The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol I, Issue 36 September 23, 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 #36 September 23, 2002
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2002

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 Readers’ feedback
{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

More on inexpensive scoreboards…

“Thanks for the Bocce newsletters and keeping us informed on the up and coming bocce phenomenon that is sweeping the country. In response to your notes about scoreboards and how expensive they are, that part of the newsletter hit home more than you know. My fiancé's father's house (Tom Grow) is affectionately dubbed "Grow Field" to commemorate the wars that pursue on his 6 acres in the areas of bocce, croquet and badminton. When it came time for a bocce scoreboard I noticed they run into the hundreds, so we took the liberty to build our own. Check it out, but notice the scoreboard only goes up to seven, which is how we play.
Yours truly,
Chris Peitersen
Former Hill Country Bocce Champ
P.S. - Harley is a good mascot when he isn't going on the court and knocking balls around”


Regarding our recent discussion of pallino tossing JD sends this…

“I have observed every one of the examples you gave in the piece. It points out that everyone approaches the game differently. Another unique pallino tossing rule to the open-course game is "forced honors". That is where the pallino tosser can force the first bocce toss to the second player or team in order of play after he/she has tossed the pallino and the pallino has come to rest. The forcer then loses her/his honors and moves to the last in order. It is important that all players discuss ground/house rules prior to match (i.e. should the pallino come to a rest prior to subsequent bocce toss/it should by the way). I think what your piece really describes are; 1.... leagues and tourneys have different ways to approach the game, and 2 ... there is no standard and explicit bocce rulebook like the game of golf has, for instance. Bocce rules that I have seen thrown into retail bocce sets differ may times. It can be confusing to bocce greenhorns.”

{JD - you are right on. Standardization for the so-called Open Rules game... This is the first time I have stated this in print...I get the feeling that the various bocce groups around the country are afraid that the other is going to gain a foothold and thus are reluctant to cooperate for the growth of the game. I hope this changes in the near future.}


Joseph Saccone wants us to be sure to check out these courts…

“While you are in this area you just "GOTTA" see the 8 state of the art courts in San Rafael, located on "B" St. between First and Second Streets. You can't miss them - they are just past the Safeway Market and the San Rafael Community Center in Albert Park........ you'll be glad that you did !! “

{Thanks, Joseph. These courts are on my list of “must-see and photograph” venues.}


Tom Thomas of Abilene, Texas asks…

“I am a Special Olympics bocce coach who works with our area director on sending out a newsletter. We are going to have a competition next month and I wanted to put a graphic in the newsletter but was unable to find any bocce graphics. Do you know where I might find some?”

{Can any reader help with this request?}

 Photos of the week
This week’s pics are from a recent trip to The Big Apple where I attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony for one of the classiest bocce courts in one of the niftiest public parks I have ever seen. The A.J. Hendrickson Park in the Village of Valley Stream, New York is a showpiece. It is a testimony to how good local government can improve its citizens’ quality of life. The 42-acre park has a lake, diving pool, water park for children, infant pool, Olympic size swimming pool, basketball hoops, and will soon add a privately run miniature golf course and a skate park. The brand new bocce court is 12’ by 64’ with a Har Tru surface over a base of 17 inches of gravel for drainage. It features beautiful cobblestone construction and a brick walkway all around. The court has concrete walls with wood sideboards attached and even has a ball holder and scoreboard.

Deputy Village Clerk Robert Fumagalli is largely responsible for the court construction which was built with cooperation and funding from the recreation and public works departments. Parks are a big part of a community according to Fumagalli. “You lose your parks,” he says, “and you lose your quality of life.”

The recreation department is organizing a league and is accepting new players. If you are in the area, call George Baker @ 516-825-8570 to register. The locals play games to 12 unless there are four player teams, in which case they play to 16. They use one line for hitting and pointing. The first roll of the pallino must pass the center court line and not hit the backboard. Any ball that hits the back wall without first striking another ball is dead and removed from the court. The locals play informally Mondays and Thursdays from 9:00 to 11:30 AM and more formal leagues will begin soon.

{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
Portable scoreboard

Peter Rabito of the Long Island Bocce Club has designed an inexpensive metallic scoreboard that is 12” by 18” that sticks into the ground and can be removed and put away after playing. It is a clock face scorer mounted on a ground stake. One clock hand is painted green and the other red. It is transportable, weighs less than 10 lb., and comes fully assembled. For more information or to order, email Peter directly at Retails for $59.95 plus shipping.

 Non bocce product of the week
Weight management product

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

My company's #1 weight management product, ThermoChrome Select, is a synergistic blend of herbs and elemental chromium, chromium picolinate, and the amino acid l-carnitine. These ingredients work to increase thermogenesis (they seek out fat in the body and burn it to produce energy...hey, you get an energy boost while getting rid of fat...this is a good thing). The product also helps reduce sugar cravings while improving your energy level. This product is an excellent support tool to any safe and effective weight management and fitness program. As with any medication or health product, consult your physician. Read all labels carefully and take as directed. Single bottle of 120 count sells for $39.95 plus shipping.

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