The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VIII, Issue 15 - May 25, 2009 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news & readers' feedback
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Photos of the week
•   Tournament update
Notes from the publisher
The weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 8, Issue #15 - May 25, 2009
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2009
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again bocce faithful,

My sincere apologies for missing my publishing deadlines the last two weeks. The Mass. Senior Games and kicking off our non-profit group's softball season have kept me busy. I think the "dust is settling" now and I can get back to my regular publishing schedule.

Thanks to all who helped make our Massachusetts Senior Games Bocce Tourney a success. I've listed the sponsors and contributors below in Bocce News...We're still having trouble drawing teams from around the state. It seems that people are comfortable in their local venues but are reluctant to venture out to play in other areas. One reason is that some think they will be matched up against great players (which is really not the case hereabouts) and another is that they don't want to be out of pocket for travel expenses and lodging. Do any readers have ideas about how to break down these barriers? If so, please REPLY and we'll print your suggestions.

We're going to run a Tuesday night bocce league at Zorvino Vineyards in Sandown, New Hampshire. The owners have installed two nifty outdoor courts and are anxious to add bocce to their list of offerings. More details below under Bocce news...

Stay close and always be up front,
Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

Kenwood, CA bocce...

Bocce news & readers' feedback
{Publisher's comments in brackets...}

Just added a link on JoyofBocce.com to a new bocce site - http://www.USAbocce.com (not to be confused with http://www.BocceUSA.com which is the one promoted by the late Bocce Bob Whitlow in Illinois).

Check Bocce Bob's site by clicking this link: http://www.BocceUSA.com . Check the new site by clicking the image to the right.

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Thanks to all who contributed to the success of our Massachusetts Senior Games Bocce. We had great competiton, great camaraderie, and especially great food!

Contributors were:

Enterprise Bank
Mass. Senator Steven Baddour
Dr. Joseph Beninato, D.M.D., P.C.
Jack Bono, Stanton Insurance Agency, Inc.
Attorney Arthur Broadhurst
Mark Colonna, Ameriprise Financial
William Coughlan, Marquis & Coughlan Insurance
Arthur Daniels, Pediatric Dentistry
Danvers Bank
DeMoulas/Market Basket
East Coast Coffee
Grella Financial Services
Patrick Hadley, Hadley Media
Dennis Hanson
Dr. John Hertzenberg
Kalil Dental Associates
Iannalfo Family
Latitude Sports Clubs
Mann Orchards
Methuen Mayor William Manzi
Ben Martignetti, UMACO
Martignetti Enterprises
Martignetti Family
Gary Morse Printing
Joe Pappalardo
Attorney John Rauseo
Len Saltzman - All-Pro Design Builders
Dave Solomon - Methuen Liquors & Grocery

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League starting in Sandown, NH

Anyone within driving distance of Sandown's Zorvino Vineyards will be happy to hear that we will be running a Tuesday night league there beginning June 2, 2009.

You can sign up with a spouse, friend, or significant other and be on the same team, or you can register individually and get placed on a team. Teams can be male, female, or mixed.

Email Mario@joyofbocce.com with your interest.

Also, we'll have a practice/sign-up night on Tuesday, May 26, 2009. No food or drink included - just a night of free play starting at 6:00 PM. Come play on the courts, get a little bocce instruction, then play some informal bocce. REPLY with your interest or call 978-686-8679.

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Mass. Senior Games Woes...

We're still struggling to get bocce elevated to a national event for the Senior Games. Locally we even had trouble drawing a large number of teams, ending up with only 6 teams of 3 players. There are quite a few groups playing locally, but they seem reluctant to venture out to play at other venues. Sometimes it's because they think they will run into players who are much more skilled than they are. Sometimes it's because they don't want to be out of pocket for travel or hotel fees. If you have any ideas on how to overcome these obstacles, please REPLY.

It was a shame that there were only 6 teams as the event was wonderful, with great competition, great camaraderie, and of course, truly great food.

On the bright side, we were able to set up a round robin format which guaranteed each team 5 matches (each team plays each of the other teams). The games went to 9 points or 25 minutes, whichever came first. When the buzzer signaling 25 minutes went off, we finished the frame in progress then started the next match. In retrospect, playing "triples" (3-player teams) takes a little longer as there are 12 balls in play instead of 8. Next time we'll extend the time limit a bit.

