The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. II, Issue 48 - December 1, 2003 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Readers’ feedback
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Photos of the week
•   Tournament update
 Notes from the publisher
The FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 2, Issue #48 - December 1, 2003
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2003

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 Readers’ feedback
{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Joy of Bocce 2nd edition

{I'm working hard on a second edition of The Joy of Bocce - and simultaneously trying to land a publisher.

Anybody out there have any clout with publishers? My first book on education was a McGraw-Hill BOMC selection. My second (on computers) got the best review of any book ever brought to press by the publisher. And my softball book is still in print since 1990 with over 50,000 copies sold. Yet The Joy of Bocce is out of print and looking for a new home. The new edition will have lots of new information and photographs.

I intend to use some of the photographs that readers have submitted for our Photos of the Week feature. Please let me know if you have sent me photos and DON'T want them included in the upcoming book.

If you send photos in the future (please do), be advised that I will consider them for inclusion in this second edition, unless you tell me otherwise. Be assured that I will give credit to the photographer whenever possible.}


Mike Conti of the United States Bocce Federation writes...

"In your column last week Mike Polemeni asked "Can we make this an Olympic sport?"

We do have one thing going for us Mike, and that is the International Olympic Committee has bestowed recognition on bocce.

I was with the Chinese delegation last September at the world championship in Switzerland and asked them the chances of bocce getting into the Olympics in 2008. They felt it was not very good. This question comes up at our International meetings and no one has the correct answer yet.

At present we are contemplating bringing our International Federation together as one organization. That is to bring Raffa, Volo, and Petanque as one. We know that we need to expose our sport to the world which the International Federation is doing at our World Championships. We have had over 30 countries participating at some of our championships. We need to lift the bocce profile and increase the media rating world wide. Many countries in Europe, Africa, North and South America, and Asia are well unified in our international federation.

We have made great strides with memberships here in the United States. The International Organization looks for us as a leading body to the international bocce world. In North America we have had three World championships and that's what's needed to convince the Olympic Committee that we are real. We need the bocce people to come together here in the United States. We need people like Mario in the Joy Of Bocce who help us every week to do this tremendous task. I wonder how many people know that we have a North American Championship in Montreal next October 2004 and a South American Championship in Brazil. These are the things that are needed for acceptance into the Olympics. I hope this helps Mike, meanwhile keep the ball rolling and look us up on BOCCE.COM."


John L. Lavorgna of Mount Saint Mary College and Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD is building courts and says...

"I received your book and it is great. We are moving forward here at Mount Saint Mary's with our bocce court construction in the spring.

Can you please forward me by email or regular mail any details and information, including approximate pricing, that could be helpful for four top-notch bocce courts -two on the seminary side and two on the college side."

{The top players in the bocce court building business that I know of are Mike Grasser (, Tom McNutt ( and Dave Brewer ( A new player on the east coast is Bella Bocce (

If anyone has other info for John, contact him directly at - and John, please send photos and an invitation to the ribbon-cutting ceremony.}

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 Photos of the week
This week’s photos are in two sections. The first pictures, graciously submitted by Dr. Angel Cordano, highlight the 2003 World Volo Championship in Nice, France as well as the Punto, Raffa, Volo Championship in Chiasso, Switzerland.

Writes Dr. Cordano…

“My participation in two world tournaments in a five-week period surpassed every expectation and my eyes still flash memorable plays by the best raffa and volo players in the world. While raffa is a more sophisticated type of play with lots of finesse and variety, volo shows controlled precision power to the max.

I enjoyed both modalities immensely and will never forget the high quality and emotional games played between Brazil and Chile with the score of two of the three games at 15-14 and a must hit situation to win with the last ball in all of them.

The US team played well and by winning 8 games (4 singles, 3 triples, and 1 doubles) achieved a meritorious and very respectful 8th place among 26 countries.”

Cordano sends photos of the 2003 USA Volo Team - Ben Musolf (Coach), Dr. Cordano, Tom Pignatari, Marco Cuneo, and Ben Tosi, as well as the 2003 USA Punto, Raffa, Volo team (Dr. Cordano, Mike Grasser (Coach), Mario Massa (president of the delegation), Dan Passaglia, Pierino Gugliemetti, & Mike Conti).

Dr. Cordano goes on to describe the exciting Volo Progressive Rapid Shooting.

“In order to play the VOLO modalities of PROGRESSIVE the player MUST be a YOUNG ATHLETE that needs to run at FULL speed during 5 minutes of shooting in the SINGLE modality. If in DOUBLES, he has to alternate after 4 volo shots with his partner and, as in the 4 x 100 meters race, must touch the other player for the continuation of the action.

Players are delivering as many as 50 -52 VOLO SHOTS in the span of 5 minutes and the real champions hit above 90%!

We must start players at the age of 12 or 15 in order to compete well in these speed volo modalities.”

The second section of photos, then, is a kind of Rapid Progressive Shooting primer. Photos taken by yours truly.

You’ll see the type of shots taken including approach and palm down release intended to hit the target on the fly.

A mat is used to place target balls upon. As a player makes a good hit, the target is progressively moved farther back from one to six designated spots on the mat. When you hit the first target, a "spotter" places the target ball in the second position on the mat. {There are six positions on each mat, and a mat at each end of the court. You have five minutes to run back and forth, hitting as many targets as you can within the time limit. It is ironic that, to the uninformed, bocce conjures up images of old, out-of-shape wine drinking, cigar smokers, while this demanding event rivals any cardiovascular endeavor one can imagine.}

Note: Not many Americans are playing this volo game. If you set your mind to it, you could become skilled at this event, and compete at a high level. The numbers are in your favor. Contact Mike Conti (United States Bocce Federation) at for info on how to get started.

View this week's photos...

 Bocce product of the week
Bocce Court Drag Brush

I’ve seen all kinds of home-made court maintenance brushes and scrapers. Two things have always struck me about them. 1 – they look like they are home-made (like someone “Mickey Moused” the contraption using the wrong tools for the wrong job) and 2 – they tend to be HEAVY.

Manufactured by Lee Tennis (makers of the Har-Tru surface), this court maintenance tool created for tennis courts works exceptionally well for bocce courts.

The 7-foot drag brush is light-weight and, even if you have a 13- or 14-foot wide court, you can smooth it over with just two passes. This is quick enough to do between games without players standing around waiting very long. Bristles are 4 ½ inches of synthetic fibers and the strong but light-weight frame is aluminum. Retails for $137.95 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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 Tournament update
{chronological order}

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March 20 & 21, 2004 - 5th annual Southwest Florida Open Bocce Tournament. Contact George Farruggio of the Italian American Bocce Association of Punta Gorda, Florida @ 941-575-0482 E-Mail

October, 2004 - North American Bocce Championship, Montreal. Contact Mike Conti @ 847-692-6223 or


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