Mind the Rules

Jun 18, 2014

Hi All -

Just a quick reminder that it might be a good idea to hone up on the game rules if it’s been a while since you read them.  Although our games are usually pretty casual it’s still important to keep them in mind so game play if as fair as possible.

One rule that should always be followed, for example, is to make sure no two of the same players should be tossing in consecutive frames, unless otherwise agreed by both teams at the beginning of the game. This rules is put into place to ensure fairness for both teams so that an advantage isn’t given to one or two players that may be more skilled than other teammates. Teammates should only toss on every other frame or should at least alternate in the case of 3 players.

The full list of rules can be found on the website. Let me know if you have any questions!

Bocce Scores

Jun 5, 2014

Hey everyone! Thanks for sending in your bocce scores! Sorry the site is a little out of date at the moment, I’ll try to get scores updated soon! In the meantime enjoy this animated how-to video. It actually has a good tip on figuring out who goes first!


May 14, 2014

Apparently this happened during the first game yesterday…

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This season is already getting DANGEROUS!

I believe this ball was from the green bag set, so for the time being you’ll have to borrow the set in the wooden box. I’ll try to get another set soon.


Apr 30, 2014

Despite welcoming winter back this last part of April, this season is off to a great start! I believe it’s the first time since 2010 that we’ve been able to complete opening day without a rainout! Of course today’s rain in combination of the freezing cold wind is enough to make anyone stay inside (I’m certainly not sticking around tonight). Well here’s to all you troopers the past couple of days. Look at that dedication…


Oh, and by the way, I’d like to introduce you to our new measuring strings – complete with a handy clip – for all you close call balls. Any bets as to how long it’ll be before they end up missing?


Cold and Rain

Apr 29, 2014

Well sadly this week’s weather isn’t quite what we had hoped. It’s definitely a cold one today and it’s looking like rain tomorrow so it’s rally up to you if you want to try and play.

I’ll be sending all team captains a list of contact info for this purpose. Just remember that any game cancelled should try to be rescheduled at a later (non game day) date.

Let’s hope for some better (warmer) weather ahead in May!

Opening Day Inspiration

Apr 28, 2014

Happy Opening Day!

Here’s some inspiration from last year to help get you going.

Bocce Begins Monday

Apr 26, 2014

Dust off your bocce shoes because we start Monday! Balls will be available at Bodega Malasana but I’ll be at the court raking it out in preparation for the first teams arrival. See you then and good luck to all!

2014 PDBL

Apr 16, 2014

Coming soon to a court near you.

The Kings of Bocce

Sep 2, 2013

1st Place
I probably don’t need to tell you who took first place at the final tournament this year. You’ve been hearing tales of their might all season long, tales that do not lie. Congratulation (once again) Team Tony (Danza) on your terrific win this season. You are the 3 time PDBL gold medal winners and a true force to be reckoned with! You now hold the grand title of PDBL Bocce Masters!

2nd Place
Of course a first place victory would have been just a tad bit sweeter for the team finishing 2nd this year, considering all the many years since it’s formation. Yet I still couldn’t be prouder of the fantastic job done by my very own Sandy Balls! Getting a chance to keep one of these medals this year is just awesome! I really couldn’t have rigged it any better!

3rd Place
And no one can forget about the team finishing third this year, for a second year in a row, Mission Imbocceball! I don’t know if there was ever a team that’s been so nonchalant about kicking serious ass on the court. You guys really make it look easy out there and I know we’re not done seeing the likes of you!

Last but not least, although not placing in yesterday’s tournament, a big shout out to Bocce Ya Self, who brought some real talent into the league this year! These last few games were not easily decided and you guys did a fantastic job bringing the heat. It really could have been anyone this year. We looking forward to see what you’ll be able to accomplish next year!

Thanks to everyone who participated in the league this year, it was really a huge success and always a lot of fun! Stay tuned for news about next season as there should be some slight changes and we’ll hopefully be back bigger and better ready and waiting to see just who might be able to take the grand title away from Team Tony (Danza)!

Final Games On!

