For those who may not be aware, in November the Benicia City Council gave the community an early Christmas present when they voted to approve the contract for the construction of two additional bocce courts next to the existing courts behind the City Library. _On behalf of the Benicia Bocce Board, I extend our sincere thanks to all five councilmembers who voted in support of the project and to our league members whose generosity over the last several years raised an amazing sum of $125,000 which has been subsequently donated to the city for the effort. Construction is underway, with completion anticipated by mid-May 2017.
The new courts will allow the league to expand significantly beyond the 39 team limit we have endured for several years due to a lack of court space. Online registration will start in early to mid January with an early February cutoff date anticipated. In the interim, the league encourages all individuals interested in forming or joining a new team to sign up now on our waiting list at _www.beniciabocce.org. The waiting list is already quite large so don’t delay while space is still available. Those who sign up will be notified by early January when 2017 registration will open. Returning teams are guaranteed a spot for the 2017 season. New team applications will be considered on a first come, first serve basis from the waiting list. League fees will remain at $350 for the 2017 season. Teams must consist of 6 to 12 members, with at least half of the team members 18 years of age or older. The league is coed. Membership does not require Benicia residency. If you are an individual or couple and are unable to assemble a full team, the league will make every effort to place you on a newly formed or existing team. We anticipate the season will begin in mid-May this year, a little later than normal due to new court construction, and end in early September. The BBL board envisions a new look for the league for 2017, with six evening leagues, each consisting of eight to nine teams with one league for each night, Sunday through Friday and possibly a weekend day league, if demand warrants it.
Should you have any questions we encourage you to write the League through our contact page, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will have four of the finest courts to be found anywhere. We encourage all to sign up, join in the fun and experience the sense of community spirit the Benicia Bocce League exemplifies so well.
Greg Richey; president
Benicia Bocce League
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