The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. II, Issue 22 - June 2, 2003 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   High school bocce league planned
•   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 #22 June 2, 2003
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2003

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 High school bocce league planned
In an effort to promote the game in this area (northeastern Mass.), we are planning a bocce league for local high school students.

I am writing about this in the hopes that readers may want to follow our model (or even better, make suggestions about how we should proceed).

A little background. Although there are pockets of bocce activity in Central and Western Mass. and around Boston, there is not much going on here on the “North Shore.” This is in spite of the fact that virtually everyone we introduce the game to likes it. There are a lot of people around here who still don’t even know what the game is…never heard of it.

Because the game is rather obscure locally, they have no idea of how widespread and popular it is in other parts of the country. A friend of mine asked for an autographed copy of The Joy of Bocce to give as a raffle prize for a charity road race that he runs. During the drawing (where winners select from the available prizes), nobody wanted the book (Ouch! That smarts). Contrast that to the enthusiastic email I received from a reader from Brooklyn, NY. “Thank you so much for writing,” she wrote. “It was like hearing from the President!”

So, we’re gonna try to get the high school kids playing, then maybe the junior high and middle schoolers.

Since we’ll use the bocce balls and scoreboards from our Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit, we can offer the program very inexpensively (the schools won’t have to purchase equipment). We’ll play in the fall at Home Run Park (the indoor facility where our adult league plays), and we already have four schools interested just by “word of mouth advertising”. Later, using Chris Pfeiffer’s portable bocce courts, we may play at the individual schools, thereby eliminating the rental fee for an indoor facility.

We envision a bocce conference just like in basketball, soccer, or baseball. On game day we’ll have several schools competing like a tri- or quad-meet in track. A co-ed sport. there will be four players on a team, with substitutes.

Perhaps we will attract the kind of student who wouldn’t normally play on an interscholastic team, or maybe we’ll get youngsters who can’t commit to practice every day, but can play once or twice a week.

First, we’ll write letters to the athletic directors in the area, telling them who we are and what we plan to do (promote the game we love, provide an inexpensive program for the schools). We’ll indicate that we will probably involve students who might not play a traditional sport (coaches might worry that we’ll steal top athletes away from them).

We’ll offer to come to each school’s physical education class to give a demonstration of the game and to “recruit” players. Later, we’ll meet with interested candidates and teach them how to play. The first few weeks will be informal instructional play. Then we’ll jump right into league play, calling the scores into the local newspaper and radio station.

We’ve picked fall because that is Home Run Park’s slow season. Once the season ends, we’ll decide if we want to continue throughout the winter and/or spring.

Please REPLY with comments. We are especially interested in suggestions you may have on how we should proceed.

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 Photos of the week
This week’s photos once again come from the United States Bocce Federation’s Mike Grasser.

He says…

“Dear Mario,

I am sending you photos of the two-man team league finals of the Las Vegas City bocce league. The winning team was Pete Leggerio, Joe Caporuscio and Bobby Blanchard. The second place team was Doug McKenrick, John Gattuso, and Stan Stanton.

They played for 10 weeks, three games per night. There are eleven 90'x12' stone dust courts maintained by the city. The courts are located on East Sahara Street in Jaycee Park just behind the Las Vegas Italian American Club. Anyone interested in playing in the summer league which plays on Tuesday and Thursday nights should contact Stanley Nelson or Maralyn Louden with the city parks department.”

{Please follow Mike Grasser’s lead and send photos and info about courts/leagues/tournaments etc. in your area. The “Photos of the week” feature is the most popular part of the Joy of Bocce ezine and web site. People love to view courts from around the country and around the world.}

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 Bocce product of the week
Backyard Bocce’s two-inch wide vinyl portable boundary court

Featured in last week’s Special Edition, this is one of Chris Pfeiffer’s three portable courts. It is inexpensive and extremely functional.

Featuring a two-inch vinyl line ($59.99), the court is heavy duty vinyl, 60’ by 12’, pre-measured and pre-connected, with bungee cords, flags, and hand winder for easy set-up, take-down, and storage. Green and red foul line markers are sewn into the vinyl ten feet from each end. Sets up in minutes – no tools required.

