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05 Sep 2019 15:50
Report from the combined planning groups 
FeedBack ( 0) A meeting was held on Sept 5 during which information was presented covering all three planning groups. This posting reports on the progress and findings, and includes an update as recent as hours before publishing this report.

(Invitations were sent to all members of the Advisory Group, comprising everyone who self-rated as "Proficient" or "Intermediate", in other words, everyone on the Friends of Bocce list who have substantial experience playing Bocce. Three members of this Advisory Group volunteered to lead three planning groups; Organization, Game Rules, and Scheduling. About 10 members or the Advisory Group populate those three groups.)

Ken presented a case (three slides shown) wherein all three play formats being considered can co-exist in a common scheduling system for sharing the four courts. Moreover, it appears four courts will serve us well for a large Bocce club that is anticipated. Click the title of this item to open the PDF file of the slides. You'll see that fictitious names for the three formats were used to avoid confusion that is created using the terms "league" and "tournament". People have different backgrounds playing their respective formats and what those words mean to them. Very little text is presented on the slides, but it will become apparent how the formats with a fixed 2-hour play duration and a format not constrained by time but rather complete when the match complete co-exist.

There was agreement with the findings, and therefore the proposal to schedule courts in accordance with the proposed system is accepted. With that foundation, the next step is to conduct a structured survey to determine the interests and preferences of all Friends of Bocce that will lead to a good "coming out" allocation of days/times/courts to the three formats.

Ellyn provided an update as to arranging a meeting with Mike Taylor (SBR GM), Tim Fudge (Facilities) and Dani Herbert (assistant to the GM). She reviewed the questions and issues pertaining to the interface between the HOA and the Bocce club. Today, she got confirmation that Mike and Dani will be meeting (not heard from Tim) with Ellyn and Roger representing the Organization planning group on September 18. Kudos to Ellyn for calling for the meeting and successfully getting commitment in the relative near term.

Thanks to everyone who vigorously presented the case for the three formats, leading us to support all formats in an extremely flexible way. Fun and Fairness were on display with these proceedings!

16 Aug 2019 20:52
Advisory Board Meeting Minutes 
FeedBack ( 0) YEAH!!! We had our first Bocce Club Advisory Meeting and had a group of experienced and knowledgeable people that brought with them many great questions and suggestions to get our New Club underway.

FAIR and FUN will be the first criteria in all decisions in the development of our Club.

Here are some of the questions that came up in the meeting:

Are bylaws necessary?
Should we collect dues for equipment need?
Who pays for the Bocce Balls, the HOA or the membership?
Do we have to file as a non-profit organization?
Will there be Leagues?
What should our organizational structure be?
Should we schedule 1 or 2 hours per game play?
Will there be 4 or 8 people per team?
Will there be open time scheduled?
What is the surface of the courts?
Who will maintain the courts?
Will there be lights?
Will the membership be required to sign a waiver?
Will we have to sign an amenities agreement or have liability insurance?
Will we join the ABA (American Bocce Association)?
Will the courts comply with Handicap Laws?

We had several individuals who played Bocce at different communities who shared their experiences with the group. It gave us great insight into what will work for all people in the Club. This discussion led to forming three groups:


Pattie and Lloyd De Martini
Brian and Laurie Crowe
Larry Sandoval
Bob Townsend


Roger Bailey
Gerri Koen
Ellyn Biggs


Ken Gorman
Larry Burchfield
Craig George

Each group will meet on their own to discuss each topic assigned to them and the next Club meeting will be scheduled in two weeks.

15 Aug 2019 20:11
SBR Bocce Advisory Group 
FeedBack ( 0) The SBR Bocce advisory group comprises experienced bocce players tasked with recommending what the Bocce club should be, what services should be offered, and operational plans. Members will be able to contribute to the recommendation prior to decisions being made by members as a whole.