The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. II, Issue 25 - June 23, 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 FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 2, Issue #25 June 23, 2003
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2003

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 Readers’ feedback
{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Judi Robins from Sun Valley, Nevada sends this...

"I've been a regular subscriber to your e-news for more than 1 year. You have such interesting news to tell in the world of Bocce!

My husband and I became interested in Bocce about 2 years ago, after seeing a small tournament here in downtown Reno, Nevada. Since then, we have tried to establish a backyard court, but he has had heart trouble these past 2 years, and we just never got going with it. We will be moving this year.

We are looking at relocating to a state here on the west coast that has RV communities, or ones with small manufactured home lots. Do you know of any of these communities here in the West (not California) that have Bocce as one of their community activities? Also, if none do, would it be difficult to set up some sort of court in one of these communities?"

{Can any readers help with this request? Please REPLY}


USBF President Mike Conti sends this...

"Thank you for stopping by to see the Volo tournament. Here are the results for all the tournaments and shooting events. There were eight States that participated in this National Tournament."

{Viewing Volo play (brass balls) for the first time opened my eyes to this wonderful style. This game is a too well kept secret, and we need to get the word out.

I'll be writing about the "precision shooting" and "rapid shooting" events in a coming issue.}

Punto raffa volo championship, Winner will go to Chiasso, Switzerland for the world championship.

1st Place Club Corvo #2, Chicago IL
Danny Passaglia
Jose Botta
Angel Cordano
Mike Conti

2nd Place Paint Creek Detroit MI
Anthony Battaglia
Quirino Mastroianni
Pierino Guglielmetti

3rd Place I. A. C. #2 Stockton CA
Alberico Leonardi
Romano Lotti
David Canclini
Luca Fontana

Volo Doubles Championship, Winner will go to Nice, France for the World Championship.

1st Place Club Corvo #2 Chicago IL
Day Passaglia
Angel Cordano

2nd Place Chicago Bocce Club, Chicago, IL
Nick Panarese
Tom Pignatari

3rd Place I. A. C. #2 Stockton CA
Alberico Leonardi
Romano Lotti
David Canclini

Volo Singles Championship, Winner will go to Nice, France for the World Championship.

1st Place Chicago, IL
Bruno Moretti

2nd Place Stockton CA
Alberico Leonardi

3rd Place Sylvan Lake, MI
Quirino Mastroiani

Rapid Shooting Championship
1st Place San Francisco, CA
Marco Cuneo

2nd Place Chicago, IL
Tom Pignatari

3rd Place Stockton, CA
Rick Wagstaff

Precision Shooting
1st Place San Francisco, CA
Benjamin Tosi

2nd Place Chicago, IL
Lio Gianotti

3rd Place Los Gatos, CA
Ben Musolf

Raffa Shooting
1st Place Chicago, IL
Tom Pignatari

2nd Place Stockton, CA
Romano Lotti

3rd Place ST. Louis, MO
Mike Della Croce

Woman Raffa Shooting
1st Place Los Gatos, CA
Andrea Ross

2nd Place Stockton, CA
Doris Perez

3rd Place St. Petersburg Beach, FL
Vicki Cordano

Open A division
1st Place Club Corvo Chicago, IL
Danny Pasaglia
Teresa Passaglia
Jose Botta
Angel Cordano
Mike Conti

2nd Place Molisani Club Chicago, IL
Joe Forte
Franco DeLuca
Tony Gnnini
Tony DiMeo

3rd Place I. A. C. Stockton, CA
Rick Wagstaff
Norm Freschett
John Ross
Ron Jacobs

Open B Division

1st Place Highwood Scramblers Highwood, IL
Pietro Gianotti
Rich Santi
Marziale Picchietti
Dino Castali

2nd Place Alpine Ladies Round Lake, IL
Lois Conti
Marilyn Ferrari
Jo Crichon
Rosie Cozzini

3rd Place Highwood Mixers Highwood, IL
Jackie Johnson
Julie Imo
Bruni Fini
Ida Bernardi


{We've had many questions about Backyard Bocce's portable courts – here’s a simple evaluation.}

If you like playing on the lawn in a kind of "anything goes" style (I like this too!), you don’t need a portable court.

