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Balls in the air for the 2014 Stephen Parker Memorial Bocce Tournament

2018 Bocce Ball Beach Blast Stephen GW Parker Memorial Tournament Entry & Information

THE OFFICIAL STEPHEN G.W. PARKER MEMORIAL BOCCE BALL BEACH BLAST ASSOCIATION
2018 REGISTRATION FORM & RULES

TOURNAMENT DATE: May 26, 2018
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 22, 2018
LOCATION: TURNER ESTATE for STEPHEN TOURNAMENT ENJOYMENT (T.E.S.T.E.)
BRING: BEVERAGES AND BALLS (not necessarily in that order), and DON’T FORGET THE BALL SACK to COMFORTABLY REST YOUR SPHERES (& there’s an award for the Best Sack!)

Complete the 2018 Stephen GW Parker Memorial Bocce Ball Beach Blast Tournament Registration_Form and send registration form to our esteemed Ball Master and ultimate S.T.O.O.G.E., Rob Turner, at robrturner@cableone.net as soon as possible.

Bocce Ball Beach Blast Tourney Award - 2017-SweetestSack

Bocce Ball Beach Blast Tourney Award – 2017-SweetestSack

We have awesome awards such as the Sweetest Sack award, so make sure to purchase yourself a nice sack to rest your balls comfortably in while awaiting the beating they deserve.  We have both individual and team awards, not to mention the coveted BIGGEST BALLS ON THE BEACH award to the winners, so be ready to EARN IT or go home with a sad sack.

Registration forms must be received no later than May 22. Please provide a phone number and email address of the Team Captain. Also, include additional email addresses if you want teammates to receive tournament correspondence.

Watch this year’s and some of our previous BBBBA Videos to acclimate you to the Beach Bocce environment:

The Stephen G. W. Parker Bocce Ball Beach Blast Association.

The Stephen G. W. Parker Bocce Ball Beach Blast Association.

If you want to play but don’t have a team just enter INDIVIDUAL for team name and we’ll find you a team! There are always teams looking for players.

KEY INFORMATION:

Rob Turner - 2015 - STOOGE - Parade Leader with his DICHDDS (Dynamic Intensity Corps of Heavy Drum Delivery Sidekicks) leader, Chris Parker.

Rob Turner (2015) , our S.T.O.O.G.E. and Parade Leader with his DICHDDS (Dynamic Intensity Corps of Heavy Drum Delivery Sidekicks) leader, Chris Parker.

Don’t forget to bring your Post Parker Play Pride Parade Pounding Parts to join the S.T.O.O.G.E. as he leads our DICHDDS (Dynamic Intensity Corps of Heavy Drum Delivery Sidekicks) on a tour of the beaches area with the utmost volume and gaiety, a gaiety that knows no bounds.

We currently have the following teams registered.  If your team name is not on this list, be sure to contact the S.T.O.O.G.E. directly.

TEAM NAME

  • Finkelicious
  • Art Wolves
  • Honey Badgers
  • Damn Yankees
  • The Big Labocce
  • Pallino Busters
  • Sand Goats
  • Moose Knuckles
  • Super Duper Double Trouble Bubble Ball Buster Blasters
  • The Untouchaballs
  • Big Balderdash
  • Lords Of Sunlight
  • FAB4
  • Caitlin Jenner’s Balls

We would like to send a LOUD SHOUT OUT to our sponsors of this year’s tournament:

  • Carve Vodka in Jacksonville, FL for providing the Nectar of the Gods!
  • Veterans United Craft Brewery, owned and operated by veterans here in Jacksonville – our official BEER sponsor and purveyor of the RAGING BLONDE!!!
  • Gusto Italian Restaurant in Jacksonville Beach, Florida
    • Our official food provider, Gusto, has also announced that they are hosting the World Cup Games live from 11am on with $8 Pizzas, Calzones, & Strombolis and Happy Hour Drink Specials.
    • Gusto will also be celebrating their 3rd anniversary party on the 19th of June in a major blast with food and drink for everyone to enjoy as well as LIVE Music.  Click here for more.
  • Republic National Distributing Corporation of Jacksonville
  • Panera Bread at St. Johns Town Center
Veterans United Brewery of Jacksonville, FloridaCarve Vodka of Jacksonville, Florida

Gusto Italian Restaurant of Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Republic National Distributing Company

Panera Bread at St. Johns Town Center

 

2017-Happy-Canada-Day

2017 BBBBA Stephen GW Parker Memorial Bocce Tournament Results

The 2017 Stephen GW Parker Beach Bocce Ball Blast Memorial Tournament was another GREAT SUCCESS!!!  This year, we chose the 1st of July for the tournament.  This was an EXCELLENT CHOICE!  It happens to also be the 150th Anniversary of the Independence of Canada, the origins of the Florida Parker Clan, so we were very excited to have a dual celebration with a duel of our own.  Not only did we come equipped with a variety of Bocce accoutrements, but we also bore the pride of Canada throughout the day from the opening video to the closing award for “The Most Canadian, Eh!”  Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed the day at the beach and especially to those who handled their set of balls with prowess.

