The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Joy of Bocce Weekly, Vol. I, Issue 38 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Readers’ feedback
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Photos of the week
 Notes from the publisher
The Joy of Bocce Weekly
The FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume #1, Issue #38 October 7, 2002
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2002

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Disclaimer: Hey, I don’t claim to be a bocce pro. Heck, I’m not even a very good player – but no one loves the sport more than I do. My contribution to the game is in having interviewed many of the top players and then assembling the information into a concise, easy-to-read book. What I’ve created is comparable to what others have done for basketball, soccer, and other sports.

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 Readers’ feedback
{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

{That's the Long Island Bocce Club's new logo to the right - click on it to check them out.}


Mike Conti of the United States Bocce Federation responds to Bob Whitlow’s question about whether or not players have to drop or roll their final bocce balls if the winning point is already secured…

“I enjoyed your weekly comments. In regard to Bob Whitlow's comment - in order to win the game you must drop all your remaining balls onto the court.

When Yogi Berra made the comment "It's not over until it’s over" he also meant when it is over it is over. When you win you want to celebrate and thank your opponents for a good game, not drop balls in front of your opponents face, that's like rubbing it in. I would also like to know what happens if you don't drop your remaining balls and start celebrating? Do you lose the game or frame? Don't make the game complicated, make it simple.

Keep the ball rolling”

{Makes perfect sense to me! By the way – Conti’s group is hosting the North American Bocce Championships (USA VS. CANADA) October 18-20 in Highwood, IL. Contact him at 847-692-6223. I expect to attend and bring back a story and photographs.}


From the President of the Bocce Standards Association…

“I want to thank your readers who submitted comments and suggestions to over our comment period for the past 12 months. The rules standards have developed very well and have now been finalized. I just hope people will take a look at them, spread the word, and help us raise Bocce played on a court to a sport level where everyone plays by the same

I like the colorful terms that have appeared in your e-zine. We have added a webpage to our Bocce Glossary section to collect those for the enjoyment of everyone. If any of your readers have not taken a look at the website yet, I hope they will visit soon. Keep up the good work with your Joy of Bocce Weekly.”


Bob Sileo of Coral Springs, FL sends this…

“I received The Joy of Bocce in the mail yesterday and finished it today. I enjoyed it thoroughly and can think of at least six people I wish to send this book to as a Christmas gift. Do you offer gift wrapping and shipping?”

{Thanks for the compliment Bob, but I am not geared up for gift wrapping. But if readers order early, they can gift wrap to their heart’s content. Also, tell me what special inscription you might want as an autograph. At $12.95 it’s a nice, inexpensive holiday gift – if you want to spend a little more, throw in a Henselite, Premier, or Clubhawk measure for another $19.95.}


Stan Stanton from Las Vegas sends this…

“Short Bocce story for you. I play on two Las Vegas City Bocce Leagues at the moment, Tuesday and Thursday nights. Our Thursday night league has a new team of 5 young men from Yugoslavia. Our team, the Cardinals, (named after the mascot from the school two of our teachers/players work at) played these gentlemen last week and I wanted to know a little more about them. Understand, they are good Bocce players and most of our teams are in awe (fear) of playing them (they are awesome shooters). I asked one of the players where they were from. He answered in very good English (as they all speak it quite well) that they were from Yugoslavia and that everyone in their country played Bocce. My response was: And everyone, everywhere, should play Bocce! We gave them close matches and did get one game out of three away from them. Next time we will do better!”

{Right on, Stan…everyone, everywhere should play Bocce!}


Michael Fisher has begun to update his very extensive bocce web site links after neglecting it for a while (last updated 1999) and I expect that it will become very popular once he is done fixing some broken links, etc.

{This is my way of stirring Michael into updating the site, which has the potential to be one of the most helpful and entertaining on the web. Fisher has some great ideas for tracking statistics and perhaps coming up with a way to “handicap” bocce to “level the playing field” for those of us who love to play but are not so skilled. More on this in future issues.}


Just to show you it’s not all good news at The Joy of Bocce Weekly…


I have been getting this newsletter for about a year now... and I just realized what it was even about. I do not want to recieve this newsletter anymore, it is so stupid! Bocce is the stupidest thing I have ever heard of! So STOP SENDING IT TO ME NOW. Thank u, urs truely...”

{Personally I think synchronized swimming is the stupidest thing…but curling might be a good choice too.}

Click here to check out the Bocce Standards Association

 Photos of the week
This week’s pics are a series of inexpensive and/or home-made scoreboards. Many Joy of Bocce Weekly readers have been asking for low-cost scoring devices. If any of them interest you, please contact the creator directly (email address listed if available).

{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."}

Check out this week's photos of scoreboards

 Bocce product of the week
Lute/scarifier for court maintenance

In addition to the wonderful 7-foot drag brush featured in JOB Weekly issue 35, I’ve decided to rep a handy, light-weight metal rake-like tool called a lute/scarifier to my list of bocce court maintenance tools. This strangely named 30” wide device is actually two tools in one. It is an all-aluminum combination tool for scarifying, leveling, and removing loose court material. Strong and sturdy, the tool is light enough to handle with ease and is excellent for spreading new material during top-dressing. The concave shape of the 30” wide blade allows the tool to “float” along the surface without digging in. Use the serrated edge to scrape material from high spots, then flip the tool over to rake and smooth that spot and drag the loose material to fill in a lower point. Retails for $49.95 plus shipping. The lute/scarifier and 7-foot drag brush (see the Merchandise link at should be all the maintenance tools a bocce court owner should need.

Click for details on lute/scarifier

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

This week’s non bocce “product” is a job…sort of. I’m hiring…sort of. My company’s web site sales division is booming and I am wondering if any of my readers in this difficult economy might want to sell web sites for me as independent contractors. We would sign a contract and each sales rep would work (set your own hours) and be paid strictly on commission ($500 per web site sold – rep gets a 1099 from me at the end of the year). You don’t have to know anything about web site creation – we have tech support for that, complete with a toll-free number - you have to know about sales…finding leads, making calls, etc. If interested, send resume or sales experience to Since I am paid based on the volume of sales that goes through my organization, this can be a win-win situation for me and an ambitious sales rep.

Merchandise still available at

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 Check out the merchandise