Congrats to 509 Girlz!

Congratulations to 509 Girlz, Lori Oberlitner and Ang Bashore! Another prior winner (11 years ago at Higgyball 10), the 509 Girlz only had one loss on the day, and they tore through the knockout tournament to take the crown once again. Congrats!

The MVPs this year went to Danielle Mann and Marc Tincher, who also happen to be our gracious hosts. Big thanks to them, and don’t forget to help with cleanup today. Save the date for next year: Saturday, May 24, 2025.

Lastly, those fabled Higgyball 20 water bottles were waiting for me when I got home last night, so I will have them available for people to pick up. Please email mark.r.walker@gmail.com to make arrangements. For any out-of-towners, we’ll figure something out.

H20 Final Prep

We made it! It looks like we may have some inclement weather at points throughout the day, but if so, we’ll take a quick pause, let it pass, and get on with the fun. A few final notes:

  • BE ON TIME! Reminder for the address: 7650 King Rd. Oxford, OH 45056. The event starts at 11:00am, so be there before then, especially if you’re part of a team. Speaking of teams, take a look at the rules. Newcomers should familiarize themselves with how we run things. As usual, we’ll run everything through a computer on the deck, so you can see field assignments and standings on the big screen. Teams should check in at the deck computer when you arrive, because we need all teams present to begin the tournament. If you’re ridiculously late, we’ll give you a loss for your first round match-up. If you know you will be late, please let someone know long before the start of the event.
  • If you pledged your balls to Higgyball, please bring your bocce sets with you, and check in with a council member for field assignment. We’ll do our best to make sure you leave with the same balls you arrived with.
  • Please bring ice and food to share. There will be tubs and tables set up near the house. Also, please volunteer to help clean up after the event, whether tonight or tomorrow, it really helps. Thank you!
  • Park next to the driveway. You’ll see where everyone else parks.

H20 is Just a Few Days Away

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We’re just a few days away from Higgyball, so stretch those joints and ready those coozies. Here are just a few reminders to ensure you have a good Higgyball experience:

  • BE ON TIME! Reminder for the address: 7650 King Rd. Oxford, OH 45056. The event starts at 11:00am, so be there before then, especially if you’re on a team. Speaking of teams, take a look at the rules. Newcomers should familiarize themselves with how we run things. As usual, we’ll run everything through a computer on the deck, so you can see field assignments and standings on the big screen. Teams should check in at the deck computer when you arrive (this is especially important because we need all teams present to begin the tournament). If you’re ridiculously late, we’ll give you a loss for your first round match-up. If you know you will be late, please let someone know long before the start of the event.
  • If you’ve signed up and your plans have changed regarding Higgyball, please let me know, and you’ll get your money back. If someone bows out the day of the event, we’ll take any replacements from the Wait List that are at Higgyball to fill the spot. If you would like to play and have yet to sign up, click here for the Wait List or add yourself to the Free Agent list.
  • If you pledged your balls to Higgyball, please bring your bocce sets with you, and check in with a council member for field assignment. We’ll do our best to make sure you leave with the same balls you arrived with.
  • The weather is looking a bit iffy at the moment, but we might get lucky! Reminder: The rain backup date is Sunday, May 26, 2024. Any teams that cannot make that date will get a refund.
  • No matter which day the event is held, please volunteer to help with the cleanup process. Our hosts are gracious to have us, but often are left with a big mess. Coordinate amongst yourselves and please offer to assist, either in the evening after the tournament or the following day.
  • Items to bring: water, sunscreen, bocce set(s), water, food items to share, lawn chairs, water, bug spray, sunglasses, tape measure, rain gear, swim suit and towel, and water.
  • Ice! It’s so important, it needs its own section. Please bring a large bag or two of ice to throw in the giant communal beverage tubs.
  • The parking location may have to be decided on the day of the tournament, depending on the amount of rain we get between now and then. We’ll have people directing everyone to the right place.
  • We have a few neat surprises for Year 20 at the event, so stay tuned.
  • Fedora Taxi is available to hire to get back home if needed. Their rates are reasonable. (513) 255-9999
  • Lastly, check out the Higgyball Dry Goods store for cool swag. Do it!

Higgyball 20 Registration

Update 4/28/2024 1:37pm
Aaaand we’re full. If you did not get a chance to sign up, please use the Wait List to reserve your team’s spot. We do occasionally have registered teams drop out for any number of reasons, so don’t hesitate. Also, if a registered team does have to drop out, please contact mark.r.walker@gmail.com for a full refund.

Registration is now open! Click here to register. When you sign up, please let us know if you can bring a regulation bocce set (we need 16 sets!). Also, each team can add one song to the playlist this year. For payment, PayPal is the only option, but you can pay via credit card on the PayPal payment page.

As other teams register, you can follow along at the Bracket page. While you’re here, check out Higgyball Dry Goods to get your merch. If you don’t yet have a partner, sign up or look on the Free Agent list.

Also, don’t forget, the event will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 11:00am at 7650 King Rd. Oxford, OH 45056. Brush up on the rules, and don’t be late!

Reminders, Registration, Merch, & Maps

Here’s a quick reminder that Higgyball registration is happening this Sunday (4/28) at 12:00pm! Visit www.higgyball.com to make sure you can access your account so that you are not delayed, as spots often fill up quickly. A link to the registration page will be sent right at noon, and then you can follow along at the Bracket page (some teams are already there because they were in the Final Four last year). If you don’t yet have a partner, please use the Free Agent list. When all spots are filled, we’ll open the Wait List. For those that sign up on Sunday, please remember to pledge your balls to Higgyball, as we need several sets of bocce balls to be able to run all fields at once. Also, you’ll have a chance to add a music request during registration.

While you’re here, visit the Higgyball merch store to get some H20 swag! This year’s collection is full of variety in both product, and design. Once again, we’ll be using Zazzle as our supplier. They will ship directly to you, and in many cases, you will have the option to customize your product by brand, material, and color! Make sure to take advantage of the discount codes, and double check your shipping before checkout.

If you’re new to Higgyball, you’ll probably need to know how to get there. Here’s the address: 7650 King Rd. Oxford, OH 45056. Keep an eye on the weather, and start planning now to make sure you don’t forget anything. Reminder that Higgyball20 is on Saturday, May 25, 2024 at 11:00am (sharp!) with a rain backup date of Sunday, May 26. See you out there!

Higgyball20: Save the Date / Registration

The historic, momentous, and eagerly anticipated Higgyball20 is right around the corner, and will be held on Saturday, May 25, at 11:00 in the AM.

Higgyball20 sign-ups will take place on Sunday, April 28 at 12:00PM (noon) at www.higgyball.com.

Higgyball bocce is played with teams of two, so now is the time to make arrangements with a partner if you haven’t yet. If you can’t find a partner, a “free agent” list will be provided for you. Each team will be charged an entry fee of $10 during the online sign-up process.

Slots will be allotted for 32 teams. 1st – 4th place from Higgyball19 will be provided automatic entry, but still need to sign up! Don’t wait until the last second, as slots fill quickly. A wait list will be opened if all 32 spots are taken.

Expect more info in the days and weeks to come, including updates on gear, maps, registries, etc. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me at patrickalytle@gmail.com.

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