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2021 Summer League

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The 2021 Summer Season

Having successfully completed the 2020 Spring League by July 2021, we proceeded immediately to the 2021 Summer League. Public health guidance had settled down, and we could proceed with a pretty normal season. We offered the same opt out options for existing Summer League teams (no loss of space for 2022). A few teams chose to opt out and their spots were filled within a few days. The season started on Sunday, August 1 (about two weeks behind compared to a normal year).

The Summer League was anything but normal. Matches were canceled due to heat, smoke/air quality, power outages, and, at the end, a lot of rain. We made-up our way through all of it (and having to extend the season by a couple of weeks into November) and were ready for what turned out to be a bizarre playoff tournament.

The 2021 Summer League ran from August 1 through November 13, 2021.

The season comprised 70 teams divided into 7 groups of 10 teams each.

  • Group A: Sundays at 1:30 pm.
  • Group B: Sundays at 6:30 pm.
  • Group C: Mondays at 6:30 pm.
  • Group D: Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.
  • Group E: Wednesdays at 6:30 pm.
  • Group F: Thursdays at 6:30 pm.
  • Group G: Fridays at 7:00 pm.

The regular season was originally scheduled to run from August 1 through October 22, 2021. Due to cancellations and make-up matches, the end date was exteneded to October 30. During the regular season, each team played one match against each of the other nine teams in their group.

Because the season start has been delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we compressed the schedule by playing a small number of Sunday and Monday matches on another night. These made up for the Labor Day holiday.

There were no inter-group matches this season.

At the end of the regular season, the top four teams in each group advanced to the playoffs. The top four of the remaining teams (across all groups) also advanced to the playoffs as wildcard teams. Single elimination playoffs commenced on November 2 and finished with the championship match on November 13.

Electronic scoring made its Summer League debut in the 2021 season.

The Playoffs

There was a mad scramble for the four wild card slots, which was not settled until the final regular season matches (a make-up, of course). Lest anyone think that the wild card teams (seeded 29-32, respectively) are just playoff fodder for the top four seeds – talk to the Meadow Maulers. This Sunday 6:30 team is an original Newhall team (remember, the Clayton Bocce League started at Newhall Park in 2002) making one of their very few playoff visits. They were the No. 31 seed.

The Meadow Maulers caught a big Round 1 break when the No. 2 seeded team had to forfeit due to scheduling. They then proceeded to beat the 15th seeded team in the 2nd round, and the 10th seeded team in the 3rd round (to become the lowest seeded team to ever make the semifinals). Joining the Meadow Maulers in the playoffs were three former league champions (Xvengers, Block Party, and Ed’s Mudville Grill, seeded 3rd, 4th, and 9th, respectively). Clearly not afraid of their surroundings, the Meadow Maulers stunned the Xvengers in the semifinals. That earned them a championship match against Block Party (also the defending 2019 Fall League champion). The Meadow Maulers finally ran out of gas in game 1, when Block Party came from behind to grab a 13-11 win, then closed matters out with a 12-5 win in game 2 to claim their 2nd league championship.

Congratulations to the 2021 Summer League winners

Champions (gold): Block Party
2nd Place (silver): Meadow Maulers
3rd Place (bronze): Xvengers
4th Place: Ed's Mudville Grill'

2021 Summer League Champions: Block Party
(L-R): Rob Bassi, Stacey Bassi, Cathy Duckworth (capo), Mike Duckworth, Tim Stiller
Not Pictured: JC Niljar, Gaby Sanghera, Kelly Stiller, Darold Withrow
2021 Summer League 2nd Place: Meadow Maulers
(L-R): Evonne Schiappcasse, John Schiappcasse, Dina Jacobsen, Craig Jacobsen, Karen Long, Laura Beck, Brian Johnson (capo), Al Wraa, Olivia Moore, Cheryl Johnson
2021 Summer League 3rd Place: Xvengers
(L-R): Mike Berndt (capo), Steve Jayko, Char Iacobitti, Gary Tipp, Rod Overstreet
Not Pictured: Cheryl Berndt, Greg Berndt, Lisa Berndt, Nick Iacobitti, Jon Thorsen