The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. II, Issue 13 - March 31, 2003 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Photos of the week
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Joy of Bocce Weekly tops 6000 subscribers
•   Tournament update
 Notes from the publisher
The Joy of Bocce Weekly
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Volume 2, Issue #13 March 31, 2003
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2003

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 Photos of the week
Thanks to all who answered last week’s request for suggestions for playing bocce with young children. Most cautioned us to watch out for errant tosses and for bocce balls dropped on tiny toes. Many recommended using smaller, lighter balls that could be more easily managed by little hands. All of this was good advice.

Still, there was the question of how we would actually introduce bocce to the tykes. After much thought we decided to model the same successful format we used previously with middle school kids (see Volume II, Issue 8 - February 24, 2003 - archived at's Back Issues link).

First, I enlisted the help of many adults (bocce players, day care providers, parents), impressing upon them the need for “crowd control.” The event was well publicized and about 30 children (mostly 3- to 5-year-olds) showed up at Methuen’s Bridgewalk Family Resource Center. Dolli Pariseau oversees the center which offers a variety of free children's programs and parenting services.

We brought the children into the building’s old gymnasium and sat them down for a brief talk about the origins of bocce and an even briefer demonstration of how to play. We repeated several times the admonition to “Roll the balls very GENTLY.”

Then, before sending the preschoolers off to experience the joy of bocce, we set the tone with some mood music (Frank Cappelli’s Bocci Ball). If you are unfamiliar with Cappelli’s wonderful melodies, you are in for a treat. Contact him at F.E. Cappelli Publishing Co., 717 North Meadowcroft Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15216.

We set up 3 sections of carpet on the gym floor and sent the three-, four-, and five-year-olds off to different areas. The older children played bocce games with regulation bocce balls and two-by-fours marking the court boundaries. Several of our Monday morning bocce players did a great job of organizing the games and instructing the kids.

When the children tried to pick up two bocce balls at once, they dropped one or the other or both. So, we learned to roll the balls GENTLY, and one at a time, please!

The younger tykes just practiced rolling balls. They used small, brightly colored plastic balls or special water filled bocce balls. It wasn’t certain that they understood the object of the game, but it was infinitely clear that they were having a blast!

The event lasted just a little over an hour, and before they left, many of the adults asked for more information about the game. So, we not only survived a close encounter with tots armed with bocce balls, we succeeded in spreading the word about the game we love - a game that many call the "best kept secret in sports."

Check out the photos of the week - bocce & preschoolers

 Joy of Bocce Weekly tops 6000 subscribers
For the first time since its inception, this week's issue goes out to more than 6500 bocce fans.

We are well on our way to the goal of 10,000 subscribers by December, 2003. Thanks to all who helped us get to this benchmark.

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 Bocce product of the week
The Henselite Bowls Measure is a metal telescopic device not much bigger than a ball point pen. Approximately 6 inches when closed, it extends to a meter.

The Henselite is designed for inside measure and for close ones at that. The player or referee first estimates the distance between the pallino and the two bocce balls to be compared. Then, he extends the appropriate telescopic sections to a length slightly less than that estimate. Next, he places the device between the pallino and one of the balls in question and extends it until it almost touches both balls.

The head of the tool is equipped with a screw-top mechanism. Turning the top in one direction lengthens the tool, while winding in the opposite direction shortens it. This fine tuning makes for very precise measuring. Finally, the measurer places the device between the pallino and the other ball in contention, and compares. Care must be taken not to disturb the positions of balls being measured.

The device fits in and clips onto your shirt pocket. It even has calipers for checking those really close points. It is the perfect gift for the bocce aficionado in your life. Like our other measures, it retails for 19.95 plus shipping.

See more photos and detail about the Henselite measure

 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}

Sell your own t-shirts, caps, mugs and more through a nifty print-on-demand company called CafePress. No set-up charge, no inventory, no risk. You don't even need your own web site. A no-brainer for anyone raising money for a club, sports team, civic group, or business.

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 Tournament update
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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. Click the link below or the logo to the right to opt in if you do not already receive this ezine every Monday.

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

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: or email

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

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

August 9 2003 - Mich. State Bocce Championship, Sylvan Lake, Michigan 3 players per team 2 bocce balls each. Round robin format. $200.00 per team. 1 alternate recommended. Open rules. $2000.00 in prize money, trophies and medals.

September 7, 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.


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