Aug 30, 2013

Despite some massive thunderstorms last night and residual showers this morning, the sun is beginning to shine and it’s supposed to stay dry for a while. Welcome to the PDBL 2013 Finals! After yesterday’s semi-final games we have 4 teams that are moving forward to the final championship tournament today. These teams are: Mission Imbocceball, Team Tony (Danza), Bocce Ya Self and Sandy Balls. Congratulations to everyone moving on and to everyone who played so valiantly up to this point!

Today’s games determine our 2013 Champion (and of course 1st, 2nd and 3rd runners up). Each team will play 2 games to determine this order, with the first two games paving he the way to victory. The first two games are:

Mission Imbocceball vs. Team Tony (Danza)
and Bocce Ya Self vs. Sandy Balls

Winner to be announced soon! God luck everyone!

Rally the Troops!

Aug 25, 2013

It’s going to be a long week of bocce!

First I’m happy to announce the final rankings which you’ll see posted in the right sidebar of this site. These ranks were generated by meticulously reviewing all the data from the regular season, which included wins, losses, played games and individual match wins (in the event of stat ties). Congratulations to everyone on a terrific bocce season! Considering how many rain-outs we had to endure there didn’t end up being too many missed matches.

Now as for the tournament is concerned, I must admit that I messed up when configuring time allotted for the final games. Unfortunately I used a bracket that only fit the number of teams in the league last year which was 4 less than what we have this year. This means that we’re going to have to squeeze in two extra days (4 games) into the schedule this week in order to keep up on track for the weekend finals.

Here’s how it’s going to work: 

The top 8 teams will automatically move on to the 2nd and 3rd round of semi-finals, with teams ranked 1-4 having two byes and teams ranked 5-8 having only one bye. This leaves the bottom 8 teams to face off, with the winners of each match moving on to face the teams waiting in both next rounds. This is a single elimination tournament which means if you lose you’re out.

I know this is sort of short notice for you to get a whole team together for each match. I really hope that you’ll all be able to participate. As always having at least 3 or 4 players for each match is ideal however I’ll be hanging around every day and know we can probably pick up a couple of other local boys / girls to be alternates if need be.

Rally the troops! Game-on! See you Monday!

You can keep an eye on the playoff bracket here.

For all the glory!

Aug 22, 2013

Just a sneak peak for all the glory…

Bring it On!

Aug 18, 2013

As you all know all regularly scheduled  games have come to a close. With only a week left of make-up games, we're getting down to the nitty-gritty. The ultimate goal is to have all game scores reported by Thursday, August 22nd at the latest. This includes all no-shows and forfeits which will be considered a loss. However If you've been in talks with anther team trying to reschedule but collectively haven't been able to do so, you may both agree to call it a “wash” where neither team will be credited for win/loss. This still slightly counts against both team's rank, however it is much better than having a loss.

Tournament Time

Here's how it will work. Each team gets a fair shot at the gold. The top 4 teams with the best combined WIN and PLAYED numbers get an automatic pass to move on to the Semi-Final round on Saturday, August  31tst. This means that the remaining 8 teams will be matched against each other, based on their rankings, in a Quarter-Final Match on either Tuesday, August 27 or Wednesday, August 28. The winners of each respective matches will move on to challenge the other 4 teams in the next round. The playoffs are held as a single elimination tournament. Basically if you lose a game you're out but if you win you move on to face the next team. Teams are bracketed based on your regular season record. See the “PLAYOFFS” link above to see the bracket. We will be filling in team names to the bracket after determining ranks after all final games are recorded.

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There will be two back-to-back Quarter-Final games on Tuesday and Wednesday (just like in the regular season). Please report your win/loss immediately after the game. The Saturday games will begin at 12pm and I'll announce which teams will be playing and at roughly what time by Friday morning (latest) so you can plan accordingly. The winners of Saturday's games then move on to play in the Championship round on Sunday, with teams and times to be announced as early as possible.

Post Season Party and Hangout

Obviously it would be super-duper awesome to see teams come down to support their fellow bocce teams during all of these post-season games! I'll be hanging out at all the games so someone better come by and keep me company!


