“Post”-Opening Celebration!!

May 20, 2015

Hey PDBLers! Come have a drink with us at Aurora to celebrate the beginning of the 2015 PDBL Bocce Season!! At this point you’ve all likely won or lost a game (or both!) but you may not have met everyone in the league yet. We’re gonna do this on a non-league day so anyone who wants to play certainly can. Come share some drinks, laughs, and maybe win a prize or two! Here are the details:

“Post”-Opening Celebration @ Aurora

Thursday, May 28th, 2015




Report Your Wins

May 13, 2015

Hey teams! Just a friendly reminder to submit your wins to us at pdbl2010@gmail.com.

Here’s to the start of a fantastic season. Hope that our luck with the awesome weather continues!

Season Starts Today

May 4, 2015

What a perfect day to roll out the 2015 season of PDBL! Our first game of the season begins at 5:30 followed by the second game of the evening at 6:45. Please remember to check the calendar to find out when your team is scheduled to play, which is now posted on the website!

Brian and Kim will both be down at the court this afternoon and most of the first couple of weeks to help get things started. If you haven’t paid your team’s $20 league fee please be sure to have it readily available for collection at your first game.

We’re still ironing out the details of a pre-season get-together sometime in the near future, so keep an eye here for more details!

You’ll be pleased to see that the bocce court has received a bit of a face lift this year with a new coat of paint and a bit of resurfacing. The balls should be rolling smoothly all season long!

We’re looking forward to a great season and we’ll see you on the court very soon!

2015 PDBL Set and Ready to Go

Apr 19, 2015

The Providence Downcity Bocce League is almost set and ready to begin it’s 6th official season. All teams are now set for the 2015 season. An introductory email has been sent to all participating teams. Please keep an eye out here for further information as we approach the start of the new season in early May!

Game, Set, Match

Aug 23, 2014

Congrats to all the finalists. First round of the semi finals is complete and we have our teams that are moving on. Congrats to everyone who competed today. Those teams that are not moving on did a fantastic job, despite now moving on. The teams that did win will be moving on, and the schedule is as follows:

Game 1 @ 12 – Bi-occe vs. Bocce Job
Game 2 @ 1:15 – Team Tony (Danza) vs. Bocce Ya Self
Game 3 @ 2:30 – Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2
Game 4 @ 3:45 – Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2

You may notice that this doesn’t match what’s on the bracket and that’s because it was pointed out to me that the first seeded team shouldn’t play the second seeded team in the next round. Oops! We’ll either way we’re going to have some really great match ups tomorrow. If anyone is cruising around downtown stop by for some action.

Someone will be crowned by day’s end but who’s is going to be? Will there be new blood at the podium with Bocce Job or Bocce Ya Self? Will we see Bi-occe finally make their grab at the gold? Or will Danza show us once and for all that they’re truly kings of the sport?

One day left. One true winner.

Final Games Set

Aug 22, 2014

Round 2 and 3 of the quarter finals went off without a hitch. We have the four finalists moving on to the semi final games tomorrow. Congratulations to each team moving on and job we’ll done to all. These games were as close as they could be and win or lose, everyone played really well.

The match ups and times for tomorrow are as follows:

Game 1 at 12pm – Bocce Ya Self vs. Schweddy Balls
Game 2 at 1:15pm – Sandy Balls vs. Bocce Job
Game 3 at 2:30pm – Boccelism vs. Bi-occe
Game 4 at 3:45 – Pass the Bocce vs. Team Tony (Danza)

Each game is slated to run an hour and fifteen minutes. Some may run slightly longer and some shorter but please try to schedule yourself on time. Winner of each game tomorrow will return for the final championship round for two games on Sunday.

Best of luck to all and let me know if you have any questions or problems. See you on the court tomorrow!

Qualification Round

Aug 21, 2014

We’ve successfully completed the qualification round with four teams moving on to the quarter final round which began yesterday. Congratulations to those teams who are moving on!

The first game of the quarter finals matched Bocce Ya Self with bocce-licious and it came down to the rubber match. Both teams did amazing well but it was Bocce ya Self that came away victorious and will move on to play Schweddy Balls in the semi final game on Saturday.

The quarter final round continues tonight and tomorrow with the following match ups: Sandy Balls vs. Mission Imbocceball, Fahgetabocce vs. Boccelism and The Rollins Stones vs. Pass the Bocce to the left Hand Side. Each winning team in these matchups will also move on to the semi final games on Saturday. I’ll keep you posted on the exact times as we get a little closer.

