The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. II, Issue 30 - July 28, 2003 
•   Note from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Readers’ feedback
•   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 #30 - July 28, 2003
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2003

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Disclaimer: Hey, I don't claim to be a bocce pro. Heck, I'm not even a very good player - but no one loves the sport more than I do. My contribution to the game is in having interviewed many of the top players and then assembling the information into a concise, easy-to-read book. What I've created is comparable to what others have done for basketball, soccer, and other sports.


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 by clicking on link below.

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 Readers’ feedback
{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

What is the correct Italian pronunciation of Bocce? I hear people, including some of Italian descent, say "baw-chee." Or even worse, baw-chee ball! I say it is "boh-chay.”

Remo Minato

{Darned if I know...I hear baw-chee most of the time...but I have heard boh-chay here and there. Can any reader shed light on this? Please REPLY.}


Marie Bedard, the tireless worker for Special Olympics bocce sends this…

”Well the Special Olympics World Games are over and with the greatest success. We had 204 athletes from 40 countries. We offered 5 events and 66 divisions and played 464 games. Many were very happy, since we did not have to worry about weather, our indoor courts were the tops. The score boards were in the colors of the balls, red and green, plus on top the name of the country that was playing at the time.

Let’s now go forth and remember that the next games will be in China in June 2005. If you would like some pictures let me know and I can mail you some.”

{Yes, Marie…please send pictures (check this week's photos for SO pics sent in by Ed Crozier) and keep up the good work. Also, is June 2005 correct? I thought Special Olympics World Games were every four years…1995 was Connecticut, 1999 was North Carolina, 2003 Ireland...}


Ruth Cosnotti asks…

“Do you know of anyone who would build a bocce court in south Florida?”

{Can any reader help with this request? Please REPLY or Contact Ruth directly @ Rudy}


Al Bradbury sends this…

“I LOVE Bocce---Just bought a beautiful set while in Italy! I have many of my NY City friends ready & willing to help me build my Bocce Court. Unfortunately--I don't know how! I live In Margaretville,NY.--In the heart of the Catskills! I have 405 acres--So size is not a problem--I would however like to build it TO PERFECTION in my yard! Is there a member close to me that you could give my E-mail address to? My closest major city is Kingston--The next & well known is Woodstock, NY. I would totally love to do this this-Summer--So any help you can give will be appreciated! P.S. We would like to start a Catskill club of our own! If you can help --Please let me know.”

{Looking for readers’ help with this one too. Please REPLY or contact Al directly at }


Tom McNutt of got some good press lately…

Newspaperman Jacob Block’s recent column declared…

“Ancient game enjoys renaissance in Bellingham” and he called bocce one of “the oldest-known, civilized human activities.”

Here’s an excerpt…

“Bocce is enjoying a renaissance in America due to the efforts of such promoters as Tom Boccemon McNutt, a local bocce equipment distributor and a fanatic of the game.

The rules of bocce vary slightly depending on place and person, but McNutt said they all follow a general theme. The game can be played on almost any surface, but McNutt said crushed oyster shells are the best for courts in the Northwest.

McNutt has built two oyster courts of his own in Bellingham as president of Boccemon, a local bocce distributor he founded in January of 2003. He has built a regulation court measuring 12 by 76 feet on Rimland Drive in Barkley Village and a slightly smaller one, his prototype, on the grass verge at his home on Carolina Street. Every Wednesday night, McNutt invites friends, neighbors and passers-by to play on his court. He said he sees bocce as a way to bring communities together. 'It's the center of why I build a court in public rather than a private place,' he said.”

{McNutt has a new, inexpensive ($32.95 plus $10 shipping) scoring device that he calls the Skorstik. That's it in the photo above. Check it out at

Check out Boccemon's Skorstik

 Photos of the week
This week's photos come courtesy of Ed Crozier (Texas).

He says..."My daughter and I got to go to the Special Olympics World Games in Ireland June 16 - 30. She was an athlete official (in Bocce) and I was her mentor. There were over 50 countries represented in the Bocce Competition alone.

The courts were inside the RDS (Royal Dublin Society) in south Dublin. They were elevated slightly to allow the courts to be made flat. The court size was 12' x 60' which is the standard size for Special Olympics. The surface was an 'Astro Turf' type of grass with sand. It ran quite well, I thought the balls would roll like on a Putt Putt golf course but the carpet and sand slowed them down to be comparable with a well manicured golf green.

We had approximately 250 athletes from 50 nations. Two days of classifications followed by a full week of competition. The last afternoon the officials were teamed up with the athletes and the coaches were the officials. What fun."

View this week's photos

 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}

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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 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.

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 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 ( 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

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, 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

Sept 15-21, 2003 - World Bocce Championship, Chiasso, Switzerland, CBI International Bocce Tournament, Raffa. For more information see or contact Mike Conti (847) 692-6223 /

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

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

Sept 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.

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

October 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 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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