The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 16 - April 19, 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 weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 3, Issue #16 - April 19, 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.

Check out bocce mechandise for the coming season...

 Readers' feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Ben Musolf of Campo di Bocce responded to my request for a picture of a “Rated G” or “PG-13” fanny. This, you may recall, is a pétanque tradition where-by a team losing by a shut-out must kiss the fanny with the winning team looking on as witnesses.

Ben says…”I got the fanny at the world championships in Nice, France and the plaque is actually made out of a tile or cement type of material."

{Click on the fanny photo to visit}


2nd edition update

{Receiving many emails requesting additional updates on the Joy of Bocce 2nd edition. Thanks for the interest. Please be patient. There is an issue with the quality of the photos. For print publication they need to be at least 300 dpi. Some of the digital photos are less than 300 dpi and when we convert them to 300 dpi they tend to get small. So, we are in the process of deciding if we need to:

eliminate some pictures…
ask readers to re-submit them at higher resolutions…
print some a little smaller (sacrifice the size) than we’d like in order to get the higher resolution…
print some larger (sacrifice the resolution) but in the range of 200 dpi

All of this is to be resolved in a week or two and then we go into production phase – shooting for a June or July release. Stay tuned.}


Dr. Cordano comments in regard to international rules play…

“… a regular refereed PRV {Punto Raffa Volo} game played at 12 points is not going to last ANY LONGER than any open game where many players delay action by discussing the play and even going for "conferences" at midline. You don't see that in PRV, because it is not allowed. There is a limit of time for playing a ball. Remember that a player may go only once per frame to see the play on the other side and if he does such an action more than twice in a game the referee will call its abuse ...and will not allow it any more.
For TV, PRV has a lot of more action than the OPEN and of course the typical slow VOLO game with the metal balls...However, VOLO is spectacular in RAPID shooting (singles and doubles) and in PRECISION shooting too.

{As usual, the good doctor is right on target with his comments.}


Nick Pezzulo of Naples, Florida was kind enough to send pictures (see Photos of the Week) as well as info on his bocce play in the Sunshine State. I particularly liked his newsletter section on New Rules adopted by Rules Committee:


No crying by losers while on court.

Free advice or suggestions may be made to opposing players; in fact, this is considered good sportsmanship especially if the advisor is wrong.

Team players must confer with their captains when asking for arbitration, even though the captains may know less than the players.

All complaints must be submitted on three typewritten legal forms and signed by at least 10 players and left at the reception desk. If no decision is rendered within six months, consider the petition denied.

Absolutely no swearing unless it is in Italian, because in Italian it sounds romantic.


There is a good deal of good-natured teasing as in…

“Charlie Dodge had a bit of shocking news when his doctor said go straight to the hospital and do not stop at Einstein’s for a bagel.”


“Lima, Ohio was voted worst place to live in Ohio according to the World Press, except when Joe {Bocce Club President Joe Leppo} heads south to Naples.”

{Don’t forget to view this week’s photos of Naples bocce}

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 Photos of the week
Nick Pezzulo sent along a lovely letter and photos of his bocce operation in Naples, Florida.

Nick says…

“I’m Nick V. Pezzulo, formerly of Youngstown, Ohio (a great bocce city) and now living in Naples, FL for the past 16 years. I enjoyed reading your Joy of Bocce book and look forward to your next edition.

My bocce buddies and I look forward to reading your weekly newsletter and hope you continue. The information is very informative even for me, who grew up around bocce all my life or well over 70 years.

I am sending you some information about our Bocce Club, newspaper article and some pictures. Our group of 38-40 men from all over the states and England, Italy, Canada come here during the winter months to live in the sunshine and we play every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. When 80% of the guys started they never knew the game of bocce. It started out with 6-7 men – they brought friends, family and eventually we grew to a large crowd. I taught most of them the fundamentals of the game and they have developed their own skills and try to make themselves old pros.

The set of rules we play by (sometimes) are by no means related to the International or USBF, but we have a good time and enjoy friendship. Through bocce our guys and their families have grown to a group of 75+ who dine and entertain together.

I built my own court approximately 12’ by 67’ with surface of the same material that is used for the infield of City of Palm Parks (Boston Red Sox) and Minnesota Twins spring training. I have a 6” radius at each corner and a swing board at both ends with a scoreboard in the middle approximately 10’ above surface (which I made myself). I believe it is one of the nicest looking and most functional courts that I have played on and I’ve played on at least 100 courts in my lifetime.

I have read, seen and played on courts of all kinds of materials…blacktop, seashell, astro, turf, kartu, limestone. Some can be very expensive for back yard courts. One court we played on cost $20,000 (that’s right, twenty thousand) and we did not think it was as good as our surface. I invited the players of this expensive court to play at our court and they loved it. My court cost about $800 for the forms and materials and was built nine years ago.

Every year we have a co-ed tournament with prize money and medals and also an annual picnic with good food, spirits, music, and of course bocce."

{It is always good to hear about people enjoying bocce and how the sport brings people together. Please follow Nick's lead and let us know about bocce in your area.}

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
Ultra Prime™ is an advanced amino acid supplement that functions as an anabolic to build muscle and as a secretagogue to naturally increase the secretion of human growth hormone (HGH), the "master hormone" produced naturally by the brain's pituitary gland that governs the body's growth, aging and health maintenance.

This is not HGH. This is a substance that increases your body's natural production of HGH.

HGH influences the growth of cells that comprise bones, muscles and other organs throughout the body, and its levels decline as we age, contributing to the natural aging process.

Secretagogues are substances which can increase the production and natural release of HGH within the body.

Increasing the secretion of HGH helps the body to produce insulin-like growth factors (IGF) that provide a multitude of benefits that can return your metabolism to a more youthful state and help optimize your health.

Learn more about Prime Blends...

 Tournament update
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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 Ron Jacobs (209) 957-1223, or David Canclini (209) 957-3314,

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.

August 14, 2004 - ABA Open Championships Open – 4 person teams - Martinez Bocce Federation - Waterfront Park, Martinez, CA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD - contact Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169.

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 Mike Conti @ 847-692-6223 or

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