The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. II, Issue 14 - April 7, 2003 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Readers' Feedback
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Photos of the week
•   Tournament update
 Notes from the publisher
The Joy of Bocce Weekly
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Volume 2, Issue #14 April 7, 2003
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2003

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 Readers' Feedback
Readers’ feedback {Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Joe Helleny, a member of the Herrin (Illinois) Bocce Club Board of Directors asks…

“I am curious about singles tournaments. Do you know of any?”

{I was wondering about this myself. I hear tournament directors talk of running doubles events because it is easier to round up two players per team rather than four. But I haven’t heard of any singles events, except as part of an international rules tourney which includes singles, doubles, and triples play.

Maybe it’s because the real draw of bocce is in the camaraderie with teammates, so singles play is not so attractive. Anyone who cares to weigh in on this, or who knows of singles events please REPLY and we’ll get the word out here.}


Perry Michienzi has moved to Indio, California after serving as president of the Downey (California) Bocce Club for seven years.

Perry wants to promote bocce in his new area.

“What I need is a lot of help to start bocce here, open play and a place to do it in. Need your help – people from Palm Springs to Indio can contact me and help get open bocce going. They can email – need all the names I can get here in the desert.”

{Contact Perry at or call him at 760-863-0232 - he’s a tireless promoter of the game.}


On the Yahoo! Group Bocce Anonymous

Mike is looking for bocce videos games...

“I am trying to find out if there have been any Bocce video games made for the computer or another type of platform (such as Atari, Nintento, etc.) I was able to locate a fun Bocce video game for the old Commodore 64. Does anyone have any information about this? I really hope there is one available to play on the computer. Any info would be greatly appreciated!”

{My guess is that most of our readers want to get out and roll bocce balls rather than play a hand-held game. But, such a thing might be good for use while traveling via car or plane. Also, a well done game could teach strategy of play – maybe Mike is on to something here.

Please REPLY if you have any info or comments on this topic.}


Gianni Pirali sends regards from Switzerland…

“One of the most traditional Boccia-Clubs in Switzerland, Boccia-Club Zug (founded 1940) has its own homepage: (written in German) - this club is also very famous in Switzerland for its beautifully located court above the lake of Zug. This could be your 'picture' of the week:

{Thank you Gianni, for broadening our horizons. Click the link below to view the site of which he speaks – even if you can’t read German, the photos are great.}

Bocce in Switzerland

 Photos of the week
This week’s pics come courtesy of Guy De Santis of Anthony's Pizza and Mario Taormina of N. Pagano Plumbing. They are the proud sponsors of the 1st annual bocce tournament at Hartley Park in Mount Vernon, N.Y.

They say that "The two indoor courts (heated for winter play) measure 70' by 11'. The sides of are made of glass panel garage doors (5 doors on each side). These doors can easily be opened for great ventilation for summer play. The city is currently planning on extending these two courts and building two more adjacent to these. The surface is very very fine ground stone."

This is just a great idea to have an indoor heated bocce facility in the public domain. It can open the game up to a wider audience...high school kids, younger boys and girls, families.

The tournament featured 16 teams divided into four brackets of four teams each. These played a double elimination format leaving one team from each group to advance to THE FINAL FOUR (another double elimination round).

This looks like an excellent model for a well-run event.

{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."}

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 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 decided to add 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 winter as I battled the ice dam problem.}

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 $50.95 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.

More info on Lute/Scarifier

 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}

The buzz word today in health and nutrition is ANTI-OXIDANT. Everyone seems to agree that we need to increase our consumption of antioxidant nutrients to improve our health and vitality. OPC-3 is an extremely powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation in the joints and has produced good results with the symptoms of arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, allergies, asthma, and a laundry list of illnesses making the product sound like a snake oil that's "good for anything that ails you."

This powerful substance composed of natural substances like extracts from grape seed, red wine, and pine bark, does two major things in the body - improves circulation and boosts immunity. The reason the product can impact so many health issues is because so many maladies can be traced to poor circulation and low immunity.

In addition, this product is in what is termed an "isotonic state." It is basically in the same composition as your body fluids. Therefore it need not be digested, but can pass directly into the small intestine and the blood stream. It is what nutritionists call bio-available, not like pills and tablets which are poorly assimilated by the body.

Click the link below to get more info...

More details on the isotonic delivery system for supplements

 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. 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 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).

April 27, 2003 – Downey Bocce Club (Downey, California) Charity Tournament for St. Jude. Held at the Apollo Park Senior Center – corner of Rives and Quill. Looking for 16 teams. Contact John Fiorenza at 562-927-2490 or email Entry fee is $100 – four players on a team. “GOOD PRIZE MONEY AVAILABLE.”

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

May 24, 2003 - Memorial Team Handicap, Moses Lake, WA. Open Course bocce tourney. Limited spots available. Contact Jeff at

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 21, 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.

November 1st, 2003 - Third Annual Big Ben Invitational - 2 person Punto, Raffa, Volo - International rules, two person teams - three balls each. Price not yet determined, big money potential. Contact Ben Musolf - Campo di Bocce 408.395.7650.


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