I told the 6 teams that if, after the round robin there was a clear cut winner (e.g. one team has 5 wins and no losses, one goes 4 - 1, one goes 3 - 2, etc. we'd award the gold, silver, and bronze medals accordingly). But, I knew that the teams were all pretty even and there was a chance that they would all beat up on each other and we'd have to do some creative tie-breaking, probably with an elimination round.

Sure enough, 4 teams went 3 - 2, one went 2 - 3 and the other went 1 and 4. We sent the two bottom seeds "packing" and pitted the 4 top teams against each other in a single elimination, "final four" bracket.

After the first elimination matches, the two winning teams played for the gold and silver and the two losers played for the bronze.

We'll just keep at it and try to draw more teams next year. We're going to make a concerted effort to draw at least one team from each of the local bocce groups that we know of. Then, we're sure they'll have a great time at our event and get the word back to the rank and file at their venue. Then the next year could be a banner year re: the # of participants.

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LOVE this email from Myrle Francis...

"Your web site had me hooked on bocce before I even threw my first ball!"

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Jeremy Calhoon sends a Microsoft Word file for the Martinez June 13th PRV Tournament... I've posted it here...

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/June13thPuntoRaffaVoloTournament.doc

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Dr. Cordano has been working with a committee of USBF members who are trying to revise and update the Open Rules. The results should be finalized after the June Nationals at Campo di Bocce of Livermore. According to Dr. C...

"The idea behind the effort of improved Open Rules is that hopefully they will be accepted by most of the USA or at least used as a reference tool. Behind the concepts are the experiences of players and Board members that have participated in many events throughout the US. In the areas of New York state and Ohio as well as Pennsylvania, there are several large money events with participation of several hundreds of players. Many of these tournaments are played on 60 ft courts with players using one ball each. Many of these events have large participation from Canadian teams as well as surrounding areas of the US. The quality of the games in the final rounds is impressive to say the least. For that reason alone there is great need for the pointing and shooting lines to become standardized. In closing, even though the Committee members could NOT AGREE 100% on all the items in the final version, they were able to reach a majority approval. The most difficult situation is trying to please everyone and yet accept that there are so many different ways that Open is played in the US. The Committee feels their interpretation represents the most balanced way for Open to be played."

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Jeff Thompson sends this...

"Mia Maria's 4th Annual Bocce Festival will be held on August 15, 2009 from 10 AM to 6 PM at Frontier Park's Indian Village in Cheyenne, WY. 2 player teams, food and beverage will be available. For information you may contact Jeff or Nola Thompson at 307-638-6756.

{This is good news - we don't hear much about bocce in Wyoming. The more growth of the sport in more areas of the country the better!}

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Blast from the past...

It's fun to look at back issues to see where we were and where we might be headed.

Volume #4, Issue #22 - June 20, 2005

{Here's something I wrote a couple years back that bears repeating...}

Our senior softball league is off and running and, as always, I just can't convince the players that it's just supposed to be fun. I don't know what it is they think they are winning...an NCAA ring? Cash? Prestige?

The good natured competition has always drawn me to recreational bocce. Everybody tries to win, but it's more about the camaraderie than about the victories.

In his book No Contest, The Case Against Competition, author Alfie Kohn argues convincingly that we compete out of low self-esteem. The only way we can feel good about ourselves is to beat someone else. I see it all the time in basketball and softball, but much less often in bocce, which lends itself to good-natured play more than many other sports (although, I must admit I have seen some mean-spirited antics in bocce tournament action - especially when there are cash prizes on the line).

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USBF NEWS

We should all be card carrying members. Every club should be affiliated. For the sport to gain the attention it needs we need to boast of many thousands of members. Download a USBF Membership Application here: http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/USBF_membership_pdf.pdf . }

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SANTA ROSA BOCCE LEAGUE officers Robert Battaile, President and League Organizer, Karl Adelman, Vice President, Michelle Jensen, Secretary send this to all Bocce Movers and Shakers...

"We are planning to put together a Regional Exhibition Match on either Saturday, July 11 or Sunday July 12.

As most of you know, this is the first year of the Santa Rosa Bocce League and we have put together an enthusiastic group of eight teams playing on Monday and Wednesday nights in Juilliard Park.

On April 20, the Mayor proclaimed 'Bocce Week' in Santa Rosa. On Wednesday May 27th, we will be talking to the Santa Rosa Board of County Services about building bocce courts in Doyle Park. Our momentum is building as we now have 100 members and are planning for our Fall League to start in mid-August.

