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

It Begins!

May 6, 2013

Today marks the first full week of games! Please remember that today is Monday and the bocce balls can be accessed at Bodega Masalana and while you’re there have a drink!There will be a set of rules in the bocce bag so feel free to reference it as you play. Games are played as a best of three games to 9 points each and should be constrained to about an hour. It’s very important to try and arrive early enough to begin games promptly so that the 6:30 games aren’t pushed back too late. I’ll be floating around all week and will be able to answer your questions as best as possible. There’s still a good number of teams who I’ll need to collect the league fee from, so it would be super terrific if you could put that together fairly soon!

Good luck and see you on the court!

Downcity Cinco De Mayo Party

May 4, 2013

Tomorrow is Sunday May 5th, looking for something awesome to do? Check out the Downcity Cinco De Mayo Party! It’s a block party on Westminster Street and Grant’s block from 12pm – 6pm.

The event is FREE and open to the public, outdoors, Sunday – May 5th from 12p-6p. FREE masks for the first 500 guests! Come celebrate with our neighborhood! Bring the kid’s too – there will be plenty of complementary kid friendly activities.

All your favorite Westminster St businesses will be out in force, offering special activities like face painting from the ladies at Queen of Hearts and Modern Love, arts and crafts for kid’s from Homestyle, a pinata smashing curtsey of Craftland.

We’re joining forces again with the amazing Rock ‘n Roll Yard Sale, which will be set up on Grant’s Block. Tons of fun vendors with quality records and vintage items! Plenty to explore.

And bring your appetite, because Poco Loco TacosMijos TacosLike No UdderTrinity BrewhouseSproutand Tazza Caffe will all be serving up delicious snacks and beverages.

Musical performances include DJ Studebaker Hawk and Mariachi de Brown!

Our friends at Zipcar are bringing Mini Matelski (one of their mini coopers), and are asking you to complete her outfit by drawing Happy Cinco de Mayo messages all over. That’s right – they want you to draw on their car! And Providence’s Yelp Ambassadors will be there to check you in.

And it Begins!

May 4, 2013

I want to thank all of you who made it out to the Pre-season Hangout last Tuesday night. It was great seeing all the returning teams and meeting many of the new teams. I can tell the competition is going to be strong this year.

For those of you who made it to the party there was a giveaway which consisted of guessing how many small balls were in a glass container, with the winner providing the closest guess without going over.  There were 27 entries and 1 clear winner. The correct answer was 344 which makes the winner Brian Hodge of The Rolling Stones, who guessed 320! Congratulations Brian! You are now the proud owner of lawn/beach bocce set.

I had also asked you all to suggest names for the two league divisions that divide teams this year. After careful deliberation I’d like to announce the two winning names.

Replacing the Blue Division, representing teams Team Tony (Danza), Bocce-licious, CHEWBOCCE, Sandy Balls, Mission Imbocceball, Bocce Job, Pass the Bocce and Robot Ch’i: Joy Division. Replacing Red Division, representing teams The Rolling Stones, Bi-occe, Boccelism, Castration Station, Deboccery, BocceGrabbers, Bocce Ya Self and (the soon to be announced team replacing) Close to Spectacular: The New Order. 

Monday begins out first full week of games. As you know our official set of bocce balls are kept at Tazza, however I just learned that Tazza will be closed in the afternoon on Mondays. I’ve asked the owners of the new Bodega Masalana, who will be open Monday afternoons,  to also keep a set of balls so feel free to pop in and ask them for the set. In either case, whether you take balls out from Tazza or Masalana, be sure to bring them back from whence they were borrowed after your game is complete.

See you on the court next week!

Pre Season Hangout!

Apr 24, 2013

You’re cordially  invited to attend the PDBL 2013 Pre Season Hangout!

The hangout commences this Tuesday, April 30 from 5:30pm – 8pm located at the Salon PVD  – 57 Eddy Street in Downcity Providence.  Bring yourself and your teammates for some good old fashioned mingling, complete with name tags and all.  There will be many fun games available to play – ping pong, foosball and a pinball machine. There will be drinks a-plenty with a Bocce special just for us! Or just come down to scope out the competition as games begin the very next day! If you plan on attending please be sure to bring your $20 (per team) league fee and you (and up to 3 other teammates in attendance) will have a chance to win a special PRIZE.  In addition I will be taking Division Name recommendations. So much fun stuff! This is going to be the best pre-season party yet… just as long as you come!

See you soon.

New Teams, New Schedule, New Season

Apr 10, 2013


The 2013 Schedule is now up and available to view, print and memorize! You can find it here: http://www.providencebocce.com/schedule/. As you’ll notice I only have the first half of the schedule up, which is your first 7 games! I’ve mentioned before that due to the large number of teams this year I’ve divided all 16 teams into 2 divisions and this schedule allows for you to play everyone in your division once. As we move into the season I will devise the rest of the schedule which should add at least a couple more Inter-League Games  for each team to play and an End of Season Tournament. More about this to come…

Teams and Divisions

As of right now I do not have names for the League Divisions. This is where I need your help! Below I have listed the teams in each Division, which for now we’ll call Red and Blue. I’m taking suggestions for new and improved names and I’d like YOU to pick them. Please send me an email with your best idea for your division name and by the start of the season I’ll pick my favorite and post them on the site. Sound good? Here are the divisions.

Red Division:

  • The Rolling Stones
  • Close to Spectacular
  • Bi-occe
  • Bocce-Grabbers
  • Bocce Ya Self
  • Deboccery
  • Castration Station
  • Boccelism

Blue Division:

  • Team Tony (Danza)
  • Sandy Balls
  • Mission Imbocceball (formally bocce-ca-wow-wow)
  • Bocce-licious
  • Robot Ch’i
  • Pass the Bocce to the Left Hand Side
  • Bocce Job

More Soon

I will have more information for you within the next few weeks, including information on a pre-season party which is scheduled for the end of this month. Please be sure to re read the Rules and FAQ pages on this website to familiarize yourself with game play. I will also be collecting a league fee of $20 per team within the first few weeks, which will contribute to the small overhead of running the league, web hosting, prizes, food etc. And as always, let me know if you have any questions!

Talk soon,

Welcome to the 2013 Season

Mar 31, 2013

Team registration for the 2013 season is officially closed. I apologize to any team who did not get a chance to register to play during the 2013 season. This year we have expanded our league to accommodate a total of 16 teams, some of which are returning from last season and some who are entirely new.  I’d like to welcome all the new teams and players and welcome back all you veterans! I really do think that this is going to be an epic season of some really sweet BOCCE and can’t wait to get things started!

Currently the PDBL management team is working on a schedule for the season but we hope to be able to post it soon. It’s pretty much business as usual except for one major change. There will be no Thursday game this year to make room for an outdoor music series prior to Movies on the Block each week. Instead we’re taking over Mondays! Games will either be at 5:30 or 6:30 on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday each week. The only other change is that because there are 4 more teams this year than last, we’ll be bringing back League Divisions – 8 teams on one division and 8 teams on the other. We’ll have more about this when the schedule is posted.

Games will probably be scheduled to start on May 1. In the meantime please look over the Rules and and FAQ’s, especially if you’re new to the league. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. I’m very much looking forward to starting this 2013 season of bocce and can’t wait to see what you all got!

Congratulations Winners

Sep 20, 2012

Congratulations to our winners of the 2012 Season
of the Providence Downcity Bocce League!

1st Place
Team Tony (Danza)

2nd Place
The Rolling Stones

3rd Place

So Close…

Hope everyone had a blast this year and we hope to see you soon!