The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. X, Issue 8 - February 21, 2011 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news and 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 10, Issue #8 - February 21, 2011
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2011
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again Bocce Friends,

I'm still waiting to hear from St. Pierre who tells me his company retails a set of bocce balls that are 920 g and 107 mm. Nothing yet...I was hoping to add this info to the video my son and I are working on. We're shooting to launch it next week.

I got some good news - actually GREAT news - that I'll expand upon below under Bocce news. I've made a preliminary deal that will bring true national distribution for my bocce book. This could be BIG for our sport. See below for more details.

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

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

Some readers responded that they couldn't find the Kiss the Fanny item at Playaboule.com. If your club or group needs a fanny like the one to the right, you'll have to sit tight for a while. Playaboule's Bede Kortegast will let us know as soon as they become available again.

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National Book Distribution

I’ve received some great news. A national book distributor looks like they will pick up The Joy of Bocce 3rd Edition. The decision maker at Cardinal Publishers Group examined the book, loved it, and wants to add it to his line.

What does this actually mean?

For one thing, it doesn’t mean that the title will soon be a New York Times Bestseller in the non-fiction category. What it does mean is that the book will, for the first time in years, will have true national distribution. It will actually be in the bookstores and on the shelf rather than just on the computer screen for customers to order (and return to the store to pick it up when it arrives).

The Indianapolis based Cardinal group is a very successful outfit with a sales force that actually goes to the brick and mortar stores with spec sheets and promotional materials. They get titles into the places where sales actually take place.

In addition, they have a good track record in special markets, gift shops, libraries, etc… I’m excited!

The preliminary plan looks something like this - Cardinal Publishers will put a new cover on the book and obtain a new ISBN number. The title will be removed from AuthorHouse (the print-on-demand publisher) and be marketed only by Cardinal (and me, of course). The target date will be September of 2011.

There are not likely to be many changes to the book other than the cover, but there will be an opportunity to make some adjustments. I’m hoping they will enhance some of the photos which are a tad dark. Also, Campo di Bocce’s Ben Musolf tells me that there is a change in the Open Rules that I’ll have to correct.

I’ve worked with one of the fellows involved with Cardinal and he is a top shelf businessman. We worked on my softball book years ago and that was in and out of print for almost 17 years – a very successful coaches’ guide.

There’s no telling how much impact a wider distribution of the bocce book will have on our sport. But it certainly can’t hurt and may just be the catalyst to get more and more people enjoying this wonderful and somewhat addictive pastime.

I'll report more as things unfold in the coming weeks and months.

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I hate to follow up that really good news with some bad news, but...I received this notice from the New Jersey Invitational's Frank Valanzola.

Dear Bocce Supporter & Friends,

It is with a great deal of sadness and humility that I ask for your patience as I seek the expertise of doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center's expermental/Phase I & II clinical trial treatments for the stage IV cancer that I have been battling since April, 2010. After much reflection and the consul of our committee members, we will postpone the 4th Annual New Jersey Bocce Invitational this year and with God's good grace will return in 2012 stronger, bigger and better than ever.

{Frank is truly one of the good guys of bocce. His NJ Invitational does about as much good work for charity as any in the land. I hope the bocce community will join me in sending good vibes and healing wishes in Frank's direction. I love his attitude when he says the tourney "...will return in 2012 stronger, bigger and better than ever."}

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TORONTO 777

http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/Toronto777BocceTournamnet.pdf

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Video (in Italian) sent from Elizabeth Jade Wong Fontana...

"The Women's World Champion Germana Cantarini gives some pointers on pointing, and other women competitors talk about bocce and relationship with their husbands."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDHIb92dVv4&feature=player_embedded

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Another of my favorite bocce courts...this one in New Mexico.

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/Court20-NewMexicoS.jpg

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Got this interesting email from John Lehmann who is President of BocceNation.com...

"I wanted to introduce myself and our company, www.boccenation.com.

But first I want to congratulate you on the great work you do with your Joy of Bocce book and especially the ezines that you send out. It’s an amazing amount of work doing a single posting, yet you have years and years worth of articles. They are most interesting, informative and all show the joy that you have for the game, the traditions and the people who are fortunate enough to experience bocce. You truly are the ambassador of bocce.

