The San Pedro Bocce Club was established in September 2012 to (1) promote the game of bocce for adult players of all nationalities and abilities and (2) to provide a social, friendly atmosphere within the Club and Community.
The San Pedro Bocce Club is a State of California unincorporated non-profit association
(Registration No. 13105) and Federal non-profit organization (EIN No. 46-1097695).
– Learn and promote the game of bocce
– Conduct instructional lessons and clinics for new players
– Friendly game play
– Conduct monthly Club round-robin tournaments
– Conduct a Club league of teams
– Form tournament teams to play other bocce clubs
– Conduct Southern California Bocce Tournaments in San Pedro
The origins of bocce ball can be traced back as early as 5200 B.C, in Egypt, making it possibly the
oldest game in human history. The game was imported by the ancient Greeks by 800 B.C. and later played by the Romans. During the Middle Ages, bocce became popular and was played throughout Europe. However, by the 1300’s the game was banned because soldiers preferred bocce over performing military exercises and the Catholic Church deemed it a form of gambling. In the 1500’s Italy rediscovered and adopted bocce as we know it today and later it was brought to America by Italian immigrants.
Today, bocce has become one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. People of all
nationalities, young and old, now play on public and private courts located in parks, recreation
centers or residential backyards.
The San Pedro Bocce Club is one of nine (9) formal bocce clubs in Southern California, ranging from Torrance to San Diego. Tournaments among the clubs are held from March through October,
every year. The San Pedro Bocce Club hosted its inaugural Southern California tournament on
October 27, 2013 and annual So Cal tournaments, thereafter, on home courts located at Berth 95,
south of the Catalina Express Terminal. Events have had over 40 sponsors and contributors and
have been assisted by the San Pedro Beacon House. The 16-team tournaments were highly
successful and brought greater recognition to the Port of Los Angeles and San Pedro. The 5th
Annual So Cal Bocce Tournament will be Sunday, September 17, 2017.
The Club has provided instructional classes to Port of Los Angeles High School P.E. students and introduced the game of bocce to Los Angeles inner city youths at Councilman Joe Buscaino’s inauguration at the Watts Towers. Also, the Club has taught the game of bocce to a group of San
Pedro Cub Scouts and conducted a fundraiser bocce tournament for the Crohn’s and Colitis
Foundation Orange County Chapter and has conducted bocce classes and training sessions for special needs individuals. The Club provided volunteer officiating and assistance to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles.
Additionally, the San Pedro Bocce Club has financially contributed to the San Pedro Beacon House (2013-2016) and the San Pedro Relay for Life – American Cancer Society (2015) and Comfort Zone Camp (2016) organizations and participated in the annual San Pedro Holiday Parade in 2013-2015.