Per orders of Contra Costa Health Services, the Ipsen Family Bocce Park is closed until further notice.
This includes league play, open play, and rentals.
#2065 Nov 4, 2020
We hope that all of our players are healthy and maintaining their sanity during this extraordinary year. With the greatest but inevitable reluctance we previously cancelled the spring and summer leagues, and now confirm what everyone seems to know — cancellation of the 2020 Fall League.
Back in March the Bocce Committee unanimously agreed that the safety of our players in those early uncertain times dictated that we suspend play until things settled down and we had a handle on the coronavirus. Unfortunately, the situation has not changed sufficiently to allow us to return to the manner of play we have come to know and love.
There will be challenges once we are able to reopen but we'll face that when the time comes. All we can do now is hope that the situation changes enough in 2021 that could allow us to play the Spring League and more. We are grateful that 67 of our 70 Spring League teams agreed to roll over their league fees to 2021 and we very much intend to validate that trust.
Regardless of the havoc wrought by 2020, we have much more to be thankful for than not. We wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving and holiday season and we look forward to seeing you in 2021.
CBCA Bocce Committee
Ed Hartley (chairman)
#2064 Jul 28, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone’s economic situation, and many of us more than others. Clayton’s economy is dependent on small businesses, which have been hit hard like every other small business.
To help our local community, the CBCA (an IRS approved 501(c)(3) charity) has been accepting donations for the purchase of gift certificates to any of our local businesses. Most of the purchased gift certificates have in turn been donated to the Monument Crisis Center for distribution to those in need. ($250 was used to provide certificates for coffee to local police and fire departments as a thank you for their essential service.) Those who made donations could specify the local business where they wished their donation to be spent.
100% of all donations go toward purchases at local businesses. The small transaction fee charged by PayPal has been covered by the CBCA.
We are happy to report that we have received a total of $3750 in donations. We have completed two rounds of gift certificate purchases, and we will be completing the third and final round soon.
Thank you to everyone who made this program a success. Please stay safe.
CBCA Bocce Committee
#2063 Jun 12, 2020
As our community continues to deal with the drastic lifestyle changes due to COVID-19, we are heartened and hopeful that the gradual phased reopening of activities we all have taken for granted will result in a full reopening without a recurrent surge in coronavirus cases.
COVID-19 has wrought havoc on all organized recreational activities in the area. As it relates to bocce, we know that the leagues in Martinez, Concord, and Pittsburg (which play a single league season) have already canceled their 2020 seasons. In contrast, we play three league seasons a year, which hopefully affords us some flexibility to take advantage of an eventual reopening of recreational activities.
Given how long the Shelter In Place orders have been in effect, and with recreational activities such as bocce among the last activities slated for phased reopening, the bocce committee has determined that it is no longer tenable to expect that the current 2020 Spring League (70 teams) can be completed. The committee has therefore decided most reluctantly to cancel the 2020 Spring League.
All Spring League teams paid their $400 team fee. Each team has three choices:
First, teams may choose to roll over team fees as a credit to the 2021 season. All teams selecting this choice will retain their current slot. Roster issues related to this rollover will be addressed in advance of registration for the 2021 season. If the team later decides not to return for 2021 we will process a refund.
Second, the committee kindly asks that teams not request a refund. Given the cancelations of Art & Wine, BBQ Cook-Off, and Oktoberfest, CBCA has no sources of revenue for 2020.
However, we will honor requests for refunds — but only if the team's capo requests a full team refund. We cannot accommodate requests for individual player refunds. Teams fees are paid as a team and refunds can only be on a team basis. If a team is requesting a refund we ask that the capo send an email to email@example.com, and ask for a refund in the team's name. A check will be issued to the team capo only. Please include a mailing address for the check. Teams requesting a refund will not lose their spot for 2021 (but will have to pay their fees in 2021) unless they advise us they are retiring.
Finally, a team can decide to donate their $400 team fee to CBCA for our ongoing Help Our Clayton Neighbors gift certificate drive. This program is explained in detail on in the article above. If a team wishes to donate their 2020 team fee the capo needs to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, identifying the team and its desire to donate their team fee. Teams choosing to do this will retain their slot for 2021 but will need to pay their team fee for 2021.
We ask that all teams that wish to request a refund or to donate their 2020 team fee advise us by email by July 1. Any team not responding will have their team fees rolled over to 2021.
In a normal year we would be nearing the end of the registration period for the Summer League. Once we are able to reopen we expect restrictions on the number of people allowed on the courts at any one time in order to maintain social distancing. We believe this will make it impossible to maintain a 70-team Summer League schedule based on full court usage six days a week.
All teams that played in the 2019 Summer League will retain their slots for the 2021 Summer League. We will address team and roster issues as a consequence of this decision as part of the 2021 registration.
Whether we can have a 2020 Fall League remains to be seen. We will keep you posted.
Subject to if, when, and how we can reopen the courts, the committee has discussed possible scenarios of creating a 2020-only league season during the summer with a limited number of teams. There are many issues – big and small – to work out and it is premature to spell those out now. If we are able to pull this off we will let everyone know. Any special league created would be unrelated to the regular leagues and would be for this year only.
There are too many unknowns at this point as to whether it is feasible to have open free play, rentals and tournaments. We cannot do any of those now and whether that will change this year remains to be seen.
COVID-19 has and will impact each of us. Bocce is an afterthought in the face of our overriding concerns for public safety, personal safety, and economic havoc. But bocce is important to our community and barely a day goes by when someone does not ask one of us on the committee when we can get back to playing. We want to get back to the game we love as much as anyone else. We play, or not, as a community. Our community has been knocked on its heels but we are gradually steadying ourselves and will be back!!
As always, we thank you for your support of our community, CBCA, bocce and each other.
CBCA Bocce Committee
#1007 Jun 1, 2016
With several planned additions to the bocce website, league capos are being issued login accounts on ClaytonBocce.org. Whether for the upcoming online team signups or the planned online scoring system, it is necessary to secure and control access to functions that modify information on the website.
Website access control systems can be quite complicated: userids, passwords, secret questions, password resets, two-factor authentication and more. For the ClaytonBocce.org website we decided not to include another access control system; instead we will use well known existing systems. If you are issued a ClaytonBocce.org account, you will need to have a Facebook, Google, or Microsoft account, and you will login using your Facebook, Google, or Microsoft userid and password. We did this for two reasons:
The process for logging in to ClaytonBocce.org:
We anticipate that most bocce league members will have a Facebook, Google, or Microsoft account. If you do not have one you will need to create one. The alternative would be for the bocce website to have its own userids and passwords, but then you would have to create one of those, so what's to be gained?
Google and Microsoft accounts are simpler than Facebook, so if you just need an account to access the bocce website, we suggest either of these.