The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. XI, Issue 27 - September 10, 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 #27 - September 10, 2012
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2012
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again bocce faithful,

Lots of bocce this issue. Hope you enjoy it. Our Sons of Italy Lodge #902 facility is coming along nicely and should be open sometime in December, 2012 or early January of 2013.

Also, the Sons of Italy club will be running two bocce events for charity - check them out under Tourney update (October 6 and October 20).

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

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Stewart Park courts - Rte. 13 in Ithaca, NY...

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

Hey - things are coming along pretty quickly on our Methuen Sons of Italy Lodge #902. There's a shot to the right - click on it to get a better view. We hope we'll open up in December of 2012 or early January of 2013.

Meanwhile, we're offering two tournaments for charity. See Tourney section below. One is October 6th benefiting Special Olympics and the other is October 20th benefiting the American Cancer Society. These will be two great days of bocce while helping out two great causes.

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Donna Davidson asks this...

"When tossing the first bocce ball of a frame (in a court with markings), is it imperative that the bocce ball go beyond the center line just as the pallino must? I have not been able to find a specific answer to this question, although rules may state the first ball needs to be 'legal'. We are playing Open Rules, not international. Thank you!"

{Some people play this way but I don't think it is widely used. If the pallino is just over the center line and the first bocce ball is two inches in front of the pallino - that's a great shot. But, some people say the ball is dead and must be removed from the court. There are so many rules in this country on bocce that it causes great headaches for the game.

Use USBF Open rules and you will see that the bocce ball doesn't have to pass the midcourt line.}

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Ben Tosi sends a video...

http://www.boccevolo.com/home.html

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Here's another video sent by John Ross...

SF Bocce Court Restoration

Bocce Courts designed by Zepponi Architects in San Francisco being repaired after the 2011 Occupy movement. This is a compilation of video & photos taken during the restoration process of these US Bocce Federation regulation courts. The work was directed and overseen by Benji Tosi, 7X US National Bocce Champion, John Ross, past President of the US Bocce Federation, and Rolando Negrini, "the guru" and creator of the bocce mix and court preparation used.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0U9-3zOU2Q&feature=em-share_video_user

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Anthony Siino sends this...

"I am the Tournament Director of the All Star Bocce Classic Tournament held at the Peppermill Casino in Reno, Nevada. This year's tournament date is November 8-11, 2012.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive an invitation, Call 1-800-648-6992, extension 77016 or via email - dshores@peppermillreno.com. For any additional information call the number listed and ask for Dana Shores.

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Frank sends the September edition of the Western Sector Newsletter.

"This edition is chock full of stuff from all points in the sector. It goes full circle, from a Two Woman Open Tournament in San Rafael up to Seattle for the Woodland Park Classic. Then we travel East to Idaho for their First Idaho State Senior Games. We end up back in California for a few tournaments.

On page 3 is a commentary written by Vern Cooper about a project he helped start in 2002. A worthy project if ever there was one; one we can all be involved in with a little commitment. I know I will be come next May.

Congratulations to all the tournament winners, especially the winners of the First Idaho State Senior Games held in Boise Idaho and hosted by The Idaho Bocce Ball Club, a proud member of the USBF.

All right. Enough said. Have a good read."

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/September2012.pdf

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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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This from Club Molisani...

"Bocce Lovers,

Club Molisani of Cleveland would like to invite you to participate in our 1st Annual Fall Bocce Classic at Club Molisani in Wickliffe, Ohio on October 19, 20, & 21. Our club has constructed three beautiful indoor synthetic courts and we would love for everyone to come and take a look. All information is on the attached flyer and application, so sign up fast as we are only taking 32 teams. During the weekend we will be having music, food, and beverages. On Saturday night there will be a steak dinner and on Sunday we will offer a free pasta lunch to all players. Proper non-marking shoes are required to play on the synthetic courts. You can also visit our website www.clubmolisani.com for additional information. We hope to see you there. Please forward this to your friends.

Thank You!"

Club Molisani
29101 Euclid Ave.
Wickliffe, Ohio 44092

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/Fall-Classic-Flyer-2.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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15th Annual Maureen Albanese Tourney...

http://www.joyofbocce.com/Albanese_2011.ivnu

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

Photos of the week
This week's photos are COOOOL!

Just three - but I think you will like them.

Click for this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
Precision Bocce Measures

Choose the Clubhawk Gold, Henselite Bowls, or Premier Boule Measure. You can't go wrong with any of the three choices. Once a bocce aficionado has a set of bocce balls and my book, the next logical acquisition is a first-rate measure.

Each retails for $26.95 plus $6.00 shipping and will be shipped US Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope.

Click the photo for more info, pictures, etc.

OR check out
http://www.JoyofBocce.com/Bocce_Gifts.ivnu

Click to go to merchandise order...then scroll down a bit...

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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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. http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/2012IAG.pdf

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

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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 6, 2012 - Massachusetts - Methuen's Francis Morse Field. 4-player teams to benefit Methuen Sons of Italy Lodge 902 and Special Olympics Massachusetts. Contact Sean Canty @ 978-750-1051 Ext 401 (Sean.canty@specialolympicsma.org or 978-683-3175 (Lodge902@comcast.net).

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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 19, 20, 21, 2012 - Ohio - Wickliffe. 1st Annual Fall Classic Bocce Tournament. Contact Mike Frabotta @ 440-785-6158 or email mvf3@att.net. http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/Fall-Classic-Flyer-2.pdf

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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 20, 2012 - Massachusetts - Methuen - Francis Morse Field. Hosted by Methuen Lodge #902 and benefiting the American Cancer Society. 4-player teams - contact 978-683-3175 or email Fran at Fesclafani@aol.com .

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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 8 - 11, 2012. Nevada, Reno. All Star Bocce Classic Tournament held at the Peppermill Casino. Contact dshores@peppermillreno.com or 800-648-6992 ext 77016 - Ask for Dana Shores.

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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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