The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. I, Issue 37 - September 30, 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 #37 September 30, 2002
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2002

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 Readers’ feedback
{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Ed Webster from the Long Island Bocce Club needs a quick answer to this…

“I'm travelling to San Antonio Texas on Oct 12. I was wondering if you know of any clubs in San Antonio that I could connect with while down there. I will gladly take pictures for you and submit. Let me know - any help appreciated. Thanks.”

{I emailed Ed the few contacts that I knew of in TX – can anyone help? Please REPLY}


The illustrious Dr. Cordano writes again and once again, makes great sense.

“First of all congratulations on your book which besides being an ABC for beginners is very well written, easy to read and provides insight on many of the ways bocce is played in the US.

In issue #33 you ask for comments on the subject of the pallino and I agree entirely that the tossing is a vital part of the success in your game for all the reasons you mentioned: your strength, weakness of the opponents, etc.

I disagree in regard that the one who toss the pallino must roll the first bocce ball, because some players never recognize the cerebral part of the game and neither have the finesse to do it. Also some people can't control a smaller object well. At international level the pallino can be tossed by anyone and usually is the best player who does it, to assure the position that's more convenient for the team.

{I didn’t know this – as a matter of fact, I am embarrassed to admit that I have never seen International play. I see now that it is very important that I view this style of play to broaden my bocce horizons.}

I agree entirely about playing the first ball in front of the pallino not only for the "nuisance value" you mention, but to allow your "hitting man" or "shooter" to be worry free to take the team's ball away after hitting the opponent’s target.

On October 18,19 and 20 at Highwood, north of Chicago, the North American Bocce games will take place in an inside, air-conditioned environment. Newly built synthetic surface courts (4) 86 feet long will allow all to see the skills of the best PUNTO-RAFFA-VOLO from the US and from Canada. There will be three men’s teams and two women’s teams from each country. The competition will be in the 3 international modalities (SINGLES, DOUBLES, and TRIPLES) and players walk up and down after the completion of each frame. The speed of the courts and the international rules will showcase the finesse of the game as well as the power of the RAFFA and VOLO actions. Every ball to be hit (the target) has to be called to a referee and VOLO is obligatory up to the 54 feet line. Raffa is allowed only after that line. If you hit the wrong target the ball is removed from the court and the target is placed back on the marked position. Referee marks every played bocce ball.
Dr. Cordano”

{Doc – thanks again for the great tips and I will see if I can clear my schedule to view and photograph this level of bocce.}


{Bob Whitlow sends this…}

“Our local Bocce club plays WBA with an added old traditional local rule here that I cannot find anywhere in researching bocce rules on the web.

The local traditional rule is as follows: When the "in" team has the winning point on the court, the opposing "out" team has NO remaining balls to be rolled...the winning team is required to take all their remaining balls that have not been rolled from the ball rack or any being held in their hands and toss or drop them onto the court.

This must be done before the judge/referee can announce the match as being won. Also it is a standard local rule that the judge/referee may not instruct the player to toss or drop their balls to the court.

Do any other clubs play by this rule?”
{I’ve seen this practice in many areas of the country. The players toss their remaining balls a couple feet in front of the foul line to signify that they are done playing and the match is won. If they were to play a ball they might “sell the point” as they say around New England. That is, knock an opponent’s ball closer or redirect the pallino to a position that is advantageous to the other team, thereby giving away the point (I don’t know where the selling part comes in). I don’ t know why players just can’t say, okay, we’ve won this game, and not toss the balls. Can readers shed any light on this?}


Steve Kahn of Banning, CA had this answer to Tom Thomas’ question about bocce art work…

“Go to Type "bocce” without the quotes. You'll get to a web site with 2,640 pictures. Good luck”

{Thanks Steve – this was a great tip. There are some great photos here – some may not be in the public domain, though. I originally thought Tom was looking for bocce clip art and didn’t think of this option.}

 Photos of the week
This week’s pics are from a recent trip to The Big Apple where, after visiting the beautiful court at the Hendrickson Park (last week’s photos), I made a detour to view a very popular bocce court in Corona.

The court is located in a triangular public park called the William F. Morse Memorial Park. Morse was a marine private who grew up in the neighborhood and lost his life in WWI in Belleau Woods, France on July 7, 1918.

The court appears to be about 12’ by 70’ with a fast-playing brick dust surface. It has benches all around, a scoreboard that goes to 12. Referred to by some as “Spaghetti Park”, the neighborhood was once home to jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong. The surrounding area is the fictional setting for the popular TV series “All in the Family.”

{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."}

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 Bocce product of the week
The Joy of Bocce volume discount

Since The Joy of Bocce has gone out of print and I have retained the rights, I’m selling more copies of my book than ever. Unless you are a big time talent, world-class athlete or celebrity, writing is a tough way to make a buck. A nobody like me gets a contract calling for a 10% royalty. But, since I’ve been keeping the book in print via short-run publishing houses, I get to keep most of the money from each sale. The bigger the print run I do, the lower the unit cost per book. I am about to make another large order and I am wondering if any groups out there might be interested in purchasing a case of 48 books for resale. Again, the larger the print run, the lower the unit cost and I could pass that savings on to group purchasers who want to resell the title. I could offer a 50% discount off the list price and I would pay the shipping. Call me directly at 978-686-8679 or email and I can make you “such a deal.”

 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}

I don't know a whole lot about automobiles. I turn the key in the morning - if the car starts I go - if not, I call AAA. But I do know that this product is worth checking out. It is an engine oil additive (lubricant) made of soft ductile metals. Not a Teflon-based product, but micro metal technology. Tiny particles of lead and copper fill in your engine's "nooks and crannies" and basically re-plate your engine. "These soft metals have shown to provide superior engine lubrication, improve engine power, increase fuel economy, reduce emissions and reduce engine surface wear." I added a bottle after an oil change and my gas mileage went up by four miles per gallon. And when I went in for my auto sticker the computerized emissions read-out showed zero hydrocarbons. The mechanic thought I had rebuilt the engine. Retails for $17.95 plus shipping.

More info or to order...

 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

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 I tweak it a little and give 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. I will take the first 16 teams, but have 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

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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