The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 3 - January 19, 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 FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 3, Issue #3 - January 19, 2004
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2004

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Joy of Bocce 2nd edition

I'm working hard on a second edition of The Joy of Bocce - and simultaneously trying to land a publisher.

Anybody out there have any clout with publishers? My first book on education was a McGraw-Hill BOMC selection. My second (on computers) got the best review of any book ever brought to press by the publisher. And my softball book is still in print since 1990 with over 50,000 copies sold. Yet The Joy of Bocce is out of print and looking for a new home. 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.


2nd Edition Update

Over the next ten weeks or so, I thought it would be interesting to chronicle my progress in getting the second edition of The Joy of Bocce published. If nothing else, it will coerce me to get some writing done each week as I will be reporting the progress here.

The process goes something like this…

The hopeful author writes what are termed “query” letters to publishers stating who he is, what he wants to write, and why he is the one to write it. He sends a lot of these, always asking if the publisher would be interested in reviewing a full book “proposal”.

The process often takes many weeks (even months) and some publishers will not respond to the query at all. Others will send a form letter rejection, and, with luck, some will agree to take a peek at your manuscript with no obligation to accept or publish it.

Next, the author sends the proposal to any publisher who has agreed to examine it. This includes marketing data as well as table of contents, chapter outlines, sample chapters, or perhaps even the completed manuscript.

After looking over the proposal (perhaps another 6 – 8 weeks) the author may receive either a “thanks, but no thanks” letter, or a contract.

Here is my status report as of 1/19/04

Number of query letters sent in 2004 = 7
Number of rejections = 0
Number of requests to view proposal = 2

Writing progress report...

Chapter 1 Done - about 10% new material
Chapter 2 Done - about 20% new material
Chapter 3 Reworked - about 50% new material
Chapter 4 Done - about 10% new material
Chapter 5 Done - 40% new
Chapter 6 Needs a little tweaking - 20% new
Chapter 7 Needs work - lots of new info
Chapter 8 Needs reworking
Chapter 9 Needs reworking
Chapter 10 Needs reworking

New Chapter – "Bocce Courts We’ve known and Loved" - need to sift through photos to pick best ones

New Chapter – "Organizing a League/Tournament" - roughed out, but needs a lot of work

New Chapter – "Best of The Joy of Bocce Weekly" - roughed out, but needs a lot of work

Stay tuned.

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 Readers' feedback
{Publisher's comments in brackets}

Emile from Orange County (southern California) writes...

"I am looking for a high quality composite and a high quality wood set of bocce balls. From what I’ve read, composite balls are superior to wooden ones. Do you consider Perfetta to be the premier composite bocce ball producer?

{Perfetta seems to be the most highly regarded set - made in Italy and, the 107 mm size is the top players preferred size.}

I am also looking for a traditional-looking wooden set. I have some older Italian friends who will never be satisfied playing with anything but wooden balls. Do you know of anywhere I can obtain a good set of wooden balls? I have found two sets, but they both look more like children’s sets rather than serious bocce playing sets."

Emile says that his...

“...older Italian friends are in their late 60s and early 70s and have sets that they received from their parents and grandparents. I’m in my early 20s so they have quite a head start on me."

{The only wooded sets I see are in department stores and are just a low end ball for inexpensive backyard play. Can any reader supply input? Please REPLY.}


Clay Collier of Brooklyn, NY informs us that we have a wider readership than we thought...

"I checked out those Il Vagabondo photos. {Manhattan restaurant from a couple issues back} They look great. I am told by LJ and Elena that Elena's grandfather who lives in Austria just happened to come across those photos you posted on the website of Carroll Park. He didn't even know that LJ's photo was going to be on the web! He is a bocce player and must have just found it by chance. So, it seems you have readership in Europe too."

{That's LJ and his bocce crew in the photo above.}


Peter Rabito sends some "bocce lingo that we use at the Long Island Bocce Club."

Hitting a previously played ball a little closer to the pallino is to "Toots It Up."

{I have heard this on the south side of Chicago. We roll to "toots it up" here in Massachusetts too...hey, that would make it a tootsie roll.}

If an in ball is located in front of the pallino and you roll your ball to the either side of it to get the point, that is called a - "Horizontal Mambo."

I also like to use the following saying for in balls that require being "spocked" or "shot" out:
"Take a picture of that point, it will last longer!"

Balls that are thrown that appear to be too fast for points are considered "Hot and Heavy."
"Oh, Mario's comin' in Hot and Heavy!"

And the traditional golf saying for balls that appear to be rolled short - "Get Legs."
"C'mon. get legs!!!!"

A person who consistently makes the point is considered - "Money"
"Oh, that Mario's Money."

