The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. I, Issue 23 6/10/02 Copyright Mario Pagnoni 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week - outdoor games series
•   Readers' feedback
•   Non bocce product of the week - need a first-rate web site?
•   Photos of the week
•   Tournament update
 Notes from the publisher
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 Readers' feedback
Readers' Feedback - Publisher's comments in {brackets}

Ben Musolf from Campo di Bocce in California sends this interesting tidbit...

"Before the Tournament, The Nationals that is, we had a scale manufactured to judge and monitor the proper size and diameter of the bocce balls being used. The scale was professionally made and had an error of .0003 of an inch. Anyhow, we replaced all of our club balls with brand new red and green Perfetta balls - just the sets of eight with the pallino and bag. Well, to our surprise, the recreation Perfetta balls turned out to be about 109-110 mm, where regulation at our club and internationally is 107 mm. Those balls are great to learn with, but the next level of Perfetta balls are absolutely amazing. They range from $85-115 for only four balls, but are 100% calibrated and have the perfect roll. The names are Eura, Pallio and F2001. Thought you may be interested in our findings.

"Bocce Bum" Ben Musolf"

{Wow! This is an eye opener. To a "hacker" like me, a couple millimeters doesn't seem like it would make a whole lot of difference, but to a top notch player I can see where stepping up to the higher level ball could be the answer.}


John Piccirillo of Huntsville, Alabama says...

"We corresponded briefly a couple of times a few weeks ago when I purchased your book. I said I was a critical reader and would try to furnish constructive feedback.

I haven't read all of the book yet because although the book is compact there is a lot of good information to digest and I'd like to take my time to work through it. I like your book, it is very good. Something I find exceptional is the writing style, you have the tone just right. The book is informative, well-structured, paced well and there is even a little humor here and there. I've written newspaper articles on astronomy and magazine articles on robotics and wish I could do as well as you have in clear exposition.

I have as well a couple of questions.

On p. 20, 2nd para you give instructions on gripping the ball with "the thumb and little finger on either side of the ball for balance". I think an illustration or photo would help. Although the description sounds simple, I found myself with my thumb opposing my middle finger instead of on the right hand side of the ball which is what I think you meant.

{John is right about this - we humanoids with opposable thumbs tend to grasp the ball with the thumb higher up rather than "on either side."}

On p. 21, you describe several stances for pointing saying that the right hander generally places the right foot forward. The photos all seem to show the opposite...
{He's right again...I see good players with varying styles. Even some who place the feet side by side, shoulder width apart, and just swing the arm to release the ball.}

I think the video you are producing would be particularly helpful in showing correct grips, stances, approaches, releases, and the many other facets of bocce covered in your book. Born without the gene for tact, my remarks may seem overly critical but are not intended to be. You really have produced a delightful book.
{Thank you John. Coming from such an intelligent and critical reader as you makes that a wonderful compliment.}


George Farruggio of Punto Gordo, Florida wrote...

"Thank you for the wonderful article by Dr. Cordano. Dr. Cordano and myself go back a few years. We play each other every year, once at our courts and then at his courts. Dr. Cordano also participates in our open bocce tournament every year. Our next Southwest Florida Open Bocce Tournament will be March 8 & 9, 2003. I'm sure Dr. Cordano will be there. One thing Dr. Cordano forgot to mention is that his wife Vicki is one of the best lady players around. Her expertise is to shoot the pallino when it is in the middle of two bocce that's saying something. I wish some day we will have standard rules for all open bocce play. I will be willing to contribute my input when asked. We here in Florida play all year long and I have helped all the other teams and leagues set up courts and rules. Many condos now being built here in Florida advertise bocce courts. I get at least one phone call or E-Mail a week from all over Florida asking about bocce. Thank you for the great work you're doing for the great game of BOCCE."

{George continues to be a strong ambassador for bocce in the Florida area. Contact him about his tourney or just about bocce in general at E-Mail}

 Photos of the week

Photos of the week - Outdoor courts in Springfield, Massachusetts
{Yes, I know we have a definite New England bias - please send photos from other parts of the USA}

This week's flicks show two courts in the public domain at Forest park in Springfield, Massachusetts. Rico Daniele, one of the biggest bocce promoters in the East, lobbied the city to get them installed. He did the same thing in neighboring Chicopee where three courts are in place at Szot park. Getting bocce courts in the public domain rather than in private clubs is the way to get the game to grow. Check out the courts by clicking the link below.

NEEDED: Photos of bocce players and courts, especially families playing together. Send via email or snail mail so that I may post them on the website for bocce aficionados to enjoy.

Check out the Photos of the Week

 Bocce product of the week - outdoor games series
Bocce related product of the week - Outdoor Games Book Series

Neat Father's day gift! Will ship same day.

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 order them below...

Click here for Outdoor Games Series by Steven Boga

 Non bocce product of the week - need a first-rate web site?
Non bocce product of the week

Need a first-rate web site?

My company offers a website software package that puts you in control of your website even without programming skills. These websites are perfect for small to mid-size businesses or hobbyists. My was built with this package. I can build your site very quickly and then show you how to maintain it with simple "point and click" technology. So, whenever you have to make a change, run a special, offer a holiday sale, etc., you can handle it yourself without having to wait for a programmer to fit you into his schedule and without having to pay for his/her time (which can be $50 to $100 per hour with a minimum charge of 1 hour). My sites include a Contact Manager so you can collect and manage your customers' email addresses and other info, automatic search engine submission technology (which you should do about every five weeks), statistical tracking to analyze how many people visit your site and when, and a toll-free number for tech support 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Pacific Coast Time. Check out my favorite site that I built with this technology - I built it in the name of my friend Ken Waldie who was a passenger on the ill-fated American Airlines Flight 11 that hit the World Trade Center on 9/11/01. The site is still a work in progress, but you can see what kind of work we can do with this package. Anyway, you can read about my friend Ken and the Senior Sports Circuit that we established in his honor (we offer softball, basketball, and bocce for anyone age 50 and over - we let people slide on the age restriction for bocce, where physical prowess is not a prerequisite for success).

NOTE: I like to create no more than one site per month. Hey, I'm a retired guy...a network marketer who spends a lot of time playing softball, basketball, and bocce. I really don't want to work on a whole lot of websites. But I do enjoy cranking one out every month or so. So, if you are interested, hurry and hit REPLY and give me the basics for your site - name, address, slogan, pertinent info, etc. and I'll get your site up and running quickly (in a day or two) and show you (via email and/or phone) how you can alter it to your liking. It will stay on the web for 15 days at no charge. If you don't want it, it will be shut down on day 16. If you want to keep it, you'll have to activate it by entering your credit card data at the link that says Activate Site. The cost will be anywhere from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars, depending on its complexity and features.

Click here to see my favorite web site - the Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit, Inc.

 Tournament update
Tournament update {chronological order}

Please - anyone running a tournament - do me a favor - put a notice near your tourney bracket board informing players that they can go to and "opt in" for my FREE Ezine on bocce.

June 9, 2002 - Unico Tourney at Forest Park, Springfield, Mass. Two player teams - one must be a member of a recognized Unico Chapter. Entry fee of $40 includes "gourmet picnic". For info email Rico Daniele @ or call 1-800-BOCCE54.

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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