The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. XI, Issue 24 - August 6, 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 #24 - August 6, 2012
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2012
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello Bocce Gang,

I've been having some trouble getting the newsletters out in a timely fashion. The beta blockers I am taking sure take the wind out of my sails. I'm tired most of the day. The doctors say I might get used to the drugs after a few more months, but I am skeptical. I'll try to stay at it.

We're running quite a few corporate outings lately. We run them locally, in Boston, Connecticut, even Florida. They are always great fun and we get to introduce some new players to the game. If you are local and want to host a corporate outing in the North End of Boston (or elsewhere) we can accommodate you. We're smack in the middle of the bocce corporate outing season!

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}

BOCCE BATTLE IN THE BRONX

http://blip.tv/bronxnet/bocce-ball-tournament-bronxnet-packages-6273349

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Vernon Cooper sends the Western Sector USBF August Newsletter - filled with stories and great photos.

http://www.Joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/August2012.pdf

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9th Annual Warm Wishes Bocce Invitational

Sunday, September 23, 2012

TIME: 9:30AM – 4PM

WHERE: Marin Bocce Federation, 550 B Street, San Rafael

COST: $65/person/$250 team of 4

Bocce Invitational to benefit WARM WISHES HOMELESS HOLIDAY BACKPACK PROJECT!

Warm Wishes began 19 years ago when Bill Hamm, Founder, gave a homeless man in San Francisco his pair of leather gloves on a very cold winter night. The man’s gratitude touched Bill so much that it gave Bill the inspiration to create Warm Wishes. Warm Wishes provides backpacks (Street packs) with gloves, a knit cap, a warm scarf, a pair of thermal socks and rain poncho to homeless men, women, teens and children throughout the Bay Area!

A holiday card, made by local Bay Area children, is tucked inside each backpack. This year 5,000 backpacks will be assembled and distributed on December 1th to 25 local agencies and on the street!

If you are interested in donating time, money or provide a sponsorship for this program, please contact MarinLink. Currently collecting items for our silent auction.

Bill Hamm was the recipient of the Jefferson Award in 2007. This prestigious award is administered by the American Institute for Public Service.

Street Pack Assembly day: Saturday, December 1st at Unity In Marin…9:00AM

Bring your family and friends.

CONTACT: Mary O’Mara
PHONE: 415/472-0211
EMAIL: info@warmwishes.org
WEBSITE: http://www.warmwishes.org

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Special Olympics Officials Needed

Andrew MacLeay, Sports Manager for Special Olympics Massachusetts is looking for officials for August 11 and 12 , 2012 at Nonotuck Park in Easthampton, Mass. If you can help contact Andrew at Andrew.MacLeay@SpecialOlympicsMA.org .

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Pat Pezzin sends news from the Toronto 777 Bocce Club

"I wanted to pass on the exciting information that the club that I am a member of, Toronto 777 Bocce Club is going to hold a Singles - International Punto-Volo-Raffa Rules Tournament on September 8th-9th! The application is attached with all the details and it should be a great event with many of North America's best players!

I hope to see you at our tournament and get your application in soon."

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/toronto777singlestournament.pdf

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NEWS FROM LONG ISLAND

On Saturday, September 8 starting at 8:30AM the Long Island Open Rules Tournament will take place at Mill Dam Park in Huntington Long Island, NY.

This will be a TRIPLES (TEAMS OF 3 PLAYERS) round robin tournament guaranteed 3 games or more depending on turn out. The entry fee will be $150.00 per team. We can only accommodate a maximum of 20 teams on a first come first serve basis.

Please contact Guy De Santis to reserve a spot at yonkersbocce@aol.com or 914-310-8814.

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This from Wayne Farinacci, Tournament Director of

The Marshall Superstore Cleveland International Challenge Cup of Bocce

Click for application:
http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/zpfile000.pdf

Click for hotel accommodations:
http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/zpfile001.pdf

August 10 – 12, 2012 – Ohio – Mayfield Heights. CLUB MOLISANI, 6th Annual MARSHALL SUPERSTORE CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE CUP OF BOCCE. Eight totally renovated bocce courts have been upgraded with Har Tru covering and new backboards. This is the largest bocce tournament in the United States using USBF rules. Club Molisani is sponsoring a by-invitation-only Wine & Cheese Welcome Party for all out of state teams. Entry fee is $175 for Open Division and $150 for Women’s Division. Four person teams with one substitute. Both Open Division and Women’s Division are double elimination. Trophies awarded to Champion and second place finishers. Tournament t-shirts will be given to all participants. August 1st is the deadline for applications. Download forms at www.clubmolisani.com or contact Wayne Farinacci, Tournament Director at mrnach23@sbcglobal.net or 216-509-4353.

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Anita Restaino asks about scoring for bocce...

"I am the President of The Italian American Ladies Bocce Club in Walpole, MA. I met you there a few years ago when we had our Sons of Italy Tournament and I also have bought your book.

I felt the need to contact you in regard to scorekeeping. I have looked everywhere to find out how to do scoring for league's via the point system. Your book does not have this and I've looked online to no avail. I had someone doing scoring for me and just recently took it over. I'm doing it, but would feel better if I could find it written somewhere for back-up.

Would appreciate anything you could do or say concerning this matter. I so love the game and have gotten others to play as well.

Hope to hear from you."

(Some leagues keep a record of wins and losses, others keep wins losses and points scored. The total points scored can be used as a tie-breaker in case two teams both have 12 wins and 8 losses and one team scored 150 points and the other scored 146 points. That would break the tie. Other leagues use the total points to pay the players a sum of money as an added incentive.}

Guy De Santis sent this...

