Bocce Takes Balls

The Providence Downcity Bocce League gets ready for the 2012 season


The Providence Downcity Bocce League has a big sense of humor when it comes to their balls – and to choosing team names. “That’s Bocce Said,” “Joanie Loves Bocce,” “Schrodinger’s Balls” and “Castration Station” are just a few of their team monikers, which put the P in pun and bring the boules fun to Grant’s Block downtown. The narrow court, which has been in existence for almost six years now, was recently resurfaced in preparation for the 2012 season. Brian Barbieri, who’s a member of the Sandy Balls, has been running the league for three years. “It’s fairly informal,” he says, regarding the assemblage of men and women who gather on the block each week to enjoy some warm-weather, post-work fun. It’s an alternative to the traditional happy hour (and the perfect spectator sport), with games held at 5 and 6:30pm, three days per week, from May through September. “So far, we have seven teams coming back this year, including the 2011 champs: Team Tony Danza,” he says. “Just grab a beer next door at Tazza and then come on over.”

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