Per usual the top three teams after Sunday's Championship Tournament will receive validation for all their hard earned success. That validation will come in the form of a badass captain's trophy and authentic Italian-made Bocce medals and pins!!!!! I'll share photos once they arrive (all the way from Italy)! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns with this final schedule.

That's all for now. More later. See you on the court again very soon!


Everyone Gets a Chance!

Aug 15, 2013

The playoff tournament begins Tuesday, August 27th and you're all invited! The tournament takes place in 3 rounds with matches determined by the number of regular season game wins / games played. This is why it's uber important get those scores in by the deadline. As it is scheduled now the final tournament is scheduled for the weekend of 8/31 and 9/1, which happens to be Labor Day weekend. I'll have more specific information on the tournament within the next couple of days.

Time Flies / Balls Roll

Aug 11, 2013

It’s hard to believe but tomorrow is the last day of the regular season. Time flies when your having fun! Unfortunately this means that we’ve got to try and make-up all of the games we missed within the next couple of weeks in order to determine the final ranks going into the playoffs. Here are all the scores I’m currently missing. Let me know if you want to reserve a time on the calendar that’s still available. Feel free to use the weekends and really any time possible. All scores must be reported by August 22nd. I apologize if you’ve already reported some of these missing scores, I’ll make sure to get them in ASAP. Let me know if you have any questions. I’ll more information about the play-offs soon!

May 1, 2013 You think you know, bocce have no idea! – Bocc-Grabbers
May 8, 2013 Sandy Balls – Robot Ch’i
May 15, 2013 Bi-occe – Boccelism
May 15, 2013 You think you know, bocce have no idea! – Castration Station
May 20, 2013 Mission Imbocceball – Chewbocce
May 21, 2013 Bocc-Grabbers – Castration Station
June 3, 2013 Castration Station – The Rolling Stones
June 11, 2013 The Rolling Stones – Boccelism
June 11, 2013 Castration Station – Bi-occe
June 18, 2013 Bocce-licious – Bocce Job
June 19, 2013 Bi-occe – The Rolling Stones
July 9, 2013 Mission Imbocceball – Bocce Job
July 10, 2013 Boccelism – Bocc-Grabbers
July 16, 2013 Robot Ch’i – Bocc-Grabbers
July 17, 2013 Bocce Job – You think you know, bocce have no idea!
July 17, 2013 Bi-occe – Castration Station
July 23, 2013 Sandy Balls – Bi-occe
July 23, 2013 Team Tony (Danza) – The Rolling Stones
July 24, 2013 Pass the Bocce to the Left Hand Side – You think you know, bocce have no idea!
July 29, 2013 Pass the Bocce to the Left Hand Side – Bocc-Grabbers
August 5, 2013 Pass the Bocce to the Left Hand Side – Mission Imbocceball
August 6, 2013 Bocce-licious – Boccelism
August 7, 2013 Sandy Balls – Bocc-Grabbers

Heating Up…

Jul 7, 2013

Hope everyone in enjoying their 4th of July Weekend!

Things are certainly heating up with the weather and on the court. There have been some definitive splits in the standings with Team Tony (Danza), Deboccery and Bocce Ya Self leading the pack 4 wins each and Sandy Balls, Robot Ch'i and The Rolling Stones not far behind with 3 wins each. Of course these standing come in with far less then 100% games having been reported so this is still anyone's game! Which brings me to the current list of games that need to be reported:

May 1, 2013 You think you know, bocce have no idea! – Bocc-Grabbers
May 8, 2013 Sandy Balls – Robot Ch'i
May 15, 2013 Bi-occe – Boccelism
May 15, 2013 You think you know, bocce have no idea! – Castration Station
May 20, 2013 Mission Imbocceball – Chewbocce
May 21, 2013 Bocc-Grabbers – Castration Station
May 22, 2013 Pass the Bocce to the Left Hand Side – Chewbocce
June 3, 2013 Castration Station – The Rolling Stones
June 10, 2013 Pass the Bocce to the Left Hand Side – Mission Imbocceball
June 11, 2013 The Rolling Stones – Boccelism
June 11, 2013 Castration Station – Bi-occe
June 17, 2013 Robot Ch'i – Mission Imbocceball
June 18, 2013 Team Tony (Danza) – Pass the Bocce to the Left Hand Side
June 18, 2013 Bocce-licious – Bocce Job
June 19, 2013 Bi-occe – The Rolling Stones
June 19, 2013 Boccelism – You think you know, bocce have no idea!

