The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. I, Issue 39, October 14, 2002 
•   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 #39 October 14, 2002
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2002

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 Readers’ feedback
{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Bryan Mero of sends this…

“Hey Mario,
I finally got my scanner working again and have some pix from the Steve Mariucci Celebrity Bocce Tourney held at Campo di Bocce in Los Gatos, CA....check out the pix:

It was incredibly hot that day and there were tons of people. Every time you turned around you would bump into another famous athlete including Steve Young, Ronnie Lott and Jeff Garcia, just to name a few.


{Thanks Bryan – click the John Madden picture to the right to see these photos at – while you are there, check out the rest of Bryan’s excellent bocce site.}


Bob Whitlow sends this update on a bocce class that he is teaching…

“We completed week two of the six-week John A. Logan Continuing Education Bocce course at Herrinfesta courts yesterday evening.

{I’m guessing these are two-hour sessions?}

Of the 12 students, eight had never played the game. The remaining four were beginners, but had played some. The class consisted of three middle-aged couples, one senior couple and the remaining four were younger students.

Due to the rain, classes for the second and third weeks were reversed. Next week students will learn non-court play.

After a brief introduction to the basic fundamentals of court bocce, students were assigned to the court and were broken down into teams. During the first few frames, the atmosphere was quiet. Then after a few points were scored and some lost or taken away by the opponent, things began to loosen up.

All twelve were focused on learning the game...and the desire to outdo their opponent was prevalent. Our petite senior female student would scream and jump with joy when she made a point...also kick the sand and frown when her opponent knocked her ball away.

At 6:50 PM, which is usually break time, all twelve voted to forego their break and continue to play bocce. Bocce was their supreme interest for the evening. Each team played five games with instructions given where warranted.

If the remaining four weeks are going to be anything like last evening, it's not only going to be fun, fun, fun, it's going to be a ...BLAST.

I've never seen a happier group. “

{Sounds great – I bet you have trouble getting your students to go home at the end of the class. I just signed a contract to teach a five-week Continuing Ed. bocce course at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, Mass. I thought I’d do a little lecture (brief history of the game, share info on bocce groups and web sites around the country), have a question & answer period, focus on one part of the game each night (pointing, hitting, strategy, etc.), and work on that skill during court time for the class – of course we’d schedule games too. Anyone have suggestions on what else should be covered? Please REPLY.}

 Photos of the week
This week’s pics are from Cape Cod where a father and daughter played on the beach using volo shooting only. At low tide when sandbars appear, the more traditional bocce rolling and hitting style can be employed. But on beach sand rolling becomes too difficult to be accurate. Click the link below to see my niece Dianna DiStefano, (a junior softball player at Stonehill College competing against her dad, Mike, on old Cape Cod.

{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 of bocce at old Cape Cod

 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.

Check out the 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.

 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.

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

OCT. 18-20, 2002 - North American Bocce Championship USA VS CANADA
Highwood Bocce Courts, Highwood, IL
Contact Mike Conti 847-692-6223 {I'll be there to photograph and write an article.}

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.

November 2, 2002 - Campo di Bocce. This will be the 2nd annual Big Ben Punto Raffa Volo (International game and rules apply). Typically a two ball per person game with two on a team, but Ben Musolf "tweaks" it a little and gives each player 3 balls. This is a variation which enables the players to correct an errant shot and score more points at the same time. The cost is $50.00 per entrant. Ben will take the first 16 teams, but has the ability to take up to 24. Big money for bocce is at this tournament and the best of the best will be here. Call "Bocce Bum" Ben Musolf at 408.857.0074 for details. This is a first come first serve event and will be sold out.

November 14-16, 2002 - Peppermill Hotel Casino, 2707 South Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada 89502, contact Cathy Spinetta @ 800-648-6992 ext.7425

March 8 & 9, 2003 - The Italian/American Bocce Association of Punta Gorda, Florida presents its fourth annual Southwest Florida Open Bocce Tournament. For more Info, contact George Farruggio at Tel. # 941-575-0482, Fax. # 941-575-6231 or E-Mail

June 8-15, 2003 - United States National Bocce Tournament - Highwood Bocce Courts, Highwood, IL
winners will compete in the WORLD COMPETITION in SWITZERLAND. Contact Mike Conti @ 847-692-6223

July 11-13, 2003 Bocce Classic IX Tournament, John Pirelli Lodge, 2625 County Line Road, Dayton Ohio, contact


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