Hershey Italian Lodge Sports & league News:
Another successful Bocce Season ends the last week of September. Despite the rain-outs on Courts #3 and #4 most teams have been able to make-up games as needed. Good competition in both divisions. The end of season tournament will run the first two weeks in October with the top 16 teams from each division. The Bocce Bash and final playoff game will be on Sunday, October 13th from 12 – 4 p.m.
Blind Draw Cornhole
Every Monday, October 14th through December 16th in the large banquet room, we will be hosting a Blind Draw Cornhole tournament. Each Monday is a unique tournament where teams will be paired by a blind draw. The fee to enter is $10 (for each player for each tournament) and 90%+ of the entry fees collected are returned to the winners that evening! (The balance of the monies are held back for end-of-session, cumulative leader board champion prizes - encompassing all tournaments.)
Each tournament's sign up closes at 6:40 p.m. with the blind draw completed at 6:45 p.m. and bags flying at 7:00 p.m.
Participants must be HIL members with an up-to-date membership. If you have friends that want to play but aren't members, bring them out and have them sign up. They can join the club for 2020 for $35.00 and get the rest of 2019 for FREE!
Corn Hole News:
Sign-ups for the 2020 cornhole season will begin 6 p.m. Monday, December 2nd and run through Monday, December 16th, or until we reach the maximum of 39 teams. We will have 13 teams in each division with one bye for each team during the 12-week season. The season will run from January 13th through March 30th. Playoff’s will be Monday April 6th. Team Captains must present their rosters at the main bar starting at 6 p.m. on December 2nd, cost is $40 per team and $10 for each player over 4 on the team. All players must be up to date with their HIL 2020 membership before sign-up’s. We look forward to another great season.
Pool League News
The 2019 pool league sign up’s will be October 15 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Captains will then pick teams and start shooting at 7:00 p.m. This league is a mixed doubles league shooting on Tuesdays or Thursdays. $20.00 per person to join, and you must be a member of the Italian lodge. The season runs through March with a playoff’s in April. There is also a substitute list that is free if you don’t want to shoot full time.
Senior’s Bocce League
The 2019 Senior’s Bocce League 11-week season ended with a luncheon on August 21st. Eleven teams participated and Team K, Tony DiVittore and Jerry Urich, were league champs! Watch for the winter newsletter for details about this “Fun Bocce League”
The golf league ended with another successful season, and a lot less rain than last year! The first place team was Jack Allegrini & Jim Lesher. Second place went to Josh Kolanda & John Rizzo. Thanks to everyone who came out and made the season so much fun.
Italians Love Bocce!
Here at Hershey Italian Lodge, we have a state-of-the art bocce court built by and with the help of our membership. It is one of the finest courts in Pennsylvania. What does the word “bocce “mean? The word “bocce” is derived from the pluralization of the Italian word “boccia” meaning ball in English. “Bocce” literally means “balls.” The highest quality competition balls are made in Italy or France however recreational sets are also made in the USA and China. Balls can be found in many larger retails stores throughout the USA and also on-line.
But, you may ask, Isn’t bocce a game for old people? Far from it! At the Hershey Italian Lodge, all ages participate in the sport and all ages and skill levels can participate. Folks may also ask if bocce is an Olympic sport. The closest bocce ever came to being in the Olympics was in the 1900 Paris Games when “Volo” was played as an exhibition sport.
Below we have our Bocce League news, information about how you can participate and lots of information about the sport. Enjoy!