If you want a little more structure or maybe want to run a backyard tournament, these ingenious courts are the answer (all three variations are 12' by 60" and can be set up on grass or dirt).

The one-inch vinyl boundary court ($39.99) is fine, but for another twenty bucks the two-incher is a better deal ($59.99) - much nicer visual for players and spectators.

Now if you always wanted a court with sideboards but didn’t want to spend a thousand bucks or more... or you don’t want to give up a permanent part of your real estate, the $299 court is your solution.

It features 6" mesh sideboards and can be taken down after play - stores in a large carry bag.

View pictures and details for Portable Courts

 Photos of the week
This week’s photos highlight bocce in Centennial Park, Park Ridge, IL.

The two courts are 80' by 10' and are nestled neatly between Park Ridge's Community Center and Senior Center. Lincoln Jr. High School (grades 6-8) is within walking distance, making this just about the perfect bocce location.

Courts in the public park makes for my favorite bocce locale - out of the private sector, into the public. The surface material is Har-Tru from Lee Tennis (now available via Joy of Bocce - click the website’s Har-Tru Info navigation button for a free quote).

The courts are well constructed with heavy plastic sideboards and wood at the ends to better withstand the impact of direct hits by bocce balls. United States Bocce Federation President Mike Conti was instrumental in getting local government behind these courts.

Traffic from the Community Center, Senior Center, and Jr. High make this setting ideal. Mike will work with the school's physical education teachers to promote bocce with their students.

We all need to follow Conti’s lead and use our influence to get courts into public parks so that our great sport can flourish. {We are working with our mayor and public works department to bring two courts to Victorian Park, Methuen, Massachusetts. Details to follow, he said, hopefully!}

View this week's pictures...

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

Featured in a recent 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 (39.99). For the $20 difference in the price of owning your own court, I recommend the two-incher.

 Non bocce product of the week
Here is a fabulous state-of-the-art nutritional analysis tool (The Nutri-Physical™) that recommends a customized nutritional supplementation program to improve your quality of life. The nutritional recommendations are based on answers that you provide to questions in selected categories such as energy/stamina, longevity, digestion, immune system, antioxidants, joints and mobility, and eating behaviors.

Developed by experts in homeopathic and preventive medicines as well as computer science, the Nutri-Physical makes use of documented research and information. 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.

There is no risk on your part or commitment to purchase any products. You only have to invest the fifteen minutes that it takes to answer the questions, then let the computer analysis return a report based on the data you input.

Take these steps to analyze your health.

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3) If you are a first time visitor, you will be asked to sign up as a Preferred Customer (no requirement or obligation to purchase anything on your part)
4) Take the Nutri-Physical

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

Take the Nutri-Physical...

 Tournament update
{chronological order}

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June 27-29, 2003 - 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.

June 28, 2003 – ABA Tournament - IACC (South City) – 4 person with at least one woman – contact Karen and Alessandro Bettucchi @ 650-869-5289.

July 11-13, 2003 Bocce Classic IX Tournament, John Pirelli Lodge, 2625 County Line Road, Dayton Ohio, contact

July 11-13, 2003 ABA Open Championships – Contact Manny Romo @ 925-754-4890.

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 19, 2003 – Fairfield Bocce Open – contact ROY SCOCCI @ 707-428-4471.

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

July 25-27, 2003 – ABA Raffa Championshipos – contact Manny Romo @ 925-754-4890.

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. For more information see or contact Mike Conti (847) 692-6223 /

September 20, 2003 – Collinsville, Illinois Italianfest Tournament - Glidden Park, Lebanon and Branch Street, Collinsville (located approx. 1 mile from the fest grounds) – contact

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. 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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