The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 13 - April 5, 2004 
•   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 3, Issue #13 - April 5, 2004
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2004


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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.

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 Readers' feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Bruce Fuller writes...

"I've never played Bocce in my life.... but I had this idea to create an international challenge event in Canada's Wine Capital, Oliver, British Columbia, Canada...thinking that one day in the future we could host a wonderful Bocce tournament in a little agricultural food and wine village I'm developing called "il villaggio d'Asolo" (village of Asolo), a place reminiscent of that wonderful town of Asolo in the Veneto area some 65 kms. from Venice in north-eastern Italy.

I was able to convince Michael Newman, the Publisher of the Oliver Chronicle newspaper that this could become a bigger and bigger event for the community... and why not... since Bocce is often played with a full wine glass to counter-balance the tossing arm...

Anyway, with the community now solidly behind our concept, we've begun the process of putting the challenge tournament together, and with the capable assistance of the local Portuguese community who've had three pitches behind their clubhouse for years, we've been able to structure our first event for this May 22, 23rd."

{See tourney info below for contact info - sounds like an excellent event.}


Tom Belluomini of San Bruno, CA…

“My Son has moved to Pasadena Calif. - home of the Rose Bowl Parade. He asked me if I knew of any Bocce courts in this area. I told him I would check with you and your resources.

{Can anyone help with this request?}

Do you have any pictures of the best six courts in the San Francisco area called Italian American Citizens Club? Located in South San Francisco - in a public park called Orange Park. The Italian Club takes care of these courts in a city park. Great community outreach and relationship now established for the young and seniors. I believe we now have about 400 members. There are many champions who play and visit here whenever possible. Even the Mayor and city council members are now playing Boh-chay....”

{No pictures in my collection. Am anxious to see photos of these courts – can any reader oblige?}


John Robert (Bob) Port of Audubon, PA calls himself a “renewed bocce player”…

”My wife, Mary Ann, and I played Bocce in our Adult Community where a friend (August Negro) & I started a Bocce League. He had been raised with Bocce and instructed me on the game. Together we had 6 great
years of Bocce with 40 to 50 Seniors playing in the league. Everyone loved the game and played 2-3 times per week. The court we played on was a very old and originally had sand on it. We removed the sand and
put down infield dirt (baseball) which is a mixture of clay, gravel, and sand. There was considerable maintenance on the court and for seniors it was extremely difficult to keep the court in playable condition.

Last year we moved to a new beautiful retirement community and they are going to build a Bocce court this year. I have concern on the high maintenance of Bocce courts. Management is also concerned about a high
maintenance activity.

The community will also be putting in a Golf Putting Green and will probably use artificial putting green material. Would you have any knowledge of using artificial putting green surface for a Bocce court?
To me, it sounds like a very good idea. I realize that this goes against bocce tradition, but it is very difficult to get older people to maintain a court. I have found that most seniors that start to play Bocce really develop a passion to play, but can't physically do the labor
required. That is why the artificial putting green surface sounds so good.”

{Can any reader help? As far as I know, Michigan landscape architect Michael Grasser is the most expert guy in the states on artificial surfaces ( He even visited manufacturers in Italy in order to best advise Tony Battaglia on surfaces for his Palazzo di Bocce which promises to be a showpiece for the game.}


Jamie of Salt Lake City...

"I am putting the finishing touches on a court I started two springs ago. Because of some large trees the best I could do was about 45'X 9'.

Any ideas for the top surface so the balls run reasonably true but slow enough so as not to roll to the end board all the time? My best guess was some course sand mixed with more dirt and experiment until it seemed right but perhaps someone else could suggest something to try."

{First off - short courts are ok - whatever fits your backyard and your pocketbook is fine! We have a friend locally whose court is about the same size - we love playing there.

Next, most players want very fast surfaces, regardless of the size of their court. Our friend experimented with indoor-outdoor carpet and finally settled on a stone dust surface. It is fast, but not dramatically so. And stone dust is inexpensive.

Does any reader have a suggestion, and is it really necessary to slow the surface down if your court is short?}


Perry Michienzi is back in action…

“How many teams would be interested in coming to Indio, CA to play in a $10,000 tournament?
The tournament would be round robin, maybe 2 days. The price would be about $200 per team of 4 male or female and it would take place in October or November of this year. If we get enough response (at least 64 teams) that would be great."

