The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol II, Issue 31 - August 4, 2003 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Readers' feedback
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Bocce collectibles
•   Tournament update
 Notes from the publisher
The FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 2, Issue #31 - August 4, 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.

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 Readers' feedback
Benjamin Tosi from the San Francisco area called with some great feedback...

He not only qualified to represent The USA in Nice, France at the Volo World Championships (October 7-12, 2003 - Federation International De Boules International Volo Tournament), but he was just interviewed by Sports Illustrated for their "Faces in the Crowd" feature.

Good for Ben. Good for Sports Illustrated. Good for all of us in the bocce community.

Ben won the Precision Shooting event in June at the Highwood, Illinois National Qualifier - that's him displaying great form in the photo to the right.


Remo Minato's question from last week...

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.”

prompted this response...

"As far as I can remember the pronunciation of Bocce was BOCH-CHA. Even in international competition it is spelled BOCCE and most call it BOCH-CHA. The Webster's Dictionary shows it as boc-cie, or boc-ci or boc-ce."

Mike Conti

and this from someone identified only as Joe...

"I found the following pronunciation in the glossary:

Bocce - botch' e The e has a straight line over it and is sounded like the letter e."


Special Olympics Bocce's Marie Bedard says...

"You are correct - the next games will be 2007 for Summer Games, the Winter Games are in 2005 in Japan.
Thanks for the great job. Remember that if you want to go (officiate bocce) watch the Special Olympics news in 2005 for the official application."

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 Bocce collectibles
Recently a bocce buddy of mine took me to visit an antique dealer in Salem, Massachusetts.

"Come take a ride" he said. "This dealer has a box of metal bocce balls you might like."

Thinking they might be the small metal petanque balls or boules, I resisted.

"No," my friend insisted. "These are about the same size as the Perfetta bocce balls we play with every week."

I figured I might be able to pick up some volo balls cheap, and begin to practice the game which intrigued me so much when I attended the National Championships in Highwood, IL in June.

But I wasn't prepared for what we found in a cardboard box underneath some old furniture in the back of this quaint shop in the city of the infamous witch trials of 1692.

I don't know a great deal about them except that they are very old, hand crafted, expensive, and that I couldn't resist purchasing them.

They look like volo balls from bocce's early days. They appear to be individual nails pounded into some kind of wood center. The craftsmanship is fabulous.

I am hoping that, by making them the "Photos of the Week", two things will happen.

1) Readers will enjoy viewing these works of art from bocce's past.

2) Someone with more knowledge of the game's evolution will REPLY with information on how these were constructed and when.

Some have numbers on them (72 and 2). What could these numerals represent?

Two are absolutely beautiful...a kind of mosaic of different color metals.

Should I attempt to clean them up, or leave them in their present condition? If I am to polish them, what do I use?

Please REPLY if you can help.

View this week's photos...

 Bocce product of the week
Many top players believe that the best bocce balls in the world are made in Italy by Perfetta. Yes, we can get them to you via this ezine. The set is "official" size with four 107 mm red balls, four 107 mm green balls, one white pallino, and a well-constructed nylon carrying bag.

Click the Buy Now button or the Perfetta Bocce Set image to order @ $119.00 plus $14.00 shipping anywhere in the USA. It’s not cheap - but it’s quality!

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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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If you are looking for a home-based business, I can save you a lot of time and effort. I evaluated scores of them and sifted through the scams and poorly run outfits. Truth is, the only thing wrong with many of them is that it is too difficult for the average person to achieve success.

This forward-looking company got me to early retirement (at age 53…not too shabby). Now I play bocce on Mondays, softball on Wednesdays and Sundays, basketball on Thursdays and do a little networking while I play.

I’ve described the business in generic terms on my web site (my company is very concerned with its image and will not let us write copy that gives product names etc. unless that copy is pre-approved by corporate). Anyway, click the link below and check it out. It’s a work program…not a get rich quick scheme…and it isn’t easy. But I do believe it’s the easiest one. Hey, you get to work with me – what could be better?

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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 23, 2003 – Long Island Bocce Club’s President’s Cup - two-person team, single elimination event. Entry fee is $15.00 per person. Prize money to be distributed to the top 3 teams. Contact or call 631-664-6831.

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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