The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VIII, Issue 5 - February 9, 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 #5 - February 9, 2009
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2008
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again bocce friends,

My group is gearing up to again host the bocce segment of the Mass. Senior Games on May 16, 2009. If you are going to be in the neighborhood, please consider entering a team.

We need to start a serious effort to get bocce recognized as a national event in the Senior Olympics and I am asking you to send an email supporting this effort. The details are listed below under "Bocce news".

Thanks for helping us make this important step for the growth of the game in America.

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

Dr. Mazzei's home court in Trenton, Maine...

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

Bocce USA Hosts "January Thaw"

Bocce Tourney at Bob Whitlow Memorial Courts

The West Frankfort, Illinois based Bocce USA hosted a league tournament on Sat., January 31 at the Bob Whitlow Memorial Bocce Courts. This event, due to the ice and snow storm which had nearly paralyzed the entire tri-state area the week before, was affectionately (or appropriately) called the "January Thaw" tourney.

Thirty-two players from throughout the Bi-county area participated in the event which began promptly at 1 p.m. Teams were selected by drawing names, with the first name drawn for each team serving as that team's captain.

Play continued throughout the afternoon and into the early evening. There were many evenly matched teams and a number of "hot contests" between the players who usually face off on Monday nights at the courts.

When the last ball was rolled and the last point was scored, it was John Maleski's team which emerged victorious, being the only team to win 5 straight games. Playing with John on January Thaw's first place team were: Mary Lynn Whitlow, Debby Bussler and Betty Stipes.

Prizes were also awarded to second, third and fourth place teams (all who played in the final round).

{Bocce Bob would be proud. The good folks In Illinois are keeping the game and his name alive.

It's not so easy to see in the small photo above, but organizers point out that "Bocce USA founder, 'Bocce Bob' Whitlow seems to be presenting the team with his outstretched hand in the poster mounted on the wall behind the team posing for the photo." Click the photo for a better view.}
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Lillian White, Ohio Special Olympic bocce coach chimes in about Dr. Joe DeFrank’s Hawaii bocce rules mentioned a few issues back… (http://www2.hawaii.edu/~defrenk/non_homepage_pages/Narrated_powerpoint_slide_shows.htm )

“The U.S.A. Special Olympic uses the United States Bocce Federation rules at the International (World) Special Olympics.

{That’s very good news because in the two SO World Games that I officiated in 1995 and 1999, they used the antiquated and now defunct International Bocce Association rules.}

Why the need to make different official rules for Hawaii or any place?

Having a 60'X 12' area even in a space limited area can be done. I understand a possible need for 'thrill' with the uneven turf...the thrill of the sport is plenty and does not need the 'addition'.

The multiple rules make Bocce a backyard game not a sport.

Would the same change of rules be done for soccer, baseball or American football? I don't think so. To make alternative official rules should not be done.”

{We’re trying to standardize (and revise) the USBF Open rules for tournament play, but we understand that different “home rules” might hang on in some areas. People tend to think that the way they learned to play is the “right” way and everybody else is playing incorrectly. It’s human nature, I guess.}

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Benji Tosi sends a link to his latest bocce documentary, "I Bocciatori". View it at his web site here: http://www.boccevolo.com

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Robert Battaile sends a link to the site for his Santa Rosa Bocce League. Photos by Robert Battaile 2009.

http://www.santarosabocce.com/

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Bryan Mero from Ibocce.com sends this…

“I've used Office Bocce to introduce the game to folks in my office...they love it!

The rules differ only slightly...we had a blast!

Check it out! Be my guest to post in one of your newsletters."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEDPSiCSKXQ

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Guy De Santis sends news of a 1st annual bocce event...

Mount Vernon, New York - February 21st

PIE-zano's Pizza & Pasta in conjunction with the city of Mount Vernon proudly sponsor the 1st annual USBF sanctioned winter open bocce tournament. The event is open to the first 16 teams (3-person).

The $120.00 per team fee includes breakfast, lunch, sponsor shirts and trophies. For more information please contact Guy De Santis @ yonkersbocce@aol.com or 914-310-8814.

{Love to see events posted that are happening in the east (so many are in the west) and especially LOVE to see those events SANCTIONED BY THE USBF!}

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Ken Driscoll asks…

“I notice you have tons of fundraiser tournaments mentioned in your newsletters. My question is, does your book cover setting up and running a Bocce Fundraiser? If not where would I find the best resources for setting running and making money for my foundation?"

