Gioco del Ponte presented the new technical regulations for the battle

Gioco del Ponte has the new technical regulations for the battle, which were presented this morning, Saturday 30 April, at Palazzo Gambacorti, in the presence of Filippo BediniAnd Counselor of Historical Traditions of the Municipality of Pisa, Roberto ToniniCommander in Chief, Joco del Ponte Mario SeraiMember of the Council of Elders, Matthew BaldassarriGeneral Tramontana Luca RecoverySouthern Lieutenant Federico BocinelliLieutenant Tramontana H Maurizio NereniMember of the Council of Elders.

Completed – declares the Counselor of Historical Traditions of the Municipality of Pisa, Filippo Bedini An ambitious and indispensable project: the new technical regulations for battle. An act that begins with a specific speech given by the Council of the Wise, from the moment of its inauguration, to the Commander in Chief: to make Gioco del Ponte more usable and exciting. The last amendment to this regulation dates back to 2012, but it consists of only a few non-material changes. I thank all those who worked throughout 2021 to find the balance necessary to achieve today’s result, in particular Commander-in-Chief Roberto Tonini, Lieutenant-Generals, the Council of Elders and anyone who collaborated in drafting a new regulation that is sure to improve the performance of the game.”

“The new regulation – continues my hands – It was approved by the Council of Elders who worked on the draft rejected by the technical group, leading to a unanimous vote on a simplified text compared to the old system that was last modified in 2012, and a rationalization work to cancel it from the technical regulation. Parts that overlap similar materials in the general regulations of Gioco del Ponte. In this regard, I am pleased to announce that the process in the commission will soon begin to reach approval of the new general regulations, which are up to the City Council. Also in this case it is a new version that has been greatly improved and simplified. As for the work on the costumes of the historical show, this huge amount of work on the regulations of the Gioco del Ponte, carried out in the past two years, indisputably shows that, despite the many difficulties associated with the epidemic and the impossibility of giving life to the event, The game world did not stand idly by, but nevertheless wanted to roll up its sleeves to ensure a long and better future for this wonderful tradition.”

To get to the new list – the Commander in Chief explains Roberto Tonini – We formed a working group that involved the two leaderships and representatives of all the judiciary. Some of the mechanisms of Gioco del Ponte are hard to scratch, but we all managed to do a great job: we thought above all about the future of Gioco del Ponte, in which the management has invested a lot, in fact I would say that what has been invested in these three years has never been implemented In 30 years of Play. Among the changes to the regulation, we have minimized the wedges under the boots of fighters, restricted the possibility of dual missions to get more people to participate in the game, have set a 5-year block for captains to change positions, while introducing a ban on Change parties for those appointed by the mayor. Finally, we set a minimum age of 70 for roles in the game and made sure that the behavior of extras, fighters and everyone else involved in the game was to be treated with the utmost respect, especially on the part of extras, who must stay dressed for the duration of the event, with penalties for those fail”.

“We really appreciated – announced Luca RecoverySouthern Lieutenant – The spirit of engaging all workers and everyone who makes bridge play possible. We thank the municipal administration and the Commander in Chief who engaged the parties in this work to amend the regulations. In the work we were involved in, we tried to improve the timing of the battle as much as possible, trying to make it certain, without canceling the regulations. It was a great job as the parties, incredibly, put their colors and representation aside and put the general interest of the event front and center.”

“With the new regulation – he said Federico Bocinelli, Lieutenant Tramontana – We tried not to disturb the foundations of Gioco del Ponte. The battle remained as it was before, but we tried to improve the equipment of the fighters: shoes, belts and pillows were organized in a more detailed way. All of this work that we did was also aimed at speeding up event times, reducing dead times that were there and in the coming years we’ll try to see if there are more improvements that need to be done. It was an excellent experience, as we did a joint and united work between the two parties, with the exchange of opinions and viewpoints.”

“I would like to stress – he added Matthew Baldassarri, General Tramontana – What both the commissioner and the commander said: It’s not easy to change things in the game, it’s a complex machine, where there are many actors, who have ways of thinking that have stabilized and taken root over the years. We appreciated the sharing of orders and the judiciary, trying to do as much choral work as possible: surely it was a longer task, but walking together we achieve more. I think this was the right way, to get all the parties and heroes into the action, to come together to improve the game, and make it more usable by the audience. This year’s game will be a testing ground for shot tweaks for the next few years, but the important thing is to start changing something. In these years of the pandemic, the commissioner said, we’ve worked to secure the game and, most importantly, give the event a future.

Source: Municipality of Pisa – press office

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