It is very important to make up as many games as you can and get the scores in! The final standings determine seeding for the final tournament. The better you do in the regular season, the better chance you have of winning. Furthermore a team who has played more games than another team with the same number of wins will be ranked higher, even if they have more losses. We've got about six more weeks of regular season so let's make them count! Make sure to look at the updated schedule to find the rest of your games and we'll see you soon!

2nd Half Schedule

Jun 26, 2013

Hello Rollers –

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The rest of the schedule for the season has been posted. Check it out on the Schedule page. I'll get into how the finals work once we get a little closer. Don't forget to keep emailing me your scores and making up your missed games!



Rainouts / Rescheduling / Missing Games

Jun 13, 2013

Hello Teams -

As you know we’ve been rather unfortunate with the number of rainouts so far this season. I hope that once this storm clears it’ll be smooth sailing the rest of the way. There are a number of games that have been rained out over the past few weeks so I just wanted to remind everyone that they should be looking to reschedule these rainouts any time both teams are able to meet (on a non regular game night). The Movies on the Block have officially started last week but there’s still enough time to fit in 1 game prior to dusk when the movie starts. Of course Friday, Saturday and Sunday are also usually free for makeups. With the number of games that need to be made up I’d recommend trying to get these in before the end of the season or we’ll have trouble with scheduling makeups in the limited time allotted at the end of the regular season. In any case I will be creating a google document with available dates where each team can easily reserve specific dates specifically for makeups. This way we can be assured that 2 teams will not plan a makeup game on the same day. I’ll be sure to share this with you all soon. In the meantime please look at the list of game below where I have missing scores. I’m sure that some of these must have just gone unreported so please send me an email with scores if they have been played. Hopefully we can get the scoreboard updated to the best of our knowledge so we know the true rankings.

I trust that you’re having fun so far this season and look forward to seeing you all again soon!

May 1, 2013 The Rolling Stones – Bocce Ya Self
May 1, 2013 You think you know, bocce have no idea! – Bocc-Grabbers
May 8, 2013 Sandy Balls – Robot Ch’i
May 15, 2013 Bi-occe – Boccelism
May 15, 2013 You think you know, bocce have no idea! – Castration Station
May 20, 2013 Mission Imbocceball – Chewbocce
May 21, 2013 Bocc-Grabbers – Castration Station
May 22, 2013 Pass the Bocce to the Left Hand Side – Chewbocce
June 3, 2013 Castration Station – The Rolling Stones
June 3, 2013 Deboccery – Boccelism
June 10, 2013 Pass the Bocce to the Left Hand Side – Mission Imbocceball
June 11, 2013 The Rolling Stones – Boccelism
June 11, 2013 Castration Station – Bi-occe
June 12, 2013 Deboccery – You think you know, bocce have no idea!

2013 Teams Page

May 10, 2013

We’re pleased to officially introduce the 2013 PDBL Teams!

Please feel free to submit any photos that you have of your team and we’d be happy to put them up.

We are also accepting team logos which can be seen in various places on the site. Please size your logo to 100 x 100 pixels at 72 ppi – a PNG or JPEG file is preferred. Thanks!

Send all files here!

Drinking and Rolling

May 6, 2013

Hi ballers –

Just to clarify about bringing drinks out to the bocce court during games. Technically Tazza holds an extension of premises with the city so drinks from their bar is are allowed to travel providing they are in plastic cups. Unfortunately Bodega Masalana does not have this extension so drinks should not be brought over, at least not at this time. Please feel free to frequent both establishments either way