The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. XII, Issue 19 - August 5, 2013 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news and readers' feedback...
•   Photos of the week...
•   Bocce Measures
•   Tournament update
Notes from the publisher
The weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 12, Issue #19 - August 5, 2013
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2013
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

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

Mario,

Can you include this in your ezine? I think it should attract some teams from the East with the sizeable money guaranteed!!! the courts are short (apprx 60ft) carpet surface and a 6ft point/shoot line. I appreciate your help!

Danny Passaglia

http://mjprchicago.com/blog/bocces-best-from-around-the-country-gather-at-the-1st-annual-bocce-tournament-at-pinstripes/

I wanted to share the exciting news with you that Pinstripes, known for its beautiful ambiance, delectable food, and unique gaming experience, will be hosting its first annual Bocce Tournament with players from around the country this September. We would love your help in spreading the word about the event!

Players of all ages ranging from experts to beginners are invited to show off their skills as they compete for a grand prize of $15,000!

Championship Rounds
Sunday, September 22 at Pinstripes Oak Brook

Attached is the bocce tournament press release and flyer for this world-class event for your reference.
http://mjprchicago.com/blog/bocces-best-from-around-the-country-gather-at-the-1st-annual-bocce-tournament-at-pinstripes/

Thanks,
Cara

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State of Michigan Bocce Championship
August 24, 2013

Make Checks Payable To: DABA
Contact John Gaudette
N 3957 North US 2
Iron Mountain, MI 49801

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Las Vegas, Nevada

An Open Rules Bocce Tournament is being planned for the 10 outside courts at Justice Myron E. Leavitt Park (formerly known as Jaycee Park) at East St. Louis Avenue & Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89104 on Saturday & Sunday, November 9-10, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Frank De Santis at (619) 520-6963 or email fdslaw@gmail.com.

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Greetings Bocce Players, One and All

August 1st is upon us and so is the August edition of the USBF Western Sector Newsletter. We have a nifty little newsletter for you this month, pared down from the 70 pages we gave you last month. If you’ll recall, forty of last month’s pages was comprised of two lists; the Historical Archive of National Championship Medal Winners in yearly and alphabetical forms. They are not part of this month’s newsletter, but they are available for your perusal again this month. You can see them (and contribute to the on-going efforts to complete them) by clicking on the two links in John Ross’s article about them on the bottom of page 3.

For those who don’t know about it yet, we invite you to look at page 23. Frank and Guy De Santis are planning a big money tournament in Las Vegas for November, and would like interested bocce players to respond to them by August 3rd, only two days away. If you want a good excuse to go to Las Vegas, this is it!

As usual, Western Sector bocce players wandered far and wide in July, starting the month off at the July 4th tournament at the Martinez Bocce Federation, then to the Triple Play of Bocce in Gresham Oregon, over to the National Senior Games in Cleveland Ohio and back to California for the 11th Annual Frank Guidace Memorial Bocce Tournament.

So, as Jackie Gleason used to say; “Put on some traveling music, Sammy” and get ready to do a little traveling of your own.

Ciao,
Frank

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/Aug2013.pdf

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August 9 -11, 2013 – Ohio – Mayfield Heights. CLUB MOLISANI, 7th Annual MARSHALL SUPERSTORE CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL BOCCE TOURNAMENT. Played on eight Har Tru courts. 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 sponsors and 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 23 - 25, 2013 - Ohio - Wickliffe….WICKLIFFE ITALIAN-AMERICAN CLUB’s. 30th Annual CLEVELAND CHALLENGE CUP OF BOCCE sponsored by PAT O'BRIEN CHEVROLET. $5,500 first prize, $17,000 in total prize money – GUARANTEED.(First 24 places paid); $200 team entry. Trophy’s and medals for Champion and second place finishers and tournament t-shirts for ALL participants (plus 30th anniversary gift in team bag). Automatically be eligible for the second chance tournament by being “out” by 6:00pm Saturday…Visit our website for details. Women’s Tournament – DOUBLE ELIMINATION – $100 per team entry – all money paid out to top three teams –Tournament Format: Four person teams (plus one sub) Contact Gino Latessa (glatessa@marcs.com) @ 216-789-6393 for more info. Applications and additional info online @ http://www.wickliffeianda.com.

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Just got in a shipment of Perfetta 107 mm bocce balls. Click below to order...OR call 978-686-8679 to come and pick up!

Solid =

http://www.playaboule.com/Perfetta_Club_Pro_bocce_Set.aspx?affid=pagnoni01

Speckled =

http://www.playaboule.com/Perfetta_Club_Pro_Speckled_bocce_Set.aspx?pagnoni01

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Check out the ClubHawk Gold Measure with the ACCU-ARM

http://www.playaboule.com/Clubhawk-Gold-Measurer-9ft-Accu-Arm.aspx?affid=pagnoni01

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These are the BEST SELLERS!

Awesome Glo Bocce Light Up Balls - 107 mm

{This set weighs almost 12 lbs. So these are NOT cheap light weight balls. They can be crashed together hard without fear of breaking a ball or the electronics.}

http://www.playaboule.com/V3_Deluxe_LED_Glo_Bocce_set.aspx?affid=pagnoni01

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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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GloBocce...

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

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

Bocce Measures
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...

Bocce product of the week
Bocce Court Maintenance Tools

I’ve seen all kinds of home-made court maintenance brushes and scrapers. Two things have always struck me about them. 1 – they look like they are home-made and 2 – they tend to be HEAVY.