{Contact Perry Michienzi at 49324 Eisenhower Dr., Indio, CA. 92201 or PFM777@AOL.COM or fax 760-775-5638.}

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 Photos of the week
This week's pics come courtesy of Denise Storace of Phoenix, AZ and Sumber, Croatia...

Says Denise...

"We live in Phoenix, Arizona approximately November - May. The other part of the year we are in Sumber, Croatia.

These are some pictures from our courts there.

The love of my life, Armando Blaskovic was born in this village. When he was born it was Italy. Then in the 1950's it became Yugoslavia, then in 1992 is became Croatia.

One day he announced to me that our village
needed their own courts. The next think I knew
he was out at the end of our driveway walking
off the future courts.

This is his gift to his village. . lots of hard manual labor, more personal funds than he will admit to, a donation of private land, along with the help and more donations from our neighbors, local government and a few businesses the courts are now being played on virtually every evening. These are the typical asphalt courts that are in Europe. The local government let us hook up to the grid."

View this week's photos...

 Bocce product of the week
Speaking of settling disputes over whose ball is closer...I just happen to have the finest measure for bocce stocked right on my shelves.

Still our most popular measure, this Prohawk International measuring device has been a big hit in this Ezine. I've placed photos on my website that clearly illustrate the product's features.

These measures are of very high quality and are reasonably priced. The Premier Boule Measure is designed for "inside measure" which is by far the most accurate.

The tape extends to 2 meters (about 6 ½ feet) and has a self-locking mechanism, calipers, and a game scoring mechanism. Makes a great gift for the bocce lover in your life. Every serious bocce player (and not-so-serious player) should have one. Please check them out ($19.95 plus shipping).

Click to view pictures of the Premier...

 Non bocce product of the week
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 Tournament update
{chronological order}

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

April 17, 2004 - American Bocce Association - Open -2 men/2 women - Orange Ave. Mem. Park, South San Francisco, CA - contact Rudy Bertolozzi @ 650-583-9936.

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

April 24, 2004 - April in Vallejo - Vallejo Bocce Federation 333 Amador St., Vallejo, CA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD - contact Dick Gomez @ 707-554-9916.

May 8, 2004 - American Bocce Association - Women’s Open Tournament – 4 person team - P.I.A.S.C. San Mateo, 100 “B” St., San Mateo, CA - contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.

May 8, 2004 - American Bocce Association - Raffa – 3 person team - P.I.A.S.C. San Mateo Beresford Recreation Center, 28th Ave. & Alameda de la Pulga, San Mateo, CA - contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.

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

May 15, 2004 - Debbie Gerow Memorial Bocce Tournament - The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Fundraiser - Open – 4 person team - Martinez Bocce FederationWaterfront Park Martinez, CA - contact Lydia Romo @ 925-754-4890 or Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169.

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

May 22, 2004 - Pittsburg Bocce Federation - Buchanan Park, Pittsburg, CA - Open – 4 person team - contact Manny and Lydia Romo 925-754-4890.

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

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

June 5, 2004 - Antioch Bocce Federation - Chichibu Park Antioch, CA - Open – 4 person team - contact Karen King @ 925-778-1946.

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

June 19, 2004 - Fairfield Bocce Federation, 1200 Civic Center Dr., Fairfield, CA - Women’s Open Tournament – 4 person team - contact Frank Rossi @ 707-425-2621.

June 25-27, 2004 - American Legion - Farrell, PA
four players - Bob Churko Memorial - contact 724-342-7112.

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

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:

July 10-11 World Series Warm-up - Men 4 player & Woman 4 player - Toccolana Club - contact Walt Semeniak 315-793-3070.

July 17, 2004 - John Magnetti Mem. Open Tournament - 4 person team - Fairfield Bocce Federation - 1200 Civic Center Dr., Fairfield, CA - contact Frank Rossi @ 707-425-2621.

July 23-25, 2004 - Italian Home - Farrell, PA - four players - contact 724-346-6931.

July 31 - Aug 1, 2004 - MVR Club - Youngstown, OH
four players - contact 330-746-7067.

August 13-15, 2004 - American Legion - Farrell, PA
two players - contact 724-342-7112.

October 9 - 11, 2004 - North American Bocce Championship, Montreal. Contact Ron Jacobs (209) 957-1223, or David Canclini (209) 957-3314,

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