{Not much in the book about fund-raising tourneys, but here is a link from my web site that shows how to set up and run one: http://www.joyofbocce.com/mfcbt.ivnu }

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David Camardo sends us his Reflections of a Bocce Addict...

I started playing and got my first U.S.B.F. card in 2004. I played in one tournament that year. Bocce seems to be habit forming.

I have compiled a list over time of the things I have heard and the things I have thought about the game of Bocce. Here they are:

1. Being ahead by a comfortable margin is no guarantee of victory.

2. Play every ball as if the outcome of the game depends on it because it does.

3. Train and practice doing the things you don't do well.

4. Don't be long.

5. Don't be short.

6. Good players are made not born.

7. Don't shoot your last ball.

8. Shooting wins frames; lagging wins games.

9. A team of weak players can beat a team of good players. It happens!

10. To win or to lose by 12-0 does not mean you are that good or that bad. It just happens!

11. Confidence counts. If you don't think you can do it, you probably won't.

12. The surface of the court is not who you are playing against.

13. It takes a lot of skill to seem lucky.

14. To play at a high level of skill is not egotistical.

15. If the first ball stops behind the pallino, even if it is one foot behind, you should lag.

16. If the first ball stops in front of the pallino, even if it is two feet in front, you should shoot.

17. Every situation calls for a high level of skill.

18. Every situation is a test you can either pass or fail.

19. To have and to demonstrate that high level of skill is the honor you seek to bring to yourself, your team, and to the game.

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USBF NEWS

The USBF is the governing body of bocce in America. 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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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

Send another cc to Becky Wesley (NSGA staff member)
BWesley@NSGA.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."

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Frank Valanzola is already gearing up for the 2009 New Jersey Invitational, which supports New Jersey charities.

To offer support, contact Frank Valanzola at loeprofile@optonline.net, 908.400.0851 or visit
http://www.newjerseybocceinvitational.com .

Click here to view a pdf file.

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/NJ_2009.pdf

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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 #15 - April 18, 2005

Several players weighed in on the concept of 45 degree corner boards.

"I have played in several tournaments with corner boards and find them as playing a game of billiards and not bocce. With corner boards you make the backboards live which I am not in favor of. Since the backboard is alive, I have also seen a player shoot and miss the ball only to see the ball come back off the backboard and strike the ball he was shooting at in the first place and make the point. That's Bocce? We are creating another game and trying to make the game easier. Bocce is really a game of concentration and finesse and hitting the corner of a bocce court is not finesse - actually I can do it blindfolded. I wish bocce players would experiment on making the backboard dead unless it touches another ball.

Keep the ball rolling and play the game that fits you."
Mike Conti (IL)


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Joy of Bocce 3rd Edition - Photos Needed

I’ve decided to do a third edition, re-doing almost all the photographs. I’ve got a great new digital camera and can re-take many of the shots. In addition, I’m asking readers to submit new pics – at least 300 dpi is the goal. I'm asking you and my friends like court builders David Brewer, Mike Grasser, and Tom McNutt to re-submit photos of their best courts. The new edition will probably not be much different in terms of text (although I may tighten it a bit – friends of mine say to me…”Leave it to you to write a book this thick on bocce”).

I'll need your help with this effort. Please submit high quality (300 dpi) pics (and permission to reprint) of bocce in your neck of the woods. This project will be my main focus for 2009. Please help.

Bocce at the beach with the Elks Lodge #2606...

Photos of the week
Bruce Lanke of Perrysville, PA sends a couple shots of winter bocce in his neck of the woods...

"I wanted to share some pictures of our Annual Winter Bocce Tournament. We had ten hearty souls brave the 16 degree temperature and play several games on January 25th. This is our 5th year, it is more a social event than actual tournament...any excuse to play Bocce! We built a fire and dined on homemade chili. Playing in the snow is quite a different experience!

{Please follow Bruce's lead and send shots of bocce in your area... and Firepitshop.com below if cold weather bocce is your cup of tea.]

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Bob and Barb Gross have introduced a new product to the bocce community. "BarbnBob Enterprise" is located in Fayetteville, PA and their new web site can be visited by clicking here http://www.bocceboard.com

They've created a cleverly conceived and well constructed miniature bocce board for indoor play. The game uses large marbles for bocce balls and a smaller metal pallino. The board is expertly crafted and features a billiard table-like (felt) playing surface. The game includes...

