The Joy of Bocce Weekly
The FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume #1, Issue #12    March 25, 2002
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni   Copyright 2002

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In This Issue

* Bocce quote of the week
* Question of the week 
* Photos of the week
* The skills of the game - to step or not to step when pointing
* Bocce related product of the week {other outdoor games}
* Non bocce product of the week - powerful antioxidant
* Tournament Update


Bocce quote of the week

Some bocce friends of mine and I are volunteer officials for the Special Olympics World Games. After completing a certification course to get accredited, we practiced refereeing bocce matches with Special Olympians from around New England. In 1995 we traveled to West Haven, Connecticut for the World Games which was the largest sporting event on the planet that year. And bocce, it turns out, is the fastest growing sport in Special Olympics (hey, anyone who can roll a ball can play). As the athletes age, some switch to bocce from the more rigorous events like track and field, softball, and basketball. In 1999 the World Games moved to Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and again was a huge success. Once more, bocce grew in popularity. Countries from all over the world bring bocce teams, and those that don't come to the bocce venue to find out how to get on board next time. In 2003 the Games will be hosted outside of the USA for the first time. We're headed to Dublin, Ireland and the number of bocce participants will be greater than ever.

More than 150 countries from Albania to Zimbabwe compete in these games. You could referee a match featuring teams from Nebraska and Nepal. Although we witnessed some poor sportsmanship from the participants, the spirit of fair play is strong among the majority of players. In Connecticut, the fiercest competition came from their coaches and fans. The "ugly Americans" made their presence clearly known. Bocce event director, Jack Hogan gets credit for the bocce quote of the week... "I had more problems and complaints from the coaches from the USA than from the rest of the world put together." 

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Question of the week

This week's question comes from Peter Runfolo of New Jersey. Does anyone have pictures of indoor courts? Pictures taken with a digital camera would be great...scanned images would work too. I could post them on my site and send them to Peter.

In Peter's own words:
"I am looking for pictures of indoor bocce courts so that I can talk about and describe the courts and then show our members pictures of how they look. Pictures of any indoor courts from any state in the US would do. If however, there were courts in NJ, then I could possibly take the pictures myself. Any help is appreciated."
{Note: The author is always looking for photos that would be of interest to our of courts, equipment, venues, anything remotely related to the sport we love. Email .jpg files or whatever format is convenient for you - send to}


Photos of the week {held over one more week by popular demand}

Here's just one more reason to visit Boston. You can go to the North End and have great Italian food - pick any restaurant - you can't miss at any of the family-run dining establishments. Walk around the Hanover Street district and soak in the ambiance. Locating Italian pastry for dessert is as easy as following your nose. Top the night off by strolling over to Commercial Street where there are three nifty bocce courts overlooking the Charles River. There are bocce ball sets there for regulars and passers-by to use and return when finished. You can enjoy a relaxing game and soak in the historic aura of the area (you can even view the Bunker Hill Monument and "Old Ironsides" from the courts. 

Check it out at 


The skills of the game - to step or not to step when pointing

I've written in past issues about pointers' different styles of release (I prefer the 12 o'clock to 6 o'clock rotation as the ball rolls off the fingertips). I relate it to basketball. The roundball rolls off the fingertips of the best shooters. It sails to the hoop with pronounced backspin. If you shoot hoops with a kind of knuckleball release, you can learn to be a pretty good shooter. But you'll never have that great stroke without the fingertip roll that creates the feathery smooth touch of the "pure shooter."   

The next technique to address is whether to step forward as you release, or to plant the feet and move only the arm. I've seen excellent pointers utilizing both styles. The following is from the point of view of a right-hander (lefties just reverse things). Many of the top players cozy right up to the foul line and place their left foot near the chalk mark. Their right foot is well back toward the backboard for balance. The only motion then, comes from the arm. The arm swings back and forth like a pendulum, and the release is on the forward pass. They like the fact that there is no extraneous body motion. Top players, it seems, reach out and roll the ball well out in front of the body. 

The alternate release involves taking what has been called a "glide step." A right-hander would take his position a step behind the foul line with feet together. S/he would step with the left foot and release the ball all in one smooth motion. This, proponents say, gets the entire body involved, rather than just the arm, wrist, and hand. The delivery must be slow, smooth, and steady, with the step straight toward the target.

Hey, give it a go, then settle in on what's best for you. I'm a glide stepper myself, but then again, I'm not very good...but I sure do have fun!


Arthritis or Joint Problems Slowing Your Bocce Game?

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Bocce related product of the week - Outdoor Games Book Series

I've located a gem of a series of Outdoor Games books by talented 
author Steven Boga.  He's written short, well crafted, clearly 
illustrated books on 


I recommend them highly (each under $10.00) and you can find 
them at


Tournament Update {chronological order}

April 13, 2002 - Open rules tournament at Campo di Bocce and hosted by the Los Gatos Bocce Club.  Entry fee is $25.00.  A full lunch will be served (with wine), and prize money will be allocated depending on the number of teams.  Contact Bill Schleaffer 408.379.9409 or Ben Musolf 408.395.7650 to register (looking to host 16 to 20 teams). 

May 4th - 12th - The United State Bocce Federation - 2002 United States Championships are coming to Los Gatos, CA. Go to their website listed below and click on "bocce events." That will bring you to the US Bocce Championships page where you can print an entry form or email the event promoters. The facility is fabulous. Check it out at Both International style of rules will be played as well as Open Rules.

May 18 & 19, 2002 - Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit, Inc. bocce tourney. Ken was a friend of mine who was lost due to the madness that was 9/11/01. I've formed a 501-C3 in his name that will run softball, basketball, and bocce for seniors (age 50 and over - exception - no age restriction for bocce). This bocce tournament will be the kick-off event for the Ken Waldie SSC. We'll play four-player teams at Home Run Park in Lawrence, Massachusetts. There will be a Novice Division for beginners (entry fee just $40) and an Open Division (entry fee $80). Winners awarded sweatshirts or jackets with our new Ken Waldie SSC logo and runners-up get their entry fee refunded. We hope to attract lots of newcomers to bocce to promote the game. Also, we hope many will participate to support our effort to establish a sports circuit in honor of our friend Ken Waldie. REPLY, give your address and ask for a flyer. I'll snail mail an entry form with more details.

August, 2002  - Chattanooga Southeastern Tournament. "The most scenic court in the South." For more information on the August tournament (and photos), click If you come to play this August, you'll get an added bonus - you get to meet me! I serve as referee for the games.

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.



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