The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. I, Issue 28 July 22, 2002 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week – Premier Boule Measure
•   Readers' feedback
•   Non bocce product of the week – Arthritis or joint problems slowing your game?
•   Photos of the week – Baltimore, Maryland’s Little Italy
 Notes from the publisher
The Joy of Bocce Weekly
The FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume #1, Issue #28 July 22, 2002
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2002

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 Readers' feedback
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Jim Mancini of Visalia, CA writes…

“I’m about halfway through your book – I skip around – and it is terrific. Everything I wanted to know and then some. And you write clearly and concisely.
{Thanks Jim…I’m blushing now}

I am almost done with my back yard court. I’m waiting for my feed supplier to get some oyster flour for the top layer. I have 4 inches of DG and then 2-3 inches of red clay now. The clay turns into concrete after you wet it and is difficult to work with.

Anyway, the main reason I am writing, besides congratulating you for a fine book, is that I’m wondering if you know where I can purchase a scoreboard. I’ve scoured the Internet and haven’t found much at all, except some nice looking ones starting at $250. I really didn’t want to spend that much for a simple clock face with numbers but I want something that will look nice. I like the dual dial idea, one red one green. Why do the numbers only go to 12? I understand now from your book that you recommend 12 as a good length game and it’s the most common, but wouldn’t it be easy to make the numbers go to 15? I guess if you want longer games you just keep going past 12 to 1 and on. {People who use the clock type scoreboard generally play games to 12}

So can you help me find a decent-looking scoreboard for not a lot of money? I guess I could make one myself, I’m kind of handy that way, but I was envisioning a more professional looking one.”

{There are pictures of various scoreboards in my book – some home-made, inexpensive, and quite serviceable – also, there is a neat one pictured on This Week’s Photos from Baltimore’s Little Italy – a handy guy like you could make one that could look pretty professional – do any readers have other ideas? Please REPLY}


Arizona’s Andrew Calev sends this…

“Well, the courts have been approved by the community. Now we need a designer/contractor. Do you know of anyone in Arizona? The location is in Scottsdale.”

{Can any reader help? Please REPLY}


Perry Michienzi of Downey, CA says…

”I can’t tell you how much we enjoy your letters on the email and they mean a lot to my club. I post all and let them read the issues. Keep up the good work!

I would like to see bocce on TV to promote it more, show it to the general public for more exposure. Let’s wake this sleeping giant and get it on board where it belongs. We have enough people and clubs all over the USA. Maybe you could start something for national TV. I have been pushing bocce now for 7 years since I started my club. I was raised on bocce in Pennsylvania…love the game. But it needs a lot of support to get up in the ranks. Put this out on your email and see what support you get.”

{Perry is not only passionate, but he is correct too. Television exposure is just what this game needs. There is a groundswell of activity with this wonderful sport that needs to be harnessed and pointed in the right direction. A couple years back I officiated a big money tournament run by the World Bocce Association and hosted by Las Vegas’ Golden Nugget Casino. Organizer Phil Ferrari came up short in his bid for TV coverage after negotiating with ESPN and Fox. The championship game between a veteran club from Toronto and a team that featured Dr. Angel Cordano and three fine young players from the San Francisco area was a thing of beauty. Every player made the shot that he needed to make in virtually every situation. If televised nationally, this single match would have elevated the game’s popularity and communicated its appeal directly into this country’s collective consciousness.}


Ray Dicecca of Wilmington, Mass. sends this…

“I very much enjoy your weekly newsletter, and look forward to reading my e-mail every Monday morning, knowing that the latest "Joy Of Bocce" will be waiting for me. It's great to have one location collecting as much information as you do on such an enjoyable subject.
Which brings me to the point of this e-mail: Having found you and receiving my first issue, which was 3/24/2002, Issue 12, I was wondering if it was possible for you to email Issues 1 through 11, so I can catch up on what I've missed. If possible, I would greatly appreciate it. But if not, Thanks anyways for the promotion of a great game, and keep up the good work.”

{Thanks for the kind words, Ray. I am talking with the list manager, Topica, about archiving back issues. Will let you know as soon as I know}


Steve Kahn from Banning, CA …

“Us old codgers are having a mild argument. One side says that all team members shoot from one end of the court, then all walk to the other end and shoot again. This is obviously a must for singles.

The other side says that for two-person teams one member of each team is at each end. For four-person teams two members of each team are at each end. In either case, nobody walks. Which is right?”

{Whichever way you decide to play is right. There is no hard and fast rule for this. I prefer a little walking to get at least some exercise. Also, there is more camaraderie when all four of the players are at one end…and you are playing every frame instead of every other one. The only time we stay at one end is when we play 4 vs. 4 - two teammates are stationed at each end. This weekend I visited Baltimore, Maryland’s Little Italy – see This Week’s Photos. They were playing 6 vs. 6 and using 12 bocce balls. Three teammates were stationed at each end – no walking – and each player rolled 2 balls, making it possible to score 6 points in a single frame. Games were played to a score of 12}

 Photos of the week – Baltimore, Maryland’s Little Italy
This week’ photos are from the Little Italy Bocce Rollers Association of Baltimore, Maryland. The group is affiliated with the Sons of Italy and they have two excellent, well-lighted courts (80’ by 13’) with a very fine, light gray stone dust surface. President Roberto Marsili gave us the tour and proclaimed that the Little Italy section is one of the last ethnic sections left in all of Maryland. The courts play fast and are a terrific draw for the fine restaurants and other businesses in the area.

{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 out This Week's Photos

 Bocce product of the week – Premier Boule Measure

Speaking of settling disputes over whose ball is closer...I just happen to have the finest measure for bocce stocked right on my shelves. Still our most popular measure, this Prohawk International measuring device has been a big hit in this Ezine. I've placed photos on my website that clearly illustrate the product's features. They are very high quality and sell for about 20% less than comparable products I've seen elsewhere. The Premier Boules Measure is my favorite for settling disputes over who's closer. It is designed for "inside measure" which is by far the most accurate. The tape extends to 2 meters (about 6 ½ feet) and has a self-locking mechanism, calipers, and a game scoring mechanism. Makes a great gift for the bocce lover in your life. Every serious bocce player (and not-so-serious player) should have one. Please check them out ($19.95 plus shipping).

See more photos of the Premier Boule Measure

 Non bocce product of the week – Arthritis or joint problems slowing your game?
{Hey, bocce's great, but I'm always on the look-out for all kinds of good products for my readers}

My company does about $3 to $5 million in retail per week, and about $1 million of that weekly revenue comes from this one product alone. It works, and people re-order it because it works. It is an extremely powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation in the joints and has produced good results with the symptoms of arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, allergies, asthma, and a laundry list of illnesses making the product sound like a snake oil that's "good for anything that ails you." This powerful substance composed of natural substances like extracts from grape seed, red wine, and pine bark, does two major things in the body - improves circulation and boosts immunity. So many of today's maladies can be traced to poor circulation and low immunity. My son James, pretty expert in herbal remedies and holistic medicine, turned me on to the product almost six years ago. "I think it will help your arthritic old basketball knees," he offered. Within a week of faithfully using the product, I was going up and down stairs without pain. I took a serious look at the company, liked what I saw, and became a manufacturer's rep for their many excellent products.

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