The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. XI, Issue 25 - August 13, 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 #25 - August 13, 2012
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2012
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello Again Faithful Bocce Gang,

Mike Grasser came to town this week from Michigan and he left with a contract to put the polyurethane courts in our new Methuen Sons of Italy Lodge #902. Everyone here is excited to think that we will be the first ones on the East Coast to have these great courts. I took Mike around to see some of the great courts hereabouts. Then we played in the North End of Boston by the Charles River on Commercial St. Mike will be back in November to put the courts in. We can hardly wait.

Also, August 25th is our annual Bocce at low tide on the Beach at Revere. We'll raise funds for the Rumney Marsh Historic Society.

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}

This from Jason at Palazzo di Bocce...

"Palazzo Di Bocce is proud to announce the return of the Battaglia Bocce Invitational. After a four year hiatus, we are hosting a 2-man, double elimination tournament. It will be open rules with the backboard dead. Attached is the flyer and registration form. Please pass along this information to all your bocce friends and come join us for one of the best tournaments in North America! For more information, please contact Jason Wisniewski at jasonw@palazzodibocce.com or 248.371.9987 x11. "

http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/2012BBIRegistrationForm.pdf

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Another great idea from video queen Elizabeth Wong Fontana who sends this...

"I will be attempting to do some video coverage of the Women's World Bocce Championships in 2013.
Since there are the expenses of travel & hotel that I must defray, I have established a set rate for each match that I will cover. Since I believe that not one country will contribute the whole amount, I will be filming for other countries who would like coverage of a particular match. This will be on a 'first come - first serve' basis.

I have a body of work that I have done in the past 10 years that shows what I am capable of. Imagine trying to film, anticipate, and explain the action all at once. I have the experience to do all that, and at a lower cost than hiring an outside free-lance professional.

You can see my work at..."

http://www.youtube.com/bocceusaforum

Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhC4mXyOccU&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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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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Vermont update from Zander Ponzo...

Vermont Senior Games: Singles, September 22, Saturday, 9am, and Doubles at 1:30pm.

Singles will be held on Saturday, while doubles are on Sunday. Fees and tournament structure for these games have not yet been set. To a large extent, the number of entrants will determine them. In case of a rainout, the competition will be held on Sunday, September 23. For more information contact Zander at zponzo@uvm.edu, or 324-1284, or the Vermont Senior Games’ web site.

League Championship Tournament: Tuesday, September 4 starting at 6:30pm. Players in positions 2-5 will have a single elimination tournament to determine who will play the season champion in the tournament final. Each game in the elimination tournament will be to seven points. The championship game is to nine points.

Newbie League Championship Tournament: Wednesday, September 5 starting at 6:30pm. There are five Newbie teams in the league. Teams in the four lowest positions will play each other in a single elimination tournament. Each game will be to seven points. The winner of the elimination tournament will play the highest ranked of the five in a 9 points match. The winner is the Newbie League Champion.

VBERMONT STATE BOCCE CHAMPIONSHIP: September 29, Saturday, 9am (singles) and September 30, Sunday, 9am (doubles): The fee for the tournament is $10.00 per person for currently registered BBC members, and $20.00 per person for non-BBC members. Registration for the singles tournament closes Saturday, September 29 at 8:45am, while doubles registration closes Sunday, September 30 and 8:45am. Depending on the number of entrants, the tournament will either be double elimination or round robin. For registration and more information contact Zander. The rainout dates for the tournaments are October 6 & 7. Tournament structure will depend on the number of entrants. THERE WILL BE CASH,GIFT CARD, PARKING, AND MEDAL AWARDS.

October 14, Sunday, 11:30am, Tournament of Champions – This tournament is open to anyone who has placed first or second in a singles or doubles championship on BBC’s courts during the 2012 season. The fee for the tournament is $15.00 per person for currently registered BBC members, and $25.00 per person for non-BBC members. Registration for the tournament closes Saturday, October 13 at 8:45am. The rainout date is Sunday, October 14. Tournament structure will be based on the number of entrants.

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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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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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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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2007 US Nationals at Campo di Bocce of Livermore...

http://www.joyofbocce.com/Nationals2007.ivnu

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

Photos of the week
REVERE BEACH BOCCE - AUGUST 25, 2012 - FUNDS RAISED FOR RUMNEY MARSH HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

Want to play? Check out the photos - then email Lona at violet1f@hotmail.com .

Click for some great photos by Arthur Zachai...

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}

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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 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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August 25, 2012 - Massachusetts - Revere. Bocce on the Beach - funds to benefit restoration of the Rumney Marsh Burial Ground. Contact 781-286-8119 to enter.

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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 28 - 30, 2012 - Michigan Palazzo di Bocce. Ninth Annual Battaglia Bocce Invitational. $9000 Guranteed Purse. Open Rules - Two-player teams. Contact JasonW@PalazzodiBocce.com or 248-475-4700. http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/2012BBIRegistrationForm.pdf .

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September 29, 2012 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 1 MAN 1 WOMAN PLAYER. Contact Bob Kennedy @ 209-570-7500. http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/1+1RaffaFlyerpdf.pdf

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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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