The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Volume 1, Issue 20, May 20, 2002 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Photos of the week - new indoor court set-up
•   Feedback from last week's issue
•   Bocce product of the week - Clubhawk Gold Measures
•   Tournament happenings
•   Non bocce product of the week - engine treatment
 Notes from the publisher
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2002

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 Feedback from last week's issue
Concerning the lack of agreed upon standards for bocce play (except for international rules) a reader says "I have found many sets of rules on the Internet - most of them are similar but short and incomplete. The best and most complete set of rules I have found are on the Bocce Standards Association website at Maybe you could let your readers know."

T.B. Prince, President of the Bocce Standards Association tells us to revisit the website. The association welcomes comments and suggestions. "New pages have been added. I plan to end the comment period and finalize the rules and standards in June. Changes will be harder to make after that."

Check out Bocce Standards Association

 Tournament happenings
Our first Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit event was an artistic success, if not financial. We went into the "red" because we upgraded our indoor courts by purchasing 6" by 6" timbers for the tournament. This Week's Photos at my website show the new courts and some of the tournament action. We introduced some people to the sport via the Novice Division and they enjoyed themselves immensely. We ended up with only seven teams, but you have to "bite the bullet" when you start new programs. Get if off the ground. Never cancel. Then schedule it the same time every year and continue to get the word out. It will grow each year and might even turn into a financial success too.

One sad thing about events like these is that there always seems to be at least one chronic complainer. S/he will complain about the format, the scheduling, the rules, etc. People who complain need to know that guys like me who run events tend to get miffed when soreheads make negative comments. If we get too aggravated, we stop running events. And guys like me who like to run programs need to be confident enough not to let the whiners take the wind out of our sails. Most people enjoy taking part in these tournaments and truly appreciate the time and effort it takes to organize them.


From the nationals comes this... "We just completed the national championships last Saturday. It was a big success. We had 75 teams with 172 individual participants. We have our United States Bocce Federation revamped web site up and running. It has been completely re-worked. Check it out at There is a link to all the final
results with some photos. (Even photos of the tournament co-chairmen!). Check out the one which shows the master score board for the event.

Campo di Bocce's site also has photos and info ( Next year's event will be at the Highwood Bocce Club in Chicago, Illinois."

Check out the new USBF website

 Photos of the week - new indoor court set-up
We had some problems with our indoor courts at Home Run Park in Lawrence, Mass. They are temporary courts we set up right on the Astroturf in the old mill building that is used by baseball and softball players for batting and pitching practice. The problem was that our two-by-eights warped and not only looked bad, but made us play even worse than usual! So, we "bit the bullet" and forked over $456.67 for thirty-three 6" by 6" timbers (8 feet long). We placed nine end to end and then three at each end to make two 12' by 72' courts. We set them up, play a couple hours, and dismantle and store them for the next time we play. Yes, they are a tad heavy, but we manage. Check the courts out and some also pictures from our first indoor tournament held this past week-end.

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 Bocce product of the week - Clubhawk Gold Measures
The Premier Boules Measures have been flying off the shelf lately. But our subscribers are overlooking an equally fine measure in the Clubhawk Gold. Using a string rather than a steel tape, this is an extremely accurate measuring device. It extends a couple feet farther than the Premier, has the same calipers for close measurements, and even has a belt clip. Click below to see more photos showing its features in detail. Retails for $19.95 plus $4.00 shipping anywhere in the USA.

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 Non bocce product of the week - engine treatment
{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 cars. 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 at

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