The Joy of Bocce Weekly

 In This Issue:

Vol. I, Issue 47 - December 9, 2002 


Notes from the publisher


Bocce product of the week


Readers’ feedback


Non bocce product of the week


Photos of the week


Tournament update

 Notes from the publisher

The Joy of Bocce Weekly
The FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume #1, Issue #47 December 9, 2002
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2002

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 Readers’ feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

{Bede Kortegast of Playaboule took exception to some of my comments in last week’s ezine and I need to clarify.

The background…I landed what I thought was a better bocce ball deal for my readers. Previously I was helping Rico Daniele (WWOBA – Springfield, Mass.) move some of his inventory of Perfetta balls that he purchases from Italy. His costs are high and he often gets extra charges in the form of duties from US customs.

I met with Robert Parrella of Paramount Industries who said that his EPCO balls could meet the same specs as the Perfetta and could sell for $100 instead of WWOBA’s $119 and shipping would be closer to $14 than Daniele’s $24. So, this seemed like a “win-win” to me and I listed the info in my newsletter.

Kortegast maintains that since Playaboule is the exclusive distributor for Perfetta in this country, that people would construe my comments to mean that Perfetta’s price for retailing and shipping balls is too high.

I apologize for my unclear writing which caused this misunderstanding. Evidently, Playaboule is a pretty big outfit, able to order in large quantities. Therefore, they can offer their bocce sets at a very good price with reasonable shipping charges. In addition, they support tournament events and make a sincere effort to promote the sport of bocce.

Check them out at the link below. They have a Perfetta bocce set that they call the Jolly Pro Set (107 mm – 4 red balls, 4 green, 50mm pallino, and carry bag) for ONLY $85 plus FREE shipping for on-line orders). I don’t see how you can beat this value anywhere!}


Bede Kortegast of Playaboule also responded to Pete Rabito’s question about “official” bocce balls.

He says…

“I thought that I would answer the question posed by Mr. Pete Rabito and explain the difference between "true" competition balls and the recreational balls that are widely available in the USA.

{Bede forwarded a section of the rules from the International Bocce Federation (CIB) in the Italian language.}

The rules clearly state that the balls must be 107mm in diameter AND 920 gm for The World Championships, International and National competition play. As you know we have the exclusive contract with Perfetta and stock all of their balls. Our inexpensive Jolly set meets the 107mm dia rule but the balls are slightly heavier than 920gm.

Our professional balls, Eura, Palio and F2001 all meet these exacting standards and are precisely (guaranteed) 107mm dia and 920gm. If they do not pass the size/weight tests they are rejected and destroyed. This is why the balls for a 4 ball set (you only need yours and not your opponents) are double the price of our deluxe club set, the Jolly.

You mention the Sportcraft balls and these do not come close to meeting the weight limit and ALL their balls are imported from China. Perfetta is of course from Italy.

The question was posed by a member of the long Island Bocce Club. We gave several sets to their last tournament as prizes - this included a set of our Perfetta Pro Eura.

It is also interesting to note that a well known bocce club from the East Coast buys the biggest balls (115 mm or larger) so they can and use them for approximately 2 years. The plan is that the balls will wear down during that time to a more reasonable 100mm before they have to be thrown away!!! This club has some very well respected players. I guess in short "size" does not really matter.

If you’re playing Open Rules (unique to the US) then this is far from the real game of Bocce anyway. If you want to play outside the US then you need to be skilled at Punta, Raffa, Volo AND have the right size balls.

{I’m not so sure that the American bocce-playing public is going to embrace the International game. I like it, even admire it, and hope to play it myself. But most players I’ve talked with want to play informally after a barbecue, and won’t take the time to mark and measure balls. So Open Rules might be as close to “the real game” as most of us are going to get.}

We were the only supplier at the US Nationals and donated 13 complete sets to that very grand event.

You will also see in the rules that the Pallino is supposed to be 40mm in dia. In open rules it "tends" to be closer to 50mm in dia. As far as our research goes we are the only company in the USA that sells and has in stock both guaranteed size and weight balls and the correct pallinas.

I hope this helps with the question. If anyone wants more information they can contact me at Ph 888-225-2865 and I will be happy to answer any questions.

{Thanks for this detailed information, Bede. You certainly know of which you speak!}

Check out Perfetta bocce sets at Playaboule

 Photos of the week

This week’s photos were sent in by’s Tom McNutt. They show the bocce courts at The Custom House Plaza in Monterey’s Historic Park.

Tom tells us that the Plaza is next to Fisherman’s Wharf.
“If you find yourself at the far end of Alvarado Street, go to the Cooper Molera Complex. It is also adjacent to the Double Tree Inn complex. It's a great part of coastal California.”

The three courts are 12’ by 72’. According to McNutt “They play quite well for public courts and some maintenance equipment is available if you’re not happy with things.”

He adds that “Players can go directly to Pebble Beach after morning Bocce and sneak in a round or two, then come back for Sunset bocce.” Life is good!

{Please follow Tom's lead and 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 this week's photos

 Bocce product of the week

New! You asked for it! Bocce ball polish

Specially formulated for cleaning and polishing bocce or bowling balls.

Restores shine and superior grip for high performance.

Non-abrasive formula will not harm ball surface.

Repeated use cleans and polishes with no unwanted build-up.

Directions: Shake well before use. Squeeze a small amount on ball surface. Using a small, circular motion, cover the entire ball surface. Polish with soft, dry cloth.

Note: Not intended for heavy dirt build-up. Clean with mild, non-abrasive, non-solvent based cleaner.

4 oz. bottle = $18.95 plus $2.00 Shipping and Handling

 Non bocce product of the week

Gourmet coffee gift set

{Hey, bocce's great, but I'm always on the look-out for all kinds of good products for my readers}

My company has an arrangement with the Java Trading Co. to rep their Gourmet Coffee Gift Sets – just in time for the holidays. Includes two 1-lb. bags of coffee and brand-name grinder. Give these savory blends to someone special this holiday season!

Choose from many combinations…

Java Gold
Decaf Columbian
Irish Crème
Vanilla Nut Crème

Retails for $44.95 plus shipping.

Come on - this is a great gift for that coffee drinker you know

 Tournament update

{chronological order}

Please - anyone running a tournament - do me a favor - put a notice near your tourney bracket board informing players that they can go to and "opt in" for my FREE Ezine on bocce.

March 8 & 9, 2003 - The Italian/American Bocce Association of Punta Gorda, Florida.
Fourth annual Southwest Florida Open Bocce Tournament. For more Info, contact George Farruggio at Tel. # 941-575-0482, Fax. # 941-575-6231 or E-Mail

June 8-15, 2003 - United States National Bocce Tournament
Highwood Bocce Courts, Highwood, IL
winners will compete in the WORLD COMPETITION in SWITZERLAND. Contact Mike Conti @ 847-692-6223

July 11-13, 2003 Bocce Classic IX Tournament, John Pirelli Lodge, 2625 County Line Road, Dayton Ohio, contact


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