The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. XII, Issue 4 - February 11, 2013 
•   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 12, Issue #4 - February 11, 2013
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2013
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello Bocce Lovers!

Our facility is signing on new players every day. If you'd like to join a league or host a party or team building event etc., send us an email: Mario@JoyofBocce.com .

We are hiring and a staff should be in place soon.
Log on to http://www.sonsofitalymethuen.com/ to register for league play or to book an outing or party.

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}

A TOAST TO YOU!

The "Summit Rollers" Bocce group from Summit, NJ wish you a great day for the official grand opening of our new Bocce court this Wednesday.

Jim Lange and his team did a wonderful job of creating a terrific court with a magnificent score board and now we wish you many happy moments of play.

Helen and I were delighted to be your guests at the Senior Center as we vacationed through Pacifica recently through an introduction by Will Trout whom we met on our scenic coastal walk. How fortunate we were.

You and your friends are welcome any time to play on our Bocce covered pavilion here in Summit, New Jersey... 40 minutes by train from NYC.

Cheers to you all.
Eric and Helen McFerran
Summit, NJ

"Stay close and always be upfront"

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George Farruggio sends this rules question.

In Punta Gorda, Florida they have a couple of short courts (12' by 72' and 12' by 60'). They use a 6' roll line and a 10' hitting line. The question comes up when a player decides to hit a ball and decides to go to the closer hitting line. Opponents say that the ball, if it misses the target, must have enough force to go all the way to the backboard or it is taken out and ruled dead.

{I have heard about this rule before and wonder how different leagues might deal with the issue. Can anyone respond with a good answer?}

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From John Ross..

The Los Gatos Bocce Club is hosting their 17th annual Punto Raffa, Volo tournament on April 27, 2013 at Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos.

April 27, 2013, California, Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. 17th ANNUAL LOS GATOS BOCCE CLUB THREE PERSON RAFFA. Contact: John Ross @ (408) 354-0625.

Congratulations on your new facility!

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Hi Mario, the Summit Rollers (NJ) at the REC-Center have lights installed for evening play, we will be getting our season underway soon. Looking to top-level our court with a dry (red) clay instead of the basic cover we have.

The Summit Rollers had lunch at Il Vagabondo in NY, where there is an old court, played a few games - Wonderful

Cheers,
Joe Caruso

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PALLINO D'ORO 2013

March 2, 2013 - United States Pallino D'Oro. Guilford Lake Grille. Contact Mike Grasser @ 248-505-4744. http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/Pallino8.jpg

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March 3, 2013 - North American Pallino D'Oro - Guilford Lake Grille. Contact Mike Grasser @ 248-505-4744. http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/Pallino8.jpg

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Good afternoon Mario:

I read your book. It is great!. I learned a lot from it.

In your book you said that you have a bocce court in your house with HarTru material on top of it.

I do have plans to do the same in a future court in my house. But before I decide for such material, I will like to know from you how it feels playing on it:

Questions:

1. How much the bocce balls bound after been thrown in the air, say 16 feet ahead of the player - using what is called a “Raffa” throw technique?, or by throwing the ball with a high arc high in the air coming to rest say 40 feet ahead of the player – using what is called a “Volo” throw technique?

{Once the court has "set up" - the divots get smaller and smaller as the court gets harder and harder. You have to wet and roll the court pretty often early on...after that, not so much.}

2. Does the bocce ball dent the HarTru material after a Raffa or Volo shot has been made?

{Not so much after the material has "set."}

3. If the bocce court has been dented because a Raffa or Volo shot, can you fix it right in the moment, so you can continue playing? And how you fix it?

{They are relatively easy to fix.}

4. If the bocce court has been dented because a Raffa or Volo shot, can you fix after the game? Can you fix it at all? And how you fix it?

{Not such a difficult fix. Just smooth over with your foot.}

5. Does the bocce ball roll truly (straight) and fast during a Punto throw?

{Only if the court is very level, otherwise, maintenance is needed.}

6. How hard is to maintain the bocce court: how much hours per week you need to dedicate to the bocce court to be in conditions to be played?

{Early on, you have to put some time in - after a while, not so much effort except some rolling with a heavy roller.}

7. In your book you said that you are happy for the decision of using HarTru material, are you really happy? After this many years of use, does it worth the money to have HarTru surface on your bocce court?

{I love the surface. It is hard and plays very evenly. Sometimes if you have a shady area the Har-Tru might develop a moss bloom - check out Boccemon.com for how to combat that.}

Thank you for your time,

Sincerely,
Luis.

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Bocce Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChZg2bXyldk

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Mario- Attached is info for the tourney I am putting on next February - March at Campo di Bocce of Livermore. First Place is a trip to Rome, ITALY! We will be taking 128 teams of 2! The format will be single elimination, and the participants can never have played in the USBF National Championship! Come one, come all! This Bocce tournament is for the people!

Local and National sponsorships are available from as little as $100! Tens of thousands of people will be exposed to this event! It’s time to put Bocce on the map once and for all!

Ciao for now and Aloha!

Benjamin Musolf
Campo di Bocce
408-857-0074 Cellular

Download REGISTRATION HERE:

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/2012BOCCESHOWDOWNREGISTRATION.PDF

DOWNLOAD SPONSORSHIP FORM:

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/SPONSORSHIPFORM.PDF

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

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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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The Showdown Series is BACK!!

