The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 15 - April 12, 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
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Volume 3, Issue #15 - April 12, 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}

Bob Sileo (Coral Springs, FL) sends the photo to the right saying…

“During a spring break trip to Ridgefield, CT, Nicky Sileo of Coral Springs, FL pitched in to get the court at Ballard Park in Ridgefield ready for play.”


We received many responses to Tom Belluomini’s request to locate courts in the Pasadena, CA area…

Perry Michienzi informs us that…

“The Garabaldi Club has two courts – contact Joe Ventura at 818-845-1403. Also Downey, CA is only about 25 miles from Pasadena.”

Fred J. Baldino writes…

“Tell Tom Belluomini that we have an Italian Club, The Garibaldi/M.B. Society with 2 beautiful courts inside the club house and it is only 10 minutes from Pasadena on Figuroa Blvd. We always need new members and players. PH (818) 846-0414.”

(Tracilyn Malley of the American Bocce Association also suggested Downey Bocce Club – also, I keep forgetting to advise people to check out which has an excellent Bocce Court Locator organized by state.)

Steve Watkins adds…

“There is the Downey Bocce Club, at Apollo Park in Downey. That's not too far a drive from Pasadena. And in Santa Monica, there are public courts in a city park at Seventh and Wilshire, near the ocean. That's also not a bad drive if you go at the right time to avoid traffic, and you get the bonus of being seven blocks from the ocean.”

Jamie Allyn of Salt Lake City, UT…

“I recall that there were some facilities in Glendale (just west of Pasadena on the 134 Ventura Freeway) in the Central Park close to the main Library near the intersection of Colorado and Brand. “


Perry Michienzi is determined to get a big tourney off the ground…

“Would like 64 teams, but will go with 32 teams – round robin and of course the price will change – everyone will play at least 3 games or more.” {Contact Perry Michienzi at 49324 Eisenhower Dr., Indio, CA. 92201 or PFM777@AOL.COM or fax 760-775-5638.}


Boccemon Tom McNutt…

“Regarding John Robert's question of artificial turf and golf greens, consider this - Turfs that were designed for athletic fields were made to resemble grass. Grass has blades that when reproduced synthetically tend to lie "directionally". A cross section of any soccer turf will lean left or right, or towards you or away from you. The whole field or court will set up the same way, even after lifting and filling with sand. So when the ball rolls one direction, it will be fast while the opposite direction will be slow. Manufacturers of synthetic golf greens make what is called an all directional surface. The "blades" are more like springs so the concept is similar to a kitchen scrubbing pad. It doesn't play fast or slow, left or right. This is what I recommend to clients who consider synthetic turf courts. Some companies even make several colors so you can match grass or sand in the surrounding landscape.

Regarding speed of a short court... Fast is good with regards to any bocce court.”

Adam Kagel of Herons Glem, FL…

“We had indoor/outdoor carpet in Sun City, AZ. They were easy to play on, even with wet weather. There was no maintenance, which was a big help. I like them better than Har-Tru for their all-weather ability.”


Art Swink of Palazzo di Bocce…

“As always I enjoyed reading your newsletter, it’s a must-read for anyone interested in learning the game or wishes to become a bocce lover. I thought you should add the Palazzo di Bocce Grand Opening date to your calendar of events – it’s June 14, 2004. Also, add the Detroit Lions Coach “Mariucci’s Celebrity Bocce Ball Tournament” at Palazzo on June 9, 2004, the first of many more. It’s all on our web site.”



Denise Storace of Phoenix re: the photos she submitted for last week’s issue…

“I have gotten e-mails from all over the world. The pictures I sent you were actually two courts - will get you some better pictures when I get over there. Material is asphalt. . they only play Volo. . . well, until I introduced
them to open . . not going over very well. .. old men. . new tricks. But I have several women that play with me. . for some reason women don't play too much in our parts . . but that will hopefully change. . Keep you posted.”

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 Photos of the week
More bocce courts we have known & loved - from the archives of past issues - being considered for publication in the Joy of Bocce 2nd Edition.

Included this week = Newly refurbished state-run hockey arena in the North End of Boston that now includes two indoor bocce courts. This rink is right next to the three outdoor courts that we featured in Vol I, Issue 11, March 17, 2002.


Volume 2, Issue #50 - December 15, 2003

Carroll Park Gardens (Brooklyn, NY). The playground/ball park includes two bocce courts (approx. 75' by 10').


Volume 2, Issue #51 - December 22, 2003

Il Vagabondo (351 East 62nd St., NYC) - a terrific restaurant with walls covered with photographs of celebrities who've visited as well as charming old bocce pictures. Traditional red and white table cloths adorn the tables and carafes of Chianti are plentiful.

And yes, one section of the restaurant indeed has a bocce court flanked by dining tables. Rules are posted and designed for safety of the patrons and to keep the flow of diners moving. You can only play before you are seated or after you’ve finished dining. In addition, a large washer is the target. I had heard of bocce play where the target was a metal washer (remains stationary), but had never seen it. Presumably this keeps a pallino from being hit and ricocheting into the crowd. The court has a ditch at either end. Balls entering the ditch are "dead" and may not score a point.


Volume 3, Issue #1 - January 5, 2004

Photo courtesy of George Danner of Griffin, Georgia, a self professed “bocce nut” of 15 years. The “rock dust” courts are 76’ by 12’ with sideboards of 4 by 6 treated lumber. Danner says “I added two horseshoe pits for bowlers waiting to roll.”


Volume 3, Issue #2 - January 12, 2004

Photo - Art Robichaud of Salem, NH. Art is a champion dart player who recently took up bocce with our Monday morning group. He became so enamored of the game, he quickly became a regular and just as quickly became a good player. Building two (maybe four) 80’ by 12’ courts in his back yard.


Volume 3, Issue #4 - January 26, 2004

Our attempt to promote bocce to our local high school students. Our bocce group (Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit, Inc.) coordinated with the physical education staff so that we could set up temporary courts, demonstrate how to play, and run a day of games.


Volume 3, Issue #6 - February 9, 2004

I've heard of fanatics who play Snow Bocce, but Tom "Boccemon" McNutt is the first to send photos of the activity.


Volume 3, Issue #8 - February 23, 2004

Mike Grasser photo - Men’s doubles division "A" punto raffa volo national championships (regional playoffs - Atina, Italy).

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 Bocce product of the week
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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).

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 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 9, 2004 - Detroit Lions Coach “Mariucci’s Celebrity Bocce Ball Tournament” at Palazzo di Bocce - see

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 7, 2004 - ABA Senior Championships - Open – 4 person team - Must be over 55 - City of Danville - Sycamore Valley Park - MUST HAVE ABA CARD – Contact Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169.

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

Aug 14-15, 2004 - Paul Vitagliano Memorial Men's 4 player & Women's 4 player - Toccolana Club - contact Walt Semeniak 315-793-3070.

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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