The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. II, Issue 10 - March 10, 2003 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce happenings
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Photos 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 #10 March 10, 2003
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2003 http://www.joyofbocce.com

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A word about ads: Like any entrepreneurial type, I'd love to turn a profit from something I really enjoy. For now, I have decided not to accept paid advertisements. If I pitch a product here, it is something I have examined and tested and deem it beneficial to our readers.

In the next couple weeks/months we are going to try to get the various leaders from bocce groups around the USA to agree on a common set of so-called “Open Rules”. There are well-defined rules for International Play that are used by all. There is no reason why those of us who play the more informal style of bocce can’t have the same kind of uniformity too. Stay tuned.

PLEASE – we are always looking for bocce photos and feedback from all over the USA. We want to connect bocce fans everywhere. You can email (author@joyofbocce.com) or snail mail (Mario Pagnoni, P.O. Box 608, Methuen, MA 01844).

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 Bocce happenings
In the “It ain’t over till it’s over” category comes this exciting finish from last week’s indoor bocce league.

We play games to 12 points. Ahead 11-10 in the “rubber match” of a three-game set, we held pallino advantage. I encouraged my teammate, Armando, (an excellent pointer) with, "If you make a good roll here, we are going to be awfully tough to beat."

Armando tossed the pallino out, and his first ball came to rest about an inch from it. Since Armando’s point represented the game winner, our opponents tried to hit, missing three times. On their final attempt, and with the game on the line, they tried to hit again. Clutch performer Tom DeOrio not only hit our ball away with this desperation shot, but he knocked the pallino to the back where two of his team’s balls were “in” for the potential game winning points. As William Bendix (The Life of Riley) used to say, “What a revolting development this is!”

But we still had three balls to roll. The first two hit the back without striking another ball (dead balls), and the last was a couple inches short of out lagging the other team's balls, so we lost the tie-breaker by a 12 - 11 score. It was an incredible turn around - our opponents truly "snatched victory from the jaws of defeat." And Tom has raised the bar for our league. If you want to make the best shot of the season, his game winner is the one to beat.

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Another interesting thing occurred that morning. We finished early, and some of us decided to stick around to roll another game.

As you may recall, we play at Home Run Park, which is in an old mill building. The owners rent time to softball and baseball players who take batting, pitching and fielding practice on the Astro-Turf covered floor. We set 6” by 6” timbers (eight-footers) down end to end without any hardware, and pick them up after the morning’s bocce.

The set-up calls for nine timbers on each side and three across with another row of nine down the center. This creates two temporary courts which are approximately 11’9” wide by 72’ long.

For this pick-up match we decided to take the center dividing timbers out and make one 24’ by 72’ court. Much to our surprise, it was overkill.

There is no real advantage to a court that wide. Don’t get me wrong. I prefer big courts, especially LONG courts. The 60’ courts that are common here in the East really crowd me, but like many others, I’m happy to play on any court – just put me in the line-up coach.

If a court is 8 feet wide and the pallino is in the center of that width, the farthest away your shot can be (left or right) is about 4 feet. Likewise, on a 10-foot court you can only be about 5 feet left or right. So, the bigger the court, the more advantage to a good player…luck becomes less a factor.

But, once you get over 14 or 15 feet, the court begins to get too wide. From the center of our 24’ court we could walk twelve feet left or right to gain a better vantage point to roll. There’s just no practical reason I can think of for this much width.

So, on this day we not only relearned that “it ain’t over till it’s over”, we also were reminded that BIGGER isn’t always BETTER.

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Tom McNutt is running what is shaping up to be a first-rate bocce event on April 26th in Bellingham, Washington. The event will be on an indoor soccer field (Sportsplex, 1225 Civic Field Way, Bellingham, WA 98226). Check out the tournament details via the link below.

Tom will have pointing, hitting, and volo competitions as well as a court dedicated to introducing beginners to our great game.

Tom requests….

“Could you ask readers what the greatest "extras" are that they have received for entering a tournament...i.e. raffles, bags of novelties, lunch, bocce balls, t-shirts... stuff like that... We want to offer a tournament for minimal entry fee but maximize the experience we give our entrants. What worked for people? Also ideas regarding creative sponsorship.

Right now and for a short time I am offering the Boccemon Scorekeeper to events for postage and an explanation of how they will use the shirts. For a good letter, I have been sending out 4 shirts for the price of one. We need more of this type of sponsorship. Will the USBF send us some shirts to give as prizes? How about a book from Joy of Bocce? Are there any small bocce enterprises that are willing to gain advertising by supporting small tournaments like this?”

{Tom, I’ll send a couple autographed copies of the Joy of Bocce in this week’s mail. I hope other sponsors will follow suit – wish I could be there to see your excellent event – send photos, please.}

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Many people responded positively to last week’s article on CafePress.com which has to be the best kept secret in fundraising (see last week’s issue archived at joyofbocce.com - Back Issues).

