The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol II, Issue 26 - June 30, 2003 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Miscellaneous bocce bits
•   Photos of the week
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Tournament update
 Notes from the publisher
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Volume 2, Issue #26 June 30, 2003
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 Miscellaneous bocce bits
Tom McNutt of sends his answer to Judi Robins’ (Sun Valley, Nevada) question…

Judi asked…
“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?”

Says McNutt…”Whatcom County in Washington State is going crazy for this game.... I am putting a proposal together for our Port to consider... They solicited me with interest in adding a couple courts to our waterfront... Several retirement communities are starting to inquire as well... Washington State is a good bet for Bocce...”


Correction to last week’s US Bocce Championships results.

Self professed “bocce bum” Ben Musolf of Campo di Bocce (Los Gatos, CA) informs us that “Campo di Bocce took 3rd place in Punto Raffa Volo:
Mike Nicosia
Ben Nicosia
Ben Musolf
Rob Coffron"

USBF President Mike Conti acknowledges the error and he and I send our apologies for the printed mistake.


Har-Tru news

I knew that my new Har-Tru bocce court top dressing would play fast and true. But an unexpected bonus is that, now that it has hardened sufficiently, it is virtually weed free.

With my previous stone dust surface, we’d spend time between frames weeding the court (not a major problem, but a nuisance). The Har-Tru is compacting beautifully. The only weeds that can take root are around the perimeter (near the sideboards where the heavy roller can’t quite reach). I am using a tamper to address the problem.


Tie-breaking woes

Round robin tournaments are gaining popularity in many sports today. Instead of a double elimination event, where a team is only guaranteed two games, round robins afford the opportunity for more matches.

For example, with eight teams in a tournament, you could make two groups of four teams each. You would play the other three teams in your group (guaranteeing three games for each entrant). The teams would then be seeded first through fourth in each group. The bottom two seeds on both sides are eliminated (hey, at least they got to play three games instead of two). Then the top seed on one side plays the second seed on the other side and vice versa, so those teams will get a fourth game. The winners play for the championship (their fifth game) and, if you like, the losers can play a consolation game for third place (their fifth game).

One problem that arises with round robins is that you often need tie-breakers to decide seeding (several teams might end up with the same record). We break ties in baseball or softball with things like record against each other, least runs allowed, and most runs scored.

At the U.S. Bocce Championships in Illinois they used some interesting tie-breaking methods approved for International play.

In volo singles play, the matches concluded after 1 hour and 15 minutes or 13 points, whichever came first. If time expired and the score was tied, the pallino was left in its position at the end of the last frame, and each player rolled one ball in an attempt to outlag the other. Closest to the pallino won the match.

Another US Bocce Championship tie-breaking situation…

Three teams were tied with the same record, and only two could advance to the next round. Record against each other could not break the tie (e.g. all three teams ended up 2 and 1…Team A beat team B but lost to C…Team B beat C but lost to A…Team C beat A but lost to B), so tourney officials went to total points scored as the tie-breaker.

Then, once the top scorer was determined, officials went back to "record against each other" to break the tie between the remaining two teams. This can cause some hard feelings because it is possible that the team that doesn’t make it to the “money round” scored more total points than the team that did.

I had never seen this tie-breaking method before, but, it makes good sense.

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 Bocce product of the week
Let’s Play Bocce! (Video)

The fourth entry in American Production’s Backyard Sports Series (others include Let’s Play Badminton! Let’s Play Croquet! and Let’s Play Horseshoes! - available at, this video runs 45 minutes.

Billed as “the essential beginner’s videoguide” Let’s Play Bocce! is just that. It includes sections on the history of bocce, the court and equipment, playing the game, ball deliveries and more.

The section on the History of Bocce is excellent, acknowledging the murky details of bocce’s birth and referencing the common ancestry of boules and lawn bowls.

The production makes wonderful use of art work depicting notables such as Sir Francis Drake, Queen Elizabeth I and others associated with the games’ evolution.

It brings together the information a newcomer to the sport needs to get started. This professionally produced tape definitely deserves a look-see.

$22.95 plus shipping

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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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You can read about my friend Ken and the Senior Sports Circuit that we established in his honor (we offer softball, basketball, and bocce for anyone age 50 and over - we let people slide on the age restriction for bocce, where physical prowess is not a prerequisite for success).

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 Photos of the week
This week’s photos highlight 2 outdoor courts at the Alpine Country Club in Round Lake, IL. The two courts are 80' by 10' and feature the Har-Tru surface from Lee Tennis.

USBF members Mike Conti and Michael Grasser gave me the Alpine Country Club tour when I was in Illinois to view the US Championships last month.

The Alpine Country Club is a private club established in 1886 and also has four indoor bocce courts (next week's photos) with a virtually maintenance free synthetic surface.

View this week's photos...

 Tournament update
{chronological order}

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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, 2003 - 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.

Sept 5-7, 2003 - St. Anthony's - Struthers, OH – 4 person - 330-755-0077

Sept 12-14, 2003 - 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, 2003 - 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, 2003 - Bessemer Croatian Club - Bessemer, PA - 4 person - 724-667-8997.


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