light of general guidance around COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), we are going to cancel the Capo Meeting this year. At this time we are still planning to hold the season as scheduled, particularly because we are still many weeks out from Opening Day (April 26th). But, please keep an eye out for further news as that date approaches.

Instead of holding a Capo Meeting, we're putting all the information online. We ask for all team capo and co-capos to review the following information.

In the event that the season will be held as planned, we are looking into measures to provide a safe environment down on the courts. In the event that the season needs to be cancelled, we will develop a policy to refund registration fees. Though, we will look into potential middle ground, such as a shortened schedule. We don’t want to wait all the way until 2021 to roll! ;)

Thank you for your understanding. And as usual, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to to send us an email at info@beniciabocce.org.


This year, we had just a few changes on the board. Matt DeClaire continues as President for 2020. Zac Van Blake decided to step down as Vice President, however, he remains a member of the board.Greg Richey is holding the VP position in interim, until we can find someone to take it on permanently. John Van Blake continues on as Treasurer. Gale Sequeira decided to retire. We thank Gale so much for her help, particularly in helping to revamp the shed organization. We have a new member, Lynn Hannafin. That brings the board to the following:

  1. Matt DeClaire - President, Secretary
  2. Greg Richey - Interim Vice President
  3. John Van Blake - Treasurer
  4. Ron Kane
  5. Scott Reep
  6. Zac Van Blake
  7. Steve Pieroni
  8. Beth Szabo
  9. Lynn Hannafin

We are on the hunt (as usual) for more board members. We've got some folks that have given more than their share of service, and are looking to retire. We could particularly use members with expertise in any of of the following:

  • legal
  • banking and accounting
  • web development
  • social media
  • communications


We continue to operate in a surplus, allowing us to accelerate payments on the loans for the new courts. More info on that to come. It also allows us to save for much desired improvements, such as shade, better lighting, and court surface improvements.


Most of the dates have been posted, but we have now finalized the date for this year’s tournament. Below are all the important dates for review.

  • Opening Day: Sunday, April 26
  • Tournament: July 11-12
  • Year End Celebration: Aug. 29
  • Playoffs: Sept. 9-19

If you are interested in the tournament, find out more information here:


Schedules for each division, as well as individual teams are available online. Simply find your division in the nav under Schedule. From the division schedule, use the team selector to find individual team schedules.


We’ve got a few standard announcements. Typically, the shed code is given out to capos during the Capo Meeting. We’ve now put it online, but are still only making it available to capos and co-capos at this time. Capos can get the shed online at beniciabocce.org/shed-code

We’ve made adjustments to the website such that capos and co-capos can see contact information for players on other teams. Just be sure to remember to log in, and then navigate to any team to see player email addresses and phone numbers.

This year we are introducing some alternative ball colors. We’re going to have one or two sets of yellow and black bocce balls. The idea is that these balls will particularly help with color blind players. They might also help when players are having a hard time distinguishing balls during twilight hours. Give them a try and let us know how it goes. Please give priority to color blind players.

Last year we introduced telescoping measuring devices. While we had mixed reviews, the biggest issue is that we no longer know where they are… So, if you can find one, and the other team capo agrees, you can still use these devices.

We will not be posting scores and standings in the shed this year. It was simply too much overhead, and it was always out of date compared to the online standings.


And finally, we have some reminders.

We had some confusion around rainouts in the beginning of last season. We’re going to adhere more closely to the City guidance on rainouts. The City of Benicia makes the call if matches are rained out. And that call is not made until the day of, typically in the afternoon. If we receive a call cancelling play we will post that information on the website and send an email to the Capos and Co-Capos. If your match is cancelled, you should go online to begin the process of rescheduling, https://www.beniciabocce.org/reschedule. So, unless an email goes out notifying teams of a rain out, matches are still as scheduled.

Rescheduling is done online by capos and co-capos only. Find your match in the schedule and hit the Reschedule button. 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.

A reminder about Disputes. 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.

Shed cleanliness is important. It’s fairly easy to just throw all the equipment into the shed at the end of the match. But, we’ve had equipment get damaged this way, particularly the brooms and chairs. We’ve organized and labeled where equipment belongs in the shed. Please take the extra few minutes to replace equipment where it belongs.

A copy of the rules will be posted in the shed. But, they are also conveniently available online at beniciabocce.org/rules.

And some final, but simple reminders. Home teams need to prep the courts, and need to arrive early enough to do so and include practice time. 45 minutes early is a good idea. Don’t drop the hose nozzles on the court. The concrete is very unforgiving, and we had a lot of issues with it last season. And… hey everybody. Don’t be jerks.


That’s quite a lot to sit down and read. And I don’t have you all as a captive audience this year, so I’m trusting you all to read through it.

If you have any questions at all, feel free to send them to info@beniciabocce.org

2020 Registration Results


Our registration period for the 2020 season is complete. Through both some attrition and new teams, we’ve ended up with the same number of teams as last year, 63 teams with 628 players.

As you all know, we had proposed a new division on Saturday this year. Unfortunately, we did not have enough teams to support it. While we did have new teams, the attrition counterbalanced that, so we will not have the Saturday division. Though, those time slots will be available for rescheduling missed games.

You can view the team divisions placements online. You can find each division schedule in the navigation. And from the division schedule, you can select the schedule for an individual team.

check out team placements

Please double check your schedule. Most teams have one or two irregular timed matches scheduled so that we can fit it all in before Labor Day. We tried to avoid double headers this year by utilizing our new Saturday morning time slots.

Also, get a head start on rescheduling any matches your team will not be able to attend: www.beniciabocce.org/reschedule

Remember to get all your players to sign their waivers. If you are still looking for extra players, check out the BBL - Find a Team Facebook group. Leave a post there and you may get some bites.

Opening Day is (now) Sunday April 26. Get excited!

2020 Registration Date


Time flies through the Holiday Season, but it’s time to start thinking about next year! Benicia Bocce League 2020 registration opens on Jan. 18th at 12pm. So, get your team together and ready, and have your Capo register that Saturday. (No more midnight registrations!) Registration will close on March 7th, at 12pm. But, don’t procrastinate!

Register online

For 2020, we’re planning to add a new division, Saturday mornings at 9am. We sadly had to turn away teams last year, and we don’t want to have to do that again if we have enough new sign ups.

As usual, when you register, you’ll pick the top three divisions you’d like to play in. Division placements will be made after registration closes, and will use the following priorities, with ties go to the first to register.

  1. Top priority goes to returning teams that are staying in their division.
  2. Second priority goes to returning teams that are moving to a different division.
  3. Third priority goes to new teams being formed by returning players.
  4. Last priority goes to completely new teams.

Prices this year remain the same, $350 per team, plus $10 per player. Team sizes are again from 6 to 12 players.

Here are some important dates for 2020:

  • Registration: Jan. 18, 12pm to Mar. 7, 12pm
  • Capo Meeting: Sat. Apr. 4, 10am
  • Opening Day: Sat. Apr. 25
  • Blackout dates
    • Memorial Day: May 22 - 25
    • Independence Day: July 1 - 7
  • Year End Celebration: Sat. Aug. 29
  • Playoffs: Sep. 9 - 19

We’ll send out another reminder for registration in a few weeks, with some more info for the season. But, put it down on your calendar, registration opens on Jan. 18th, and start getting organized. If you need extra players, or are an extra yourself, check out the BBL - Find a Team Facebook group. 

We’re looking forward to another great season.

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