The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. XI, Issue 19 - June 4, 2012 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news and readers' feedback...
•   Photos of the week
•   Tournament update
Notes from the publisher
The weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 11, Issue #19 - June 4, 2012
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2012
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello bocce faithful readers,

When the Providence tourney got cancelled I was "stuck" with 15 new scoreboards that I had made and was going to use for that event. Well, I just now decided I'd put them on the Joy of Bocce website to see if anyone out there thinks they're a good deal. I only made 15 - hey - I'm no high roller! If they sell, maybe I'll make some more. Anyway, I absolutely LOVE the scoreboard. It gets set up at mid court and you can see it from both ends of the court. It's laminated and pretty durable. I hope people like it. Check them out under Bocce Product of the Week.

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

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Old Lyme, Connecticut bocce courts...

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

Click below for Palazzo di Bocce's June newsletter...

http://app.streamsend.com/private/4i5M/9KU/8zuKib5/browse/16361737

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You gotta check out the new Joy of Bocce Scoreboard - it's the product of the week and you can check it out here...

http://www.JoyofBocce.com/merchandise.ivnu

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the scoreboards - the kids in Mass. say "They are wicked awesome!"

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Jeff Hayden sent this...

"Good morning from Kentucky. I have purchased a new home in Bardstown, KY and have also sold mine; however, I am planning to build a new bocce court. I have some ideas regarding materials and construction but thought you may have some additional ideas. Any assistance would be appreciated..........thanks."

{I wish you luck with your new court. Look for indigenous materials that would make for a good surface - like crushed limestone or Har-Tru (tennis court clay). There are lots of ideas on my web site - go to Joy of Bocce and look at the Venues section and also the Court Construction tab. Best of luck and please send photos when you are done. We don't see many courts from the Kentucky area - would love to see yours.}

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Get lots of variations on this question...

"What is the correct size to build a bocce court?"

{You can build a court of any size. Sometimes we tell people that whatever size fits in your backyard and your pocketbook is OK. Big international size courts are almost 90 feet long and 13 feet wide. In the East there are a lot of 10' or 12' by 60 footers. Try playing on some courts and see which feels right for you. The bigger the court the more maintenance. The shorter the court the more the experienced hitters will knock your close point away.

Check out the Bocce Venues and Court Construction on the Joy of Bocce website and get some ideas.}

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The June issue of the USBF Western Sector Newsletter is ready to roll. Weíve covered some great bocce this past month, from a sunny day in the wine country at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery Motherís Day Open Tournament to the misty courts at Monterey for the Mimmo Napoli Memorial Bocce Tournament. And we have a little of everything in between; JoAnn Jacobsís Womenísí Raffa Tournament, Campo di Bocceís Singles Tournament in Livermore, plus a double tournament from Peninsula Italian American Social Club; the Menís Spring Raffa Tournament and the Womenís 25th Annual Open Bocce Tournament, both held on the same day!

We also introduce the beautiful courts of the Nevada County Bocce Club in Penn Valley as well as the Home Court of the Month.

John Ross wrote a great article about the public courts at the Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. It seems a few people decided to go camping there and pitched their tents, tent stakes and all, right on the courts. The first photo in his article would break the heart of any bocce aficionado. But all is well now thanks to John, Benji Tosi and Rolando Negrini.

So make yourself a nice cup of hot cocoa, maybe spice it up with a little Amaretto, and spend a quiet moment or two with a few hundred bocce players.

Cheers
Frank

{Click for the excellent newsletter which is chock full of great photos and interesting articles.

http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/June2012.pdf

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Los Gatos August 18 Raffa

http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/LGBCraffaFlyer2012.pdf

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Marie Bedard writes...

"Want to let you know that your newsletter is passed on to Special Olympics Coaches and programs.

Also the Special Olympics 2014 USA Summer National Games will be in New Jersey, in July. If there are clubs interested in volunteering the applications will be out, just keep a lookout for the upcoming news."

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Michael G. Donnici sends news...