Earn West Cup Points at the Showdown Series! Sign up today! Registration forms are attached to this email!!!

You DO NOT want to get shut out!

The Sunday Showdown Series is back! From February to October, you can test your skills in one on one PRV against the best in the West! The Showdown Series is yet another tool to measure and assist in ranking the top players in the Western Sector.

Men and women will compete in separate events, with a maximum of 12-24 women and 12-24 men competing in two games at each monthly event. All Showdown events will be pool play, with ranking points being awarded for every game won during the event. Registration will be on a first come, first served basis, and your spot will only be held with payment for your desired week(s). There will be no refunds for pre-paid weeks, therefore it is the player’s responsibility to find a replacement and sell your spot. There will be no cash prizes. The cost per week is $20 to cover facility expenses for the weekly events. All events will be held at Campo di Bocce of Livermore or IAC Stockton. The West Cup Finals will take place on October 27, at Campo di Bocce of Livermore. Based on individual points earned in showdown series and other 2013 tournaments, the top 8 ranked men and women will be invited to compete for West Cup Champion. Be sure to sign up soon, this is will fill up fast! Contact Campo di Bocce of Livermore today so you can become the next West Cup Champion!

Tiebreaker dates are tentatively scheduled for 10/6 and 10/20 (exact date, time and location will be determined by West Cup Committee).

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 3PM ON WEDNESDAY PRIOR TO EVENT

Get your registration forms in TODAY!!

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/2013showdownregistrationform.pdf .

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!

Heather Veon
Club Relations
925*249*9800

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This from Tom McNutt - http://www.Boccemon.com ...

Washington state's largest one day bocce tournament, the 11th Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament to be held April 20th, 2013. Contact Tom at 360.224.2909 or tom@boccemon.com http://www.boccemon.com .

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WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???

Top Flight Perfetta 4 - ball sets

http://www.playaboule.com/Perfetta-Design-2005-bocce-set.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...

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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...

Photos of the week
Some neat shots from Bob Sileo of Coral Springs, FL.

Bob says...

"The Teton Nation Adventure Guides of Broward County conducted its annual Swamp Buggy camp out and father-son bocce tournament this weekend. We attracted 14 teams to the field, with many people introduced to the game.

Aaron and Oscar took home the gold."

Click for a look at this week's 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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February 16, 2013 - California Campo Los Gatos. OPEN 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Cassie Baron @ 408-395-7650. http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/2013MaureenAlbanese.pdf

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February 18 to March 25, 2013 - California - Livermore Campo di Bocce. The Road to Rome. Contact Ben Musolf at Campo di Bocce @ 408-857-0074. http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/2012BOCCESHOWDOWNREGISTRATION.PDF

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February 23, 2013 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.

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February 24, 2013 - California - Justin Herman Plaza - VOLO 1 PLAYER Combination. Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-238-7995.

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March 2, 2013 - US Pallino D'Oro. Guilford Lake Grille. Contact Mike Grasser @ 248-505-4744. http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/Pallino8.jpg

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March 3, 2013 - NA Pallino D'Oro - Guilford Lake Grille. Contact Mike Grasser @ 248-505-4744.
http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/Pallino8.jpg

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March 16, 2013 - California - Waterloo Stockton - OPEN 4 PLAYERS B PLAYERS ONLY. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.

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March 23, 2013 - California - IAC Stockton - RAFFA 3 PLAYERS. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.

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March 24, 2013 - California - Justin Herman Plaza - VOLO 1 PLAYER Singles. Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-238-7995.

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March 30, 2013 - California - East Portal Sac. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.

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April 6, 2013 - California - IAC Womens Aux. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Shirley Croce @ 209-466-0541.

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April 7, 2013 - California - Campo Livermore - WESTERN SECTOR MEETING 10 am. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-550-2526.

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

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April 20, 2013 - Washington - Bellingham. Washington state's largest one day bocce tournament, the 11th Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament to be held April 20th, 2013. Contact Tom @ Boccemon. 360.224.2909 tom@boccemon.com http:,,www.boccemon.com .

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April 20, 2013 - California - IACC South City OPEN 3 PLAYERS. Contact Matt Nestari @ 650-278-6591.

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April 27, 2013 - California - IAC Stockton Elkhrn. RAFFA 1 WOMAN. Contact JoAnn Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.

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April 27, 2013, California, Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. 17th ANNUAL LOS GATOS BOCCE CLUB THREE PERSON RAFFA. Contact: John Ross @ (408)
354-0625.

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April 28, 2013 - California - Justin Herman Plaza. VOLO - 1 PLAYER Precision. Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-238-7995.

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May 4, 2013 California - PIASC San Mateo - RAFFA - 3 MEN PLAYERS. Contact Mario Conti @ 650-589-7179.

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May 4, 2013 California - PIASC San Mateo. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.

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May 18, 2013 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 1 MAN. Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.

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May 19, 2013 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 1 WOMAN. Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.

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May 19, 2013 - California - Justin Herman Plaza. VOLO 1 PLAYER Combination. Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-238-7995.

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May 25, 2013 - California - Monterey Bocce Fed. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Giovanni Napoli @ 831-521-5092.

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