Thus, we'd love to have teams from the area join us for an afternoon of spirited competition. There's no entry fees. Prizes will be few but bragging rights are assured.
Minimum team size is four people, with two playing at each end. Larger teams are encouraged with players rotating throughout.

Please let me know if you can join us and which day would be better for your schedule.

Here's our dream-teams lineup:

1) Santa Rosa Bocce League - winning team from the Spring League

2) Santa Rosa All-Stars - (a team we'll be putting together with various contests/competitions)

3) St. Helena team or group - Charlotte Lord

4) San Rafael team or group - Jerry South

5) Yountville Team or group - Richard Gambatese

6) Sonoma Group - Ken McTaggart

7) Sacramento team or group - Vern Cooper

8) Martinez team or group - Gene Rittburg

Check out http://www.santarosabocce.com and contact them via the web site.

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We need to get Open Rules bocce into the Senior Olympics. This would go a long way to get increased exposure nationwide.

If you want to help lobby for this, send an email supporting bocce as an event at the National Senior Games.

Send it to:

Philip Godfrey, President and CEO
PGodfrey@NSGA.com.

Send a cc to Mark Zeug, NSGA Chairman
Zeug@Hawaii.RR.com

2010 is a qualifying year for the National Games which are scheduled for Houston, TX in 2011 (you qualify one year and represent your state the following year). This from the Senior Games 2011 web site:

"Competitive events will include: archery, badminton, basketball, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, race walk, racquetball, road race, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field, triathlon and volleyball. In addition, there is the possibility of adding additional sports for 2011."

Bocce balls and boules of old...

Photos of the week
This week's photos were submitted by Dan Klinedinst who is President of the MFL (Mid-Florida-Lakes) Bocce Club.

"I'm sending pictures of our Special Olympics games held here at Mid-Florida-Lakes in Florida. Every year we hold the area and district games here at our courts. This year we had the best year ever. The whole community is taking an interest in our yearly event. Last year and this year, the Home Owners Association did the cooking to help feed the athletes and their families. I hope to send more photos of our other activities here at our courts."

{Yes, yes, photos from around the country are the life blood of the ezine. Keep 'em coming.}

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Design 2005 from Playaboule

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Ball Size: 107 mm dia and 920 gm weight.

The official size and weight for US and international tournament play.

Set of 4 balls with a 40mm pallina.

This ball is made with a unique core material that the outer skin is molded to.

Click to view these high end bocce offered by Playaboule...

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Tournament update
{chronological order}

WHY ISN'T YOUR TOURNEY LISTED HERE?

Don't let the West Coast players hog all the space!

SEND INFO - WE'LL POST - NO CHARGE

Please - anyone running a tournament - do me a favor - put a notice near your tourney bracket board informing players that they can go to http://www.joyofbocce.com and "opt in" for my FREE Ezine on bocce. Click the logo to the right to opt in if you do not already receive this ezine every Monday.

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Please consider designating someone as "official event photographer" and directing that person to send snapshots for us to reproduce as photos of the week. Our readers love seeing bocce action from around the continent.

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May 29, 2009 - Pennsylvania - Ellwood City. 4-player teams. Contact Mike Harper @ 724-494-6735.

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May 30, 2009 - California - I.A.C.C. - South City. RAFFA -2 women players. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278. POSTPONED - DETAILS POSTED WHEN AVAILABLE.

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June 7, 2009 - California - Sutter Creek. I.B.S. OPEN - 4 players. At least one woman. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.

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June 12, 2009 - Pennsylvania - Koppel. IMBS - 2-player teams. Contact 724-847-4488.

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June 13, 2009 - California - Martinez. RAFFA - 2 players. Contact Jeremy Calhoun @ 510-450-2545.

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June 19, 2009 - Pennsylvania - Beaver Falls. Fathers' Day - 4-player teams. Contact 724-843-9854.

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June 20, 2009 - New Jersey - Franklin Twp. 3rd Annual Bocce Invitational at Colonial Park. Proceeds will support Operation Shoebox New Jersey and Boys & Girls Clubs of New Jersey. View pdf here: http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/NJ_2009.pdf

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June 20, 2009. California - South City. I.A.C.C. OPEN - 2 men and 2 women players. Contact Rudy Bertolozzi @ 650-583-9936.

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June 22 - 24, 2009 - California - Campo di Bocce Livermore. Open Invitational Tournament. Contact Ben Musolf @ Benjamin@campodibocce.com or 408-857-0074.

