The Joy of Bocce Weekly
The FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume #1, Issue #16    April 22, 2002
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni   Copyright 2002

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In This Issue

* Bocce quote of the week - office bocce
* Question of the week - oyster shell?
* Photos of the week - outdoor season opener in Methuen, Mass.
* Bocce product of the week - Premier Boules Measure
* Non bocce product of the week - What's the scoop on this HGH stuff?
* Tournament Update - complete listing


Bocce quote of the week

I've been hearing recently about people in carpeted office buildings playing bocce on their breaks and lunch hours. The down time is too short for them to get to the gym and back, and the brief diversion (mental and even a tad physical) is just what the doctor ordered. One advocate of the practice declared it perfect for "high powered business types who want to compete, but don't want to work up a sweat." Please REPLY if you know of anybody engaging in this form of 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

The question of the week comes to us from Donald Hardin of Oklahoma (bocce is everywhere!). He's looking for...well, here it is in his own words...

"I am considering building a backyard bocce court and have been unable
to locate a source for oyster shell flour in my area (Oklahoma).  Can anyone point me to the proper retailer in this part of the world?  Thanks! You may respond individually to my email at

{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 - opening day (outdoor season) in Methuen, Mass.

This week's photos depict opening day of our outdoor bocce season in Methuen, Massachusetts. It was a dreary day, but that couldn't dampen our spirits. Check out the 76' by 10' fruit tree lined court, and the scraggly cast of characters that make up our "bocce bunch". With a little luck, our outdoor season will continue until mid-November or thereabouts.
Check it out at 


Bocce product of the week - Premier Boules Measure

Still our most popular measure, this Prohawk International measuring device has been a big hit in this Ezine. I've placed photos on my website that clearly illustrate the product's features. They are very high quality and sell for about 20% less than comparable products I've seen elsewhere. The Premier Boules Measure is my favorite for settling disputes over who's closer. It is designed for "inside measure" which is by far the most accurate. The tape extends to 2 meters (about 6 ˝ feet) and has a self-locking mechanism, calipers, and a game scoring mechanism. Makes a great gift for the bocce lover in your life. Every serious bocce player (and not-so-serious player) should have one. Please check them out ($19.95 plus shipping) at


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

There is a lot of "flap" today about Human Growth Hormone or HGH. People pay big bucks for regular injections of what they think is the "fountain of youth." The truth is that current research indicates that we CAN slow the aging process while increasing health and vitality. My company's product is not an injection, and is not actually human growth hormone. It naturally increases the production and secretion of your own body's Human Growth Hormone. You can feel and look better naturally while counteracting the negative effects of aging. Secreted by the brain's pituitary gland, this HGH stuff governs the body’s growth, aging, and health maintenance. The problem is that it declines in production as the body ages (about 14% per decade after the age of 30). As we age, apoptosis, or programmed cell death, occurs throughout the body. Only HGH actually slows biological aging and acts to significantly reverse the effects associated with the body growing older. 
Again, we are talking about a product that stimulates your endocrine system to produce and release its own HGH naturally. There is a morning and evening dose that we drink mixed with water.

An increase in HGH has been associated with:
	an increase in muscle mass, even without exercise 
	a loss of body fat even without dieting 
	increased energy levels and physical strength 
	enhanced sexual performance for both men and women 
	hair re-growth 
	wrinkle reduction and healthier skin 
 	keener vision...  And much more ... 

Click the link below (AOL users copy and paste into your browser) to learn more about this wonderful product. {Not recommended for people under the age of thirty. As with any health product, always consult your physician first.}


Tournament update {chronological order}

April 28 - 30, 2002 - Stamford, Connecticut - Bellantonio Cup Tournament - Registration Fee is $50.00 and 7 Cash prizes will be awarded. Their season starts the following Monday (May 6th) and they currently have six openings. Team registration for the league is $200.00 and the season 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.

NEW - 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.

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.

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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