The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. II, Issue 4 - January 27, 2003 
•   Ramblings from the publisher
•   Backboard dead or live?
•   Getting together on the open rules
•   Pointing and hitting lines
•   Starting the game
•   Tournament update
 Ramblings from the publisher
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Volume 2, Issue #4 January 27, 2003
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2003

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 Getting together on the open rules
Last week’s ezine got a substantial response from readers who want to see agreement on the so-called Open Rules. I heard from groups and individuals from around the country and am encouraged to try to get a forum for discussion going on this topic.

So, this issue will have a little different format - no new photos - no products of the week.

At first, I thought "Who am I to spearhead a movement to standardize these rules?" But then I thought "Who am I not to do this?" I belong to no official group, have no hidden agenda, and have a vehicle (this ezine) that just might be able to bring all the parties together."

I heard from several groups who said basically "Hey, we've already got the rules. People only have to accept what we've set down."

But a quick perusal of the different groups' rules brings a murky problem into specific relief.

The US Bocce Federation says that the “winner of the coin flip may have the first toss of the pallino, or choose the color of the balls.”

The American Bocce Association adds that the winner of toss also “chooses which side of the court begins play.”

The IBA, World Bocce Association, WWOBA and The Bocce Standards Association all say that the winner of the toss gets the pallino AND choice of color of bocce balls.

We haven't even tossed the pallino yet and we have disagreement!

My idea is this. Let's dissect the various open rules over the next couple months in this newsletter. Let everybody weigh in on the issue and, after careful thought and discussion, come to agreement (he said hopefully).

We need to find out what other groups in the country need to be in on the discussion. Then we need each to figure a way to come to a consensus within their various groups. Finally, we need to give and take, and COMPROMISE so that one brand of open rules is "sanctioned" by all the bocce groups in the USA.

I don't know if it can work. But I'd like to give it a whirl. Let's begin...

 Starting the game
Please REPLY with your opinion on these points.

Everybody agrees that a coin toss is a good way to start. We need to decide if the winner of the toss...

A) gets choice of pallino OR color of bocce ball

B) gets both color of his choice AND first roll of object ball

C) other (please specify)

First toss of pallino. We need to decide what is a legal placement.

A) Anywhere it lands as long as it is past the midcourt line and does not hit the backboard.

B) Anywhere past midcourt as long as it is 12 inches from any side or end board.

C) Other (please specify)

We need to decide what to do if the person rolling the pallino fails to place it properly on his/her first roll.

A) The other team gets one chance and if they fail, the pallino reverts to the original team - this continues until someone places the object ball legally.

B) The other team gets one chance, and if they fail, the pallino is placed by hand in some pre-determined position on the court.

C) The person gets 3 chances to legally place the pallino. Failing on three attempts causes the pallino to revert to the other team. The other team gets one chance, and failing, the pallino is placed by the referee on a pre-determined spot on the court.

D) Other (please specify)

We need to decide if the person who rolls the pallino must roll the first ball as well.

A) The person who tosses the object ball must roll the first ball.

B) The person who tosses the object ball OR a teammate may roll the first ball.

 Backboard dead or live?
We need to decide if balls that strike the end board are live (in play) or dead (removed from play for the remainder of the frame). Please REPLY for discussion purposes.

A) A ball that strikes the end board without first hitting another ball or pallino is DEAD.

B) A ball that strikes the end board is DEAD no matter if it hit another ball or not.

C) A ball that hits the end board is LIVE no matter if it struck another ball or not.

D) Other (please specify)

 Pointing and hitting lines
We need to decide if there is to be one line for pointing and another for hitting. Many seasoned players use a four- or five-step delivery when hitting (much like a ten-pin bowler) and space for this approach. International Rules have a third line for volo hitting.

A) Let's have three lines like in International play.

B) Just one line for pointing and another for hitting.

C) One line for both hitting and pointing.

D) Other (please specify)

 Tournament update
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February 16, 2003 – Mazzini Verdi Superball Midwest Open – Franklin Park, IL. Contact Phil Ferrari of World Bocce Association – 1-800-OKBOCCE.

February 22, 2003 - Two Men - One Woman Open, Italian Athletic Club, Stockton, CA, Open Rules, Contact Ron Jacobs (209) 957-1223 or

March 8 & 9, 2003 - The Italian/American Bocce Association of Punta Gorda, Florida.
Fourth annual Southwest Florida Open Bocce Tournament. For more Info, contact George Farruggio at Tel. # 941-575-0482, Fax. # 941-575-6231 or E-Mail

March 29, 2003 - 1St Annual Long Island Bocce Club Spring Fling - 4 player Team - Single Elimination - Milldam Park Huntington New York - Cost: $100.00 Team - Honorarium Awards for both Teams in the finals and Best Team. Contact: or email

March 29, 2003 - Cape Coral Bocce Association, Money Tournament, Open Rules, Veterans Park Bocce Courts, 4100 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral, Florida, Four Player Team, Prizes 1st = $2000, 2nd = $500, 3rd = $300. Entrance Fee = $200 per Team ($50 per man) Based on 18 teams, Register by March 15, 2003, Contact Skinny Battista (239) 540-8246 or

April, 2003 – Biltmore Invitational – Lake Tahoe, NV. Contact Kyle Hughes - 1 (800) 245-8667.

April 5, 2003 - Four Person Team, Italian Athletic Club, Stockton, CA, Open Rules, Contact Ron Jacobs (209) 957-1223 or

April 26, 2003 - Three Person Volo, Waterloo Gun and Bocci Club, Stockton, CA, Volo Rules, Contact David Canclini (209) 957-3314 or

May, 2003 – Herrin Festa Italiano Superball Championships, Herrin, IL.

June 8-15, 2003 - United States National Bocce Tournament - Highwood Bocce Courts, Highwood, IL
winners will compete in the WORLD COMPETITION in SWITZERLAND. Contact Mike Conti @ 847-692-6223

July 11-13, 2003 Bocce Classic IX Tournament, John Pirelli Lodge, 2625 County Line Road, Dayton Ohio, contact


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