We started our company in hopes of exposing bocce to a large swath of people who wouldn’t get an opportunity to play bocce at a regular or regulation facility. My background for the past 20+ years is in corporate sports events. I started a sports marketing firm along with a dozen former Wimbledon champions, specializing in events, exhibitions and endorsements.

From there I founded two other sports marketing firms that specialized in teambuilding, corporate Olympics and client entertainment events. That’s where we discovered bocce and all of the compelling reasons that make it such a great sport and activity. We designed a complete, inclusive and portable bocce kit so that people, groups, companies and organizations could play bocce virtually anywhere.

Being an event person, the area that we’ve focused on is providing programming as well. Programming for events, charities, schools and groups that includes a variety of formats. We’ve even developed Target Bocce™, similar to Target Tennis that we used for many years, where people have the opportunity to roll one or more bocce balls at a target in order to win prizes. It has been wildly popular at our events and charity functions.

We’ve also begun a nationwide league system, American Bocce League, where participants can create their own leagues using a standardized national format.

And yes we realize our form of bocce is a smaller court, without side walls and a bit of a different scoring system. We have the utmost respect and reverence for traditional bocce and its customs – we are simply trying to expose as many people to the sport as possible.

As such, we developed a free iPhone app under the heading of 'Bocce-Ball' http://itunes.apple.com/be/app/bocce-ball/id414782227?mt=8. After two days we became the #1 app in Italy. After one week we had over a quarter of a million downloads and as of this morning we have had 800,000 downloads – with an expectation that we’ll reach 1,000,000 downloads by this weekend. In short, it’s been an astonishing response and testimony to bocce’s popularity. At one point last week we were ranked #5 worldwide on iTunes.

Mario, we are working on a few different programs that I would like to get your input and opinion on as you likely know more about bocce in the U.S. than anyone else.

I look forward to speaking with you whenever it’s convenient."

{Yikes! A million downloads - that's SICK! as the kids say nowadays. I'll be doing an interview with the good people at BocceNation.com and will write a piece in the coming weeks. They sound like movers and shakers. The sport could use all the movers and shakers we can find. For now check out http://www.BocceNation.com .}

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2011 United States Bocce Championships.

PRESS RELEASE
http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/2011NatioanlChampionshipsPressRelease.pdf

SUPPORT THE EVENT BY TAKING AN AD
http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/2011AdFormNationals.pdf

INFO - 5 PAGE PDF
http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/2011NationalChampionshipRegistrationandEventNative.pdf

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USBF NEWS

NOW YOU CAN REGISTER OR RENEW ON LINE AT THE USBF's UPDATED WEBSITE

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 . or

REGISTER/RENEW ON LINE AT http://www.Bocce.com }

Glo Boules / Bocce...

Photos of the week
This week's photos were submitted by Campo di Bocce's Ben Musolf and they depict action in the 14th Annual Maureen Albanese Tourney at Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. The always popular event is one of the most eagerly anticipated of the local bocce scene.

This June's Nationals will be held at Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos and Livermore. I'm hoping to see many of you there as I will be there competing with my bocce posse - a very humbling experience. It's good to take a thumping once in a while playing with the Big Dogs. Strangely enough, you get a little better with each beating!

{Our readers LOVE seeing bocce in other parts of the world. Please send photos of bocce from your neck of the woods!}

View this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
EMBROIDERED ITEMS WITH THE JOY OF BOCCE LOGO

I have a few items in stock with the Joy of Bocce logo embroidered prominently.

Click here for the bocce chamois - green or red..
http://www.joyofbocce.com/Bocce_gifts.ivnu

Click here for a heavy duty nylon bocce bag by EPCO with the bocce logo...
http://www.joyofbocce.com/Bocce_gifts.ivnu

Click here for the Joy of Bocce cap - white or beige...
http://www.joyofbocce.com/Bocce_gifts.ivnu

View embroidered gift items...

Non bocce product of the week
I've come into possession of a great many collectible items. I have all manner of items including costume jewelry, art work, and all kind of curios. So, I'm giving eBay a whirl.

Some item links to eBay below - for others bookmark StrikerPag...

Panther on Wheels - Onyx 1987 # 1 Original by ELVA

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220743840443&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

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Vintage Sterling Tie Clasp Signed SIMMONS STERLING

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220741856131&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

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Vintage Black Onyx Tie Clasp Signed KREMENTZ U.S.A.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=220741871553&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

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 - SEND ME A PDF (File for me to post).

