Dear Bocce Players Across The Country
2016 was a great year for the Federation as well as the sport of Bocce throughout the country. The USBF enjoyed a year with a record number of individual memberships.
As we head into 2017 we cannot sit on our hands doing nothing. We have a new Board of Directors as well as a new Executive Committee who are ready to go on new ideas not only to increase our membership but to increase the number of people playing this sport throughout the country.
One of our new ideas is already in the works with just some minor details to be worked out. In the past all of our National Tournaments have been qualifiers for individuals and teams to represent the United States in International and World competitions. Because of time restraints, the USBF will host Sector qualifiers to determine who will represent our country at the World Games in Poland in the middle of July. This is a doubles competition. The top two from each sector will meet April 22nd at Highwood in Chicago, with the winners advancing to the World Games. For more information, or if you would like try to qualify, please contact your sector representative. That information can be found on our USBF website under Board of Directors.
The incentive program, which started in 2016 played a major part of the USBF’s increased individual membership. As we go forward I believe there are other ideas that will help our member clubs.
If you are a USBF member club, I urge you to take advantage of our incentive program. The program is simple. The USBF treasurer will send you a packet of membership cards and applications. You solicit your club members and send the applications and funds collected to the USBF treasurer. At the end of the year you will receive $5.00 for each member who signed up. This only applies to paid membership as under 21 can sign up for free. This program enables you to build membership and earn $$ for your club.
The USBF is the governing body for Bocce in the United States. What that means is we must qualify individuals and teams to participate in World and International Competitions for Punto, Raffa, Volo. The majority of players in the United States have never heard of that game. Most bocce players are casual Open Rules players, with little interest in achieving National or International status. In the future, look for the USBF to get more involved in open rules. Open rules Bocce is our country’s game. I’m looking forward to working with the Board of Directors putting more emphasis into Open rules Bocce.
In closing I wish all Bocce players in the United States a great year. Whether you’re a member or not don’t hesitate to contact our representatives with any question you may have.
President, United States Bocce Federation