The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. II, Issue 18 - May 5, 2003 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Stamps commemorate 1976 World Bocce Tournament
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Photos of the week
•   Tournament update
 Notes from the publisher
The FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 2, Issue #18 May 5, 2003
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2003

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 Stamps commemorate 1976 World Bocce Tournament
Tom McNutt of fame sends this interesting tidbit and accompanying offer...

"In 1976 the World Bocce Tournament was held in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was such a big deal for the Republic that they issued a postage stamp in anticipation of the event. The South African team won the prestigious title and reissued the stamp with gold embossing. It is a very nice find and I have access to more of them. E-mail me with requests... I have received them in singles and groups of 6... duty, customs, postage and hassle factor make the set of 6 worth about $40 usd (for the gold embossed ones) and $25 for the original issue. Singles @ $10 while supplies last. I have an extremely limited supply of these."

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 Photos of the week
This week's pics come courtesy of Joy of Bocce friend John Ross who says "There seems to be so much interest in bocce court construction, that I would like to share these photos with you."

The pictures show the construction of two 90' x 12' courts at East Portal Park in Sacramento, CA, which are used by the members of the East Portal Bocce Club.

"There are two smaller existing courts which are covered by a 'pole barn' structure. The City erected the second "pole barn" structure, and the two new courts were constructed by East Portal Bocce Club members and volunteers from the United States Bocce Federation. Most of the court construction took place in February and March of 2003."

The excellent photos and accompanying detailed text include information on construction of everything from footings to roof structure to playing surface.

How's the following for dotting the i's and crossing the t's? John Ross is on top of his game!

"The base rock (2") was installed and compacted over the native compacted clay. Then 4" of granite fines were placed over the base rock in 1" lifts, moistened, and compacted with a vibratory plate.

The granite fines are a by-product of the rock crushing machine at the quarry and range in size from dust to about the size of a beebee. Because the fines come from the crushing process, they have sharp broken edges and when compacted, lock together to form a very dense base. Oyster shell flour and sand was then used for the finished playing surface. Each court took about ten bags of flour. One fifty pound bag is mixed with three shovels of fine sand in a wheelbarrow (mason's or plasterer's sand). The topping is spread sparingly over the surface, spread with a three foot flat rake, dragged, broomed, and rolled. Water is added only as needed, because the granite fines were moist from rain and provided enough moisture.

Oyster shell flour is a natural source of calcium. Over time the calcium penetrates the top strata of the granite fines and binds the playing surface with the granite base providing an excellent playing surface."

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 Bocce product of the week
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!

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

May 17, 2003 – 2nd Annual Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit bocce tournament. Indoors at Home Run Park, Lawrence, Mass. Four-person teams - $80 entry fee. Contact Mario Pagnoni @

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

July 13, 2003 - Tempo Italiano Heritage Day Bocce Tournament - Villa Tempo Italiano, 440 Northampton St., Easton, PA, 18042 - Contact Tempo Italiano at 610-559-5570. $500.00 to First Place Team, $300.00 for Second Place and $200.00 for Third Place.

July 18 – 20, 2003 - World Series of Bocce held in Rome, NY. Big event played on 15 courts - 6 Indoor and 9 Outdoor. Close to $15,000 in prize money. First place around $5,000. Contact Dave Hilts @

July 26, 2003 - 1st annual Backyard Bocce/ Italian Community Center Bocce Tournament - McKinley Park, Milwaukee. The entrance fee = $100 per team (or $25 per team member). Hoping for at least 50 teams. All proceeds go to Special Olympics Wisconsin.

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.

August 24, 2003 - 6th Annual Tempo Italiano Celebration Bocce Tournament – Villa Tempo Italiano, 440 Northampton St., Easton, PA, 18042 - Contact Tempo Italiano at 610-559-5570. $500.00 to First Place Team, $300.00 for Second Place and $200.00 for Third Place.

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.

October 26, 2003 - 3rd Annual Tempo Italiano Fall Classic Bocce Tournament - Villa Tempo Italiano, 440 Northampton St., Easton, PA, 18042 - Contact Tempo Italiano at 610-559-5570. $500.00 to First Place Team, $300.00 for Second Place and $200.00 for Third Place.

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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