The Joy of Bocce Weekly
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Volume #1, Issue #17    April 29, 2002
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni   Copyright 2002

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In This Issue

* Bocce quote of the week - office bocce {feedback}
* Question of the week - {feedback}
* Photos of the week - Barrington, NH tournament
* Mind control & bocce?
* Bocce related product of the week - other outdoor games
* Non bocce product of the week - fingerprint for the future
* Tournament Update - complete listing


Bocce quote of the week {feedback}

Last week's quote about people in carpeted office buildings playing bocce on their breaks and lunch hours inspired a good deal of feedback. The actual quote referred to "high powered business types who want to compete, but don't want to work up a sweat." A surprising number of bocce aficionados (high powered business types or not) sneak in a little bocce at work or after hours at the office. Bryan Mero, who manages one of the best bocce sites on the web ( http:/ ) had this to say...
"Hey Mario,
Funny you mentioned office bocce in your newsletter...I started 'Office Bocce' a few years ago when I found a long and wide corridor at the bottom of the office stairwell. So at lunch we would play office bocce. Due to smooth carpet laid upon cement, the area was very flat but also very fast. The games were very intense and only interrupted by the occasional passerby (using the stairs and giving us strange looks). It was probably a violation of the fire code to play bocce in one of the emergency exit hallways but we were willing to take the risk. At its pinnacle we had two full teams ready to play at least once or twice a week!"

Bryan has posted some photos of the office bocce action on his site. Check them out at - While you are there, peruse his website. It is one of the most popular and helpful bocce sites on line.

Please REPLY if you know of others engaging in office bocce. I think our readers will be interested in hearing about this and we'll share the info in this Ezine.


Question of the week {feedback}

Last week Donald Hardin of Oklahoma inquired about locating a source for oyster shell flour. 

Bob Masullo of Sacramento, California had this to offer:
"You can get oyster powder at most nurseries/garden supply places. It is a fertilizer. If they don't have it they should be able to order it. However, you may want to reconsider using it. I have it on my backyard court and find that, because it is a fertilizer, it encourages crab grass growth. As a matter of fact, I am thinking of replacing it. Any good suggestions for a better topping?"
{Publisher's Note: I'd like to know about this as well. You can hit REPLY and enlighten me and I'll get the word out in this column}


Photos of the week - Barrington, NH tournament

This week's photos highlight the action at Dante's Pasta and Primo Vino Restaurant held last week in Barrington, NH. Three teams from our Monday morning "bocce bunch" entered and all played well. Two of our teams are in the "money round" that will be held this coming week. The third team in the final round has recently joined our "bocce bunch" so, in-effect, it was a "grand slam" for our group. Check the photos out at the link below, and if you are in the Barrington, NH area a visit to Dante's for good food and bocce will be well worth the trip.
Check it out at 


Mind control & bocce?

While at the Barrington, NH tournament hosted by Dante's Pasta and Primo Vino restaurant, we witnessed a technique never before documented in tournament play. Jerry Valley of Valley Hypnosis cooled off a red hot team by what he calls "thought projection." Facing what appeared to be the top team in the tourney, Jerry and his partner Bill Napolitano dropped the first game and fell behind in the second. Their opponents were "on a roll" with one partner pointing deftly and the other hitting away any ball that dared come close to the pallino. Then the tide turned as Jerry and Bill scratched out a narrow victory and forced a third and deciding "rubber match." Spectators noticed a look of deep concentration on Valley's face and a deeply furrowed brow to match. "Watch this" he said. "They won't make another good shot." By projecting a mental image that his opponents' shots would not be successful, Valley put a kind of "whammy" on the other guys. Taking the opponents completely out of their game, Bill and Jerry pulled off the huge upset. Valley, a popular entertainer and hypnotist, claims he has helped countless stop smoking, lose weight and overcome phobias. Heck, he might even improve your bocce game. Check his website out at


Bocce related product of the week - Outdoor Games Book Series

I've located a gem of a series of Outdoor Games books by talented 
author Steven Boga. He's written short, well crafted, clearly 
illustrated books on 


I recommend them highly (each under $10.00) and you can find 
them at


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

NEW! My company has brought the DNA LifePrint Kit into its vast array of product diversity. This is the only commercial product endorsed by John Walsh of America's Most Wanted. It enables us to simply and painlessly take and store a DNA sample of our children or other family members. A lost child's DNA sample submitted to the FBI could be the definitive factor in that child's safe return. The DNA sample of a missing adult with Alzheimer's Disease can be positive proof leading to his/her safe return. This is the same product featured in February on "Live with Regis and Kelly".

DNA can settle questions of paternity and maternity. Furthermore, physicians are able to identify genetic patterns across generations in families that have maintained a DNA sample. Preserve your DNA ancestry with this easy-to-use and inexpensive kit. Endorsed by doctors, scientists, police, national genetic facilities and insurance companies.
$14.95 plus shipping - click the following link (AOL users copy and paste to your browser)...


Tournament update {chronological order - complete listing}

April 28 - 30, 2002 - Stamford, Connecticut - Bellantonio Cup Tournament - Registration Fee is $50.00 and 7 Cash prizes will be awarded. Season starts the following Monday (May 6th) and they currently have six openings. Team registration for the league is $200.00 - runs until September (seven players on the roster, four play each game). Contact is Domenic Corbo (President of the Stamford Bocce League - e-mail at or call 203-912-9633).

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 Both International style of rules will be played as well as Open Rules.

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.

NEW - 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

August, 2002  - Chattanooga Southeastern Tournament. "The most scenic court in the South." For more information on the August tournament (and photos), click 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.

NEW - 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 @

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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