I still maintain that it’s a “no-brainer”. There is no risk. If sales are generated, you and CafePress make money. If not, no harm – no foul. Anyone who is raising money for any organization, club, sports team, etc. should be doing this. {If you decide to set up a virtual storefront at CafePress.com, please list joyofbocce as the Referral Store ID...thanks.}

Several readers asked for names of graphic artists who might create a unique logo for them. Here are three (in alphabetical order by last name) that are located in Mass. and New Hampshire that I am very comfortable recommending (geographic location is not a factor, since the artwork can be emailed).

Bill Barrell (Mass.) fxshed@aol.com
Stephanie Karley (NH) sakdezin@earthlink.net
Dan Sidlick (NH) stk@rcn.com

Read about Tom McNutt's bocce extravaganza...

 Photos of the week
This week’s SPECTACULAR pics come courtesy of Mike Grasser who is rapidly becoming one of the Joy of Bocce’s biggest supporters.

Mike says…
“I took these photos while on vacation last week in the Dominican Republic {The Breezes Resort, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic}.

Every day at 10 AM the resort organizes a bocce tournament. Anyone is welcome to participate. The courts are about 6 foot by 42 foot.

The pallino is a tennis ball because a real pallino will get lost under the sand. All games are played to 10 points. To point or shoot you need to volo. Great fun and by the end of the week your volo shots are second nature.

{Please send photos from different areas of the USA. The Joy of Bocce Weekly tries to feature photos from all over the country and from other countries too. I'd love to post your pictures here as "This Week's Photos."}

See bocce on the Dominican Republic

 Bocce product of the week
Perfetta bocce ball set

Many top players believe that the best bocce balls in the world are made in Italy by Perfetta. Yes, we can get them to you via this ezine.

The set is "official" size with four 107 mm red balls, four 107 mm green balls, one white pallino, and a well-constructed nylon carrying bag. Click below to order the Perfetta Set @ $119.00 plus $14.00 shipping (recently reduced) anywhere in the USA. It’s not cheap - but it’s quality!

 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}

This week’s non bocce “product” is a job…sort of. I’m hiring…sort of.

My company’s web site sales division is booming and I am wondering if any of my readers in this difficult economy might want to sell web sites as independent contractors.

We would sign a contract and each sales rep would work (set your own hours) and be paid strictly on commission (in the neighborhood of $500 per web site sold – yes, that's five bills - funds go through my WebCenter and rep gets a 1099 from me at the end of the year).

You don’t have to know anything about web site creation – we have tech support for that, complete with a toll-free number - you have to know about sales…finding leads, making calls, etc.

As a matter of fact, our sales professionals will do three-way calls with your prospective customers and do walk-throughs of the sites while you just listen in. Your contribution is in bringing people to the table who will evaluate the sites risk free.

If interested, send resume or sales experience (or questions) to author@joyofbocce.com (put Web Site Sales in the subject line).

Since I am paid based on the volume of sales that goes through my sales force, this can be a win-win situation for me and an ambitious sales rep.

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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 http://www.joyofbocce.com and "opt in" for my FREE Ezine on bocce.

March 16, 2003 - Anthony's Pizza & N. Pagano Plumbing -1st annual bocce tournament (Indoors) at Hartley Park in Mount Vernon, N.Y. Limited to the 1st 16 four-person teams. Respond to Guy at (GMSF4@aol.com).

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 = $3000, 2nd = $1000, 3rd = $500. Entrance Fee = $200 per Team (Based on 16 teams). Register by March 15, 2003 - Contact Skinny Battista (239) 540-8246 or skinny@prodigy.net.

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 ronjo9445@aol.com.

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

April 26, 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: www.libocceclub.com or email James@libocceclub.com.

April 26, 2003 – Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament, Bellingham, WA. Contact Tom McNutt at boccemon.com (view more tourney info at that site).

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

May 18, 2003 – Sunshine Village Universal Bocce Bowl, Szot Park, Chicopee, Mass. Four player teams - $200 entry fee – includes t-shirt, lunch & dinner. Limited # of teams – 1st place = $600, 2nd place = $300, 3rd place = $200. Contact Rico Daniele @ 1-800-BOCCE54.

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 rbloomky@aol.com.

NO MATTER HOW BIG OR SMALL, NO MATTER WHAT PART OF THE COUNTRY, SEND US YOUR TOURNAMENT INFO SO WE CAN GET THE WORD OUT IN THIS COLUMN. PEOPLE MAY WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUR EVENT OR JUST VISIT TO CHECK IT OUT TO "BROADEN THEIR HORIZONS."

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