The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. II, Issue 7 - February 17, 2003 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Photos of the week
•   Readers’ feedback
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   New Joy of Bocce logo
•   Tournament update
 Notes from the publisher
The Joy of Bocce Weekly
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Volume 2, Issue #7 February 17, 2003
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2003

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 Readers’ feedback
{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Faithful reader Danny Passaglia sends this…

“Just thought you might find this little note interesting. People magazine recently talked about actor Anthony LaPaglia who spent time in Italy with several other actors.

What did they do? One of his favorite hobbies…played Bocce. He discussed "psyching out" his opponents with small talk and that Bocce is like bowling only you need steady hands. I thought it was great to read about some ‘Celebrity’ players.”


Bocce lover Bob Jones of Half Moon Bay, California writes…

“In the Fall the area around our Bocce court will be filled with pumpkins (Half Moon Bay is famous for growing pumpkins). I plant about 1/2 acre so I can invite a few Centers that care for underprivileged children (generally ages 6 - 12) in the inner cities (SF & Oakland) to come out, have the children select a Halloween pumpkin, enjoy hot dogs & ice cream and just breathe the country air. I also bring in a small petting zoo. Most have no idea how the pumpkin grows and just enjoy the day in the country. We look forward to it, too.

When the pumpkin field next to the Bocce Court is a blaze of gold in October, I'll send you photos.”

{What a terrific treat for the children, and we will eagerly await those photos of the bocce court in a “blaze of gold.”}


Mike Conti of the United States Bocce Federation weighs in on our continuing discussion of the “Open Rules”…

“We have to use as much common sense as we can in trying to create some sound open rules. Some of the hard questions are:

The foul line:

You may step on but not over the foul line. This is an international rule and it makes sense. When pointing there is no advantage if your toe is behind the line or your heel is on the line. It will also create fewer arguments…his toe touched the line, no it didn't. Who cares if it did or didn't?

{This makes sense to me, there is no real advantage gained by stepping on the line. The line is just a starting point. But this might take a little adjustment in our thinking as in this country our sports tend to use lines as borders that you cannot cross – e.g. in basketball if you step on any part of the side- or end-line you are out of bounds. Likewise, in bowling if you step on the line you foul, and the pins knocked down don’t count. In track events like the triple jump, your attempt is nullified if your pinky toe touches the line.}

The back wall dead or alive: (the biggest problem)

Remember when shooting a ball it has a purpose, to strike another ball, and if it accomplishes this, it should be good.

Example: Let’s say the only way you can win the game is to shoot the pallino… there is no other way to make the point. You hit it and your ball follows it and hits the backboard causing you to lose the game. This does not make sense.

{Conti argues convincingly that a ball that hits the backboard after first striking another ball should remain live.}

The same goes for pointing when the pallino is on or near the backboard. If the backboard is “live” you don't really point, you shoot to make the point. That is not pointing. Pointing is finesse, the perfect roll, just enough distance, and if you touch the pallino and hit the backboard that is still a great shot.

It takes something out of the game when you shoot to hit the backboard for the point…very little skill when you compare it to pointing for a perfect roll and knowing that if you hit the wall and not touch a ball it is dead.”

{Very well said – it’s tough to argue with Mike’s very lucid reasoning. Stay tuned as we attempt to come to agreement over these so-called open rules in the next couple weeks/months.}

 New Joy of Bocce logo
We’ve been busy “tweaking” the new Joy of Bocce logo and are finally ready to unveil it today. As a matter of fact, I’ve uploaded it to my virtual storefront at, placing it on t-shirts, caps, mugs and other items.

Please check out the finished product by clicking the link below or the logo to the right. I’m hoping that t-shirts and other items proclaiming the joy of bocce will help build our subscriber list (our ambitious goal is 10,000 bocce subscribers by the end of 2003). The more bocce fans we can reach, the more impact we can have in promoting and unifying this great game.

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 Photos of the week
This week’s pictures come courtesy of Michael B. Grasser (Clouds Hill Landscape Construction, Inc.) who designed and built these two gorgeous 12' by 90' courts with crushed limestone surface.

The courts were built for the Vidosh Landscape Center in Pontiac, Michigan in 1993.

Grasser’s bocce courts appear to be as much works of art as they are functional. If you are anywhere near the Mid-West and in need of such a masterpiece, contact Michael B. Grasser at

{Please send bocce photos from different areas of the USA. The Joy of Bocce Weekly tries to feature photos from all over the country and we try to change our web site's pictures each week. I'd love to post your pictures as "This Week's Photos."}

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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
February 22, 2003 - Two Men - One Woman Open, Italian Athletic Club, Stockton, CA, Open Rules, Contact Ron Jacobs (209) 957-1223 or

March 8 & 9, 2003 - The Italian/American Bocce Association of Punta Gorda, Florida. Fourth annual Southwest Florida Open Bocce Tournament. For more Info, contact George Farruggio at Tel. # 941-575-0482, Fax. # 941-575-6231 or E-Mail

March 16, 2003 - Anthony's Pizza & N. Pagano Pluming - 1st annual bocce tournament at Hartley Park in Mount Vernon, N.Y. Limited to the 1st 16 four-person teams.
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March 29, 2003 - Cape Coral Bocce Association, Money Tournament, Open Rules, Veterans Park Bocce Courts, 4100 Coronado Parkway, Cape Coral, Florida, Four Player Team, Prizes 1st = $3000, 2nd = $1000, 3rd = $500. Entrance Fee = $200 per Team (Based on 16 teams). Register by March 15, 2003 - Contact Skinny Battista (239) 540-8246 or

April 26, 2003 - 1st Annual Long Island Bocce Club Spring Fling - 4 player Team - Single Elimination - Milldam Park, Huntington New York - Cost: $100.00 Team - Honorarium Awards for both Teams in the finals and Best Team. Contact: or email

April, 2003 – Biltmore Invitational – Lake Tahoe, NV. Contact Kyle Hughes 1 (800) 245-8667.

April 5, 2003 - Four Person Team, Italian Athletic Club, Stockton, CA, Open Rules, Contact Ron Jacobs (209) 957-1223 or

April 26, 2003 - Three Person Volo, Waterloo Gun and Bocci Club, Stockton, CA, Volo Rules, Contact David Canclini (209) 957-3314 or

May, 2003 – Herrin Festa Italiano Superball Championships, Herrin, IL.

May 18, 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.

June 8-15, 2003 - United States National Bocce Tournament - Highwood Bocce Courts, Highwood, IL. Winners will compete in the WORLD COMPETITION in SWITZERLAND. Contact Mike Conti @ 847-692-6223.

July 11-13, 2003 Bocce Classic IX Tournament, John Pirelli Lodge, 2625 County Line Road, Dayton Ohio, contact


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