Congratulations to ABV Contractors, the first place Winners of the 2020 Club Molisani Invitational Charities Bocce Tournament in Wickliffe, OH (Cleveland). This team has won the title 4 years in a row! Pictured here on the last day of the event, October 11, 2020, are team members (Left to Right): Michael Frabotta, Dennis Strnad, Anthony Croce & Dominic Aveni. The evnent was sponsored by Ganley Village Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT, Merrill Lynch & Fioritto Funeral Service. Click this link to get more information on Club Molisani.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has touched all of us. We are saddened for the devastation and heartache the disease has caused around the globe and especially to our bocce friends in Italy.
Click the image to find out more about this conversation taking place at 8:30 PM (EST) on Friday, May 22, 2020. If are not able to make it live and want to see it, we will most likely have a recording so register to get the passcode to sign in later.
Unfortunately, but obviously for saftey reasons related to the COVID 19 Pandemic, the 2020 World Series of Bocce has been cancelled. The 47th annual bocce event was scheduled for July 16th – 19th. Typically over 100 teams (both Women’s, Men’s) compete in the tournament. The organizers are well aware of the health concerns for the hundreds of players and fans that gather over the mid-summer bocce tournament and party. Here are some photos of past World Series.
Other 2020 bocce tournaments and events at the Toccolana Club in Rome, NY are listed on this schedule on the club’s website. The club boasts 15 courts and regularly hosts leagues for women, men and coed teams. Leagues will cautiously start with state guidelines in place when “restirctions are eased.”
The Bocce Committee encourages league players (and everyone else in Clayton) to patronize our downtown eating establishments. But we want to go further. Among the many victims of this pandemic are those with not enough to eat or who are unable to access other basic services and who, even after the pandemic ends, may be out of a job. Link to article
Michael Ferlo of the Toccolana Club in Rome, NY says that The World Series of Bocce is still scheduled to take place in Mid July, but he and the members are monitoring the situation to make updates as needed. Check back here or at the website.
From the Wickliffe Italian American Club on 6/18/18:
We hope this post finds you well. Please read all the way through, important information below.
We would like to announce this years registration for the 35th annual Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce is now open! The link below will take you to our new online registration form, which is the only way you can register your team until July 10. We are still guaranteeing your entry until July 1, if you are a team from 2017.
A few things different this year include:
ONLINE REGISTRATION: This year, unlike prior years, we will offer an online registration form. This move is meant to be more convenient to team captains, upgrade our communications, populate our online bracket and phone APP that will allow players, friends, and family a more interactive experience. We acknowledge that there is a $7.50 convenience fee attached to online applications (Charged by PAYPAL), and to help mitigate that cost and as a promotion for online applications, the Club we will be giving each team that registers online, $10 in drink tickets.
The only access is through a link (posted to our website (www.wickliffeianda.com), social media sites, and this email). http://wickliffeianda.com/…/bocce-cleveland-challenge-cup-…/
GIFT UPGRADE: Our committee and Club members believe 35 Years is something special, we have upgraded our team gift to dry-fit, newly designed shirts.
RECORD PAYOUT: To address some suggestions from prior years, we are limiting the number of places we are paying to 12, and increasing the payouts across the places, paying a record $7,500 for first place.
Lastly, the past several years we have heard from players, captains and read on social media, that our payout is not 100%. We are not looking to get into a long, drawn-out discussion on the finer points of running our tournament or our club. We will point out a couple of facts that make a 100% payout something that does now allow for a 100% payout for this year or years past:
The Wickliffe Italian-American Club is a non-profit organization, and has been such for over 80 years,
We have given >$20,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors annually, this tournament is officially our largest fundraiser for that cause,
We operate a 10-acre facility and there is a cost to upkeep and operate,
The experience we offer the weekend of the tournament (entertainment, shuttle service, give-aways, facilities, etc…) is one that entails a culmination of cost and hard work by our volunteers, including our members, ladies auxiliary, and students from the local schools, and we do not intend to operate at a loss.
We appreciate your understanding, and while we don’t field a large volume of criticism, we did want to address those that have taken to social media and want to put out facts regarding this topic. If you still have questions about the payout or tournament in general, please limit the dialogue to a phone call to Paul DiCicco (440-552-1865) or Tony Continenza (440-477-3255). (you may also reply to this email)
We truly appreciate your patronage and support over the years and look forward to seeing ALL of you in late August for another great tournament. It is not the same tournament without you…
Please see attached form for information, payouts, and contact info if you have questions. Forward this email to anyone we might have missed…
Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce
Who’s traveling to Baltimore in early June to compete in the First Annual Baltimore Bocce Classic? Bryan Schwabline and I talked today and he has released the details to me. The first 16 teams to register and pay will be guaranteed a spot. Bryan, Dino Basso and Gianni Andracchio are running this event on the public bocce courts in Baltimore’s Little Italy during the St. Anthony’s Festival . Get more details here. – Joe Bocce
For those in the Philly area who love to play outdoor bocce, be sure to register early for these leagues. If you are a newbie or a veteran player, you are welcome!
This year the All-American Liberty Bocce Leagues company has expanded and now plays in Manayunk.
Mad River Manayunk Wednesday Night League at the Manayunk River Brewery:
- April 11 – May 30, 2018
Fairmount Tuesday and Wednesday Night Leagues at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Field at 6:30 PM:
- April 17 – June 5 (Tuesdays)
- April 18 – June 6 (Wednesdays)
Gary Scarmack sent me the details for the 2018 Bessemer Croatian Club Winter Bocce Tournament today. Follow the link to the details in our event calendar.
- $160 / 4 Person Team
- 100% Payout
In our Tournaments Calendar, we now have all the information you need to play and stay at the 2018 World Series of Bocce. This year is the 45th Anniversary and it’s expected that over 100 Open Division Teams (All Men or Mixed) and over 36 Ladies Teams will participate. Over $30,000 in prizes will be awarded.