The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. I, Issue 42 - November 4, 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 FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume #1, Issue #42 November 4, 2002
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2002

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If you know others who would enjoy and benefit from this Ezine, encourage them to sign up. You could forward this issue to them so they can decide for themselves if they want to "opt in". I promise that I will never be in the business of selling or trading your email address or other personal information.

A word about ads: Like any entrepreneurial type, I'd love to turn a profit from something I really enjoy. For now, I have decided not to accept paid advertisements. If I pitch a product here, it is something I have examined and tested and deem it beneficial to our readers.

PLEASE – we are always looking for bocce photos and feedback from all over the USA. We want to connect bocce fans everywhere. You can email ( or snail mail (Mario Pagnoni, P.O. Box 608, Methuen, MA 01844).


Ad swaps to build readership

Ezine publishers like me sometimes swap ads with other publishers as a no-cost way to build readership. The idea is this - we each print the other's ad in our newsletter. No money exchanges hands. The brief ad describes the newsletter and tells the reader how s/he can "opt in" to join the subscriber list. My goal is to build a big enough list of bocce aficionados that my ezine can be a tool for growth and unification of the sport.

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 Readers’ feedback
{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Tom McNutt keeps us posted on the status of his T-shirt/scorer

“I have successfully washed a t-shirt with stitched Velcro about 20 times and it still looks fine... I did some up with white Velcro as you can see on my site but I am going to get some colored Velcro put on this week.

{From Tom’s web site: We all know how important it is to keep track of the score accurately and the Boccemon ScoreKeeper allows you to do that. No longer do you have to rely on fatigued brain cells to remember the score. Point to your mobile scoreboard.}

I just spent 4 days in the San Juan Islands here in Washington and played wonderful bocce in the woods on Crane Island...Look in my Gallery photos there are two thumbnails of courts in these islands... Watching whales, catching salmon, and playing bocce...
Life is grand!”

{Tom is one who knows how to enjoy life, and bocce is a big part of it. Check out his site via the link below. Once there, be sure to click on the link for his “Bocce Tour 02.”}


James Schiffmacher, President of the Long Island Bocce Club sends news of his recent Long Island Bocce Club Fall Fiesta …

“I want to thank all of our sponsors for their generous gifts that we successfully raffled off at our tournament on Long Island. We had over 75 people there to watch 19 two-player teams (and that was after we had to change the date last minute to Sunday because of the rain Saturday). The winning team of Jimmy Johnson and Carmine Freda from Massapequa, NY played some great bocce The club turned a small profit. More importantly, we did not lose money. This was made possible by your products. I will be forwarding pictures of the winners and hope we can do this again in the spring.

Thank you all so much.”

{Watch this fast-moving group of bocce lovers on the Island. They know how to make things happen. I am hearing that many groups are running two-player tourneys now because sometimes it is difficult for people to round up four participants. Any thoughts on this from the readership? Please REPLY.}


More from the Long Island guys…

“We raffled a set of balls and a very good old timer (Tony Orlando) who we have come to know and respect won those. Tony also makes his own wine and was kind enough to bring some bottles to the event. He has a court in his back yard and has had us over to play this year. We continue to meet great people, both old and young and have developed many friendships through bocce.

As far as the tournament, my teammate Ed Webster and I were eliminated in the first match! We were up 9 -7 when the opposing team thru a four bagger to win it. That was fine, I spent the rest of the day indulging in wine and refereeing the day’s matches.

{Four-bagger is an interesting term – what phrases do others around the country use? Please REPLY}

Two of LIBC's own won first place! Congratulations go out to Jim Johnson and Carmine Freda.
Sorry I can't give you the score, by that time the homemade wine was kicking in and I was thinking - We're all Winners!!!!

It was a great day for all and I know there will be many more to come!

Thanks again. Your bocce brother – Pete Rabito”

{Bocce brother…I like the sound of that!}


And Tom Cretella sends this…

"When playing for money what are the most popular formats? When my friends come to my house to play they like to play for money. Like in golf there are several types of gambling formats, Nassau, funny money, sandy's, greenies, proxies, etc. In card games the same is true. This would be an interesting question for your readers. I look forward to your response."