We Celebrated the 7th Annual Stephen G. Parker Memorial Bocce Tournament on the Beach with some 100+ gathered friends, family, and guests – featuring CANADA DAY festivities!!

David (the Younger) produced a short video for party-goers before the tournament began featuring David (the Older) and Marilynn resplendent in red and white CANADA attire, highlighting the connection with CANADA DAY – explaining (to those non-Canadians who didn’t know) this year’s Sesquicentennial significance! Check out the video at https://youtu.be/MfR3gOc7bds.

2017-Happy-Canada-Day

2017-Happy-Canada-Day

Chris Parker had his enormous … Canadian flag hung proudly at the Turner’s Beach Bungalow.  This flag once flew at the Canadian Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, and, in 1978, shortly afterwards flew briefly on the top of The Great Pyramid of Giza much to the displeasure of the Egyptian government who, in fact, rated it as an “International Incident” between the two countries.  At the time, Chris and the flag were forced to “lay low” for some time thereafter.

This event had the unique conglomeration of ALL the David F. Parker clan including Dan & Ashley along with their family up for the event.  Truly a treat.  During our event, some of the celebrants even broke into impromptu, but rousing versions of “O, Canada,” including many American friends (who reported they were familiar with the words from watching and attending NHL hockey games!) . . .

2017-CanadaDay-MooseKnuckles

2017-CanadaDay-MooseKnuckles

Many sported Canadian themed Bocce Team-wear – including Canada Maple Leaf sunglasses.  We finished the evening with some impressive Fireworks activity provided by party patrons and some neighbors with a penchant for pyrotechnics (but we were shut down by the police as it was late and some local residents evidently complained).  HAPPY 150th to ALL FELLOW CANADIANS !!

As per usual, we started the day with an introductory video followed by the S.T.O.O.G.E. (Supreme Tournament Overlord Of Gaming Excellence) randomly picking the schedule for the assembled teams as well as explaining the rules…also, randomly!

After several years of the team of A.M. Lumber headed by Brian James, dominating the competition, they took a year off to allow the other teams to practice for next year.  So, there would be NO Three-Peat for them.  The wusses couldn’t handle the truth!

The team formerly known as Parkers Pankers and C’Mon Now (winners in 2014) again retired their previous year’s name, “No Sake Bombs, Please!” to compete under their new conglomerate, “Moose Knuckles” which, again, proved to be their unseating.  After going undefeated through regular competition, they were upended in the semifinal round on a TOSS OFF!   A Toss Off upending the Moose Knuckles.  There’s gotta be something wrong with that. The team comprised of David & Emma Parker along with AJ Fisher and Matt “the knife” fell to their knees in agony, or in homage to their new domineers, the Pallino Busters.  Pallino Busters were the runners-up in 2016, so it was a fitting advancement for their ball handling skills that they go on to dominate the Sand Goats squad in the finals.  Sand Goats was just happy to be there apparently as it was a true blow out.

Congrats to the mighty Pallino Busters for earning the coveted Biggest Balls On The Beach title!  And of course big thanks to everyone who brought delicious food, drinks, instruments, balls, friends – everything that has made our big event such a great tribute to Stephen!   And, special thanks to CARVE for rolling in with a hummer full of vodka and Dave Parker for the great awards presentation and video!  Check out the video at https://youtu.be/MfR3gOc7bds.

The awards were given followed by the Parker Pride Parade led by the mighty S.T.O.O.G.E. and his DICHDDS (Dynamic Intensity Corps of Heavy Drum Delivery Sidekicks).  The subsequent consumption of a pile of juicy weiners from the “Host with the Most” concluded the fun filled frolicking with definitive finality.  Thanks to the Turners and to RT specifically for being the best S.T.O.O.G.E. known to mankind…and, perhaps the only one.  Chris Parker, as the leader of the DICHDDS, should also be thanked for his contribution to the beaches disruptions.

