The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 12 - March 22, 2004 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   A home for the Joy of Bocce 2nd edition...
•   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 3, Issue #12 - March 22, 2004
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2004 http://www.joyofbocce.com

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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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Joy of Bocce 2nd edition

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.

Check out bocce mechandise for the coming season...

 A home for the Joy of Bocce 2nd edition...
Here is my status report as of 3/22/04

Done submitting query letters and proposals…

Done writing…

Almost done selecting photographs…

Moved the history of the game to chapter 1
Updated all chapters with new material and photos
Added pictorial chapter on Bocce Courts We've Known & Loved
Added chapter on Bocce & Special Olympics
Added chapter on Organizing a League/Promoting the Game
Added chapter on the Best of The Joy of Bocce Weekly

I've decided to go with a print-on-demand outfit called 1St Books. I researched them thoroughly and am satisfied that this non-traditional approach is a good fit for me and The Joy of Bocce. A former student of mine, Jay Atkinson, who is a pretty high powered writer, “loaned” me his agent for a brief consultation. We agreed that, since I already have access to the bocce community through my ezine and web site, this print-on-demand approach should work well.

The down side is that there will be no copy editors reviewing the text. Whatever I submit will end up in print. This may not be such a downer since the first edition went through a slew of copy editors and I'm still finding typos. The 200 page book will sell for around $17 instead of $13 or $14 which is a tad high, but I think worth the couple bucks more as the info represents a major upgrade.

The up side is quick turn around - will be in print in a matter of months rather than a full year from the time I submit the finished manuscript. Also, it will be available in Barnes & Noble and traditional bookstore venues.

P.S. Atkinson's first novel, Caveman Politics (a murder mystery with a rugby backdrop) was extremely well reviewed. Check it out at Amazon.com below...

Caveman Politics

 Photos of the week
This week's pics are submitted by landscape architect Michael Grasser who gives us a peek at some of the courts he has built in the Michigan area.

According to Grasser...

"A bocce court can become an inviting spot to sit in any garden when you incorporate seating, lighting and a pergola with fragrant wisteria vine. The combinations become limitless. Bocce courts should as enjoyable to look at as they are to play on."

View this week's photos...

 Bocce product of the week
The Budget Bocce Court by Bryan Mero

Bryan Mero (of Ibocce.com fame) has created a very well crafted booklet on building a low budget bocce court. He's published it via the clever print-on-demand outfit CafePress.

It describes in detail how Mero was able to build his 60' by 10' court in California for less than $600.

Mero covers topics like...

Tools & supplies you'll need
Choosing the court's location
Should I roto-till?
How do I make it level?
Do I really need to use a lawn roller?
How do I level out the court surface?
What do I use as the mid-layer?
What is the top layer...crushed what?
Where do I mark foul lines?
What will court maintenance be like?

Interspersed with photos, drawings and personal notes from his own court construction experience this helpful little booklet is a definite "keeper."

Click to visit Ibocce's CafePress store...

 Non bocce product of the week
Softball season is coming!

Softball: Fast & Slow Pitch (Masters Press, 1990) by Mario Pagnoni and Gerald Robinson

In print since 1990, I wrote this with my friend Gerry Robinson, now an athletic director in New Milford, Connecticut. I have been trying to analyze how this title could have such amazing "staying power" (more than 50,000 copies sold). I finally figured it out…it's just plain good, and the competition is mostly just plain bad.

Some sports instruction books are written by big time college coaches who get a grad student to do the bulk of the work. The publisher slaps a “Spaulding Sports Library” or some such label on it, and the buying public thinks it must be good.

Very complete, our book includes chapters on hitting, throwing, fielding, baserunning, organizing a practice, team defense, offensive strategy, and coaching a youth league team. It even has appendices on fundraising for your team, scoring a game, and softball rules in plain English.

It is ideal for the player who wants to hone his skills, the parent who wants to help a child improve, and the coach who wants to better organize practices. A bargain at $12.95 plus shipping.

 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. Click the logo to the right to opt in if you do not already receive this ezine every Monday.

March 27 & 28, 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 wam@strato.net.

April 3, 2004 - Raffa Singles, Campo di Bocce, Los Gatos, CA - Contact Ben Musolf - 408-395-7650 or Bjmusolf@aol.com.

April 17, 2004 - Second annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament - Open rules - Bellingham Sportsplex Indoor Soccer Field - for more info see tournament link on Boccemon.com or contact Tom@boccemon.com.

April 19-21, 2004 - Biltmore Hotel, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Contact Kyle Hughes 800-245-8667.

May 15, 2004 - Ken Waldie SSC, Inc. Tournament. Lawrence, Massachusetts. Four-player teams, 12' by 72' foot AstroTurf courts. Contact Mario Pagnoni at Director@kenwaldiessc.org.

May 15-16, 2004 - Dempsey Cianfrocco Memorial Co-ed Doubles - Toccolana Club, Rome, NY - contact Walt Semeniak 315-793-3070

May 24, 2004 - international invitational tournament - looking for teams from the US. Contact Bruce Fuller, proprietor of d'Asolo Vineyards of Oliver, B.C. Canada (Wine Capital of Canada) at bfuller@asolo.ca.

May 28 to June 5, 2004 – United States Championships, Stockton, CA. Contact Mike Conti @ 847-692-6223 or usbocce@aol.com.

June 12-13, 2004 - Northeast States / Canada Classic ($100 entry fee) Mens Doubles - Toccolana Club - contact Walt Semeniak 315-793-3070.

July 9-11, 2004, Bocce Classic X, Dayton, Ohio. Contact Dick Bloom @ 937-439-7936 or email: rbloomky@aol.com.

July 10, 2004, Northern California Bocce Championships, Martinez Bocce Federation (Waterfront Park facility housing 15 permanent courts). Open rules. Contact Keith Tate 925-370-0633 or e-mail: hktate@sbcglobal.net.

October 9 - 11, 2004 - North American Bocce Championship, Montreal. Contact Mike Conti @ 847-692-6223 or usbocce@aol.com.

NO MATTER HOW BIG OR SMALL, NO MATTER WHAT PART OF THE COUNTRY, SEND US YOUR TOURNAMENT INFO SO WE CAN GET THE WORD OUT IN THIS COLUMN. PEOPLE MAY WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUR EVENT OR JUST VISIT TO CHECK IT OUT TO "BROADEN THEIR HORIZONS."

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