We’re well on our way to a fantastic tournament! Let’s just hope the weather holds up…

Final Rankings and Games

Aug 16, 2014

What a great season of Bocce! So few rainouts and even fewer missed games. Congratulations on a stellar season! We’ve tallied all the scores and now have our final rankings (seen on the front page of the website). With that we’ve also been able to schedule the final games and tournament which can be seen here.

There are two rounds of quarter finals which are slated to be played between Monday and Friday this coming week. The first part of the quarter finals see who move on to play the next group in the quarter finals. The teams who win these games move on to play in the semi-finals on Saturday and the teams that win Saturday move on the the championship round on Sunday. For a more visual friendly explanation, see the final tournament bracket here

Hopefully this week goes without a hitch and let’s all do our anti rain dance because any bit of in climate weather will throw us off schedule. And most importantly I hope that you can all make these games!! I’ll be at the courts every day this week so I’ll keep you posted with updates. See you soon!

This Year It’s All About the Ladies!

Aug 11, 2014

Last regular game of the season is tonight! There are gonna be some really tough match-ups next week.

New for 2014…. lady trophies! And wait, there’s 4 of ‘em! Can you dig it?


Missing Scores (Updated)

Aug 6, 2014

May 28, 2014 Bocce Job – Mission Imbocceball
June 9, 2014 Boccelism – Sandy Balls
June 30, 2014 Bocce Ya Self – Boccelism
July 28, 2014 Mission Imbocceball – Bocce By Golly Wow
July 30, 2014 Bocce Ya Self – Pass The Bocce To The Left Hand Side
August 5, 2014 Schweddy Balls – Castration Station
August 6, 2014 Bocce Job – Chewbocce
August 11, 2014 Boccelism – Pass the Bocce
August 11, 2014 Bocce Ya Self – Bocce-licious

Time Flies..

Aug 4, 2014

I can’t believe that August is already upon us.  With the rest of this week and next Monday as our last regular season games we must look towards the championship tournament which is really right around the corner. The final schedule for these games is posted on the calendar so go check it out! Per usual everyone makes the playoffs, but don’t worry your hard work during the regular season is not for nothing.

Here’s how it’s going to work: 

Just like last year, 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.

Of course before we get to that I’ll need all the outcomes of your missing games reported as soon as possible. This will determine the final ranks of each team and decides who plays who in the tournament. The latest date for reporting scores is Thursday, August 14th! That’s less than two weeks away!! The good news is that with such great weather this year, there really aren’t that many make up games left to play. Those that need to still be made up should be done in the next two weeks.

The start of the tournament will begin on Monday, August 18 and continue though Friday, August 22 (see schedule).Without having a lot of time this month to finish up there will be little notice of who plays on what day during this week which is why it’s very important to get those scores in. Any scores that are still missing by the 8/14 deadline will become a wash for both teams. The final championship games will occur on Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24. While trying to not schedule games on Labor Day weekend this doesn’t leave any time for rescheduling due to rain, etc. I, personally, will not be available the following weekend either, so if something happens to delay games during this span we’ll have to figure something out. But fear not… it will happen, even if we have to postpone sometime later in September. Let’s just hope for the best.

Feel free to let me know if you have any questions going forward. I’m sure that the tournament scheduling will make more sense once we know the final rankings and can fit teams into the bracket. Until then enjoy your last games of the regular season!!

Missing Game Scores

Jul 23, 2014

Hi All -

We’re missing scores for the following games. I know some of you have already rescheduled dates on these,  but let me know the outcome if they’ve been played!

May 19, 2014 You Think You Know, Bocce Have No Idea! – Schweddy Balls
May 28, 2014 Bocce Job – Mission Imbocceball
May 28, 2014 You Think You Know, Bocce Have No Idea! – Sandy Balls
June 9, 2014 Boccelism – Sandy Balls
June 10, 2014 Chewbocce – The Rolling Stones
June 10, 2014 Bi-occe – Bocce-licious
June 24, 2014 Mission Imbocceball – You Think You Know, Bocce Have No Idea!
June 30, 2014 Chewbocce – Pass The Bocce To The Left Hand Side
June 30, 2014 Bocce Ya Self – Boccelism
July 1, 2014 The Rolling Stones – Fahgetabocce
July 8, 2014 Schweddy Balls – The Rolling Stones
July 9, 2014 You Think You Know, Bocce Have No Idea! – Bocce By Golly Wow
July 16, 2014 Mission Imbocceball – The Rolling Stones
July 22, 2014 Bocce Ya Self – Chewbocce

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…

broken ball

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.