The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. XII, Issue 5 - February 25, 2013 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news and readers' feedback...
•   Photos of the week
•   Bortolin Bocce Ball Lifter / Delucchi Bocce Caddy
•   Tournament update
Notes from the publisher
The weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 12, Issue #5 - February 25, 2013
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2013
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello Bocce Fans!

Things are moving right along at our Sons Of Italy Lodge #902 in Methuen. In a few weeks we will be operating with food, leagues most nights and mornings, and corporate outings and parties.

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 full-time staff should be in place sometime 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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Port Charlotte Beach Complex, Florida...

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

Mario,

I hope all is well with you. Club Molisani is running another tournament, the Mauro Frate Memorial, on our three synthetic bocce courts at the Club. The announcement and the application are attached. Please list it in your next issue of The Joy of Bocce.

Club Molisani will be hosting another fun filled weekend of bocce, food, and good times. On March 8th, 9th, & 10th, Club Molisani will host the Mauro Frate Memorial Bocce Tournament. The double elimination tournament will consist of 32 four-man teams with the top six teams receiving over $4,000 in prize money. The entry fee will be $150 per team, which will include a complimentary lunch on Sunday March 10th for all players. On Saturday March 9th, Club Molisani will have a steak dinner available for $20 per person. You may purchase your tickets ahead of time on the application and send payment with entry fee. Family and Friends are welcome to the dinner as well. Applications and flyers are attached with more details or they also can be found on our website www.clubmolisani.com. Deadline to sign up is March 1st but spots are filling up fast, so please get your application in as soon as possible.

For more information please contact Mike Frabotta at mvf3@att.net or Sergio DiFranco at sergiodifranco@yahoo.com. Thank you and we hope to see you all there!

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/2013-Bocce-Application-mauro-frate.pdf

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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?}

Dr. Cordano writes...

In relation of declaring dead the ball in Punta Gorda I must comment that:

Even if such situation is very rare and is not written in any rules that I know, I agree that a ball played from the hitting position and missed without reaching the backboard should be removed, because technically it has been pointed from an illegal position.

A second comment relates to har tru surfaces which I love, when they become really hard and minimal dents occur when raffa or voloís take place.

I have commented multiple times in your excellent publication about the huge advantage of utilizing a good IN-OUT carpet.

Iím so glad to know that you are already playing in courts with the best surfaces in the world (built by our good mutual friend Mike Grasser) and hope that in a not too distance future, I will have the opportunity to play over there.

Regards, Dr. A. Cordano

Phil Ferrari adds...

The rule is correct.


Luis adds more...

Regarding to your readerís question:

I do not play on any league, but this is my suggestion:

If it is a Bocce game where it is not marked the position of the pallino and valid played bocce balls on the court and assuming of course, that the backboard is also an out-of-bounds line,

In a successful throw:

1. If a player calls to hit a specific already played valid bocce ball or the pallino, he/she must hit the targeted object.

2. If he/she does hit the targeted object, everything after the hit is valid (unless a bocce ball or pallino falls out of bounds, which in that case the local rules needs to be applied);

but:

a. If he/she miss the targeted object (and since no previously played bocce balls or pallino position has been marked on the ground) but HITS a non-targeted object, the game continuous as is after all the balls or pallino came to rest. It does not matter if the ball thrown by the player hits the backboard or not.

b. Or, if he/she miss ALL balls and the pallino AND also hit the backboard, then the thrown bocce ball is taken out and ruled dead (there is a probability that the thrown ball may bounce back from the backboard and hit a previously played bocce ball or the pallino Ėin this case I suggest to have the referee re-position as close as possible the affected balls or pallino to its original position). Since a thrown bocce ball that miss all objects AND also hits the backboard becomes a dead ball, any consequences after its dead is not valid.

c. Or, if he/she miss ALL balls and the pallino but DOES NOT hit the backboard, the thrown bocce ball IS NOT a dead ball, so everything stays as played after the thrown ball came to rest. In other words, there is no penalties when the thrown ball misses all objects and does not hit the backboard (out-of-bounds line).

