Bocce: A New Year Underway!

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  • Linda & Don McPherson

Winter Bocce Club play continues Monday through Saturday at 1 p.m. at the West Rec. bocce courts. Good weather days between rainy spells continue to attract a spirited crowd of regulars eager for competition as well as new players interested in learning the game.

Sometimes the concentration of team members is needed to guide a bocce ball to the right spot.

Come check us out: bocce is easy to learn and we’ll be delighted to introduce you to its joys – no experience necessary and you’ll be playing immediately. As William Giraldi concluded in a November 2017 New York Times feature after observing the banter and camaraderie of players in their 70s, 80s and 90s, “I wanted to glimpse the trick to longevity and it turns out to be nothing more complicated than having friends – and bocce.”

The schedule of events and tournaments for 2019 is posted at the Bocce courts and has been distributed to club members. View the Bocce Club webpage (OVA login required):


Sublime – the first early morning practice balls thrown on a perfectly groomed court at the 2018 Wine Country Games finals.

2019 Tournament play kicks off with the Valentine’s Day Tournament at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16. Winners will be announced and pictured in the March 1 Oakmont News.

Tournaments are limited to the first 24 players securing a tag from the tournament board -be sure to get to the courts early, in time to reserve a place for the chip draw for teams and courts.


The Sonoma County Council on Aging will soon announce the competition dates for the 2019 Wine Country Games. It’s time to start thinking about organizing four-person teams to represent Oakmont in the competition at the Sonoma County Bocce Club’s courts in Santa Rosa’s Julliard Park. Watch for current information on the sports, dates and rules. Registration typically opens March 1.



An expanding initiative by Special Olympics is contributing to an increase in the popularity of bocce in the U.S. The Special Olympics Unified Sports program


ALL ABOUT BOULES With the gift-giving season at hand, popular blogsite All About Petanque ( recently announced that Pétanque America ( is once again selling


BOCCE FILM “TEAM MARCO” OPENS The new indie film “Team Marco,” a family drama with bocce at center stage, debuted November 20 to solid reviews

Bocce Club 1-1-20

Linda and Don McPherson ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY A friendly and enthusiastic crowd enjoyed our annual Holiday Party on December 14 at the East Rec. Center.

Bocce 12-15-2019

Linda and Don McPherson NEW BOARD ELECTED Officers for 2020 who were electedat the annual business meeting are: Jean Reed (President); Barbara Lowell (Vice President);