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June 22 - 27, 2009. California - Campo di Bocce Livermore. US NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074.

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June 26, 2009 - Pennsylvania - Ellwood City. 2-player teams. Contact Mike Harper @ 724-494-6735.

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July 4, 2009 - California - Martinez. OPEN - 2 players. Contact Jeremy Calhoun @ 510-450-2545.

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July 10, 2009. Pennsylvania - Koppel. 4-player teams. Contact 724-847-4488.

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July 10, 2009 - Pennsylvania - Farrell. Farrell Italian Home. 4-player teams. Contact 724-346-6931.

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July 11, 2009 - California - San Rafael - Marin. OPEN - 2 men players. Contact Diana Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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July 11, 2009 - Washington - Auburn Bocce Club. OPEN - 4 players. Contact Salvatore Gascon @ 253-939-3502.

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July 17, 2009 - Ohio - Cleveland. Little Italy Bocce Cup. 4-player teams. Contact Michael Cipullo @ 216) 513-4459.

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July 18, 2009 - California - Fairfield. OPEN - 4 players. John Magnetti Memorial Tourney. Contact Vergie Trammell @ 707-425-5301.

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July 25, 2009 - California - Campo di Bocce Los Gatos. RAFFA - 1 man and 1 woman. Contact John Ross @ 408- 354-0625.

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July 25, 2009 - Ohio - Youngstown. 4-player teams. Contact Carmine @ 330-501-3958.

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August 1, 2009 - California - San Rafael -Marin. OPEN - 4 players. Western Sector Championships. Contact Diana Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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August 7, 2009. Pennsylvania - Koppell. Co-ed tourney. Contact 724-847-4488.

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August 8, 2009 - California - San Rafael - Marin. OPEN - 2 women players. Contact Diana Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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August 14, 2009 - Pennsylvania - New Galilee. 4-player teams. Contact Jessie Pomerico @ 724-622-4792.

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August 15, 2009 - California - I.A.C.C. South City OPEN - 4 womwn players. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.

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August 15, 2009 - Wyoming - Cheyenne. Mia Maria's 4th Annual Bocce Festival. 10 AM to 6 PM at Frontier Park's Indian Village. 2 player teams, food and beverages available. Contact Jeff or Nola Thompson at 307-638-6756.

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August 22, 2009 - California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce. RAFFA - 3 players. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408- 379-9409.

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August 28 - 30, 2009 - Ohio - Wickliffe. WICKLIFFE ITALIAN-AMERICAN CLUB. 26th annual CLEVELAND CHALLENGE CUP OF BOCCE sponsored by Pat O'Brien Chevrolet. $5000 first prize, $15,000 in total prize money – GUARANTEED. $150 per team entry. Trophy’s and medals for Champion and second place finishers and tournament t-shirts for all participants. Four person teams (plus one sub) Contact Gino Latessa (glatessa@marcs.com) @ 216-789-6393 for more info. Applications and info online @ http://www.wickliffeianda.com.

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August 29, 2009 - California - Sacramento - East Portal. OPEN - 4 players. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-961-2404.

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September 12, 2009 - California - I.A.C.C. - South City. RAFFA - 3 PLAYERS. 24th Ital.-Amer. Games. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.

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September 19, 2009 - California - I.A.C. - Stockton. RAFFA - 1 MAN AND 1 WOMAN. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.

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September 20, 2009 - California - P.I.A.S.C. San Mateo
OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. At least one woman. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.

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September 26, 2009 - California - I.B.S. - Sutter Creek. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Gold Country Classic. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.

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October 3, 2009 - California - Stockton - Waterloo. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.

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October 4, 2009 - California - South City I.A.C.C. VOLO - 2 PLAYERS. Contact Ale Bettucchi @ 650-697-7702.

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October 10, 2009 - California - San Rafael - Marin. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Diana Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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October 17, 2009 - California - Sacramento - East Portal. RAFFA - 3 PLAYERS. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-961-2404.

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October 24, 2009 - California - Stockton I.A.C. RAFFA - 3 players. Western Sector Championship. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.

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November 12-14, 2009. Nevada - Reno. Peppermill Casino. OPEN - 4 players. Contact Dana Shores @ 800-648-6992.

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December 5, 2009 - California - Stockton. I. A. C. OPEN – 4 PLAYERS. At least two women players. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.

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