The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. II, Issue 23 - June 9, 2003 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Photos of the week
•   Poetic bocce
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Tournament update
 Notes from the publisher
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Volume 2, Issue #23 June 9, 2003
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 Poetic bocce
Bocce lover and poet William “Pete” Gallagher sends this literary treat in honor of his friend Sal Fauci’s bocce league in Endicott, NY.

The friends get together weekly (started a couple years ago) to play at Sal’s backyard court and to enjoy each other’s company. In Gallagher’s nicely crafted piece, the sheer joy of bocce shines through. {That’s Sal with the scissors in photo of the ribbon cutting ceremony.}

Ode to the Bocce Boys of the Summer of 2001

By William “Pete” Gallagher

On July twenty-fifth of two thousand and one,
A coin was flipped and the games were begun.
Bocce was started by our friend, Sal,
Except when he’s playing, he’s also our pal.

The court was a gift from his beautiful wife,
“Mary A” as she’s known, the joy of his life.
Sal labored and toiled to make the court right,
With much soil and sand, it made quite a sight.

“Now all we need is some players,” said Sal,
So he called on his friends who weren’t in jail.
There was Lou and Bob, and Pete and Joe,
Bob and John and Mike Battaglino.

And so the P.M. league was formed,
Of all the rules all were informed.
On all the calls no one could fudge,
‘Cause Sal let us know he was the judge.

At first sight it appeared a motley crew,
Most of us had no clue.
But since we were athletes all,
Each strove to make his opponents fall.

There was Mike who comes from expert lineage,
Which seemed to some to give him a mini-edge.
His skillful spin was no surprise,
One day he played with drops in his eyes.

Lou can best be described as cool,
Perhaps this comes from playing pool.
Though mostly considered a competitive sort,
In defeat, he was a very good sport.

Bob Christie is a neighbor dear,
Built a screen the court to clear.
But instead of Crowley’s products fine,
Sal chose to serve Italian wine.

Joe is truly the quiet type,
With his ever present distinctive pipe.
When calls were close, Joe had no fear,
He could tell which ball was near.

Big John Simek is usually kind,
A gentler person is hard to find.
Except when he’s rooting against you,
Or displacing your ball right on cue.

Bob Strollo rolls the ball low,
Gives to your ball quite a blow.
Always called upon to measure,
To the league he’s surely a treasure.

Pete leaned on Mike quite a bit,
To some teasing, had to submit.
Enjoyed the wine and stogies – true,
But showed that the Irish can play bocce, too.

Now I’ve come to the end of my story,
It’s true we all strove for glory.
But in this game on the court of clay,
Only one team could win the day.

But all in all we must admit,
We thank good Sal, he started it.
And as we look forward to the fall,
We will remember Bocce, we had a ball.

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 Bocce product of the week
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Featured in last week’s Special Edition, this is one of Backyard Bocce’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.

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 Photos of the week
This week’s photos come from Joy of Bocce friend John Ross who describes a new synthetic court surface that “…plays extremely true and quick. This is a very common playing surface in Europe.”

Says John…

”I am forwarding pictures of the courts in Martinez, CA, which I sent to Mr. Keith Tate of the Martinez Bocce Federation. Mr. Tate requested that I forward them to you. They recently added a fifteenth court at the public facility in Waterfront Park. The courts belong to the City, but are maintained and controlled by the Club.

The new court has an asphalt paved base. There is a very thin layer of oyster shell topping, approximately 1/16 of an inch. There is little or no maintenance required. The club uses a wide broom to dress the surface and remove debris. There is a drainage system along the edges, and both ends of the court are open, thus providing excellent drainage.

The local players now prefer to play on this court as opposed to the natural surface courts. When playing the international style of play called Volo, and making a volo shot with a brass "shooting ball" (a brass or metal ball filled with a rubber shock absorbing core) there is absolutely no bounce and the ball performs perfectly. Punto, Raffa, Volo, and Open play are also conducted on this court using standard composition balls.

The Martinez Bocce Federation is a member of the United States Bocce Federation and was host of the 1996 United States Bocce Championships. The courts are used every day for league play. The club boasts over 1500 members, and may have the largest facility in the United States. Do your subscribers know of a larger facility?

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 Non bocce product of the week
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 Tournament update
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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 19, 2003 - St. Edwards State Park, Kenmore, WA @ 10:30 AM. This is an open course bocce event conducted by the Open and Closed Course Bocce Association. Info at

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 - 4 person - 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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