Playing the pallino close to the side boards is called "Wall Ball."

{Love to hear from others about the jargon they use in their part of the country when playing the game we love...Please REPLY.}

Visit the Long Island Bocce Club web site...

 Photos of the week
This week's pics come courtesy of "Bocce Bum" Ben Musolf of Campo di Bocce fame (Los Gatos, California). They are from his team's excursion to Nice, France for the World Volo Championships.

Team members were Ben Musolf (coach), Dr. Angel Cordano, Marco Cuneo, Tommy Pignatari and Benji Tosi.

Click the logo to the right to visit Campo di Bocce's web site...the link below to view this week's photos.

View this week's photos...

 Bocce product of the week
Chris Pfeiffer of Backyard Bocce, Inc. has brought to market a line of portable bocce courts that are both practical and reasonably priced. Pfeiffer’s concept grew out of his experience with Special Olympics, and a portion of the proceeds from sales benefit SO.

For large groups competing in an open field, Pfeiffer designed an ingenious series of bocce court templates that are easy to set up and take down. There are three different courts to choose from (all are 12’ by 60’). The courts are portable, lightweight, and extremely easy to assemble and disassemble.

Set-up is not unlike pitching a tent. You stretch out the template, pull it tight with bungee cords, then drive a couple of stakes into the ground. Next, plant some flags indicating end lines and half court (visual landmarks), and you are set to go within five minutes. Foul lines are demarcated by green and red vinyl sewn into the material ten feet from each end. The courts are ideal for casual, recreation players who want to “step up” a notch without spending big bucks for their own traditional court. Template courts are available in 1-inch vinyl width at $39.99 and 2-inch width at $59.99. Each carries a $10 shipping charge.

With the third court, which has sideboards,set-up is a little more involved, but not daunting. The written directions are clear and well illustrated, and you need only a cordless drill and a mallet. Cost is $349.99 plus $40.00 shipping.

The idea is to drill into the ground so that you can drive in some plastic ground anchors every ten feet in a straight line.

Then you insert metal support posts (which you attach to the mesh sideboards) into the ground anchors, taking care to keep that straight line. The process takes 30-45 minutes the first time, but once the ground anchors are in, the set-up time can be cut in half.

{Note: the ground anchors can be eliminated if you think you might want to set the court up in different locations on different occasions. Just drive the support posts directly into the holes that you drill in the ground. Use the ground anchors only if you want a permanent home for your court.}

To learn more, or to order click the link below...

More about Portable Courts...

 Non bocce product of the week
{Hey, bocce's great, but I'm always on the look-out for all kinds of good products for my readers}

Need a first-rate web site that doesn’t cost thousands?

I can offer you a package that puts you in control of your own website with no need for programming skills. These websites are perfect for small to mid-size businesses or hobbyists. I built with this package.

I can set up your site very quickly and then show you how to maintain it with simple "point and click" technology. So, whenever you have to make a change, run a special, offer a holiday sale, etc., you can handle it yourself without having to wait for a programmer to fit you into his schedule, (and without having to pay his $50 to $100 per hour fee).

We even include a toll-free number for tech support 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Pacific Coast Time.

Check out another site that I built with this technology - It’s named after my friend Ken Waldie who was a passenger on the ill-fated American Airlines Flight 11 that hit the World Trade Center on 9/11/01. You can read about my friend Ken and the Senior Sports Circuit that we established in his honor (we offer softball, basketball, and bocce for anyone age 50 and over.

Click the link below or the photo of our "board of directors" above to check out the site. Then email me at or call 978-686-8679 to chat with me “live” about your web site.

Visit one of my favorite web sites...

 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.

February 7 & 8, 2004 - Cape Coral World Series of Bocce - 4-person teams, double elimination, $250 per team entry, deadline January 20th - 1st PLACE $4,000 - 2nd PLACE $2,500 - 3rd PLACE $1,500 - 4th PLACE $500 - 5th PLACE $300. Contact GEORGE FURLAN – TEL: 239- 275-9968.

March 20 & 21, 2004 - 5th annual Southwest Florida Open Bocce Tournament. Contact George Farruggio of the Italian American Bocce Association of Punta Gorda, Florida @ 941-575-0482 E-Mail

April 17, 2004 - Second annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament - Open rules - Bellingham Sportsplex Indoor Soccer Field - for more info see tournament link on or contact

May 15, 2004 - Ken Waldie SSC, Inc. Tournament. Lawrence, Massachusetts. Four-player teams, 12' by 72' foot AstroTurf courts. Contact Mario Pagnoni at

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.

July 9-11, 2004, Bocce Classic X, Dayton, Ohio

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


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