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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February 26, 2011 - California - IAC Stockton. OPEN 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.

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March 5, 2011 - California - Aquatic Park - VOLO COMBINATION - 1 PLAYER. Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-238-7995.

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March 19, 2011 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS - 2 Men 1 Woman. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.

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April 1 - 3, 2011 - Canada - Toronto 777 Bocce Club's 2nd Classic Cup Open Championships - $6400 in guaranteed prize money, plus trophies. Click for more info: http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/Toronto777BocceTournamnet.pdf .

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April 2, 2011 - California - Aquatic Park. VOLO 1 PLAYER Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-238-7995.

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April 3, 2011 - California - Downey Bocce Club. Contact Don Gaggiano @ 949-855-8554 or DGaggiano@aol.com .

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April 9, 2011 - California - IAC Womens Aux. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Shirley Croce @ 209-466-0541.

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April 16, 2011 - South Carolina - Charleston. The 11th Annual Container Bocce to Benefit Special Olympics. Blackbaud Soccer Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Drive. 128 Teams - 16 Court Sponsors. Contact Paula Byers @ pbyers1@comcast.net, 843-795-5316.

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April 16, 2011 - California - Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408-379-9409.

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April 16, 2011 - Washington - Bellingham. The 9th Annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament at the Bellingham Sportsplex. Starts a 9AM. The usual salmon barbecue lunch, beer garden, and fun for charity is expected. Contact Tom "Boccemon" McNutt at www.boccemon.com (BBBT link) or call 360-224-2909.

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April 23, 2011 - California - IACC South City. OPEN 3 PLAYERS. Contact Gene Semenza @ 650-872-0192.

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April 30, 2011 - California -East Portal Sacramento. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.

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May 1, 2011 - California - Hawthorne Bocce Club. Contact Bob Marsella @ 310-978-4455.

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May 7, 2011 - California - Aquatic Park. VOLO COMBINATION 1 PLAYER. Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-238-7995.

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May 15, 2011 - California - PIASC San Mateo. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact John Bernat @ 650-341-4045.

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May 15, 2011 - California - PIASC San Mateo. RAFFA 3 MEN PLAYERS. Contact John Bernat @ 650-341-4045.

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May 21, 2011 - California - Waterloo Stockton. OPEN 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.

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May 28, 2011 - California - East Portal Sacramento. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.

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June 3, 4, 5, 2011. Pennsylvania - Bessemer. The 2nd Annual USAbocce.com 4 Person Tournament for The Special Olympics will be held at the Bessemer Croatian Club. More information will be posted @ http://www.usabocce.com/ . This will be the highest pay-out tournament in Pennsylvania."

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June 4, 2011 – California – Campo di Bocce Los Gatos – Raffa – 2 men players – contact Ben Musolf at 408-857-0074.

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June 4, 2011 - California - IACC South City. RAFFA 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Ginger Henley @ 650-271-6009.

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June 5, 2011 - California - Downey Bocce Club. Contact Don Gaggiano @ 949-855-8554 or DGaggiano@aol.com .

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June 5, 2011 – California – IBS Sutter Creek – OPEN – 4 players – contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.

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June 11, 2011 – California – Campo di Bocce Livermore –Raffa – 3 players (Western Sector Championships) – contact Heather Veon @ 925-249-9800.

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June 18, 2011 – California – IAC Stockton - OPEN – 4 players – contact David Canclini at 209-957-3314.

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June 25 - July 2, 2011. California - Campo di Bocce Livermore and Campo di Bocce Los Gatos. United States Bocce Championships. Check this pdf for details and contact info...
http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/2011NationalChampionshipRegistrationandEventNative.pdf

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July 8, 2011 - Oregon - Portland. Paesano Club. OPEN 4 PLAYERS - Oregon vs. Washington. Contact Larry Cereghino @ 503-201-4585.

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July 9, 2011 - Oregon - Portland - Paesano Club. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. California vs. Oregon & Washington. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-550-2526.

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July 10, 2011 - Oregon - Portland. Paesano Club. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Larry Cereghino @ 503-201-4585.

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July 10, 2011 - California - Laguna Niquel. Contact Gene Leo @ 949-637-6008.

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July 16, 2011 - California - Marin San Rafael. OPEN 2 MEN PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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July 23, 2011 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 1 MAN, 1 WOMAN. Contact Bob Kennedy @ 209-570-7500.

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