The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 26 - July 5, 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 #26 - July 5, 2004
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2004


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What they're saying about The Joy of Bocce...

Readers' feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Chris Kleckner of Allentown, PA sent this photo of bocce on a camping trip.

Says Kleckner..."Here's a pic from a bocce game during our annual camping trip in the PA Poconos. It's not a pro touney or anything, just a bunch of guys enjoying some
time off."

{Thanks - who needs pros - enjoying each other's friendship and the game is the key.}


Ken Whetstone asks..

"Can you give me a listing of the available bocce courts in Tucson. Are there any public places that it can be played other than private clubs?"

{Can any reader help with this request?}


"I'm looking for bocce courts where I can practice every day here in San Jose, California or in neighboring cummunities within a 30 minute drive. Do you or any of your readers know of any courts like that in my area? I enjoy your E-magazine very much.

Thanks, Ron Vierra"

{Ron acknowledges that Campo di Bocce in Los Gatos is close, but he is looking for public courts...can readers help with this request?}


"Our club in Bonita Bay/Bonita Springs Fl. has grown from 0 to 180 members in just 6 years. We are having a great time and while our mission is to have fun and promote socializing, we do have tournaments and would like to improve our standard of play, in particular by attempting more hitting shots.

However we find the rules for "hitting" in the "Joy Of Bocce" terribly confusing.To begin With Our 2 courts are only 60 feet long. So should we have a "c" line or not? How can one toss a volo shot to land within 40 cms of the target and yet only knock the target ball 1 meter or less? What is the penalty when using a raffa toss from the "b" line which misses its target? In principle, we are attempting to apply the open rules. So we assume that when "pointing" and one hits another ball that ball can roll any distance without penalty, and I assume we can use the sideboards for banking shots. Any clarification you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely, Denis Briggs."

{Wow! 180 players is a pretty impressive group!

I think you are mixing the open and the international rules. First, decide which rules you want to play by. For open rules you can bank shots of the sideboards, move the pallino any distance without penalty, and use one line for both pointing and hitting.

If you want to play the more strict international rules, you'll need to get a couple of players to take the lead and learn those rules, then teach them to everybody else.

Another option is to bring in some international style players to put on a demonstration for your group. Then, they can decide if that syle of play is something you want to pursue. Contact the USBF at the link below.}

Visit the United States Bocce Federation web site

Photos of the week
This week’s photos come courtesy of Richard Heisler of Eureka, CA. He says...

"I've enjoyed your book and updates as well as your great newsletter. I wasn't quite ready to contribute, but your pitiful cries couldn't be resisted. My wife and I made a sweep through Stockton for the nationals
and the Bay Area to scout out the ground for future competition. I will eventually send you some stuff on local happenings up here on the redwood coast of Eureka, CA. We have a small group based
out of Order Sons of Italy, Lodge 1247 in Eureka."

{I was rather pitiful in my plea, but it worked. Please follow Richard's lead and send photos of bocce in your neck of the woods.}

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 more about the 7' drag brush ...

Non bocce product of the week
VitaShield Vitamin C&E Liposome Intensive Moisturizer is a breakthrough in skin moisturizing technology.

Utilizing proven ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and vitamins C and E, the VitaShield Intensive Moisturizer delivers the payload through highly effective liposomes, which are microscopic oil-based particles which penetrate the epidermis and deliver the moisturizing components, antioxidants and other special ingredients deep into the skin.

VitaShield Vitamin C & E Intensive Moisturizer used in the morning and evening will make a noticeable difference in our skin's appearance.

VitaShield Vitamin C Intensive Treatment is a revitalizing skin-care product that contains 10% vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid), one of the highest concentrations of any such product on the market today. What makes the Vitamin C Intensive Treatment so effective is the science in which the Vitamin C is kept intact, maintaining its full potency.

This will stimulate the growth of new collagen and ultimately reduce the appearance of many fine lines and wrinkles.

{I know a woman in Massachusetts who used the product on one half of her face for several months - a kind of controlled experiment. The results were side of her face had much reduced fine lines - her boyfriend was fond of saying "I want to date the woman on THAT side." (pointing to the VitaShield treated side). For more info click below to get to, then click Go Shopping - then enter vitashield kit in the search window.}

Learn more about VitaShield...

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.

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.

September 26, 2004 - Bruno Freschet Mem. Tour. - Open – 4 person team - P.I.A.S.C. - San Mateo, Beresford Recreation Center, 28th Ave. & Alameda de la Pulgas. Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.

October 2, 2004 - Open, 4-person teams - Marin Bocce Federation - 550 B Street, San Rafael, CA. Contact Diana Pellegrini @ 415-454-4483.

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

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