The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol I, Issue 34 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Readers’ feedback
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Photos of the week
•   Tournament update
 Notes from the publisher
The Joy of Bocce Weekly
The FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume #1, Issue #34 September 2, 2002
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2002

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 Readers’ feedback
{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

More on screed…

P & J Robbins add this…

"You asked about the playing surface. When dry this is a fairly hard surface and would be considered fast. The nature of the material is part fine, part coarse crushed chips. The coarse chips sit on the top and will bounce the ball around a bit like gravel on sand. Keep in mind, most of these chips are no bigger than 1/4 inch square. When the coarse is soggy, the ball might form grooves and divots from a toss. I figure all this just adds to the challenge.”


Bob Whitlow of West Frankfort, Illinois responded to our question on temporary courts and more…

“We built a temporary court on the back lawn of our Human Services facility for the handicap and developmental disable workshop clients so they could practice court play before our up-coming Special Olympics and Human Service fundraiser tourney.

We used 5 inch PVC sewer pipe connected with elbows and connector sleeves for a 12x78 court. Sheet metal screws are used to hold the pipe in place. It worked great and gives our clients great practice and an idea of how to play on a regular court.

Our two-day tournament is held on the four court ($300,000) Herrinfesta complex. The first day is client day. Winners by division according to their disability. The overall client team champion then plays the local city mayors on day two which is "corporate day" in a special grudge match. The clients beat the mayors last year. The match is narrated over the PA on a roll by roll basis, thus always teasing the mayors....a fun time.

Corporate Day consist of 24 teams made up of local business leaders. At $400.00 a team entry fee, plus court sponsorships and other fundraising tactics, our foundation clears somewhere in the five-figure area.
We provide nice colored polo shirts with their business logo to each team, free lunch and beverages all day during play. We guarantee all teams a minimum of three games, all on the same court. We do this by assigning 6 teams to a division. The best winning team in each division qualifies for the semi-finals. If two teams have the same record in a division, the team that holds his opponents to the least scored points is the division winner. We have a corporate waiting list, as our tourney is full.

We provided our Human Service employees with classes in rules, judging, and scorekeeping. When tournament time comes, we have personnel educated in bocce at our disposal to help our foundation produce a successful tournament.

If there are any civic/community not-for-profit organizations that desire more info on how we do our bocce, email me at: (the ll's are small l's) I'll be happy to assist and share what we know in promoting this great game."

{Wow! Please send us the dates for next year’s event as this sounds like something worth making the trip to see! Thanks for writing Bob, and keep up the good work! And the PVC practice court is a stroke of genius.}


Dr. Cordano writes to Rico Daniele of the WWOBA and to me…

”ALL the BOCCE organizations must work toward the SAME GOAL and that's to have Bocce at the OLYMPICS. You know that WORLD tournaments have been played for 20 years. I don't know how we could GEL toward such action, but the USBF (United States Bocce Federation) is sending US teams every year to compete and we already held ONE world tournament in Chicago a few years back.

I would like to continue to have contacts with you two and any others who would like to give ideas toward unifying (SOMEHOW) the actions of the so many LOCAL FEDERATIONS and achieve to have BOCCE in the OLYMPICS. There are millions of players around the world and I agree entirely with both of you that our sport is growing at an unbelievable speed in the US, but somehow should be channeled to have the BEST players to PLAY with RULES and not with this FREE for ALL, that was the way bocce was played 50 years ago...

Don't get me wrong, because we must keep on playing both systems until people realize that playing with rules is more rewarding.........

Well I stop here, otherwise will write forever, because our sport runs in my blood and in my brain.

Keep them rolling…


{If curling can make the Olympic stage, bocce should be front-and-center. And Dr. Cordano is such a talented player that I am sure he would take the Oscar for best performance.}

 Photos of the week
Photo’s of the Week – held over 2nd week

Because I made such an egregious error last week in attributing Tom McNutt’s great work to someone else, I feel compelled to run the story and photos again. Also, check out Tom’s website at

This week’s photos are courtesy of Tom McNutt of Bellingham, Washington who built a bocce court in his parking strip. Here, in his own words, is a description excerpted from his excellent e-mail…

