The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. I, Issue 46 - December 2, 2002 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Photos of the week
•   Readers’ feedback
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce links and archived issues
•   Non bocce product of the week
 Notes from the publisher
The Joy of Bocce Weekly
The FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume #1, Issue #46 December 2, 2002
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2002

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 Readers’ feedback
{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

John Ross of the Los Gatos Bocce Club was quick to respond to Pete Rabito’s question about “official” bocce balls. John says that…

“International punto, raffa, volo rules state that bocce balls must be 107 mm in diameter with a weight of 920 grams. The pallino must be 40 mm in diameter and weigh 60 grams.

Women and juniors (under 14) may use balls of 106 mm in diameter weighing 900 grams. (Ref: Article 6, par. A of the international rules and regulations for the game of bocce). The original Italian language version of the official rules can be found at the CBI web site,”

{Thanks John – the site is great, but not so easy to navigate around if you can’t read Italian}


Bryan Mero of sent us a great tip about buying an incomplete set of bocce balls for $12 (wooden crate broken, one ball and pallino missing) – from a clearance table at a department store. Then he found that the distributor, Sportcraft, honored the warranty and sent him replacement parts. This prompted successful businessman Tom DiPietro of Haverhill, Massachusetts to respond…

“I don’t think the manufacturer or distributor is obligated to honor this warranty given the circumstances. But, in today’s business world a new climate of over-delivering on service is catching on. The company may figure that replacing a ball or two is a small price to pay for the good word-of-mouth advertising and brand name loyalty that their action is likely to generate.”


Tom McNutt of poses an interesting question…

“As I have been traveling through bocce sites on the Internet I have noticed a discrepancy about how the "target ball" is referred. I assume it is a gender translation but please set the record straight for me.... Is it a Pallino or a Pallina?

Please don't suggest," You say pallino and I say pallina" unless it's true...”

{Can any reader help with definitive info on this topic? I am thinking that it is just a masculine/feminine distinction. If you think of the object ball in terms of the male persuasion then call it pallino, otherwise pallina. Please REPLY if you know better.}


John Samaritano from the Long Island Bocce Club suggests…

“Now that New York City is in the running for the 2012 Olympics, wouldn't it be nice to have bocce there?”

{Yes, that would be great. But don’t forget, it would be the International version of the game that would be played. A lot different from the game most of us normally play, it has more stringent rules and involves calling your shots. It pretty much eliminates the luck factor. Check my pictorial on International rules by clicking the link below.

P.S. we're still shooting for bocce at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing!}

International bocce rules

 Bocce links and archived issues
I’ve updated the links on my joyofbocce web site (adding some colorful logos like the US Bocce Federation's to the right) and would appreciate it if you would evaluate what I have compiled. Let me know if there are other good bocce links that I may have overlooked and I will add them ASAP. Just click on the image to the right to see the bocce links.

Also, I finally completed archiving all the back issues of The Joy of Bocce Weekly. You can find issues 1 – 45 at the Back Issues link at Or just click the link below.

Check out the Back Issues

 Photos of the week
I’ve left the top dressing photos up for another week and they will be a permanent part of the web site after that. The pictures chronicle our bocce group’s attempt at top dressing my backyard court with Har-Tru material.

Reader feedback about this has been positive and, I’ll re-work the procedure and photos and add it to the second edition of The Joy of Bocce (due out by summer of 2003).

Several alert readers pointed out that the masonry term I mentioned is “screed” not “screet”. I couldn’t find it in my dictionary, but did locate it via Internet search. I guess it’s a specialized word, not readily found in most dictionaries.

So, the process of leveling that material with a straight two-by-four should have been referred to as “screeding.” Actually, I’m not even sure you can use the term other than as a noun (the tool used in the process). Any lexicographers out there who can help me with this? Please REPLY.

Others noted that there were some confusing shadows in some photos. We started the project early in the morning as the sun was casting a shadow off my chain link fence. I’m going to see if a friend of mine who is expert with Adobe Photoshop can work his magic and eliminate those shadows.

We actually took two days for the project because we ran out of Har-Tru material (a miscalculation on our part). The second day was overcast and no shadows appear on those photos.

Several readers wanted to know how much the material compacted. We put an inch-and-a-half of Har-Tru which compacted down to about one inch after being wet and rolled.

We’ve started our indoor bocce season now, so stay tuned until the spring when we will know exactly how the job turned out and how well the surface drains after rainstorms.

{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."}

Check out the top dressing photos

 Bocce product of the week
NEW! I've made a deal with Robert Parrella of Paramount Industries in Medway, Massachusetts to offer high quality bocce sets to our readers at a great price.

I visited with Parella at his headquarters and carefully evaluated his products. I was impressed! In past issues we alluded to the fact that American manufacturers can make bocce balls to the same specs as the Perfetta balls and that is just what Parrella does (heck, the manufacturer, Epco, is two miles down the road and his brother Dick runs that end of the business). We can save on shipping from Italy and we don't have to deal with the extra expense involved with Customs.

The traditional four red balls, four green balls (same specs as the Perfetta including the all-important 107 mm size), yellow pallino, and heavy duty carrying bag can be yours for $100 ($19 less than the Perfetta). In addition, shipping is $10 less at $14 instead of $24 for the Italian made Perfetta balls.

Bob Parrella's pithy comment made a lot of sense to me. "Wouldn't you rather have an American bocce ball made right here by Italians instead of a ball made in Italy by Germans?"

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

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