American Sons Of Columbus 2415 Independence Ave. Kansas City, Missouri 64124 details: 4 Brand new (2011) indoor courts used year round. Tuesday - Mixed league Wednesday - Women's league Thursday - Men's league This is a private club, but visitors and new members are always welcome. Hope that out of town clubs will contact !!!!!! Contact Frank Pisciotta or Gino Corte (816)483-7201. Email - americansonsofcolumbuskc@gmail.com

Web - http://www.americansonsofcolumbuskc.org

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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 }

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Swamp Buggy Bocce...

http://www.joyofbocce.com/Swamp_Buggy.ivnu

Perfetta Club Pro set of 4 red, 4 green, pallino, carry bag...

Photos of the week
This week's photos were submitted by Randy Johnson.

He writes...

"Hi Mario,

Here are some photo of Southgate - 140 Grand Street - we put a bocce court in at the 25 unit multi-family building."

{The multi-family building is in Worcester, Massachusetts. I'll stop by sometime and take a couple more photos when I'm on my way to Springfield, Mass.

Please follow Randy's lead and send photos of bocce in your neck of the woods.}

Click for this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
NEW - JOY OF BOCCE SCOREBOARD

Hot off the press - I had these made for the Providence Tourney (that "the powers that be" cancelled way too early to get teams). I only had 15 made so I thought I'd try to see if anyone in the readership might like them.

There are only 3 pieces - the stand, the scoreboard, and two small screws to attach by hand (OK - maybe that makes 4 pieces). No tools needed.

Check out the photos and let me know what you think. The scoreboard is placed at half court and can be seen from both sides of the court. It's laminated and will hold up well outdoors. We've gone through several tries at this type of scoreboard and this is the best one yet. I think you are gonna like it. Check out the photos - sells for $159.95 plus $30 shipping from the UPS Store. For more than one shoot me an email (Mario@JoyofBocce.com).

Click to view the NEW Joy of Bocce scoreboard...scroll down to the bottom...

Tournament update
{chronological order}

WHY ISN'T YOUR TOURNEY LISTED HERE?

SEND INFO - WE'LL POST - NO CHARGE - SEND ME A PDF

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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June 9, 2012 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS - Western Sector Championships. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.

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June 15-24, 2012 - Illinois - Round Lake at Alpine Club. USBF National Bocce Championship. The tournaments will include Open, Punto Raffa Volo and Volo competition. For more information see (http://www.bocce.com) or call Mike Conti cell 847-767-6453.

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June 17, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Open Doubles Tourney (June 18 is the rain date). Double elimination or round robin depending on # of teams. Contact Zander Ponzo @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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June 29 - July 1, 2012 - Ohio - Lisbon. Four person OPEN Rules double elimination tourney. Contact Nick Gentile @ 330-750-0701 or click http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/Lisbon_Ohio.pdf

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June 30, 2012 - California - East Portal Sac. RAFFA - 3 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.

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June 30, 2012 - New Hampshire - Salem. 4th Annual Taylor Farms Bocce Tournament. OPEN Rules - four-player teams. Contact Ralph @ RBagarella@comcast.net .

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June 30, 2012 - California - IAC Stockton. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS - Western Sector Championships. Contact Roy Ramacciotti @ 209-327-1770.

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July 7, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Men's Singles Tourney (July 8 rain date). Double elimination or round robin depending on # of teams. Contact Zander Ponzo @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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July 7, 2012 - California - Penn Valley. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bill Knuedeler @ 530-913-5179.

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July 13 & 14, 2012 - Oregon - Paesano Club. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. California vs. Oregpn vs. Washington. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-550-2526.

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July 14, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Women's Singles Tourney (July 15 the rain date). Double elimination or round robin depending on # of teams. Contact Zander Ponzo @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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July 14 & 15, 2012 - Delaware - New Castle. OPEN - four players. 7th Annual St. Anthony's Tourney. 1st place = $3000, 2nd = $1800. Contact Joe DiAngelo @ 302-328-5384 or 302-545-2057. Click for pdf http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/St_Anthony.pdf .