The awards were as follows:

  • Smallest Balls on the Beach (Youngest Baller) – Quinn Parker, Age 12
  • Balls of Wisdom (Oldest Baller) – David “Flexible” Parker Sr. – 83 years of solid knowledge (a few days short of his 83rd birthday, anyway)
  • Virgin Baller (never played in the BBBBA before) – Sabrina
  • Sweetest Sack – Buddy Turner
  • Master Blaster – Alan Drawdy from the Firecrackers
  • Longest Kiss –  Dave Harter of HB is FJ! with 48 feet of precarious penetrating puckering
  • Juiciest Weiner – Harriett Turner with her pounds of delightful dripping meat
  • Savoriest Summer Sausage – Buddy Turner super savory summer sweetness
  • Most likely to spell Canada, C Eh? D Eh? D Eh? – Marilynn Parker from Harriatrics for her “O” Canada Face
  • Tenderest Baller – Davis takes home the most coveted award which represents all that was Stephen…tough but tender to others’ balls, and, by all means, fun and happy at all times
  • Big 8 – Sand Goats for the 1st 8-Ender
  • Ball Pride – HB is FJ!  (BUT I meant to give it to Super Duper Double Trouble Bubble Ball Buster Blasters, so they get an honorary award for their awesome jerseys)
  • Tightest Balls – Moose Knuckles with a tight set placing all 4 of their balls within a 13 inch radius (and still losing the point!)
  • Blissfully Beaten Balls (most beaten balls on the beach) – Art Wolves
  • Big Balls but not the Biggest on the Beach – Sand Goats who are runners up
  • Biggest Balls on the Beach – Pallino Busters for winning the tournament championship

We had such a tremendous set of teams this year with their many lovely balls and sacks, it was hard to fit them all on the beach.  Fortunately we managed the tides and tiny beach scenarios, not to mention tiny bikini distractions.  The teams battled hard.  Here are the final team records as per our S.T.O.O.G.E.:

TEAM NAME RECORD
Pallino Busters
5 – 1
Sand Goats
4 – 2
Moose Knuckles 4 – 1
HB is FJ! 2 – 2
Finkelicious 2 – 2
Damn Yankees 3 – 2
Super Duper Double Trouble Bubble Ball Buster Blasters 2 – 2
Sandy Balls 2 – 2
Hariatrics 1 – 3
Firecrackers 1 – 3
Art Wolves 0 – 4

2016 Bocce Ball Beach Blast Stephen Parker Memorial Tournament

THE OFFICIAL STEPHEN G.W. PARKER MEMORIAL BOCCE BALL BEACH BLAST ASSOCIATION
2016 REGISTRATION FORM & RULES

TOURNAMENT DATE: APRIL, 16 2016
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: APRIL 10, 2016
LOCATION: TURNER BEACHFRONT ESTATES
BRING: BEVERAGES AND BALLS (not necessarily in that order)

Complete the 2016 Stephen GW Parker Memorial Bocce Ball Beach Blast Tournament Registration_Form and send registration form to our esteemed Ball Master and ultimate S.T.O.O.G.E., Rob Turner at robrturner@cableone.net as soon as possible.

Registration forms must be received no later than April 10. Please provide a phone number and email address of the Team Captain. Also, include additional email addresses if you want teammates to receive tournament correspondence.

Watch this year’s and some of our previous BBBBA Videos to acclimate you to the Beach Bocce environment:

The Stephen G. W. Parker Bocce Ball Beach Blast Association.

The Stephen G. W. Parker Bocce Ball Beach Blast Association.

If you want to play but don’t have a team just enter INDIVIDUAL for team name and we’ll find you a team! There are always teams looking for players.

KEY INFORMATION:

Rob Turner - 2015 - STOOGE - Parade Leader

Rob Turner – 2015 – STOOGE – Parade Leader

Don’t forget to bring your Post Parker Play Pride Parade Pounding Parts to join the S.T.O.O.G.E. as he leads us on a tour of the beaches area with volume and gaiety that knows no bounds.

Support The Stephen Fund

Live Every Day...the Joyful Life of Stephen Parker - book written by David F. Parker to help support the Jacksonville Beaches area.

Live Every Day…the Joyful Life of Stephen Parker – book written by David F. Parker to help support the Jacksonville Beaches area.

Don’t forget to buy the book, Live Every Day…the Joyful Life of Stephen Parker, to help support the cause. We continue to try to propagate the message of living and enjoying life through The Stephen Fund. Monies will go toward the preservation and improvement of the Jacksonville Beaches area where Stephen loved and lived every day.

To buy the book, you can contact us directly by going to our Request Information page, or go directly to the book publisher at LuLu.

Click Here to Order Live Every Day now.