“I bought a badly overgrown property in the middle of town that has taken some 8 1/2 years to tame. The process was getting long and I needed some fun to help numb the pains. I was exposed to bocce in Italy some 35 plus odd years ago, later petanque in France as an adult, and felt that I needed something "community" oriented after 9-11. Half of the public right of way in front of my home was parking and the rest was lawn. Perfect location for a 60 x 12 foot court. I tried to pay the city planning department several times for a permit but they refused my money saying I didn't need one for this application since I owned all of the affected adjacent property. One planner suggested it was a great use of public access. I border a commercial district and across my alley is a deli which draws quite a crowd. I would guess 150 to 200 people drive by daily and 5 to 10 car loads stop and ask about the game every week. Pedestrians stop frequently. Because of the proximity to the street we cannot afford many volo shots but still enjoy most aspects of the game. A street light at one end of the court and my work lights at the other allow us to play all night so long as we don't argue loudly about the game. Occasionally I am out and a car will drive up and people will ask to play. I figure I have taught several hundred people the principles of the game in the few months the court has been in. Now people drive by daily and yell, ‘Bocce, Bocce Anyone?’

I am taking my family through the wine country, bay area, and then over to Los Gatos to see their new courts. We look forward to seeing how other folks on the west coast are handling the climatic changes. Also Bellingham has recently purchased land to build multiple and various sports fields and I am trying to rally the local seniors to help me pressure the Parks Dept. to build a few year around covered courts.

The one thing I have come to learn about Bocce is that it is all about community... At a time when we know fewer of our neighbors because we tend to go inside and close our blinds, I decided to stand out front of my home and say,’hello neighbors’. I hope to sponsor Bellingham’s first public tournament next summer. Could you ask your readers about movable courts? I want to examine building court kits so we could take tournament play to communities that may not otherwise have enough adjacent courts to sponsor such events...What do you think?

Bocce is Good !


{Wow! This is as good a condensed argument for promoting bocce as I have ever heard. Tom’s eloquent comments about bocce and community should be brought to the attention of city planners and community developers everywhere. And his “curb-side bocce” is just about the neatest thing I’ve heard about since I started this ezine. If you are anywhere near him out there on the “Left Coast” I’d suggest dropping by to see his court and to congratulate him on his good work. People who do good things and run beneficial programs should get patted on the back by those who recognize the excellent contribution they are making. Tom sounds like someone I’d definitely like to meet!

Does any reader have any info on the movable courts that Tom asks about in his last paragraph? I used a simple one with local high school kids that is just planks lashed together via some hardware (using nuts, bolts, and a ratchet set). We set the court down on the fieldhouse’s poured rubber floor which played too fast – seemed like a friction-less surface. Later we purchased a long, narrow carpet that we laid down first. This worked out, but took a bit too long to set up and break down, and the school refused to keep the court on campus because of a storage space crunch. The boards are now gathering dust tucked away in the crawlspace under my family room.

The ideal solution would be a court that is light-weight and durable and that could be assembled quickly without hardware. Any ideas? Please REPLY.

To get our weekly New England winter bocce fix we lay 6” by 6” eight-foot timbers down on the Astro-Turf surface at a local baseball/softball training center. This creates a temporary, movable 72’ by 12’ foot court. This court is durable and assembled relatively quickly without hardware, but is hardly light-weight!}

{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."}

{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 the photos out.

 Bocce product of the week

Bocce product of the week – The Joy of Bocce

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The Game
The Terminology
The Game, A Closer Look
The Game As Played on Official Courts
The Equipment
Strategy & Tactics
Building A Backyard Court
Tournament Play & Rules
International Play
A Brief History Lesson

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 Non bocce product of the week
Arthritis or Joint Problems Slowing Your Bocce Game?

{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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 Tournament update
Tournament update {chronological order}

Please - anyone running a tournament - do me a favor - put a notice near your tourney bracket board informing players that they can go to and "opt in" for my FREE Ezine on bocce.

World Bocce Open, an open-course bocce tournament will take place in Renton, WA, 9/7/02. This is hosted by the Open and Closed Course Bocce Association. Single and team play format. 48 individual slots available. Minimal entree fees... $5.00 - $8.00 (according to size of field). Contact Jeff at for details.
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.

Tempo Italiano Fall Classic is scheduled for a Sunday in October. Refer to for more details. Teams of 4 players with an entry fee of just $50.00 per team. Guaranteed First Place team award of $600.00, 2nd Place Team award - $400.00 and Third Place $200.00. Contact Pam Richetta @ for more info or check out

October 26, 2002 – Long Island Bocce Club Fall Fiesta – Mildam Park, Huntington, NY. Two-person teams. For more info go to or call James Schiffmacher @ 516-449-0238.


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