Methuen Sons of Italy, Lodge 902 is proudly hosting the 2015 US Bocce National Championships from June 22 – June 27.
Over 150 Elite Bocce Players to Shine at the Nationals which are being held in New England for the First Time ever. In fact this is the first time the games are being played east of Ohio!
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4 Bocce Events will be played over the course of the week. Those include an Open Tournament with a $4000 Grand Prize and separate Open National Tournaments with the top place teams earning a medal or trophy for the A and B Divisions. “Open” Bocce is a type of game that people are most familiar with. Some main characteristics of the game are that players can use the side boards to angle their shots and they can hit their own or their opponent’s bocce balls at anytime and in any location on the court. For all 3 of these tournaments, the teams will consist of 4 players, which can be all men, all women or mixed.
The 4th Championship Bocce Tournament is Punto Raffa Volo (PRV), an internationally recognized bocce game. These teams will be competing for the distinguished honor to play in the 2015 World Bocce Championships! The members of the first place team will only have to pay their airfare to arrive in the host country (TBA), then once there, all expenses will be paid for by the the host.
In Punto Raffa Volo, players have to be extremely precise and actually “call their shots,” much like in some billiards games. Invalid throws result in balls being removed from the court without a chance of scoring points with them, or otherwise know as a “dead ball.” The location of where the pallino or other bocce balls are located on the court dictates the specific style of shot that the next player will make.
This year’s Punto Raffa Volo Tournament format is played by “Teams.” This simply means that 3 or 4 person teams can be made up of anyone, including all men or all women or mixed, and they don’t need to belong to the same club. In other years, “Clubs” teams compete against each other, and still in other years, “Singles” play PRV Tournaments. In “Clubs,” all teammates are members of the same club and in “Singles,” there are 3 divisions – Men, Women, Under 21. One person from each group will be crowned champion and represent the USA in the World Games.
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The Methuen Sons of Italy is now accepting scholarship applications for high school seniors graduating in 2015.
Do you know a student who deserves a scholarship from the Sons of Italy?
If so, please forward the Scholarship Page on our site to him or her to get more details.
Remind them that the application is due by March 31, 2015.
Scholarships from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts are also available on the Scholarship Page.Read More
Come down to root on the Patriots and enjoy some of Donna’s fabulous food. Food to be served starting around 4:30.
It would help us if you could call the lodge to let us know if you are coming so we can prepare the right amount of food.
Lodge telephone # is 978-688-2258. Thank you.
It’s not absolutely necessary, but if you could call to let us know you would like to attend, that would help us plan the amount of food to prepare. Thank you. – DonnaRead More
Congratulations to Team DaVinci for winning 1st place during the regular season. Captain of Jump the Shark Derek Riddell was apparently with Johnny Manziel the night before his team matches.
The first and second rounds of the playoffs are single elimination. The games will be played to 15 points. The championship round will be played best two out of three games, 12 points per game.
The winter season will start on Sunday, January 18. The season will be 9 weeks including playoffs. Please let me know if your interested in playing. The cost will be around $75.00. There will be no prize for first place since it will be a shortened season. The playoff winning team will receive a prize based on 32 players. See you all on Sunday, it should be a great ending to the Fall season.