Club Of The Month: Bocce Club
The 2021–2022 Bocce Club season is winding down after a very busy but exciting season. The club offered SCW residents what was to be one free bocce clinic. The word spread about how much fun it is to play bocce and one free clinic turned into four free clinics. One hundred seventy-seven people attended the clinics. Many of those attendees opted to join the Bocce Club and wanted to play regularly in a league. Because a vast number of the new members were still working, either part-time or full time, our regular league play of mornings or afternoons was not going to work for them. Thus evening bocce came into being. Five new leagues were established and evening bocce was born.
Bocce is a low-impact, handicapped accessible outdoor sport. People of all ages can play the game as we have members on leagues that are well into their 90s. The configuration of the courts allows members with walkers, wheelchairs, and oxygen tanks to enter the play area and throw the bocce balls.
The Club wanted to integrate our newest members that play in the evenings with those more established players who play during the day. It was decided to host a Mystery Tournament whereby members drew names out of a hat to determine who their partner would be. This was a full day of fun with lots of laughs and the beginning of new friendships amongst a very diverse group of people.
In March the Club held its annual In-House tournament whereby Bocce Club members formed teams of four members each to play in a round-robin tournament. The day began with coffee and doughnuts and some socialization and then it was to the courts for the start of the competition. The following weekend the SCW Bocce Club was the host of the Sun Cities Tournament where teams from Sun City, Sun City Grand, Sun City Festival, and Corte Bella joined us for some friendly competition. The gold medals and the bragging rights from this year’s tournament went to a team from Sun City. Next year the site of the tournament will rotate to one of the other clubs.