The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol I, Issue 44 - November 18, 2002 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Readers’ feedback
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Photos of the week
•   Archive update
 Notes from the publisher
The Joy of Bocce Weekly
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Volume #1, Issue #44 November 18, 2002
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2002

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 Readers’ feedback
{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Steve Kahn of Banning, California asks this about measures…

“Can either or both of your tapes be made as part of a can or cylinder that is placed over the pallina? This way the base of the tape stays in a constant position relative to the equator of the pallina when it is rotated to measure the relative distances of the balls in question.”

{Someone has devised just such a device (Mike Paccione of Cresskill, New Jersey). Check out The Resolver at - or click the image to the right}


Anna M. Mastroianni is promoting bocce in Canada…

“I do enjoy the sport bocce, as an observer ONLY!!! My role with my dad's business is more on the growth of BOCCE in Canada, we have just formed a non-profit organization called "Concord Bocciafila." This organization is for the advancement of Bocce in Canada. I, along with the club members have been doing TV interviews, locally in Toronto to promote bocce and to obtain sponsorship. We are also looking to the Olympic committee of Canada to promote the importance of the sport. Please if there is anything you would like to share about what we are doing here, we would much appreciate your input!!”

{Anything anyone does to promote bocce is good for all of us – good luck and keep up the good work.}


Old bocce friend Peter Ferris of Coweta, Oklahoma received this question and passed it on to me…

“Last summer my brother brought over these bocci balls that had batteries and lights in them so that you can play in the dark. The pallino had a flashing strobe light and the rest of the balls had their respective colors... I was wondering if you would know anything about them, or where I can order."

{Yes, I received a set those lighted bocce balls a while back, and yes, they are pretty fragile. They were ordered from a Hammacher Schlemmer catalog from 1998 ($49.95). The box says "Recommended for ages 3 -103+. The manufacturer was listed as Knight Sports, 8220 Gage Blvd., #745, Kennewick, WA 99336 and they called the game Skizzo (has its own rules, but they also listed bocce rules).

I’ve also seen advertised bocce sets that glow under a black light for night play. Do readers have any experience with these? Please REPLY.}


Lori Bailey of Special Olympics Delaware writes…

“I was wondering if you could help our athletes by directing me to any groups or organizations who are interested in promoting the sport of bocce through grants for equipment. We have many athletes and programs interested in being involved in the sport, but indoor training facilities are difficult for us to find because of the need to set up a court with carpet or another surface material, in a space large enough. We have found the Ultimax soft bocce set and are interested in acquiring this equipment for some of our programs so that they can play on hard floor surfaces. The cost of this equipment is prohibitive for us at this time. I appreciate any help or direction you can provide - Thank you.”

{Can any reader help with this? Bocce is the fastest growing sport in Special Olympics because anyone who can roll a ball can play. Also, as SO athletes age and are less able to participate in more rigorous events, they turn to bocce.

Below is Lori’s title and address/info if you want to deal directly with her – but keep me posted too so I can get the word out here}

Director of Sports Training and Volunteer Management
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716-1901
(302) 831-3223

Check out Special Olympics Delaware

 Photos of the week
This week's photos were submitted by James Smith, formerly a Massachusetts school principal (and my boss…a very good one, by the way), who now enjoys bocce in Punta Gorda, Florida.

{Editorial comment: when we had problems in Smith’s day in education, he rolled up his sleeves and went about solving the problem. Today’s school administrators have no interest in problem solving. They are “spin doctors” – only interested in PR.}

The bocce action is at Lake Rio Townhouses and twenty-two regulars show up on Wednesdays at 3:00 PM. The court is 8' by 60' with a clay surface (with only occasional gator hazards).

{Please send bocce photos from different areas of the USA. The Joy of Bocce Weekly features too many photos from the East - need pics from the "left coast" and the South & Mid-America too. I'd love to post them here on "This Week's Photos."}

View the photos by clicking on the picture above or the link below.

Photos of the week

 Bocce product of the week
Lute/scarifier for court maintenance

In addition to the wonderful 7-foot drag brush featured in recent JOB Weekly issues, I’ve decided to add a handy, light-weight metal rake-like tool called a lute/scarifier to my list of bocce court maintenance tools.

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 $49.95 plus shipping. The lute/scarifier and 7-foot drag brush (see the Merchandise link at should be all the maintenance tools a bocce court owner needs.

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 Non bocce product of the week
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This forward-looking company got me to early retirement (at age 53…not too shabby). Now I play bocce on Mondays, softball on Wednesdays and Sundays, basketball on Thursdays and do a little networking while I play.

I’ve described the business in generic terms on my web site (my company is very concerned with its image and will not let us write copy that gives product names etc. unless that copy is pre-approved by corporate). Anyway, click the link below and check it out. It’s a work program…not a get rich quick scheme…and it isn’t easy. But I do believe it’s the easiest one.

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 Archive update
In response to bocce fans out there who have missed previous issues of The Joy of Bocce Weekly, I have finally figured out how to archive them.

I've begun the process and will try to get it completed in the next couple weeks. The early issues that were just text, not html, might have some formatting problems, but I think it will all work out in the near future.

Issues 1 through 26 and 40 through 43 are archived. I’m still working on the gap between 26 and 40.

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