The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 18 - May 3, 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 #18 - May 3, 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 international style bocce...

 Readers' feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Bocce Bob Whitlow sends the photo to the right...

"The group pic is of the 2004 BOCCE USA League Champions. Left to right: Mayor Woolard, John Battioli, Nadine Battioli, Diane Hammann, Karl Hammann and myself at the end. The winning team was sponsored by the Franklin-Williamson Human Services Foundation.

There were 10 special awards, best hitter, pointer, most enthusiastic, most improved, best acrobatic moves, sportsman of the year, and female/male players of the year and two Bocce supporters.

The recipients of these awards were voted on by all the league players, except me, on the last night of play. I exempt myself completely from any awards…as I wrote the criteria, counted the votes, and wrote the presentation script that Mayor Woolard used."

{I like that "best acrobatic moves award" - I would also like to see a "best reactions" award. We have some players who grimmace and jump up and down, and make all kinds of gyrations after a good roll or a near miss. Some reactions are priceless!}


George Farruggio of the Italian/American Bocce Association of Punta Gorda, Florida writes...

"I have a question for Nick Pezzulo. What is the 6" radius used for at the end of the court? The bocce ball is dead if it hits the back board without hitting any other ball or pallino. Please don't tell me you play bocce with the back board live. When you play back board live you don't play bocce you play luck bocce hoping the ball does something good for you. Nick, hope to see you in next year's tournament."

{I too was wondering about that 6" radius that Nick alluded to in that recent issue on Bocce in Naples, Florida. Can Nick or anyone else explain?}


Ray Sola asks if we can "Please help get the word out..."

"Christopher Columbus Park in Tucson, Arizona is getting about a $2 million dollar make over. Plans include many baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts (even though there are 8 hardly used semi-public courts at Pima College just 2 miles away) and other items.

We had managed to get Bocce Courts added to the original plans for the park. However, they seem to have been deleted and some people are saying they are not needed and are trying to keep them from the plans.

First of all the park is named "Christopher Columbus Park" - how could it not have bocce courts? He had to have played.

Second, bocce courts are relatively cheap compared with the other items planned, like baseball fields and tennis courts.

And there are no public bocce courts anywhere near "Christopher Columbus Park."

And the few public courts that there are on the other side of town are clearly well used.

{The person to voice your opinion to is Julie Parizek, Project Manager, Capital Planning and Development Unit,
City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department
900 S. Randolph Way
Tucson, AZ 85716
520.791.4873 x 222}

Visit Chris Pfeiffer's new web site - Christopher's Games of Quality & Distinction

 Photos of the week
This week’s photos come courtesy of Allan Colby of Corralitos, CA.

Says Colby...

"Here are some pictures of the court we recently put in. We live near Santa Cruz, California.

The court is ten feet by sixty feet. The material is four inches of gravel, covered by two inches of crushed granite, covered by two inches of sand, with a top layer 1/2 inch thick of 50% sand and 50% crushed oyster shell.

I use a lawn roller to keep it compacted. It was built by a group in San Jose, California called Tuscan Gardens.

The scoreboard is a six foot piece of 2 X 6 kiln dried redwood. It and the lights I built myself.

I enjoy the newsletter. Bocce is, I think, the perfect party game. Anyone can play it. My six year old grandson plays, and my brother-in-law with two hip replacements plays. And it is of no advantage to be a jock - my grand nephew is a semi-pro baseball player, and he was not particularly good at bocce!"

{Please follow Allan's lead and send photos of bocce in your neck of the woods.}


The second section of photos is held over from last week - they 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.”

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
{chronological order}

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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 8, 2004 - 5th annual West Seattle / Holy Rosary Indoor Bocce Tournament. Contact Pat Henry @ 206-938-2990.

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.

August 22, 2004 - ABA Volo Championships – 3 person team - So. SF IACC Orange Ave. - Mem. Park, South San Francisco, CA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD - contact Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169.

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

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