The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol I, Issue 25, June 24, 2002 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Photos of the week - Punto Gordo, Florida
•   Readers' Feedback - Publisher's comments in {brackets}
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Bocce product of the week - Clubhawk Gold Measures
•   Tournament update {chronological order}
 Notes from the publisher
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 Readers' Feedback - Publisher's comments in {brackets}
No one came forth with a definition or derivation of Clemenza Affinito's question about "why the first player (the one who throws the pallino) is called the sixth man?" {I have heard this player referred to as the "point man" or "pointer" but never the sixth man.}

Regarding lesson plans for teaching bocce, Henry from the United States Bocce Federation offered this..."I have training manuals for bocce. There are at least three major forms of bocce: volo raffa and open. Most of the people in the U.S. play open. Most of the rest of the world plays volo and raffa. These are much more technical and have more published on them. {Contact the US Bocce Federation via their website @}

Enrico (Rick) Doganiero who recently moved from the Philadelphia area to north central Pennsylvania ordered my book and sent this great email. "My home sits on a lovely flat lot in the mountains. I have been considering constructing a bocce court for about 2 years and have finally decided this is the year. I look forward to receiving your book and constructing my court. I also have dreams of starting an annual Bocce tournament for friends from the country and back in Philadelphia. This would start at a grass roots level but should grow very rapidly. Some of my fondest memories as a child was playing bocce with my family. To this day I remember several heated "discussions" between my uncles over whose ball is closer. The discussions usually became more heated after a few glasses of wine. While we didn't have the elegant measuring devise you list, one of my uncle's belts usually worked in a pinch." {Those old-school Italian men made good use of their belts as I recall}

George Farruggio of Punto Gordo, Florida says "PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE tell Steve Watkins of Santa Monica, Calif. to let Steve Mariucci know the name of the game is BOCCE and you play with a bocce ball!!!!! It's like saying let's go play bowling ball." {Yes, this is a sore point with me too. We need to get people used to referring to the game as bocce, not bocce ball. Would a hockey player invite friends to play some hockey puck? When they refer to a bocce tournament as a bocce ball tournament it isn't quite so offensive...I can live with it...a basketball tourney, baseball tourney, bocce ball tourney...I'm not crazy about it, but I can deal with it. But to say "let's play some bocce ball" really grates on my nerves. I love language and often marvel at how misused words become acceptable if enough people use them. I hear on morning radio that traffic is backed up to the Sutton Street "merge". Hey, merge is a verb. You can't refer to the place where merging takes place as a merge. But, if enough people use it, those of us who know language will be forced to "yield to this kind of merger."}

 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. Remember, we don't need a finely calibrated instrument that measures exactly how far a ball is from the object ball...we just need to know which is closer to it. This nifty string device does the trick. You pull out enough string to reach the first ball you are measuring, then if you have to pull more string from the housing to reach the other ball in contention...then it is farther away! 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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 Photos of the week - Punto Gordo, Florida
Thanks to George Farruggio for these wonderful photos of outdoor courts at Punto Gordo, Florida.

Two of the three finely groomed courts are 12' by 60' and the third is 12' by 75'. They are covered with canopies for shade at the ends and make for a fine venue for recreation and tournament action.

{Please follow George's lead and 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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 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}

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 Tournament update {chronological order}
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June 23, 2002 - Open Bocce Tournament in Downey, California. Held at Apollo Park Downey Senior Center. Entry fee = $35 per person or $140 per team. Includes coffee and doughnuts at the 8:30 AM meeting and lunch at noon. Also, you get 3 chances to win round trip air faire to Italy - sponsored by Merano Tours of Los Angeles. Accepting 16 to 24 teams - double elimination event. Contact Perry Michienza @ 562-869-8782 or email or fax 562-8691772.

June 29, 2002, there will be a charity bocce fundraising event to be held in Charleston, SC. Team fee is $400, 32 teams already registered (double elimination). The proceeds go to Special Olympics. More info: e-mail

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.

August 24 and 25 - IL PRIMO PENNSYLVANIA BOCCE INVITATIONAL, Scranton, Pennsylvania. August 1st = entry deadline.
The biggest bocce competition on the East Coast. Open Division as well as Novice with four-player teams in each (all roll one ball), and tournament is open to both men and women. Entry fee $30.00 per player for the Open Division and $20.00 per player for the Novice - ALL entry fees going toward cash prizes. Guaranteed minimum first place cash prize of $1,000.00 in the Open Division and $400.00 first place prize in Novice Division. Contact: Jim Cawley @ or call (1 800 229-3526)

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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