The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue:

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Bocce quote of the week {"kill the skunk" feedback}

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Question of the week - {feedback on round robin tournaments}

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Photos of the week - Villa Roma Resort bocce

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Bocce product of the week - Perfetta Bocce Balls

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Non bocce product of the week - glucosamine for healthy joints

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Tournament Update - complete list

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Publisher's Notes


Featured Links:

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Visit the Joy of Bocce website

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Have your bocce friends opt in to this Ezine

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The nationals are underway in California

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Check out Villa Roma's website
Bocce quote of the week {"kill the skunk" feedback}
Stan Stanton of Las Vegas last week gave us the "kill the skunk" phrase when trying to eliminate a shut-out shortened game. "Colorful language for a wonderful game" he mused.

This brought some interesting comments from people who are both in favor of and against a "skunk rule". In games to 12 or 15 points in parts of New Hampshire, 8-0 invokes a "mercy rule" or "slaughter rule".
"If you are behind that far, you're probably overmatched, so let's get the next game going" is one perspective. And "Hey, behind 8-0 means you are behind. It doesn't mean you lost" is the other.

Stan came back with "Our leagues play to 12 points and we consider a "skunk" to be a 12 to 0 game. So, no, we do not have a mercy rule, because, as I tell new players, my team has been ahead 11 to 0 and LOST, and we have been behind 11 to 0 and WON! It ain't over till the last point is scored! I personally do not like time limiting rules such as you mentioned where in a 12 point game a skunk occurs at 8 to 0 and the game is over. There is always time to come back. Those 8 points may have been very lucky and scored in just 2 frames, then the other team wakes up and you may have a whole new game on your hands. I absolutely love it when that happens because it usually stuns the other team so much, they may not recover until it is too late. This is just part of why I love to play Bocce so much. Strategy, tactics, and execution of that oh-so-well planned shot (sometimes)."

Publisher's note: I'm the type that never gives up - a holdover from my days in the dog-eat-dog world of competitive basketball and baseball. There is nothing more exhilarating than coming back from a big deficit and winning. One baseball season, when I was coaching the high school team, we faced the last-placed team on the final day of the regular season. A win would make us conference champs. A loss would probably relegate us to second place. The other team jumped on us right away with multiple runs in the early innings. The next thing we knew we were down 14-1 coming to bat in the sixth inning (high school baseball hereabouts is a seven-inning affair). I got the troops together, put substitutes in the game, and said things like "Let's bat for a half-hour" and "Hey, this is gonna be a comeback story you can tell your grandchildren." Then the most incredible thing transpired. We batted for 31 minutes, sending 20 batters to the plate. There were 12 hits, and 5 walks, but no errors. We ended up winning the contest and the conference championship. The non-starters that I put in when the game was seemingly out of hand went 8 for 8 - shows what a dumb coach I am. Most of the parents had gone home when we fell behind in the late innings, and our players had trouble convincing them that we actually won the game.

We were part of something very special that day. Something that a "mercy rule" or "slaughter rule" would have prevented. I'm against shortening games in this manner unless you are running a large tournament and need to keep to a tight schedule.


Question of the week - {feedback on round robin tournaments}
Steve Kahn's (Banning, California) question about round robin schedules alluded to a horseshoe pitching site that listed tournament formats (http://www.horseshoepitching.com/gameinfo/round.html). Lots of Joy Of Bocce readers visited the site and noted that "horseshoe pitchers seem to have their act together". Yes, the game is well standardized, with equipment and rules the same everywhere. Some questioned why bocce lags behind in this regard. Here is my best answer: the international game, supported by the United States Bocce Federation and others, is as well standardized as any sport in the world. This style of play is more complicated than the usual backyard game. It involves calling shots and marking the positions of balls (a misplaced shot may cause the referee to return displaced balls to their previous positions).

It's when you are not playing by international rules that the myriad variations of play appear. Sometimes I think the various bocce organizations around the country are afraid that the other guy is going to get a "foothold" on the sport. This makes them reluctant to join together, COMPROMISE for the good of the game, and help bocce get to the next level.

Now the other side of the coin is this: there is an undeniable charm to the game that when you travel to someone's home court you play by his/her rules. The variations are indeed myriad and some are fascinating. Recently we played in a tournament in Barrington, New Hampshire at Dante's Pasta and Primo Vino Restaurant (worth the trip just for the dining experience). Dante's rule was that if you didn't properly place the pallino on your first attempt (e.g. not twelve inches from the side board), you lost the right to roll the object ball. The other team got the "pallino advantage" and the frame proceeded.

{Always interested in your comments and variations of play - click REPLY and put your two cents in -please indicate where you are located}


Photos of the week - Villa Roma Resort bocce
This week's photos depict bocce at the Villa Roma Resort at 356 Villa Roma Road, Callicoon, New York. Nestled neatly into the Catskills, the resort has all the usual amenities plus indoor and outdoor bocce. Go to http://www.villaroma.com to check out the Villa Roma Resort website, and click the link below to check out this week's Villa Roma bocce photos.

