By George Galasso
Chair, Riderwood Bocce Club
The 2018 bocce season opening day is Tuesday, April 10. We hope that the weather will be more favorable than last year. Last year we had a good season and lots of fun in spite of the unseasonable rain and unusually hot days. Our play time will be Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10:00 a.m. till 12:00 noon. The early hours were selected to avoid the summer heat. During the year we will have bocce tournaments with other communities and our annual resident/staff tournament, the highlight of the season.
We are looking forward to greeting our regular players and welcoming new players. We had a successful Opportunities Fair presentation last month with considerable interest shown in bocce. Several newcomers signed up to be on our bocce club email mailing list, in order to receive important news items. If you missed that opportunity you can get on the mailing list by sending an e-mail to: BocceRide@gmail.com.
For those of you who are not familiar with bocce, it is a simple lawn bowling type game that is easy to learn, requires little effort, is easy on the joints, and lots of fun, making it ideal for Riderwood residents. Our courts are located across the parking lot from the tennis courts and behind Arbor Ridge. We have devoted lady and gent players, most of whom never saw a bocce court before coming to Riderwood. During the first couple of weeks we will have sessions for first-time players with excellent instructors. Come join us. You should give it a try! You can learn to play in minutes and we can promise you will enjoy it, both the game and meeting new friends. Also, you are outside enjoying that fresh air, gentle breezes and the wonderful ambience Riderwood’s landscaping provides.
While the courts were being built, Riderwood TV produced a film, “What is Bocce,” to introduce our residents to bocce. It was so successful that we show it on Riderwood TV before opening each season. It will be shown later this month. Watch for it on the Riderwood TV schedule.
A critical component to the success of Bocce are the Group Leaders. These are the individuals who commit to being there on a given day of the week to set up the courts for play i.e. get the equipment and sweep the courts to assure a smooth field of play. Three volunteers are needed for each session. Consider this a request for volunteers; if you would like to do so please notify George Galasso (240) 293-6840 or Lou Ferguson (301) 328-0204. Without Group Leaders there could be no Bocce.