We are delighted to announce that we will be having reciprocal tournaments between the Village Bocce Club and the Villages Pickleball Club, just as we did last year. It was fun in 2018 and this year should be even better.
The 1st tournament between the two clubs will be on Saturday, August 17th from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the bocce courts. Refreshments will be provided. Players for the Bocce tournament can register on the club’s website, www.villagesbocceclub.com.
The free pickleball tournament will be on Sunday, August 25, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. This will be a very casual tournament, and you can play as many games as you want. Refreshments will be provided. If you want to play in that event, please register online at www.villagespickleball.org or sign up at the tennis shack.
If you’re new to bocce, you can attend the Bocce Bashes on Fridays at 3pm at the Bocce Courts.
If you are a new or inexperienced pickleball player, you have several opportunities to learn the game from a Pickleball Club instructor: Half-hour lessons are available to all Villagers every Wednesday and Friday at 1:00 on Courts 5 and 6. No registration is required.
Paddles and balls are provided at all pickleball sessions. Please wear non-marking court shoes. Observers are welcome.
What could be more fun than getting 40 pickle ball players out on a sunny day for a team tournament?!!! We really enjoyed setting up the play. It started with a very competitive captain’s draft featuring Mike Walias, Mark Greg, Alex Shtarker, and Norm Krishna. Congratulations to Mike’s team (yellow) coming in 1st and Alex’s team coming in 2nd … good competitive games from everyone.
Special thanks to Frank Houghton, our A #1 court manager, and his crew who taped the courts for play. And, to Sandy Mausling who handled check-in. And, to Dennis Cullen, our master scorekeeper. And, to Robyn for a great job with the courtside refreshments. And, to David Cook who set up our registration and sent out countless emails. You are all the best!
Can I say that pickle ball players are the friendliest group? We enjoyed meeting new members and they felt warmly received by all. Can’t wait until the next tournament!
Revenge is SWEET!!! Another “just for fun” Pickleball Club/Bocce Club tournament took place on Sunday, September 9th at tennis courts 5 & 6. This time we all played pickleball and the Pickleball Club got the win. The final score for this tournament was 23 to 7.
On Sunday, August 5th the Pickleball Club was ambushed by a friendly, fun loving group of Bocce Club members. Over 40 Villagers from both clubs gathered at the Bocce courts for a “just for fun” Bocce tournament. The Bocce Club won 9 out of 10 games but everyone had a great time and made many new friends. Wonderful food and drink were provided by the Bocce Club. We appreciate all their hard work. Guess what? Next month the Bocce Club will be playing pickleball….maybe we can get even?????
The Pickleball/Bocce Exchange Tournament will take place on Sunday, September 9th at tennis courts 5 and 6 from 3-6pm. Hope members of both clubs will once again turn out for another fun event. If you are a member of either club and have not signed up you may do so on the Pickleball Club or Bocce Club websites. Please do so by August 30th. The event is free for all who participate. A big thank you goes to Bob Iacopi for organizing these tournaments!
I want to tell you about an exciting upcoming event. In an effort to make Pickleball more visible in The Villages, Bob Iacopi has reached out to the Bocce Club to arrange a reciprocal exchange/tournament. Basically the way this will work is that Pickleball Club members wiil have a couple of opportunities to learn bocce and then will have a fun bocce tournament. Then the Bocce Club members will have a couple of opportunities to learn pickleball and then have a fun pickleball tournament.
The first opportunity for bocce training is this Wednesday, June 20 at the monthly Bocce Clinic at 3:00. The next opportunity is June 29th for the Bocce Bootcamp at 2:00. Our third opportunity will be July 15th dedicated to pickleball players at 3:00 pm. I encourage everyone to attend one, two or all of these sessions! Bob will be there to provide any assistance required.
Our Pickleball Club Bocce tournament is August 5 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.
Bocce Club members will be encouraged to attend one or more of our Wednesday /Fridays drop in sessions and Bob will try to arrange a Saturday training session for Bocce players who work or otherwise can not make a drop in session.
The Bocce Club Pickleball tournament will be held September 9th from 3:00 to 6:00 pm on courts 5 & 6.
Both the tournaments are going to be social events and we hope members of both clubs will attend both tournaments. There will not be any fees to participate and we will not be giving awards.
Watch for more details and contact Bob Iacopi with any questions or concerns at
On a blistering hot day, thirty eight players turned out to heat up the courts even more.
The annual Spring Fling was held at 1:00 PM, June 3rd on the tennis courts. Audience and participants called it a resounding success. We had plenty of wonderful snacks with water and Gatorade to cool everyone down and supply the players with energy.