This wider, two-inch vinyl boundary line makes for a better visual than the one-inch version. For the $20 difference in the price of owning your own court, I recommend the two-incher. Shipping is $10 per court. Click the photo to the right or the link below for ordering information.

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 Non bocce product of the week
The Nutri-Physical™

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Developed by experts in homeopathic and preventive medicines as well as computer science, the Nutri-Physical makes use of documented research. It utilizes algorithms that translate computer-based responses to carefully selected questions into information that identifies deficiency percentages in seven major categories.

Once these deficiencies are identified, a daily nutritional supplement regimen is suggested. The program is designed to promote health and vitality.

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Hope you find this informative and helpful. I know I did.

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 Tournament update
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June 8, 2003 – Lodi Bocce (Open Rules – wine & sausage) Contact Gary De Pauli @ 209-478-4299.

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.

June 13 – 15, 2003 – ABA Open Championships. Contact Manny Romo @ 925-754-4890.

June 14, 2003 - Seattle Grand Bocce Tournament - Host: Seattle Bocce Club -Facility: Woodland Park Lawn Bowling Club, 6018 Whitman Ave. N., Seattle, WA -Open Rules - 4 player teams - $80 per team - Contact Greg Singleton @ 206-998-3268 or

June 27-29 - American Legion - Farrell, PA - Bob Churko Memorial Tournament - 4 person and a women’s div. - great prize money! (approx. $2000 for first place) contact 724-342-7112.

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 25-27 Italian Home - Farrell, PA - 4 person - 724-346-6931.

July 26, 2003 - 1st annual Backyard Bocce/ Italian Community Center Bocce Tournament - McKinley Park, Milwaukee. The entrance fee = $80 per team (or $20 per team member). 64 teams. All proceeds go to Special Olympics Wisconsin. Contact Chris Pfeiffer at fife13@aol -262-797-0320.

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. Contact Mike Grasser at 248-505-4744 or

Aug 15-17 American Legion - Farrell, PA - 2 person - 724-342-7112

August 22-24, 2003 – 19th annual Wickliffe Italian American Club (Wickliffe, OH (east of Cleveland) Tournament. Contact Tony Continenza at 440-585-4600 or email

August 23, 2003 - USBF Western Sector Raffa Championships, Los Gatos, CA, Campo di Bocce - Raffa Rules. Contact John Ross (408) 354-0625 or

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.

Sept 5-7 - St. Anthony's - Struthers, OH - 4person - 330-755-0077

Sept 12-14 Farrell Lion's Club - Farrell, PA - 4 person - 724-342-5919

September 15-21, 2003 - World Bocce Championship, Chiasso, Switzerland, CBI International Bocce Tournament, Raffa. You must win the United States Bocce Federation, National Tournament to be held in Highwood IL in June, 2003. For more information see or contact Mike Conti (847) 692-6223 /

September 20, 2003 - Le Phare Des Alps bocce tournament – Valdese, North Carolina - $40 per four-person team. Contact T.R. Robinson at

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.

September 21, 2003 - Bruno Freschet Memorial Tournament, Peninsula Social Club, San Mateo, California, Open, 4 Players, contact Adriano Undorte at (650) 591-3318.

Oct 3-5 Farrell VFW - Farrell, PA - 4 person - 724-981-1020

October 4, 2003 - USBF Western Sector Open Championships, Los Gatos, CA Campo di Bocce, Open (Four Person). Contact John Ross (408) 354-0625 or

October 7-12, 2003 - Volo World Championship, Nice, France, Federation International De Boules, International Volo Tournament. You must qualify at the United States Bocce Federation National Championship, held in Highwood, IL in June in order to qualify. Contact Mike Conti 847-692-6223 or

October 11, 2003 - Fall Open Tournament, Marin Bocce Federation, San Rafael, California, Open, 4 Players, contact Diana Pellegrini at (415) 454-4483.

October 25, 2003 - Raffa Tournament, Campo di Bocce, Los Gatos Bocce Club, Raffa, 3 Players, contact Bill Schlaefer at (408) 379-9409.

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.

Nov 14-16 Bessemer Croatian Club - Bessemer, PA - 4 person - 724-667-8997


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