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Bocce product of the week - Perfetta Bocce Balls
Many of us believe that the best bocce balls in the world are made in Italy by Perfetta. I’ve worked a deal with Rico Daniele, President of the Wonderful World of Bocce Association, to offer his Perfetta Bocce balls via my website and Ezine. The set is "official" size with four 107 mm red balls, four 107 mm green balls, one white pallino, and a well-constructed nylon carrying bag. Click below to order the Perfetta Set @ $119.00 plus $24.00 shipping anywhere in the USA. It’s not cheap - but it’s quality! Comes with a bocce t-shirt and Rico’s promotional book, Bocce, A Sport for Everyone. Ships from Springfield, Massachusetts on the next day. Click the Perfetta Balls link and scroll down a bit to see what the balls and bag look like.

Click here to view the Perfetta Bocce Ball Set



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

The success of glucosamine products on helping to heal and maintain healthy joints is well documented. Well, my company's entry into this field is, I believe, the finest on the market. This product is a nutritional approach to healthy joints and cartilage using special nutrients and herbs. It helps relieve joint stiffness caused by vigorous activity or the natural wear and tear from aging and/or being a tad overweight. It aids in suppressing inflammation and can strengthen and stabilize the collagen that is already in place in the joints. Each bottle contains 120 tablets. Retails for $39.95 plus shipping. Click the link (AOL users copy and paste into your browser) to learn more about this wonderful product. {As with any health product, always consult your physician.}


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Tournament Update - complete list
Tournament update {chronological order - complete list}

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.

May 4th - 12th - The United State Bocce Federation - 2002 United States Championships are coming to Los Gatos, CA. Go to their website listed below and click on "bocce events." That will bring you to the US Bocce Championships page where you can print an entry form or email the event promoters. The facility is fabulous. Check it out at http://www.campodibocce.com. Both International style of rules will be played as well as Open Rules.

*Andrea Ross reports that "The Nationals are under way and have been very exciting. I wanted to let you know that tournament results and photos can be seen at www.campodibocce.com."

May 18, 2002 - 700 athletes will compete in Santa Clarita, California Special Olympics 1st annual area games named The Spirit of Discovery. Twenty-four Bocce teams will represent 10 chapters in Southern California. The tournament will be held at Hart Park, Santa Clarita. The UCLA Basketball Coach and Legend John Wooden will officially open the games! Each athlete, coach and full day volunteer will be given a complimentary continental breakfast and free lunch provided by local restaurants. Valencia High Schools students under the guidance of Santa Clarita's Mayor Frank Ferry are coordinating an outstanding Olympic Village. Olympic Village will be open from 10am-5pm and is open to the public.

May 18 & 19, 2002 - Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit, Inc. bocce tourney. Ken was a friend of mine who was lost due to the madness that was 9/11/01. I've formed a 501-C3 in his name that will run softball, basketball, and bocce for seniors (age 50 and over - exception - no age restriction for bocce). We'll play four-player teams at Home Run Park in Lawrence, Massachusetts. There will be a Novice Division for beginners (entry fee just $40) and an Open Division (entry fee $80). Winners awarded sweatshirts or jackets with our new Ken Waldie SSC logo and runners-up get their entry fee refunded. We hope to attract lots of newcomers to bocce to promote the game. Also, we hope many will participate to support our effort to establish a sports circuit in honor of our friend Ken Waldie. REPLY, give your address and ask for a flyer. I'll snail mail an entry form with details.

June 7, 2002 - Unico Tourney at Forest Park, Springfield, Mass. Two player teams - one must be a member of a recognized Unico Chapter. Entry fee of $40 includes "gourmet picnic". For info email Rico Daniele @ 1-800-BOCCE54.

June 23, 2002 - Open Bocce Tournament in Downey, California. Held at Apollo Park Downey Senior Center. Entry fee = $35 per person or $140 per team. Includes coffee and doughnuts at the 8:30 AM meeting and lunch at noon. Also, you get 3 chances to win round trip air faire to Italy - sponsored by Merano Tours of Los Angeles. Accepting 16 to 24 teams - double elimination event. Contact Perry Michienza @ 562-869-8782 or email pmichienza@aol.com or fax 562-8691772.

June 29, 2002, there will be a charity bocce fundraising event to be held in Charleston, SC. Team fee is $400, 32 teams already registered (double elimination). The proceeds go to Special Olympics. More info: e-mail pwbyers@mindspring.com.

August, 2002 - Chattanooga Southeastern Tournament. "The most scenic court in the South." For more information on the August tournament (and photos), click http://www14.mawebcenters.com/striker/Chattanooga.ivnu. If you come to play this August, you'll get an added bonus - you get to meet me! I serve as referee for the games.

August 24 and 25 - IL PRIMO PENNSYLVANIA BOCCE INVITATIONAL, Scranton, Pennsylvania.
The biggest bocce competition on the East Coast. Open Division as well as Novice with four-player teams in each (all roll one ball), and tournament is open to both men and women. Entry fee $30.00 per player for the Open Division and $20.00 per player for the Novice - ALL entry fees going toward cash prizes. Guaranteed minimum first place cash prize of $1,000.00 in the Open Division and $400.00 first place prize in Novice Division. Contact: Jim Cawley @ slick00@adelphia.net

September 8, 2002 - Sunshine Village Universal Bocce Bowl - Szot Park, Chicopee, Massachusetts. Four player teams - Entrance fee = $200 (fee includes competition, T-shirt, lunch and dinner for all players) - For more information call 413-592-6142. If you come to play this September, you'll get an added bonus - you get to meet me and my teammates from Home Run Park in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

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Publisher's Notes
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