7' Drag Brush

Manufactured by Lee Tennis (makers of the Har-Tru surface material), this court maintenance tool created for tennis courts works exceptionally well for bocce courts. The 7-foot drag brush is light-weight and, even if you have a 13- or 14-foot wide court, you can smooth it over with just two passes. This is quick enough to do between games without keeping players waiting very long.

Bristles are 4 ½ inches of synthetic fibers and the strong but light-weight frame is aluminum. Retails for $189.95 plus shipping.

Lute/scarifier

This strangely named 30” wide device is actually two implements in one. It is an all-aluminum combination tool for scarifying, leveling, and removing loose court material.

Strong and sturdy, the tool is light enough to handle with ease and is excellent for spreading new material during top-dressing. The concave shape of the 30” wide blade allows the tool to “float” along the surface without digging in. Use the serrated edge to scrape material from high spots, then flip the tool over to rake and smooth that spot and drag the loose material to fill in a lower point. Retails for $69.95 plus shipping.

Besides a heavy roller, the lute/scarifier and 7-foot drag brush should be all the maintenance tools a bocce court owner needs.

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

Photos of the week...
This from Steve Pollack...

"I too am a bocce ball enthusiast. I built a court in my backyard and have weekly neighborhood games.
What I found lacking was a really good measuring device for bocce ball. So I invented one, the Bocceometer TM pronounced like speedometer.

My website is http://www.bocceometer.com ."

Click for photos...

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 9 -11, 2013 – Ohio – Mayfield Heights. CLUB MOLISANI, 7th Annual MARSHALL SUPERSTORE CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL BOCCE TOURNAMENT. Played on eight Har Tru courts. 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 sponsors and 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. 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 10, 2013 - California - IACC South City. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.

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August 17, 2013 - Massachusetts - Revere Beach fund-raiser for the Historical Society. Call Lona @ violet1f@hotmail.com .

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August 17, 2013 - California - East Portal Sac. OPEN 4 PLAYERS Western Sector Champ. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.

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August 23 - 25, 2013 - Ohio - Wickliffe….WICKLIFFE ITALIAN-AMERICAN CLUB’s. 30th Annual CLEVELAND CHALLENGE CUP OF BOCCE sponsored by PAT O'BRIEN CHEVROLET. $5,500 first prize, $17,000 in total prize money – GUARANTEED.(First 24 places paid); Automatically be eligible for the second chance tournament by being “out” by 6:00pm Saturday…Visit our website for details. Women’s Tournament – DOUBLE ELIMINATION – $100 per team entry – all money paid out to top three teams –Tournament Format: Four person teams (plus one sub) Contact Gino Latessa (glatessa@marcs.com) @ 216-789-6393 for more info. Applications and additional info online @ http://www.wickliffeianda.com.

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August 24, 2013 - Michigan State Championship. Make Checks Payable To: DABA and Contact John Gaudette
N 3957 North US 2, Iron Mountain, MI 49801.

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August 31, 2013 - California - East Portal Sac. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.

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Sept 7 & 8, 2013 - California - Monterey. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Janelle Ansberry @ 831-915-0727.

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September 14, 2013 - California - PIASC San Mateo. OPEN - 3 MEN 1 WOMAN. Contact Mario Conti @ 650-589-7179.

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September 14 & 15, 2013 - California - Penn Valley - Western Gateway Park - Two tourneys - Contact Vernonlcooper@gmail.com .

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September 21, 2013 - California -IACC South City. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS - Italian American Games. Contact Ale Bettucchi @ 650-697-7702.

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September 22, 2013 - Massachusetts - Methuen - The Sports Commission of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts will hold its annual Bocce Tournament on Sunday at the Methuen Sons of Italy – 459 Merrimack Street beginning at 9:00 A.M. The Tournament will take place rain or shine on Methuen’s indoor bocce courts. Entry fee is $90.00 per four-person team, which includes morning refreshments, lunch, and prizes to the winning teams.
The tournament will consist of four (4) divisions: Men, Women, Mixed, and Junior. Each team entered must be comprised of at least four (4) regular or social members. Contact Jim Tsouprakakis @ 978-452-5765.

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September 22, 2013 - Pinstripes Tourney - $15,000 1st place, $5000 2nd place. Contact Sandie@pinstripes.com or 630-575-8744.

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September 28, 2013 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 1 MAN 1 WOMAN - 3 Balls Each. Contact Bob Kennedy @ 209-570-7500.

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October 5, 2013 - California -IACC South City - VOLO 2 PLAYERS. Contact Ale Bettucchi @ 650-697-7702.

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October 5, 2013 - California - IBS Sutter Creek OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.

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October 12, 2013 - California - Penn Valley - OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Stefano Landini @ 530-264-7030.

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October 13, 2013 - California - Penn Valley - OPEN 4 PLAYERS IL SACCO. Contact Stefano Landini @ 530-264-7030.

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October 19, 2013 - California - Marin San Rafael - OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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October 26, 2013 - California - IAC Stockton OPEN 3 PLAYERS. Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.

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November 2, 2013 - California - Waterloo Stockton - OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.

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November 9 & 10, 2013 - Nevada - Las Vegas. Open Rules Bocce Tournament planned for the 10 outside courts at Justice Myron E. Leavitt Park at East St. Louis Avenue & Eastern Ave. If you have any questions, contact Frank De Santis at (619) 520-6963 or email fdslaw@gmail.com .

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November 16, 2013 - Massachusetts - Methuen Sons of Italy Lodge #902. St. Alfio Tournament featuring Silent Auctions, Closest to the Pallino, Raffles and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prize money of $800, $400, $300. Contact Joe Scuderi @ 978-473-3410.

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