The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. II, Issue 32 - August 11, 2003 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Readers' feedback
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Photos of the week - held over 2nd week
•   Tournament Update
 Notes from the publisher
The FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 2, Issue #32 - August 11, 2003
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2003

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 Readers' feedback
Dr Cordano comments on our discussion of the pronunciation of bocce...

"Mario - long time without commenting, but I eagerly wait for Sunday evenings to read your "JOY".

It was interesting to read some terminology about our preferred sport and maybe I can clarify the "Italian"...

BOCCIA is a single ball (UNA / ONE ball)

BOCCIE is the PLURAL i.e. six boccie

and BOCCE is the GAME we like."


Dr. Cordano also asked about bocce in the Baltimore area. Anyone interested should check out the Little Italy Bocce Rollers Association at (or click the photo above).


David McBrayer of Roswell, GA says...

"I purchased the portable bocci layout. What do you
suggest if the pallino is knocked out of bounds after it's been in place for a while? Put it back in where it when out? Put it in the middle of the field?"

{David refers to Chris Pfeiffer's innovative new court templates which are nothing more than boundary lines framing off a rectangle on your lawn for bocce play.

We play that the frame is dead and start over with no points scored if the pallino is knocked out of the 12' by 60' frame.}

In another email David asked...

"If the frame is dead, then wouldn't the losing team be motivated to knock the pallino out just to end the frame?"

{Sure, but if they are skilled enough to knock that little target out of bounds, more power to them. Besides, if they miss, their ball is probably going to go out of play - they could have played one close to "minimize the damage" - that's the chance they take.

In bocce played on "real" courts, when the pallino is knocked out of the court or it rebounds closer to the shooting end then half court the frame is "killed" and play starts over.}


Allan states simply...

"Looking for a place to play bocce in K.C. Mo."

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James Schiffmacher, President of the Long Island Bocce Club reminds us that...

"We need players for our tournament (August 23rd)."

{This young and enthusiastic group knows how to have fun. I highly recommend their events. Am trying to clear my schedule so I can attend. Hope to see you there.}

More on the Long Island Bocce Club's tourney...

 Photos of the week - held over 2nd week
More on bocce collectibles…

Last week’s bocce collectibles issue caused quite a stir among readers. I had written about and included pictures of what appeared to be bocce balls made of individual nails hammered into a wooden center. I hoped for two reactions to the article…

1) Readers would enjoy viewing these works of bocce art.

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

I am happy to report that both goals were met. Readers emailed with comments on how fascinated they were with the nailed balls and how anxious they were to learn more.

Frank Pipal, a boules (petanque) player from Sonoma County, CA filled in the gaps in my knowledge…

His excellent email follows…

”What you've got is a bunch of very nice Boules Lyonnaises (or volo balls if you like). They are widely collected and desirable - which all the antique dealers in France now know. They will have been made in France in the years prior to the appearance of the "Integrale", the first all metal boule.

There were many styles of nail work, the core is a ball of boxwood root.

The word bocce, (bocca in Provencal - the language of southern France) comes from the Latin for Boxwood - buxus.

The numbers are simply to identify the balls. Often the balls carry the initials of the owner (made to order), or designs. (I have the double of your #2 - with a cryptic V and upside down L on them)

I don't know if this - the nailing of the boules - ever developed in Italy. I rather doubt that it did - it would have made the game a lot more expensive - and everyone in the village would have to upgrade - you can't very well mix wood and metal balls in a game. I talked to an Italian guy a few years ago and he said he used to walk from village to village to play - carrying his wooden boules. If the nailed boules were used in Italy you would surely have run into oldtimers who would have
told you about them - or about the beautiful set that their father had...

There's a village in the south of France which is famous for its nailed boules. Aiguines. The trade died out in the thirties with the advent of the Integrale in bronze and then the JB all steel boule.

I know an 87 year old near here whose first set of boules were from Aiguines. Aiguines was famous for the small boules used in the Jeu Provencal and later in Petanque. They are usually "fish-scaled". The big balls were probably made closer to Lyon and Grenoble and other centers of that style of play.”

Besides educating us about this fascinating art, Frank did us a great favor by pointing us to a fabulous web site (French) on the subject.

”What you really need to do is go to Herbert Wegner's website and see what is probably the most beautiful collection anywhere.”

WARNING – visit this site at your own risk. If these nailed boules pique your interest, you will likely spend great stretches of time here, keeping your from chores or other tasks (all the more reason to visit).

Besides more details on what Frank has already told us, there are three “can’t miss” pages with spectacular images. Click the button for "different nails". It shows the various nailing techniques. Click "BOULES" which shows images of 80 different boules (that's one above) – some are magnificent. Finally, view "Old pictures+cards" for very old postcard/picture reproductions that positively enthrall.

{Thanks to Herbert Wegner for creating such a wonderful site, and special thanks also to Frank Pipal for writing to make us aware of it.}

View Herbert Wegner's fascinating site...

 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.

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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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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.

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 Tournament Update
{chronological order}

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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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