The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 17 - April 26, 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 #17 - April 26, 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}

George Danner (Griffin, Georgia) sends tourney results for two events…

“The Trio champions...Winners: Dustin Danner, Shane Smith and George Danner. We smoked through the semi and finals...good to win the first tournament of the year.

{Yes, those are the winners in the photo to the right.}

The Trio Tournament was held in Peachtree City at John Landis' courts. The rolling was FAST, with a lot of balls rolling off the court. His grass was cut short and still growing out which made for a very fast surface. You know when you have the touch, rolling becomes easy, lucky for us we all stayed focused on the matches.

The Guys and Dolls Bocce Tournament...Eight 4-player teams...Two divisions, each team playing all teams in their division one time (6 pts)…then seeding for the double elimination tournament.

Went down to the losers returning to face the team of Mandi Danner, Matt Wood, James Dudley and Sarah Dudley. The "losers" Bob Spillman, Brent Crawley, Shari Cobb and Chris Linschied. The tournament went the full 15 games and the losers defeated the undefeated team 12-8 and 12-4 to win the tournament. Many "rookies" bowled bocce for the first time and fell in love with the game.”


Bob Whitlow - “Bocce Bob” of Illinois…

“Been playing this 7000 year old game for over 50 years. Last year, along with community support, I installed two indoor 10x60 ft regulation bocce courts called "BOCCE USA" in the south wing of our local Factory Stores of America Outlet Mall here in West Frankfort.

This mall is located along Interstate 57 in deep Southern Illinois in West Frankfort, Illinois at exit # 59. The mall is across the state highway from the K-Mart shopping complex.

The two courts are constructed from 4x6 treated timbers, fastened together with metal brackets. They are handicap accessible, have ball racks, clock score board, Stereo sound system playing Italian music, along with Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.

The court finish is about 1/4 crushed grit. Somewhat more coarse than corn meal laid over sand filled outdoor carpet with concrete underneath. Lofting the Bocce in a high arc is not permitted due to the ceiling height and concrete base. Courts are floated with a four foot aluminum bull float where one swipe and they are mirror smooth and ready for another match.

Our team league consists of six 4 person mixed couples teams. All teams are sponsored with logo/names on shirts. We are on a round robin, Monday night schedule with sessions beginning at 6:00 and 7:30 PM. Teams roll three games per night. First team reaches nine is the winner of a game. For every game a team wins, they are awarded five bonus points for their win in addition to the nine points for the game winner. The losing team can scores from zero to eight in any loss....but get to keep their points which is added to their other two games and the grand total points for the night are added to their last week’s running total. As it stands now, teams will be awarded at the end of the season, approx. $.50 cents per point for every point earned during play. So a team can lose three games, however their loss is not in vain, as they are awarded points they earned for their losing efforts.

We also have community walk-in play at NO cost to anyone every Tuesday evening. Players are teamed up on a first come, first served basis. First eight arrivals, we start a game. Next four players arriving will play the winners. This is a great night for beginners to come out and learn the game.

I also conduct special "private" two hour Bocce seminars for school, church, civic organizations at NO cost to anyone. This helps us to introduce this great game to the community.

I conduct a six week bocce course, two hours each for six weeks for students that take the game more seriously. Here the history of bocce, indoor and outdoor bocce, the rules of the game, bocce strategy, tournament play, becoming a bocce judge, etc. are just some of the elements of this course. I also teach Bocce at our local Junior colleges. There is a small charge for this course.

We’re proud of our Bocce here in West Frankfort, Illinois. If you’re ever in the area or just passing by, stop by the Mall for a bargain and then come in and say "HI" to us at BOCCE USA. If you miss us, and are traveling along IS-57 and desire a special appointment, give me a call at my home, 618-937-1668 and we will come out and roll a few.”

{Bocce Bob keeps on running good programs - he remains an excellent ambassador for our game.}


A reader asks...

“We are starting a club in a mobile home area in Florida, I was at another park where we had two courts. They used the following rules: play to 21 with a 35 minute time limit, play is alternated between red and green balls no matter who is closest. Would you recommend this style for all new players or play to 12, with the players shooting until they are closet to the ball?"

{Play to 21 with a 35 minute time limit seems a kind of bocce oxymoron (boccemoron?) - you are unlikely to get near 21 points in 35 minutes, so why not play to 12? What's the rush anyway? Most games should only take 30 to 45 minutes. Enjoy!

Red and green balls are the more traditional, but there are all different colors and styles available today. So, alternating red and green rolls only works when you are playing with those colors. It is a much better game when you play the more conventional way - whoever has the IN ball, stands aside and lets the other team roll. This is the game of strategy and tactics. It seems to me that the alternating style makes tactics of secondary importance.}


Chris Pfeiffer of fame was featured recently in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The excellent article details his move from corporate trenches to starting his own business ventures - Backyard Bocce, Inc. and Christopher's Games of Quality & Distinction.

Read "Jumping off the corporate ladder - A man ditches his high-paying job for a life that money can't buy"

{A brief excerpt...}

"By his mid-30s, Pfeiffer had a good salary, a good corporate career, and good prospects - all things he'd always wanted. He was miserable."

{Link to full text below...}

Read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on Pfeiffer

 Photos of the week
This week’s photos highlight the excellent work done by California bocce court builder David Brewer (

According to Brewer…

”We read your book years ago and it was an inspiration to investigate court design and construction. We have built 65 courts in the last three and a half years, including courts for John Madden, George Lucas, headquarters for, wineries, hotels, restaurants, public parks, retirement communities and private homes.”

An excerpt from Joy of Bocce 2nd edition…
“Like his Pacific Northwest counterpart, Tom McNutt, Brewer favors the readily available oyster shell, using it in a one-to-one mixture with infield clay. “It is very malleable,” says Brewer, “making the courts easy to level and maintain.” Running a drag brush or broom over the surface makes for quick and easy grooming between games. Water percolates well through oyster shell, and the surface will harden, but not as much as stone dust or Har-Tru. All of the above, combined with the fact that crushed limestone is virtually unavailable on the west coast, makes oyster shell an outstanding choice.”

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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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.

August 21, 2004 - Women’s Tournament - Open – 4 person team - So. SF IACC Orange Ave. Mem. Park South San Francisco, CA - contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-871-7732.

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

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