The Joy of Bocce Weekly
The FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume #1, Issue #13    April 1, 2002
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni   Copyright 2002

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In This Issue

* Bocce quote of the week
* Question of the week - The Learning Channel & Bocce?
* Feedback from last week
* Photos of the week - Fearrington Village Courts
* Non bocce product of the week - HGH
* Bocce product of the week - Perfetta Bocce Balls


Bocce quote of the week

The bocce quote of the week comes from Mike Hogan of Raleigh, North Carolina. His line is a take-off on "Field of Dreams." Threatening to build a backyard court of his own for years, he only committed to the construction project when he finally grasped an all-important concept. In Mike's very shrewd words - "Build it and they will come...with beverages."
{Do you have a bocce quote? Please hit REPLY and share it with our readers}


Question of the week

A production assistant from The Learning Channel telephoned the other day. TLC is filming a segment about a young couple going on a "bocce date" in New York City. They'll go to the park and enjoy a game of bocce and...see where the relationship goes from there. The phone call was for a little bocce background info, and also to locate an indoor court in the Big Apple in case of rain (to me, the indoor court takes some of the charm away from the date). Do you know of an indoor bocce site in NYC? Please REPLY and I'll inform the people at The Learning Channel (giving you credit for the lead, of course). As soon as I learn the date that the piece will air, I'll get the word out here.
{Note: The author is always looking for photos that would be of interest to our of indoor and outdoor courts, equipment, venues, anything remotely related to the sport we love. Email .jpg files or whatever format is convenient for you to}


Feedback from last week

Peter Ferris sends news that his very good bocce website is moved to

Pete also says "Reliably good bocci weather is almost here in Oklahoma! Soon the paulino will be flying, the laughter abounding, and the dog will be nervous!" Check out his website - one of the best, most informative bocce sites on the Web.


Carla Apruzzese (now of the UK) tells us that she knows of big bocce doings in South Africa. "I don't play myself, but my husband did for the Italian Club in Johannesburg. I met him there and used to watch him practice sometimes on a Saturday and then of course there were the tournaments. Enzo's (my husband) father Mino Apruzzese was really good at the game. He used to travel quite a bit to Cape Town etc. to play in tournaments. I will be going to South Africa in September this year; I could take a few pictures of the Bocce camp. There are two in Johannesburg. There are also 1 or 2 in Pretoria. I could post you the pictures so that you could post them on your Website."

{Yes, Yes, Yes, Carla...please send pictures.}


Bob Ryan of Livermore, California sends this...

"You may not know it, but Livermore was once (pre-prohibition) the heartland of the California wine industry, and for the past 10 years or so has enjoyed a resurgence. We have 22 wineries in town now, and have a unique setup. It is a fast growing town with houses going in by the fifties ($500,000 and up), but have reserved the agricultural crescent that surrounds the southern border for the next 100 years. With that, we have grown from around 2600 acres of grapes to nearly 5000 in the past three years and will eventually top out at around 8000. I peddle high quality wines from Cedar Mountain Winery through our tasting room and to restaurants. One of our wineries, Garre Winery is owned by a guy named Bob Molinari, and he has two magnificent bocce courts (covered) on the property."

Bob plays bocce in the back yard of a very good friend named Dario Cunial and, according to Ryan, "no one enjoys the game more than he." Dubbed the "Bocce King of Livermore", Dario is a retired teacher and baseball coach.


Photos of the week - Fearrington Village Courts

This week's photos come from Fearrington Village in North Carolina. We discovered the excellent courts in 1999 when we were in the Raleigh-Durham area to officiate bocce in the Special Olympics World Games (the largest sporting event on the planet that year). Some of the locals invited us to a bocce match and summarily "kicked our collective butt." They play four player teams, all players at one end with each rolling just one ball. I don't like this style since it's harder to get the "feel" for a shot. If two players from each team were stationed at each end, you could roll two balls each. Being short or long on a roll, you could play again having "gone to school" on the previous shot. No such luck with the one ball per player style. Furthermore, the Fearrington players marked each ball 1, 2, 3, or 4 with indelible marker. You had to designate who was to roll the first ball, second, etc., and you cannot vary from this order. If you are number two, you roll second every frame when it is your team's turn to roll. They reasoned that this negated a top player's advantage. You couldn't say, "Tom, you take this shot. You're better at it than I am." You have to stay in sequence. The bottom line for me is this: Though there is all this clamor for standardization of rules, courts, and equipment - and I understand the importance of this for the growth of the game as a tournament and perhaps Olympic event, there is an undeniable charm in traveling to other bocce venues and playing the "home court's" rules. We got crushed by the Fearrington Villagers, but I loved every minute of it.

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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.

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.}


Bocce product of the week - Perfetta Balls

Many of us believe that the best 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 $20.00 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 Set link and scroll down a bit to see what the balls and bag look like. 


Tournament update {chronological order - will run next week}



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