The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. II, Issue 2 - January 13, 2003 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Photos of the week
•   Readers’ feedback
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Tournament Update
 Notes from the publisher
The Joy of Bocce Weekly
The FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 2, Issue #2 January 13, 2003
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2002

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 Readers’ feedback
{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Bob Whitlow of West Frankfort, Il sends an update on his great community service program…

“The bocce courts out at the VF mall in West Frankfort are ready. This is a community service provided by Ms. Linda Simpson and Ms. Ann Hall of Factory Stores of America, Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse of Carbondale, Ron Shew Welding and Fabrication of Marion, Rural King of Marion, FWHS, Inc. and Bob Whitlow of BOCCE USA.

The courts are available for the Franklin-Williamson workshop clients and group home residents. They will be playing late morning/early afternoon.

The courts will be open for walk-in play for everybody every TUESDAY evening beginning at 6:00 PM for the months of January and February. March and April nights will change.

Clubs, social, church, civic and senior groups of eight or more (sixteen is even better), can make appointments by calling 618-937-1668. There is NO CHARGE for the use of these courts. I will be scheduling and supervising court use at all other times.

Barry Kohl, Regional Superintendent of Schools, has offered to contact all Franklin and Williamson county schools thru their computer network.

He is a big fan of bocce and it's great to have him in our camp.

I will be out at the bocce complex a lot. If you can't make it on a Tuesday, give me a call. If we can get enough together, we will roll a few. (As long as it's NOT on the same day/evening as a SALUKI home basketball game).

The bocce courts were created for three reasons:

1. To give our local citizens with developmental disabilities a place for recreation during winter months.

2. To assist in educating the general public of all ages about bocce.

3. To help with our local FWHS Foundation fundraising tournament and other local bocce events throughout the year.

In a tribute to the memory of my late father-in-law, John Niana, (nickname: Ole Crooked Arm), I am dedicated to promoting this great Italian game of 7000 years so our younger generation can experience some clean fun and pleasure.”

{Keep at it Bob. You are doing great work. And keep us posted.}


Laurie Katz has a great story to tell and she tells it in charming fashion…

I got into bocce just three years ago by going to Cunningham Park to play softball and jog a little. To take a break I would go sit by the Bocce courts.

When I first sat down I said, ‘What a boring game this must be.’

Three hours later, as the sun was setting, I was hooked. But how to learn the game?

I asked the guys there - "How can I learn to play?" They said "It's a club - you can't play on thissa court." I asked, "Can I join?"

They say " NOa ....Noa womens allowed." (Yes, this was the 21th century)

"Oh my" I thought - that's not for me. So I bought my own balls on eBay and started playing on the other court - by myself. One great guy from the club came up and said “Do you want a few tips?” That started my love - no - obsession for the game. Luckily the club voted to let women in that next year and I joined.

I'm still somewhat of an outcast but still getting better. I really want to get more and more people into the game, especially the young kids, but the club really only accepts you if you can already play well.

SO I would love to set up my own club to really introduce newcomers to the game but I haven't figured out how yet.

{Some of the “old-timers” still hold to the idea of confining the game to adult men only. That’s too bad. We should work to include as many as possible, and share this wonderful game with EVERYBODY.

Do readers have suggestions for Laurie about how she could get her own thing going "to really introduce newcomers to the game”? Please REPLY.}


Jim Licciardi of Methuen, Massachusetts asks…

“My brother-in-law’s father is looking for a bocce league on the Cape. Are there any?”

{Does any reader know of bocce activity on Cape Cod? Please REPLY.}

 Bocce product of the week
Lute/scarifier for court maintenance

In addition to the wonderful 7-foot drag brush featured in recent JOB Weekly issues, I’ve added a handy, light-weight metal rake-like tool called a lute/scarifier to my list of bocce court maintenance tools. {As a bonus for us New Englanders, I was glad to discover that it can double as a snow rake to prevent ice dams on the roof. It came in handy this week as I battled the ice dam problem over my family room.}

This strangely named 30” wide device is actually two implements in one. It is an all-aluminum combination tool for scarifying, leveling, and removing loose court material.

Strong and sturdy, the tool is light enough to handle with ease and is excellent for spreading new material during top-dressing. The concave shape of the 30” wide blade allows the tool to “float” along the surface without digging in. Use the serrated edge to scrape material from high spots, then flip the tool over to rake and smooth that spot and drag the loose material to fill in a lower point.

Retails for $49.95 plus shipping. The lute/scarifier and 7-foot drag brush (see the Merchandise link at should be all the maintenance tools a bocce court owner needs.

 Photos of the week
This week’s photos come courtesy of Mike Grasser of the US Bocce Federation who ran a very successful tournament recently (January 3 & 4) at the Ciociaro Club in Winsdor, Ontario, Canada.

The event was designed to teach the International Rules of bocce. The venue features 5 gorgeous courts with poured synthetic surfaces that are 11'4" wide by 88 feet long.

The courts feature a steel mesh fencing around their perimeter. It is fine enough that even the small International sized pallino cannot pass through.

You will note the Playaboule banner in the background of several of the photos. The Seattle based company is always active in promoting and supporting bocce.

{Please send bocce photos from different areas of the USA. The Joy of Bocce Weekly needs pictures from all over the USA and anywhere on the planet where bocce is enjoyed. I'd love to post them here on "This Week's Photos."}

View this week's photos

 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}

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.

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, 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 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

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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