The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 24 - June 21, 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 #24 - June 21, 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.

Learn how to top dress a court...

Readers' feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Rico Daniele sends news that Eugene Celico is indeed filming "The Tournament" in Westerly, RI (a father and son "coming of age" story with a bocce backdrop). Rico and his entourage visited the set recently and even got to stand in as extras in the film. Stay tuned...


Danielle from Mass. writes...

"I was looking for a place somewhat local where I could play in a club or league type setting. I have a few restrictions though being a 23 yr professional female, working most days leaves out what local league play I know about. If I can’t find anything I was looking to start something. I thought you might have a better idea of where to look. I am located in Dorchester which is south of Boston but am willing to go anywhere within say a 30 min. drive to play on weekends or even early evenings."

{There are three wonderful outdoor courts on Commercial St. in Boston & two indoor courts in the ice rink adjacent to those outdoor courts. Take a ride some night and connect with the bocce crowd - does any reader know of other places Danielle might try?}


Allan Rudnick asks...

"I am planning to build a court. We are thinking of using a surface like a golf putting green, made of synthetic turf.
Any comments on that?"

{Any readers having success or problems with such a surface? Please REPLY}


Julia from Orlando, FL presents a common problem...

"I have a very good bocce set that is 30 years old (from my Italian Daddy). We leave the balls out in the bocce court in our back yard, thinking we lived in a secure neighborhood. Well, it appears that some kids have run off with the little ball (pallino).

Can I buy just the little ball (pallino) from you?"

{Sorry, but Rico Daniele at 1-800-BOCCE54 stocks them and so does Bede Kortegast at - both are good guys and reputable businessmen - while most bocce sets last the average person a lifetime, those pesky pallinos tend to disappear at an alarming rate.}


George Zopeller says...

"Community wants to add a roof at the ends of bocce courts (4) for protection from the sun. Any guidance info?

{last year this issue came up and JOB reader David Beacco was kind enough to send this valuable information:

“The canopies that cover the ends of those bocce courts are similar to ones for sale at our local Costco wholesale stores. They are 12 ft wide by 20 ft long for $179.00.”
Beacco was kind enough to provide some links…

I like the idea of the shade and protection from the elements that the canopies might provide (especially here in New England), but am wondering if it will curtail or alter our volo attempts…maybe forcing us to toss lower trajectory volos for fear of hitting the canopy. }

View some other outdoor games products...

Photos of the week
This week Matt Melucci updates us on his beautiful court in Illinois.

Says Matt…”I'm located in Collinsville, IL, 10 miles east of downtown St. Louis, MO. Although there is a large Italian-American community here, to my knowledge, this is the only closed court in town. Most folks play on open grass or gravel drives. In fact, you list the Bocce Contest held at Collinsville's annual "Italian Fest" in your newsletter. It is played on an open area.

The little guy {in one of the photos} (who believed all weekend that it was his job to rake the court between games) is one of my nephew's sons. You can see a little of the "gutter" behind him, which is, of course, out of play. There's one on each end. They're great at preventing a player from surrounding the pallino in a corner (you had an article regarding that problem on "boxed-in" courts in a past edition). Hopefully, you can also see the "tracks" or "trays" to hold bocci prior to use. Also, the special double-shelved bottle holders are visible in one or two photos -- they're great to prevent accidental spills onto the court!

Thanks! And, thank you for the great E-Magazine!! “

Matt Melucci

View this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
Bocce Court Drag Brush

I’ve seen all kinds of home-made court maintenance brushes and scrapers. Two things have always struck me about them. 1 – they look like they are home-made (like someone “Mickey Moused” the contraption using the wrong tools for the wrong job) and 2 – they tend to be HEAVY. Manufactured by Lee Tennis (makers of the Har-Tru surface), this court maintenance tool created for tennis courts works exceptionally well for bocce courts. The 7-foot drag brush is light-weight and, even if you have a 13- or 14-foot wide court, you can smooth it over with just two passes. This is quick enough to do between games without players standing around waiting very long. Bristles are 4 ½ inches of synthetic fibers and the strong but light-weight frame is aluminum. Retails for $137.95 plus shipping.

Click to view pictures of the 7' drag brush...

Non bocce product of the week
Motives customized cosmetics – everything from lipsticks to eye shadow to mascara to just about anything you might desire to enhance your natural good looks.Discover choice, innovation and a customized look in the world of Motives cosmetics. Motives hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic cosmetics offer you cutting-edge style, vivid color and a wide variety of attractive makeup choices.

Learn more about Motives customized cosmetics...

Tournament update
{chronological order}

Please - anyone running a tournament - do me a favor - put a notice near your tourney bracket board informing players that they can go to and "opt in" for my FREE Ezine on bocce. Click the logo to the right to opt in if you do not already receive this ezine every Monday.

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 24, 2004 - 2nd Annual Lakefront Bocce Tournament - Benefits Special Olympics Wisconsin - McKinley Park - Milwaukee, WI - 64 four-person teams - $100 entry fee - Contact Chis Pfeiffer @ 262-797-0320 or

July 31 - Aug 1, 2004 - MVR Club - Youngstown, OHfour 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.

August 28, 2004 – ABA Raffa Championships - Concord Bocce FederationNewhall Park - Concord, CA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD – contact Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169.

September 11, 2004 - Santa Rosalia Tournament - Open – 4 person team - Monterey Bocce Club Charter House - Monterey, CA. Contact Peter Dentice @ 831-372-5400.

September 25, 2004 - XXIX Italian/American Games -Raffa – 3 person team - So. SF IACC Orange Ave. Mem. Park So. San Francisco, CA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD - contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.

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

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