The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. II, Issue 8 - February 24, 2003 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce at the library (photos of the week)
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Coupon offer from CafePress.com
•   Tournament update
 Notes from the publisher
The Joy of Bocce Weekly
The FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 2, Issue #8 February 24, 2003
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2003 http://www.joyofbocce.com

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A word about ads: Like any entrepreneurial type, I'd love to turn a profit from something I really enjoy. For now, I have decided not to accept paid advertisements. If I pitch a product here, it is something I have examined and tested and deem it beneficial to our readers.

In the next couple weeks/months we are going to try to get the various leaders from bocce groups around the USA to agree on a common set of so-called “Open Rules”. There are well-defined rules for International Play that are used by all. There is no reason why those of us who play the more informal style of bocce can’t have the same kind of uniformity too. Stay tuned.

PLEASE – we are always looking for bocce photos and feedback from all over the USA. We want to connect bocce fans everywhere. You can email (author@joyofbocce.com) or snail mail (Mario Pagnoni, P.O. Box 608, Methuen, MA 01844).

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 Bocce at the library (photos of the week)
This week’s pictures are from a bocce program we offered recently at the Nevins Memorial Library in Methuen, Massachusetts. It was school vacation week, so the library advertised a Bocce Demonstration and Tournament for parents and kids.

The turnout was excellent with a nice mix of elementary and middle school kids and parents. We put together some make-shift courts by laying two-by-fours down on the carpet in one of the library’s open meeting rooms.

First, we sat the kids down and did a short overview of bocce, admitting that the true origin of the game is “lost in the mists of antiquity”. Referring to bocce as a “ball and target game”, we explained that the ancient Greeks may have tossed rounded stones at smaller ones, and the Roman armies may have played with coconuts brought back from their various campaigns to conquer the world.

After briefly discussing some of bocce’s lore, we talked about the game's evolution - boules and petanque in some European countries, Bowls or Lawn Bowling in others. But the Italian version, bocce, was what we would enjoy this day.

Director of Children's Services Kathy Moran-Wallace did a fabulous job promoting and organizing the event, and we had a great time. Photographers from two local newspapers showed up and we got some good PR for the library and for the sport.

We grouped the players into fourteen two- and three-player teams (some with parents, some without), and played a single elimination event with games to just six points. Even so, the event took 2 ½ hours to complete.

The courts were small (about 24’ by 5’) and played extremely fast. It was obvious that, with the fast surface, short courts, and inexperienced players, many balls were going to hit the back walls.

Volunteer referee and bocce aficionado Jerry Valley decided to keep these “live” even if they did not strike another ball before hitting the end board.

The mother and son team of Mary Beth Donovan-Grassi and Christopher (age 9) went undefeated to capture first place (good for 1st choice from a stash of excellent audio books). Similar prizes went to the top four finishers.

Click the link below to see the photos, and please, feel free to copy this model to promote the game in your area. I am always amazed at how quickly children take to this wonderful game. Also, a common observation among on-lookers is that the competition is intense, but a lot friendlier than the traditional American youth sports like baseball and basketball.

{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 from other countries too. I'd love to post your pictures here as "This Week's Photos."}

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 Coupon offer from CafePress.com
CafePress offers coupon good for this week only!

The new Joy of Bocce logo got rave reviews last week. I’ve uploaded it to my virtual storefront at CafePress.com, placing it on t-shirts, caps, mugs and other items. Please check out the finished product by clicking the link below or the cap 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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 Bocce product of the week
Let’s Play Bocce! The Video...

A couple week’s ago I printed my review of Let’s Play Bocce! (running time 45 minutes). It is 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!

The reaction from readers was overwhelming, with hundreds of people clicking on the producer’s web site to take a closer look. In fact, the week’s ezine set records for most total clicks and most clicks on any given link (the bocce video link). So, it is easy to see that there is a big market for a bocce video and I am adding the entire set to my product offerings (see my web site link for More Outdoor Games).

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.

Just $19.95 plus shipping...

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 Non bocce product of the week
Glucosatrin for healthy joints

{Hey, bocce's great, but I'm always on the look-out for all kinds of good products for my readers}

The success of glucosamine products on helping to heal and maintain healthy joints is well documented. Well, my company's entry into this field is, I believe, the finest on the market. This product is a nutritional approach to healthy joints and cartilage using special nutrients and herbs. It helps relieve joint stiffness caused by vigorous activity or the natural wear and tear from aging and/or being a tad overweight.

It aids in suppressing inflammation and can strengthen and stabilize the collagen that is already in place in the joints. This might be just the thing to lessen or altogether alleviate the pain and stiffness you feel walking up and down the bocce court and bending over to pick up bocce balls.

Each bottle contains 120 tablets. Retails for $39.95 plus shipping. Click below to learn more about this wonderful product. {As with any health product, always consult your physician.}

Go ahead - take a look at Glucosatrin

 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 http://www.joyofbocce.com and "opt in" for my FREE Ezine on bocce.

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 wam@strato.net.

March 16, 2003 - Anthony's Pizza & N. Pagano Plumbing - 1st annual bocce tournament (Indoors) at Hartley Park in Mount Vernon, N.Y. Limited to the 1st 16 four-person teams. Respond to Guy at (GMSF4@aol.com).

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 skinny@prodigy.net.

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: www.libocceclub.com or email James@libocceclub.com.

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 ronjo9445@aol.com.

April 26, 2003 - Three Person Volo, Waterloo Gun and Bocci Club, Stockton, CA, Volo Rules, Contact David Canclini (209) 957-3314 or canclini@gotnet.net.
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 rbloomky@aol.com.

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