• Bocce, aka… Italian Lawn Bowling, is Enjoyed Worldwide Still Today and is One of the Oldest Yard Games.

    Bocce Ball Tourney collinsvillle IL

    Saturday, September 17, 2022 in Glidden Park
    Registration begins at 9 AM, tournament begins at 9:50 AM for bracket setup. Tournament play begins at 10 AM. Guaranteed 2 games.
    Bring your own bocces.


    Food and refreshments on site.

    For more information contact Event Organizer Jordan Dellamano at (618) 792-8907

  • A Little history of Bocce Ball in Collinsville By Clifton K. Dellamano

    People spell it boccie, bocci or bocce, depending on which part of the state they’re from.  Around these parts, it’s spelled bocce.

    Bocce is a sport closely related to ancient games played in the Roman Empire that developed into its present form in Italy.  The Italians have played bocce for centuries and it’s one of the oldest games know to mankind. 

    The size of the bocce is 3 ½” to 5”.  The boccino is about 2 ½”.  No lead-filled or metal ball is allowed in a tournament. In Italy, they play in a court, here in Collinsville, we play cross country.

    The first bocce ball tournament held in the United States occured in Springfield, IL in August 1939. The first Collinsville Italian Fest was organized by Joe Ashmann and held on Columbus Day, October 1984. That year, the bocce tournament was held where the Collinsville Memorial Library parking lot stands today.  The teams competing for first and second place got caught in a thunder storm, but continued to play.  It turned cold that October, and everyone was on the porch of Ciuferi’s Funeral Home.  Joe Ashmann brought a big pot of chili down, which went over well.

    The tourmanet was held there for two years.  The third year, the tournament moved to the Jung Brothers Pontiac lot. Rain delayed the tournament the fourth year, but it was held the following week at the American Legion. The tournament then moved to the high rise home on Aurora Street, until the tournament outgrew that site and was relocated to Woodland Park for a couple of years. The games finally ended up in Glidden Park, where they are still held today. 

  • Bocce Rules (Illinois State Rules)

    Winner of coin toss throws the Boccino (small ball) within 20-30 yards (60-90 feet).
    If ball does not reach 20 yards, or goes past 30 yards, the Boccino is thrown again.
    If this happens a second time in a row, the Boccino goes to the other team.
    You are allowed two steps in any direction from where the Boccino was thrown.
    First team to 12 wins!

  • Bocce Ball Tournament Winners

    1984: Lou Bazzello and Frank Vivod
    1985: Buster Barbaris and Fritz Zamboldi
    1986: Tony Baima and Lou Bazzello
    1987: Dennis Pace and Gene Catalpa
    1988: Clif Dellamano Sr and Dennis Carroll
    1989: Crevits and Merritt
    1990: Pat Chiarottino and Art Shad
    1991: Pete LaFrank and Jim Bordoni
    1992: Bill Thomas and Ford
    1993: Locopo and Locopo
    1994: George Cavaletti and Frank Hann
    1995: Crevits and Morris
    1996: Frank Italiano and Ben Mansfield
    1997: Paul Benvenuot and Jim Rocca
    2019: Clif Dellamano II and Corey Voss

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