"My response to the point system used in leagues.
The system that has worked best for my leagues is a 10 point system.

Teams play a set of 3 games against each other.
Each win is worth 3 points, the team that scores the most total points in the 3 games is awarded a bonus point.
Stats are kept for wins/losses points scored/points against in case of a tie, point differential is used as a tie breaker."


Richard J. Curreri, Secretary/Treasurer SWFBL (Naples, FL) adds this...

"In regards to your article on scoring attached is a copy the sheet from this year (2012) on the way I keep the standings in the Southwest Florida Bocce League. We have two divisions, North and South, eight teams (Communities) in each. I have also attached the Tie-Breaker method we use.

Hope this helps."

Tie Breaking Procedures

SWFBL Tiebreaking Procedures:

1. Best won-lost percentage in games played within the division.

2. Head-to-head within the division.

3. Points for (Highest)

4. Points against (Lowest)

5. Best won-lost percentage in games played within the league.

6. Coin toss

Click for a sample of league standings:

Click Shift + Ctrl + Plus to rotate page...

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/SouthDivisionWeek11Final.pdf

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Frank Tomanelli of Tacoma, Washington sends this...

August 25, 2012 - Puyallup, Washington. 2 person teams. Christopher Columbus Society of Tacoma. Contact Frank Tomanelli @ 253-381-5271 or bocce4you@comcast.net .

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

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21st Annual Women's Open Bocce Tourney

South San Francisco, CA - August 11, 2012

4-player teams - contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732 or Pauline Viarengo @ 650-341-3756.

http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/womensboccetourn2012.doc

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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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Bocce for the sightless...

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

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

Photos of the week
This week's photos were submitted by Jimmy Dunne of Pacific Palisades, California. He writes...

"I encouraged Bel Air Bay Club, a spectacular private beach club in Pacific Palisades, California, to put in bocce courts a few years ago.

They’re literally about 15 feet from the edge of the Pacific Ocean – and are right below a fabulous outside bar and restaurant.

The courts have been an astounding hit with the members – with about 100 players in our leagues, and special tournaments throughout the year. With the activity, bocce courts are popping up at homes all around Los Angeles, and are in the works to build in a number of public parks and private clubs.

And here’s a video link to the courts…"

http://jimmydunne.com/contact/website/bocce-2010-summer-video

Click for this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
THE BOCCE CADDY

Bocce aficionado Michael Delucchi has brought a great new product to market. The Bocce Caddy can help those of us with bad backs to effortlessly pick up bocce balls. Lightweight yet durable, it can pick up two bocce balls at once.

Click the photo to learn more...

Check out photos and my evaluation of the Bocce Caddy...

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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August 10 – 12, 2012 – Ohio – Mayfield Heights. CLUB MOLISANI, 6th Annual MARSHALL SUPERSTORE CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE CUP OF BOCCE. Eight totally renovated bocce courts have been upgraded with Har Tru covering and new backboards. This is the largest bocce tournament in the United States using USBF rules. Club Molisani is sponsoring a by-invitation-only Wine & Cheese Welcome Party for all out of state teams. Entry fee is $175 for Open Division and $150 for Women’s Division. Four person teams with one substitute. Both Open Division and Women’s Division are double elimination. Trophies awarded to Champion and second place finishers. Tournament t-shirts will be given to all participants. August 1st is the deadline for applications. Download forms at http://www.clubmolisani.com or contact Wayne Farinacci, Tournament Director at mrnach23@sbcglobal.net or 216-509-4353.

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August 11, 2012 - California - IACC South City. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.
http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/womensboccetourn2012.doc

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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 24 - 26, 2012 - Ohio - Wickliffe. WICKLIFFE ITALIAN-AMERICAN CLUB. 29th Annual CLEVELAND CHALLENGE CUP OF BOCCE sponsored by PAT O'BRIEN CHEVROLET. $5,500 first prize, $16,000 in total prize money – GUARANTEED. $175 per team entry. Trophy’s and medals for Champion and second place finishers and tournament t-shirts for ALL participants. This year we have added a Second Chance “Losers” Tournament. Visit our website for details. We are also hosting a Women’s Tournament – DOUBLE ELIMINATION – $100 per team entry – all money paid out in top three prizes – Tournament Format: 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 25, 2012 - California - East Portal Sac. - OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.

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August 25, 2012 - Puyallup, Washington. 2 person teams. Christopher Columbus Socity of Tacoma. Contact Frank Tomanelli @ 253-381-5271 or bocce4you@comcast.net .

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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 8, 2012 - New York - Long Island @ Mill Dam Park in Huntington Long Island. Triples Tourney - Entry fee = $150 per team. Contact Guy DeSantis @ 914-310-8814 or yonkersbocce@aol.com.com .

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September 8 & 9, 2012 - Canada - Ontario - Woodbridge. Singles PRV tournament at Toronto 777 Club. 1st place = $1500, 2nd = $700, 3rd = $300, 4th = $200. Contact rocco@decor-rest.com . http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/toronto777singlestournament.pdf

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

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

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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 23, 2012 - California - San Rafael. Marin Bocce Federation. 9th Annual Warm Wishes Bocce Invitational. To benefit WARM WISHES HOMELESS HOLIDAY BACKPACK PROJECT! Contact Mary O’Mara @ 415-472-0211. EMAIL: info@warmwishes or http://www.warmwishes.org

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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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