The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 29 - July 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 #29 - July 26, 2004
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2004


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Readers' feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Bocce Bob Whitlow asks...

{His 2004 Punch Bowl Champs pictured to the right}

"Do you have any suggestions on tournament formats? We have had great turnouts for our tournaments, but even with the round robin play and the single or double elim. we have teams waiting to roll.

Every tournament we have had comes down to the hottest team waiting because of the elem. factor of other teams...last Saturday, we had 6 teams of 4. We set up a round robin to get rolling and to help seed in the double elim. The hottest team had to wait for teams to be eliminated, so they could roll. Double elim. is to give every team a second chance. Single elim. is killer.. You can win all the round robin games, be the hottest team, but end up sitting, then roll cold and lose to a weaker team.

We even played the round robin to 8 pts...the first 2 rounds of the double elem to 8 pts..then 12 pts the rest of the tournament..everyone had a ball playing, but there is always someone who gripes."

{Running tourneys always comes down to a ratio of available courts to # of teams. It sounds like you are doing all the right things - trying different formats, playing games to 8 points in the early rounds. You could build more courts, accept fewer teams, or host multi-day events. Can any reader offer other suggestions? Please REPLY}


"Bocce Bum" Ben Musolf offers this on the recent question about bocce balls becoming discolored...

"A commendable set of bocce balls should never lose its color due to wear and tear and or usage. Bocce balls made of a composite material that turns "white" due to usage is a sub-standard ball. There are balls on the market that are of a consistent color throughout and are certified by way weight and color. Those balls that change color are more than likely made in a country that not only does not play bocce as a regular pastime, but do not meet the regulations of the international specifications."


Lots of people expressed interest in last week's mention by Michele Walker (Corralitos, California) of "synthetic green turf that is becoming the new rage."

Wendee Key of Boccebrew writes...

"Can I please have more info on synthetic green turf that is becoming the new rage that I saw on your website. Or contact info for the people who build these courts."

Allan Rudnick asked...

"I'm planning to install a court very soon. We live in the Los Angeles area. Who supplied the turf, and how well is it working out regarding maintenance, playability, look, etc?"

Michele responded with...

"We used T-Tek which you can find online @ About the turf, we love it! It is green and rolls like a putting green which is what you want a Bocce ball to do. It's beautiful and there is really no maintenance. Make sure you start with a really, really good flat base then the rest is candy."

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Photos of the week
This week’s photos illustrate the bocce scene at the Francesco De Sanctis Lodge # 1411 (Sons of Italy) in Natick, Massachusetts. I was invited there for a night of good bocce, good friends, and good food.

Bocce hereabouts is co-ed (mostly women) and is played on the club's two 64' by 10' courts. The local vocational school helped by constructing some interesting bocce ball racks (see photos).

President Milly Piccioli is the driving force behind the league. She is also a "smooth as silk" pointer with exceptional organizational skills for running events. She invited me to play and demonstrate some bocce shots and strategy (I think it's a hoot that everyone thinks I'm a great player). I keep telling everybody - "My contribution is that I interviewed the great players and assembled the information into an easy-to-read book."

There's not much volo play in these parts and I do make an effort to demonstrate it, always qualifying each attempt with "I'll probably miss...I'm just showing you the technique that the good players use." (Luckily, I popped a couple right on the money and then, wisely, made no other aerial tosses).

The night of bocce went very well. I met some wonderful people, played bocce, had a fabulous meal, and even did a brief interview for a local Italian-American radio show.

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 pictures of the Henselite...

Non bocce product of the week
Glucosatrin is a nutritional approach for healthy joints and bones. Featuring special nutrients and herbs, Glucosatrin® helps relieve joint stiffness caused by overactivity and helps reduce overall wear and tear from growing old - or from being overweight. Each bottle contains 90 tablets.

Learn more about Glucosatrin...

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 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 18, 2004 - Collinsville Illinois Italianfest Tournament - Glidden Park, Lebanon and Branch Street, Collinsville (located approx 1 mile from the fest grounds) - info

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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