The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 27 - July 12, 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 #27 - July 12, 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}

David Canclini sends this...

"Thank you for using the pictures that Richard took while in Stockton at the Nationals.

If you look at his pictures, you will see a green court. As far as I know, this is the only application of used Astro Turf on concrete for bocce play.

All the players at the Italian Athletic Club in Stockton were tired of dragging, watering, filling, rolling, etc. the clay oyster shell and granite oyster flour courts; so, concrete was poured in the six permanent courts. Then we were tested! After testing countless products recommended for bocce on concrete, we were not satisfied with any of them.

We tested just about every artificial grass, turf, etc. We tested mats that were rolled out onto the concrete. Nothing seemed acceptable for volo and raffa shooting. All the products tested just bounced too much during shooting.

We were beginning to become desperate! Then we heard of a company that replaces the Astro Turf in football complexes and sell the old turf. Well, we ordered a sample roll and tried it. It was not perfect, but it was the nearest thing we had found that was acceptable.

The Astro Turf is designed for outside use and can withstanding hard use. Both of these factors are a must. During the Nationals all three styles of play were played on these courts. Volo with brass balls; Punto, Raffa, Volo; and Open Rules.

We are planning to cover the courts this winter to keep the rain and leaves off of them. Next spring after the Almond Blossoms have fallen, we will take off the tarps and play bocce.

There is also included with Richard's pictures a photo of our four ndoor courts. These courts are carpet over concrete. During the nationals they were used for the Open Rules and Women's Raffa Singles competition.

The I. A. C. has four indoor courts, six permanent Astro Turf over Concrete courts, and six temporary outdoor courts where only Volo was played."


Can any reader help with this request?

"I am a senior bocce player and have been playing in the adult community of Summerset I in Brentwood, California. We have two very good sets of bocce balls but we are beginning to have a problem of not being able to distinguish between the colors as our eyes are aging along with the rest of the bodies. The bocce balls are a very dark green and very dark maroon red. Is there any kind of finish or paint that might stand up to the play? If you have heard of anyone who refinished their bocce balls, would you please pass along the info.

Marie Van Beveren"


A similar concern from Tony Thayer...

"My wife popped $100 for a gift set of premium Bocce balls for me on Father's day, and the color is coming off.

All the little scratches from use are white - only the surface of the plastic is colored. I give the balls about a month or two of play until all eight balls just look white.

We took your advice and invested in a good set of balls, but I'm thinking we bought the wrong brand. Will a good quality composition ball have color throughout? Can I expect a good ball to be made of colored composition (inside and out), so that routine scratches will not wear the color off the surface layer?"

{I have never encountered this problem before. Can any reader offer suggestions?}


John Ross has a common complaint...

"Mario, I had to re-subscribe. I have not been getting the ezine."

{There is a very big problem in the ezine business today. Many spam filtering programs filter out emails that the person actually wants delivered - mistaking it for spam because of key words like FREE, etc. These are what have been termed "false positives." Contact your email provider and let them know that you want to receive email that comes from Another option is to set up a free email account at Yahoo or Hotmail and subscribe to the ezine with that email address. The free accounts don't put much effort into filtering.}


This from Canada...

"My name is Natasha and I am the General Manager of We are based in Vancouver and are in the process of creating the biggest and best bocce website in Canada."

{Check this site out - promoting the game in Canada including renting bocce equipment on a daily or weekly basis.}

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Photos of the week
This week's photos chronicle how to run a small tournament to promote the game and to have some fun. Just follow what we did this past week-end at the Nevins Library in Methuen, Massachusetts.

Our event was run with the help of our local library. We ended up with eleven four-person teams of parents and children. There was no entry fee and we got some prizes donated for the winners and runners-up. This is very easily duplicate-able (if there is such a word). Please feel free to follow this model and run such an event. Help get the word out about this great game which is still "the best kept secret in sports."

View this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
The Henselite Bowls Measure is a metal telescopic device not much bigger than a ball point pen. Approximately 6 inches when closed, it extends to a meter.

The Henselite is designed for inside measure and for close ones at that. The player or referee first estimates the distance between the pallino and the two bocce balls to be compared. Then, he extends the appropriate telescopic sections to a length slightly less than that estimate.

Next, he places the device between the pallino and one of the balls in question and extends it until it almost touches both balls.

The head of the tool is equipped with a screw-top mechanism. Turning the top in one direction lengthens the tool, while winding in the opposite direction shortens it. This fine tuning makes for very precise measuring. Finally, the measurer places the device between the pallino and the other ball in contention, and compares.

Care must be taken not to disturb the positions of balls being measured.

The device fits in and clips onto your shirt pocket. It even has calipers for checking those really close points. It is the perfect gift for the bocce aficionado in your life. Like our other measures, it retails for $19.95 plus shipping.

Click to view more pictures of the Henselite Bowls Measure...

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 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, 2004 - Jerry Belleci Mem. Tourn. - Open Rules – four-person teams - Pittsburg Bocce Federation, Buchanan Park - Pittsburg, CA. Contact Manny and Lydia Romo @ 925-754-4890.

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

Clubhawk Gold Measure - string instead of steel tape - precise - fits in your pocket

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