The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol I, Issue 35 - September 16, 2002 
•   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 #35 September 16, 2002
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2002

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 Readers’ Feedback
{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Paula Byers, of Special Olympics South Carolina, is the
District Two Development Director from Charleston. She sent the excellent photo to the right of Special Olympics Bocce Buddies. It was taken at the recent Bocce Bash held in Charleston to benefit Special Olympics.


“Nicely done. Enjoyed your memorial.”

{Thanks for the many positive comments such as Tom Coyle’s above concerning our tribute to my friend, 9-11 victim Ken Waldie, that ran last week instead of the usual bocce ezine.}


A reader asks…

“What exactly is that Har Tru court material made of?”

{More and more I am hearing people rave about the Har Tru surface. I’ve decided to put a one-inch topping over my existing court’s stone dust surface. They tell me that 76’ by 10’ by 1” requires 4.5 tons of the stuff. I’m rounding up a crew and a truck to pick up 113 eighty-pound bags of the material (to eliminate shipping charges) and will report back when the new surface is in place. Rather then clay, Eric Magers of SportsTech tells me that it is “pulverized slate with binder” and will drain well after rain. Robert Fumagalli from Valley Stream, NY tells me that his group has had great results with the Har Tru surface and I am attending a State of the Art Bocce Court Kick-off next week at New York’s A. J. Hendrickson Park. I’ll report back next issue with photos.}


Players from the Long Island Bocce Club recently asked “What is some of the cool terminology bocce players around the country use?”

{They had suggestions of their own. For example, when a team gets all four points in a frame with a neat cluster around the object ball they call that “four on the floor.” Pallino advantage to them is “pallino power” or “power of the pallino”. In Massachusetts players talk about “running the rail” for bank shots or rolls that hug the sideboards, and on the south side of Chicago they “toots it up” when they want to tap their previously played ball a tad closer to the object ball. Do you know of or use colorful language that adds to your enjoyment of the game? Please REPLY and share with our readers.}


From Bocce Anonymous (yahoo groups)

”I thought I'd let all of you know that I've recently completed construction of a court at my home in Waterboro, Maine. I'm director of Parks & Recreation for the Town of Waterboro and we are in the process of
building 2 courts in town. They should be done soon. Look me up if you’re nearby.”
Mike D

Also from Bocce Anonymous
“For anyone passing through the Show-Me State, we are getting our first bocce court in St. James. A local winery is putting one in and planning the grand opening for September 27th. St. James is located on Interstate 44 about half way between St. Louis and Springfield, Missouri.”


This from our friend Bob Whitlow...

“Thanks for the ink for our Human Services Foundation. Our 2002 Tournament is in two weeks. Client Day is on the 19th of September and our Corporate fundraiser is on the 20th at the Herrinfesta Italiano courts complex in Herrin, Illinois located in deep Southern Illinois.

Again, thanks”

{Bob, thank YOU for writing and PLEASE send photos}

 Photos of the week
This week's pics are from the Sunshine Village Universal Bocce Bowl just completed in Chicopee, Massachusetts. The three courts in Szot Park are 76' by 10' with a red "brick dust" surface. WWOBA president Rico Daniele was instrumental in getting these courts into the public park and he served as tournament director.

In most of Western Mass. they are playing the backboard live even if a rolled ball doesn't first strike another ball. They use one line for both pointing and hitting and it is 20 feet from the back wall. Another line is 3' from the backboard. The pallino must come to rest between these two lines to begin play in a frame. The mid-court line is only to "kill" the frame if the pallino is knocked beyond that point (closer to the shooting end than 38').

We brought two teams from our Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit to this event (we finished 8th and 3rd - that might sound a bit impressive, but there were only 16 teams).
The event was well run & people had a great time. It combined promoting bocce and fundraising for a worthy cause. Sunshine Village supports people with developmental disabilities.

{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 the pictures of the week...

 Bocce product of the week
Bocce Court Drag Brush

I’ve seen all kinds of home-made court maintenance brushes and scrapers. Two things have always struck me about them. 1 – they look like they are home-made (like a vocational school drop out “Mickey Moused” the contraption using the wrong tools for the wrong job) and 2 – they tend to be HEAVY.

Recently I met with a couple of very nice young men, representatives from Lee Tennis (makers of that Har-Tru surface). I’m considering a top-coat of one inch of their product over the existing stone dust in the hopes that my court will play faster and roll truer. The reps showed me some court maintenance tools that
were created for tennis courts but look like they will work fine for bocce courts as well. I’ve been experimenting with their 7-foot drag brush which I absolutely love. It is light-weight and, even if you have a 13- or 14-foot wide court you can smooth it over with just two passes. This is quick enough to do between games without players standing around waiting. Bristles are 4 ½ inches of synthetic fibers and the strong but light-weight frame is aluminum. Retails for $137.95 plus shipping.

Check out the light-weight, durable 7-foot drag brush

 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}

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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.

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