1 - 50" x 13" Standard BocceBoard™
8 - 1 inch bocce balls - 4 red and 4 blue
1 - 9/16th inch chrome pallino
1 - Pocket measuring tape with level
1 - Velour Ball Bag
1 - Bag Hook

It looks like Bob and Barb have thought of everything. There's a bag to store the balls in, a leveling device that includes a tape measure, and even a hook in case you want to conveniently hang and display the game board on your rec room wall.

Note: on the bottom four corners of the board are adjustable knobs that you turn by hand to level the game board before playing.

This nifty product doesn't eliminate our need for indoor bocce venues in cold climes. but it is a pleasant diversion and the best constructed of these type miniature boards that I've yet seen.

Click the link below to view other items...

Click for a post holiday bocce shopping experience...

Non bocce product of the week
If you are a bocce court owner, these products just might enhance your bocce playing experience...

Shop AllPicnicTables.com Today!

Shop Benches.Com Today!

Shop FirePitShops.com Today!

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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January 28 to February 10, 2009. 19th Annual South Florida Senior Games. For info, call the Senior Games HOTLINE at 954-828-4600 or e-mail: dhorowitz@broward.org . Also, click http://www.broward.org/parks/pdf/sginfo09.pdf or
http://www.broward.org/parks/pdf/sgregistration09.pdf

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February 14, 2009 - California - Los Gatos Campo di Bocce. Maureen Albanese Valentine's Day Tournament. 2 men, 2 women. Contact Ben Musolf at benjamin@campodibocce.com or call 408-395-7650.

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February 21, 2009 - California - Auburn Bocce Club. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. "B" Division. USBF Rules. Contact Salvatore Gascons @ 253-939-3502.

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February 21, 2009 - New York - Mount Vernon. PIE-zano's Pizza & Pasta in conjuction with the city of Mount Vernon proudly sponsor the 1st annual USBF sanctioned winter open bocce tournament. Open to sixteen 3-person teams). $120.00 per team includes breakfast, lunch, sponsor shirts and trophies. Contact Guy De Santis @ yonkersbocce@aol.com or 914-310-8814.

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February 22, 2009 - California - Auburn Bocce Club. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. "A" Division. USBF Rules. Contact Salvatore Gascons @ 253-939-3502.

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February 28, 2009 - California I.A.C - Stockton. OPEN - 4 players - at least 1 woman player. Contact Romano Lotti
@ 209-951-8256.

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March 12 - 15, 2009 - Florida - Cape Coral. World Series Bocce Invitational. $6000 first place guaranteed. New Veterans Park Bocce Courts. 3-player teams - round robin. Contact George Furlan @ 239-275-9968.

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March 21, 2009 - California - Sacromento - East Portal. OPEN - 4 players. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-961-2404.

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March 28, 2009 - California - Stockton. I.A.C. RAFFA - 3 Players. At least 1 woman player. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.

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March 30 - April 5, 2009. Italy - Bavena. Women's Raffa World Championship. Details TBA.

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April 4, 2009 - California -South City - I.A.C.C. OPEN - 3 Players. Contact Rudy Bertolozzi @ 650-583-9936.

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April 18, 2009 - California - Los Gatos. OPEN - 4 Players. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408-379-9409.

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April 25, 2009 - California - Stockton, Waterloo. OPEN - 4 Players. At least two women players. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.

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May 2, 2009 - California - San Mateo (P.I.A.S.C.). RAFFA - 3 players. Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.

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May 2, 2009 - California - San Mateo (P.I.A.S.C.). OPEN -4 women players. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.

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May 9, 2009 - California - Sacramento (East Portal). RAFFA - 3 players. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-961-2404.

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May 16, 2009 - New Hampshire - Hampstead. Massachusetts Senior Games. Triples - 3 players per team, men, women, or mixed play in one division. All participants must be at least 50 years of age. Contact Mario@joyofbocce.com or 978-686-8679.

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May 16, 2009 - California - Fairfield. OPEN - 4 women players. Contact Vergie Trammell @ 707-425-5301.

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May 23, 2009 - California - Carmel Valley A. C. OPEN - 4 players. Contact Giovanni Napoli @ 831-521-5092.

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

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May 31, 2009 - WESTERN SECTOR MEETING - I.A.C. - Stockton. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-961-2404.

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June 6, 2009 - California - Stockton I.A.C. RAFFA - 3 players. Western Sector Championship. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.

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

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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.

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

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

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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 - California - Auburn Bocce Club. OPEN - 4 players. Contact Salvatore Gascon @ 253-939-3502.

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

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

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

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