Hope that this helps.

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Mario, thank you for your newsletters. These newsletters have helped to organized a Bocce league as well as building 3 courts. We started out on the grass and at this time have 3 courts and two shade covers. The third and fourth will be built this spring. We started the league with about 10 players and now have over 70. Hoping to grow that to 100 this year.

Thank you for all your newsletters, they been a big help.

Thank you,
Joseph E. Rizzo

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40th Anniversary of the World Series of Bocce - July 19, 20, and 21, 2013. Over $25,000 in prize money. Guaranteed $6000 in First Place Open Division. Contact Toccolanaclub@yahoo.com or 315-339-3609.

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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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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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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

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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.}

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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...

Bortolin Bocce Ball Lifter / Delucchi Bocce Caddy
You have seen Mike Delucchi's ingenious Bocce Caddy, now view Lucio Bortolin's Bocce Lifter - both are outstanding products!

"From the beautiful Sycamore in IL, I'm writing to you to congratulate for the good job you are doing with 'The Joy of Bocce', our members of the 'Bella Vita Bocce Club' enjoy all the interesting articles you publish.

We have in my property a 75'x10' outdoor court with limestone surface that after 8 years is perfectly flat and leveled. We have 15 guys and play every Thursday.
Also since one of the guys has a back problem I designed a 'Bocce Ball Lifter' for him, I have an Architectural and Ornamental Metalwork company - http://www.f2industries.com - so this was pretty straightforward for me, in addition I play with a Dell Webb community people - 740 players - and they also started using it with great success, so I decided to offer this product to you to be display in your web site if you think it is interesting.

Below some highlights of the product:
* Can lift any ball size.
* Can lift the pallino.
* Stands straight up.
* Very light and sturdy.
* Any color upon request.
* Priced at only $48.00
* Free S&H
* If requested, a hook for hanging can be welded to the shaft for $4.00
Attached please find some photos.

My best,
Lucio Bortolin"

Check out Mike Delucchi's fine product as well - click below to view.

See Mike Delucchi's Bocce Caddy

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

Photos of the week
2013 Pallino D'Oro Ring and Trophies. Photos courtesy of Mike Grasser of http://www.DaVinciBocce.com .

Mario, the winner of the North American Pallino d'Oro will win this 14 carat gold ring with green Brazilian tourmaline center stone. They will also take home $600.00 and the first place trophy.

Mike

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 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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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 8 - 10, 2013 - Ohio - Wickliffe. Club Molisani. For more information contact Mike Frabotta at mvf3@att.net or Sergio DiFranco at sergiodifranco@yahoo.com.
http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/2013-Bocce-Application-mauro-frate.pdf

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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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June 2, 2013 - California - IBS Sutter Creek - OPEN 3 MEN AT LEAST 1 WOMAN. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.

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June 8, 2013 - California - East Portal Sac. - RAFFA 3 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.

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June 15, 2013 - California - IAC Stockton - RAFFA 3 PLAYERS. Western Sector Raffa Champ. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.

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June 22 - 29, 2013 - California - IAC Stockton. USBF NATIONAL CHAMPOINSHIP - OPEN-RAFFA-VOLO.

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July 6, 2013 - July 12, 2013 - Oregon - Paesano Club. OPEN - IL SACCO - 4 PERSON. Contact Larry Cereghino @ 503-201-4585.

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July 13, 2013 - Oregon - Paesano Club. OPEN 4 PLAYERS CALIF. VS NORTHWEST. Contact Larry Cereghino @ 503-201-4585.

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July 14, 2013 - Oregon - Paesano Club. OPEN 4 PLAYERS Rossi Tournament. Contact Larry Cereghino @ 503-201-4585.

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July 19, 20, 21, 2013 - New York - Rome, 40th Anniversary of the World Series of Bocce. $25,000 in Prize Money. Contact toccolanaclub@yahoo.com or 315-339-3609.

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