WORLD RANKING

Top 20 Players in the World

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2016

            Player's Name 

 1   Robert Ferraro

 2   Lucio Andreozzi

 3   Mike Panzarella 

 4   Joe Veltri

 5   Mike Mayer              

 6   Mark Panzarella   

 7   Joe Cardarelli  

 8    Pat Petrarca

 9   Jim Lowell

10                                      

11  Frank Rizzo  

12  John Mancone Jr.   

13  Paul Misuraca 

14  Pat Varone   

15  Gaetano Barbelli

16  Johm Riccio            

17  Mike Panzarella Jr.   

18  Jeff Machado 

19    

20  Domenic Veltri  

  How did Dom V make the top 20?

Points 

 

908       

886

835                                   

801   

793   

786   

733   

701     

697 

688                                    

673   

663   

655   

633   

632                                       

621            

620  

616  

613

503 

 

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 The bocce world rankings are the official system of ranking professional bocce players to determine automatic qualification and seeding for tournaments. They are maintained by the sport's governing body, the WCBIF. As of  January 2016, the number one-ranked player is Robert Ferraro.

Since the world rankings began in 1976 only eight players have held the number one position: Robert FerraroRocco TellaBenny Ricco, Pat VaroneAl Russo, Italo Ditommaso, Gaetano Barbelli and Fiore Magnone – although Gaetano Gozzi would have been ranked #1 in 1982/83 if he had not had ranking points deducted for disciplinary reasons. Gozzi was also suspended from the #2 ranking for part of the 2013 year.  Additionally, it has been eighteen years since any player other than Tella, Ricco, Russo or Barbelli has held the top spot.

The rankings for a given season are based on ranking points accumulated by players in the two seasons prior to the current one. For each ranking tournament, players score ranking points based on the round they reached. Seeded losers receive half the ranking points for that round. Ranking points are totalled after each World Bocce  Championship to determine final rankings for the next season.

The highest-ranked players automatically qualify for the final stages of certain tournaments, whereas lower-ranked players have to play a series of qualifying rounds. In particular, the top 20 players automatically qualify for the final stages of the World Bocce Championship and the Masters. (For other tournaments, the top 20 players qualify automatically.) Therefore, as well as interest in who will be number one, towards the end of a season there is typically a lot of interest in which players are likely to maintain or acquire "top 20 status".

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