{I never thought too much about playing bocce for cash, but I’m sure people must do so. Most of the golfers I know like to play for a couple bucks. I never heard of funny money, greenies, proxies, and the others that you mention, so I’ll just put this out and see what kind of reaction we get. Anybody readers gamble on bocce matches? If so, what’s the format? Please REPLY.}

Boccemon website with T-shirt scorer

 Photos of the week

This week’s photos are actually this week’s photo (singular). Usually I like to show families playing bocce and/or various courts from around the country. Readers like to view other courts and learn about the dimensions, the surface material, etc. But this week I am featuring a kind of human interest story related to me by bocce enthusiast Bob Whitlow of West Frankfort, Illinois.

Bob makes a convincing and eloquent case for “…how this father is using Bocce as a jell to mold his family.”

Bob explains that Donnie Hammann “teams up with his three boys, ages 9-13 whom he plays with in local fundraising tournaments under the name "Bocce Boys." If more fathers in this world would take the interest that Donnie does in his sons, teaching them bocce and good sportsmanship...this universe would have less problems. This father deserves some recognition for his leadership.”

The newly-formed Herrin, Illinois Bocce Club crowned its 1st annual singles champion on Sunday, October 13th at the Herrinfesta Courts Italiano. The photo shows charter member Donnie Hammann receiving the 2002 plaque proclaiming him, "The Best Bocce Player in Herrin." Runner-up Kevin Frost and tournament director Joe Helleny are to his right and left respectively.

The four court, $300,000 bocce complex is on city property. Hammann has been known to show up at 4:30 AM before going to work to make sure that the courts are in immaculate condition. "I knew you guys needed help with court preparation,” he explains. “That's the least I can do to help your cause".

The “bocce boys” educate the other neighborhood kids not to tear up the playing surface, as the venue is their playground too. And this all stems from their father’s interest in bocce. All of this, of course, delights Donnie’s mother, Diane (also a good bocce player and referee) who sees clearly how bocce has been a positive influence on her family.

Bob Whitlow sums it up nicely. “To me this is one heck of a story of how a person can take a simple game that is over 7000 years old and utilize it to become a better father, husband, and son ...PERIOD.”


We were flooded with emails about our recent issue on International Bocce. Issue #40 was devoted entirely to the North American Bocce Championships held recently in Highwood, IL. Most readers had no idea that such a level of bocce even existed. So, I’ve decided to make the photos from that issue a permanent feature of my web site.

The rules are much more stringent than we back-yard bocce players are used to, but the skill level and excitement is undeniable. This is the game that promoters hope to see in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing (the Chinese LOVE bocce and have the option of selecting a new sport when the games are held in their country). See the photos at by clicking on the new button for International Rules.

{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."}

Herrin's Best Bocce Player and our nominee for Dad of the Year

 Bocce product of the week
Clubhawk Gold Measure

The Premier Boules Measures have been flying off the shelf lately. But our subscribers are overlooking an equally fine measure in the Clubhawk Gold. Using a string rather than a steel tape, this is an extremely accurate measuring device. It extends a couple feet farther than the Premier, has the same calipers for close measurements, and even has a belt clip. Remember, we don't need a finely calibrated instrument that measures exactly how far a ball is from the object ball...we just need to know which is closer to it. This nifty string device does the trick. You pull out enough string to reach the first ball you are measuring. If you have to pull more string from the housing to reach the other ball in contention...then it is farther away! Click below to see more photos showing the Clubhawk’s features in detail. Retails for $19.95 plus $4.00 shipping anywhere in the USA.

See more photos of the Clubhawk Gold

 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.

Check out the gourmet coffee

 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.

November 14-16, 2002 - Peppermill Hotel Casino, 2707 South Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada 89502, contact Cathy Spinetta @ 800-648-6992 ext.7425

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


International Rules Illustrated

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