The 2014 Stephen Parker Memorial Bocce Ball Beach Blast Video

2014 Stephen Parker Memorial Bocce Ball Beach Blast Start Video

In case you missed it, here is the 2014 Stephen Parker Memorial Bocce Ball Beach Blast video to introduce and get the Tournament started.  Enjoy it over and over again!!!

LIVE EVERY DAY – http://youtu.be/hiGo_sxnWxk

2014 BBBBA Tournament Logistics from your STOOGE

Welcome bocce fans to the fourth annual Beach Bocce Blast!  As your Supreme Tournament Overlord Of Gaming Excellence (S.T.O.O.G.E.) I ask that you please review these important details regarding game day logistics.  Contact Rob if you have any questions.

DATE: May 31, 2014.

CHECK IN: Mandatory check in for teams begins at noon and all teams must be checked in by 12:30 by their Team Captain.  We may not be able to schedule teams who do not check in on time so please be prompt! If you want to play but are not on a team, check in by noon and I will find you a team!  You must be present to check in.

KICK OFF MEETING: There will be a kick off meeting at 12:45 which is mandatory for all Team Captains and other players are encouraged to attend.  It will be at the tournament tent on the beach and games will commence after the meeting.

EVENT PREPARATION:  If you have not already done so please review the Bocce Blast Tournament Rules prior to the tournament and let me know if you have any questions or you feel anything needs clarification.  See link to rules on the website below:

http://www.thestephenfund.com/blog/?cat=3

Players are encouraged to bring the following on tournament day:

  • BOCCE BALL SET if you have one
  • Small tape measure or other measuring device
  • Coin for coin tosses
  • Extra sun screen (in case yours explodes on an opposing player)
  • Friends and family to cheer you on!
  • Food, beverages, coolers, etc. – Stay hydrated!
    • We’ll be enjoying hot dogs on the grill around 6PM and any contributions you want to make to the cookout (chips, slaw, potato salad, etc.) are appreciated! Try to let me know ahead of time what you plan to bring and THANK YOU!
    • BYOB and bring some for yourself too
  • Drums or other mobile musical instruments for the Hell No parade
  • Anything else for a fun day on beach!
    • If you bring beach blankets, chairs, etc. please don’t set up right in front of tournament tent as you may be bombarded with bocce balls…

SEE YOU AT THE BOCCE BLAST!

Rob Turner
S.T.O.O.G.E.

2014 Bocce Beach Blast Information

The Stephen Fund - Beach Bocce Blast Tournament

The 2014 Stephen G.W. Parker Memorial Beach Bocce Blast

DATE OF TOURNAMENT: May 31, 2014

Join us on sunny Jacksonville Beach for our 4th Annual Stephen G. W. Parker Memorial Beach Bocce Blast All-Terrain Bocce Tournament, that’s right, the SGWPMBBBATBT.

This is an ALL-TERRAIN bocce tournament so be prepared to play wherever you happen to place your balls, even if they may go to a location that may be detrimental to their overall health!  Get them sandy, get them wet, get them dinged up, toss them into a trashy hole…wheresoforth goeth the ball, thou goest.

Put your bocce ball blasting skills to the test in this casual competition open to all ages and levels of skill.  Enjoy a day of fun in the sun competing for the coveted title of “Biggest Balls on the Beach!!!” as well as many other awards.  Registration is open to anyone looking for friendly bocce competition and not afraid to get a little sand on your balls.

Note that this year the games may start in the afternoon to coincide with low tide and a feast to follow.  Logistics to be communicated to Team Captains before the event.  Get on a team or captain your own team before the event’s first toss-off.

ALL PLAYERS MUST REGISTER USING THE REGISTRATION FORM HERE

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MAY 28, 2014.

Not a bocce enthusiast? No problem! Come out to cheer on your favorite team and enjoy the beach. Fun for everyone!

Please contact Rob with any inquiries regarding the tourney.

Important Links:

Note: These docs are in MS Word. Contact Rob if you cannot open them.

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SEE YOU AT THE TOURNAMENT!

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2012 BBBBA Tournament Wieners

•    Biggest Balls On The Beach (First Place)
Harriatrix – Harriet Turner, Buddy Turner,
David Parker Sr, Marilyn Parker
•    Hell No! (Last Place) – Donny Waltz
•    Oldest Balls (Oldest player) – David Parker Sr
•    Youngest Balls (Youngest Player) – Reide Zimmerman
•    Stephen GW Parker Sportsmanship Award – Austin
•    Master Blaster – Christine Finkel
•    Longest Kiss – Tim
•    Tightest Balls – Finkelicious Destructeurs
•    Juiciest Wieners – Harriet Turner

Don’t be a DUD, be a STUD!!!
Put your best balls out there
and win something SWEET!