The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. II, Issue 28 - July 14, 2003 
•   Note from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Ad swaps to build readership
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Photos of the week
•   Tournament Update
 Note from the publisher
The FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 2, Issue #28 - July 14, 2003
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2003 http://www.joyofbocce.com

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JOY OF BOCCE 2ND EDITION

Please REPLY and let me know what things you think should be included in the second edition of The Joy of Bocce (a work in progress).

Also, please let me know if you have any contacts with publishers. My book was originally published by Masters Press which was swallowed up by NTC Contemporary, which in turn was devoured by McGraw-Hill who viewed the market for the title as too small to deal with.

I've become fond of saying "book acquisitions editors have no vision - they ought to be umpires!"

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A word about ads: Like any entrepreneurial type, I'd love to turn a profit from something I really enjoy. For now, I have decided not to accept paid advertisements. If I pitch a product here, it is something I have examined and tested and deem it beneficial to our readers.

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 Ad swaps to build readership
Ezine publishers like me sometimes swap ads with other publishers as a way to build readership. My goal is to build a big enough list of bocce aficionados that my ezine can be a tool for growth and unification of the sport.

So, I am carefully selecting ad swaps. Here is the current offering, Primo Magazine, which is an excellent, full color publication that is “A Celebration of Italian American Life.” Check out Primo Magazine at www.primomagazine.com by clicking on the magazine cover to the right).

"Primo Magazine is an up-scale, sophisticated publication dedicated to promoting and preserving the Italian American lifestyle. Through positive portrayals of Italian Americans and their contributions, Primo celebrates everything about this unique culture. Each issue of Primo is filled with stories, recipes, travel articles, wine advice, biographies, and other information sure to inspire pride in the Italian American way of life. Primo is a must-have for Italophiles everywhere!"

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 Photos of the week
This week’s photos highlight outdoor bocce at the Senior Center in Methuen, Massachusetts.

I set up one of Chris Pfeiffer's (Backyard Bocce) portable bocce courts and spread the word around the Center that there would be bocce on the front lawn on Thursday at 9:30 AM.

The Center offers many varied activities. It is very well managed and is an excellent facility for seniors.

Initially eight players showed up for bocce. I was pleased to see that as many females as males came to play.

These eight players opted to roll one ball each and walk from end to end to get a little gentle exercise (rather than roll two balls each by positioning two partners at each end and playing every other frame).

Because we were on the front lawn, passers-by (including children) became interested. More seniors drifted outside as word got around the other Center programs and, before we knew it, we had two courts set up and we had that inter-generational thing going on.

Once things got into full swing there was a beehive of bocce activity - we took it as a good sign when we were invited back for next Thursday.

View bocce at the Senior Center

 Bocce product of the week
Let’s Play Bocce!

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!), 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 - click the Let's Play Bocce! image to order.

Click here to order a t-shirt to go with that bocce product.

 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}

Need a first-rate web site that doesn’t cost thousands?

My company offers a website software package that puts you in control of your own website with no need for programming skills. These websites are perfect for small to mid-size businesses or hobbyists.

I built joyofbocce.com with this package. I can set up your site very quickly and then show you how to maintain it with simple "point and click" technology. So, whenever you have to make a change, run a special, offer a holiday sale, etc., you can handle it yourself without having to wait for a programmer to fit you into his schedule, (and without having to pay his $50 to $100 hourly fee).

My sites include a Contact Manager so you can collect and manage your customers' email addresses and other info, automatic search engine submission technology, statistical tracking, and a toll-free number for tech support 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Pacific Coast Time.

Check out my favorite site that I built with this technology - www.kenwaldiessc.org. It’s named after my friend Ken Waldie who was a passenger on the ill-fated American Airlines Flight 11 that hit the World Trade Center on 9/11/01. 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).

Click the link below to check out my favorite web site. Then email me at author@joyofbocce.com or call 978-686-8679 to chat with me “live” about your web site.

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 Tournament Update
{chronological order}

Please - anyone running a tournament - do me a favor - put a notice near your tourney bracket board informing players that they can go to joyofbocce.com and "opt in" for my FREE Ezine on bocce. Click the logo to the right to opt in if you do not already receive this ezine every Monday.

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 @ 1davidh@msn.com.

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 boccethis@yahoo.com.

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

July 25-27, 2003 - Italian Home - Farrell, PA - 4 person - 724-346-6931.

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

July 26, 2003 - 1st annual Backyard Bocce/ Italian Community Center Bocce Tournament - McKinley Park, Milwaukee. 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.

July 25-27, 2003 - Italian Home – Farrell (close to Sharon), PA - 4 person - $100 entry - Contact Mike Androsko 724-342-5919/ Carmen Schuville 724-342-3935/or Italian Home 724-346-6931. Over 30 teams will compete for ~$2000 first place, ~$1000 second place, etc.

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 boccemg@sbcglobal.net.

Aug 15-17, 2003 - American Legion - Farrell, PA - 2 person - 724-342-7112

August 17, 2003 – Martinez Waterfront - Tourney To benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - $25 per person; tax deductible; includes 1 raffle ticket; lunch; 1 beer or soft drink; t-shirt & hat – deadline for entry = August 8th Tom Sarnicola (TSarnicola@cff.org) Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 1939 Harrison Street, Suite 207, Oakland, CA 94612 - Phone: 510-267-9699

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 lincolnsunoco@aol.com.

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

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, 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 www.bocce.com or contact Mike Conti (847) 692-6223 / usbocce@aol.com.

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

September 20, 2003 - Le Phare Des Alps bocce tournament – Valdese, North Carolina - $40 per four-person team. Contact T.R. Robinson at trrobin111@yahoo.com.

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 heresjohnny@earthlink.net.

October 7-12, 2003 - Volo World Championship, Nice, France, Federation International De Boules, International Volo Tournament. Contact Mike Conti 847-692-6223 or usbocce@aol.com.

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 1, 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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