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July 15, 2012 - Oregon - Paesano Club. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Rossi Tournament. Contact Larry Cereghino @ 503-201-4585.

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July 20 - 22, 2012 - New York - Rome. World Series of Bocce at the Toccolana Club. Click for an application:
http://toccolanaclub.com/docs/application-wsb.pdf

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July 20 - 22, 2012 - Ohio - Kettering. The Bocce Classic. Contact bocceclassic@yahoo.com or 937-475-0357. http://www.bocceclassic.com

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July 21, 2012 - California -Marin - San Rafael - OPEN 2 MEN PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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July 21, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Novice Singles Tourney. A novice is any player whose name is not on a courtside BBC plaque for a first or second place finish in either singles or doubles. Contact Zander Ponzo @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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July 21, 2012 - {1:30 PM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Novice Doubles Tourney. A novice is any player whose name is not on a courtside BBC plaque for a first or second place finish in either singles or doubles. Contact Zander Ponzo @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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July 28, 2012 - California - Penn Valley. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bill Knuedeler @ 530-913-5179.

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August 4, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Mixed Doubles Tourney (August 5 rain date). Depending on number of entrants, the tournament will either be double elimination or round robin. Contact Zander Ponzo @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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August 4, 2012 - California - Marin - San Rafael. OPEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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August 11, 2012 - California - IACC South City. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.

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August 11 & 12, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Vermont Senior Games. Singles on Saturday, Doubles on Sunday. Contact Zander Ponzo @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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August 18, 2012 - California - Campo Los Gatos. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS. Los Gatos Bocce Club. Contact John Ross @ 408-354-0625.

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August 25, 2012 - California - East Portal Sac. - OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.

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September 1 - 3, 2012 - California - Campo di Bocce of Livermore. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Western Sector Club Championships. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074.

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

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

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September 8, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. 9/9 rain date. Ladder Tournament's Championship Tourney. Players in positions 2 - 5 will have a double elimination tournament to determine who will play the season champion in the tournament final. A player, including the season champion. will be eliminated from the tournament after two losses. Contact Zander Ponzo @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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September 15, 2012 - California - PIASC San Mateo. OPEN 3 MEN 1 WOMAN PLAYER. Contact Mario Conti @ 650-589-7179.

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September 15 & 16, 2012 - Nevada/California - Penn Valley - OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Nevada County Bocce Club. Contact Bill Knuedeler @ 530-913-5179.

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September 22, 2012 - California IACC South City. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS - Contact Ale Bettucchi @ 650-697-7702.

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September 29, 2012 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 1 MAN 1 WOMAN PLAYER. Contact Bob Kennedy @ 209-570-7500.

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September 29 & 30, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Burlington Bocce Championship. Singles on Saturday, Doubles on Sunday. October 6 & 7 rain dates). Depending on number of entrants, the tournament will either be double elimination or round robin. Contact Zander Ponzo @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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September 30, 2012 - California - Coppola Winery. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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October 6, 2012 - California - IACC South City. VOLO - 2 PLAYERS. Contact Ale Bettucchi @ 650-697-7702.

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October 13, 2012 - California - IBS Sutter Creek. OPEN 3 MEN 1 WOMAN PLAYER. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.

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October 13, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. This tournament is open to anyone who has placed first in a singles or doubles championship on BBC's courts during the 2012 season. October 14 rain date. Contact Zander Ponzo @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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October 20, 2012 - california - IAC Stockton - OPEN 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Albert Leonardi @ 209-951-6787.

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October 27, 2012 - California - Marin San Rafeal - OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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November 3, 2012 - California - Campo of Los Gatos - RAFFA 2 PLAYERS. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074.

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November 10, 2012 - California - Waterloo - Stockton. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.

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November 24, 2012 - Penn Valley - OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bill Knuedeler @ 530-913-5179.

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December 1, 2012 - California - IAC Stockton - OPEN 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.

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