The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. II, Issue 9 - March 3, 2003 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce on the web
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Photos of the week
•   Tournament update
 Notes from the publisher
The Joy of Bocce Weekly
The FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 2, Issue #9 March 3, 2003
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2003 http://www.joyofbocce.com

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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 on the web
While cruising around the Internet recently I came across an interesting site (http://bocce.baltimore.md.us).

The webmaster (Thom LaCosta) has created an entertaining and well organized bocce site containing details on Baltimore’s bocce action as well as general information on the sport. He’s even incorporated several of my photos and some of what I wrote when I visited there last year (see Joy of Bocce Volume I, Issue 28 – July 22, 2002 – you’ll find it archived at joyofbocce.com).

Hey, I get a chance to quote myself here…

“These two beautiful bocce courts are in the Little Italy section of Baltimore, Maryland. They are 80’ by 13’ and topped with a very fine, light gray stone dust. The courts “play fast” and are a terrific draw for local restaurants and other businesses. Bocce is largely a night-time activity in these parts. The well-lighted courts start to fill up with players right after dinner-time.”

I particularly like the web site’s section on the History of Bocce. It covers the often cited examples of bocce’s evolution from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome.

Like other historical accounts (and lore) it quotes Sir Francis Drake who is purported to have said of the rapidly advancing Spanish Armada…“First we finish the game, then we deal with the Armada.” But this is the first time I have come across the following light-hearted and very amusing account credited to Michael Kilian of the Chicago Tribune…

“Some historians claim bocce dates back 7,000 years. The Egyptians played it when they weren’t struggling with pyramid stones, and the Romans picked it up from them (I don’t think Cleopatra did, however, as it’s not a game you can play in bed).

The barbarians within the Roman Empire took a liking to it – the Gauls producing a French version called “boule.” The English, who never quite got the hang of things, turned it into the tacky pastime you see on television’s Championship Bowling.

Unlike Championship Bowling, bocce is not a game of roll, slam, crash, rack and have another brewski. It’s a true sport involving skill, finesse, strategy and cunning.”

Click to check out Baltimore bocce

 Photos of the week
This week’s photos come courtesy of Bede Kortegast of Playaboule of Seattle, Washington. Bede is an enthusiastic supporter of bocce and distributor of the Italian-made Perfetta bocce balls (check site at www.playaboule.com).

Bede says…

“I was going through some old files and came across these files of a Bouledrome in Lyon, France. They play the Lyonnaise (Volo) style game there. As you can see, there are no side walls between courts.”

The photos picture the Bouledrome Eduoard Herriot in the Perache district of Lyon, a venue that hosts many major Volo events as it is close to the center of Lyon.

More info on the Lyonnaise type game

 Bocce product of the week
Clubhawk Gold Measures

The Premier Boules Measures have been flying off the shelf lately. But Joy of Bocce Weekly subscribers are overlooking an equally fine measure in the Clubhawk Gold. Using a string rather than a steel tape, this is an extremely accurate measuring device.

It extends a couple feet farther than the Premier, has the same calipers for close measurements, and even has a belt clip.

Remember, we don't need a finely calibrated instrument that measures exactly how far balls are from the object ball...we just need to know which is closer to it. This nifty string device does the trick. You pull out enough string to reach the first ball you are measuring. If you have to pull more string from the housing to reach the other ball in contention...then it is farther away!

Click below to see more photos showing the Clubhawk’s features in detail. Retails for $19.95 plus $4.00 shipping anywhere in the USA.

See more photos of the Clubhawk Gold

 Non bocce product of the week
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.

I received many inquiries about how the CafePress program works and decided that it was worth writing a short description here. I first saw the CafePress concept on Bryan Mero’s excellent site (Ibocce.com) and Bryan recommended the company to me without reservation.

CafePress is probably the best kept secret in the country (not for long). Their operation is very smart, simple to manage, and appropriate for anybody who might want to sell promotional items for their business, hobby, club, or sports team.

It’s a print-on-demand company. You go to their site (CafePress.com) and set up a “virtual storefront” (easy to do, and no charge). Next, you pick the items from their “virtual supply house” that you might want to sell (no charge to you). Now upload your logo/artwork (still no charge). The image will appear on a graphic of the item telling you the cost of the item, and you are prompted to input the sale price you would like to charge (mark it up whatever percentage you choose).

That’s it. No set-up charge, no minimum quantities to order, no inventory, no risk. You just need to send traffic to that storefront (e.g. “Hey guys, you just gotta check out CafePress.com/joyofbocce”), and encourage people to purchase the items.

When CafePress gets an order (even a single mug, for example), they collect the funds through THEIR merchant account, print the item, ship it to the customer and, at the end of the month, send you the difference between the item cost and your marked-up price.

It’s a no-brainer. There is no risk. If sales are generated, you and CafePress make money. If not, no harm – no foul. Anyone who is raising money for any organization, club, sports team, etc. should be doing this. I recommend getting a professional look though. If you are running Little League baseball, for example, commission a graphic artist to create personalized artwork for you (anybody can get a piece of clip art with crossed bats – step up and get a customized image that people can identify with your organization).

Click below to set up your own virtual storefront at CafePress.com. If you list joyofbocce (all one word) in the box for Referral Store ID, I’ll even get a little bonus…thank you very much.

Check out your own virtual storefront...

 Tournament update
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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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