The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 30 - August 2, 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 #30 - August 2, 2004
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2004


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What people are saying about The Joy of Bocce...

Readers' feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Ron in Coralville, Iowa sends this...

"I thought you might like to see the before and after pics of my new bocce court here in Coralville, Iowa. It is 12 X 48. {That's the 'after' picture to the right.}

We dug the dirt out about 3 inches and then put in 11 ton of limestone waste. The forms are landscaping timbers, since I didn't have a lot of money to spend on making it.

I have FINALLY found some people who either play or want to learn, so it should be fun having some people come to the back yard to play bocce."


News from Bocce Bob Whitlow (West Frankfort, Illinois)...

"Bocce is a great sport.....and were going to add a little class to the play this season...

All four player teams and sponsors from last year are returning for 2004-2005 league play. We’re looking to pick up four to six additional teams for our weekly Monday night organized play.

Last season each player was charged $8.00 per night. Teams rolled three games playing opponents on a round-robin schedule. After the purchase of team trophies, ten individual awards, numerous free food/party nights, teams were still paid 50 cents per point for the total team points earned during league play.

Our last place team saw nearly fifty percent of their league fee money returned to them. Although all players are competitive, no one gets mad if beaten, they just want to get even the next game.

Bocce USA does have a non-alcoholic environment policy that is strictly enforced.

New this year, Bocce USA will introduce rubber side bump rails like bocce court in other cities. The 'bugle call' will call players to their respective playing posts and to the invitation of the National Anthem before play begins."

Interested individuals can contact Whitlow at to register.


Chuck Citrano of Sun City Huntley Bocce Club asks...

"David Canclini of Stockton mentioned the use of "used Astroturf" on their courts. What is his source and cost for purchasing this surface and can he describe play on it a little more in detail?"

{David is an excellent ambassador for our sport - will print his reply to this query in a future issue...}


Jim Latham asks...

"In a friendly game of Bocce (neighbors) if a ball hits the pallino and knocks it out of the court what actions should be taken?"

{Most people start the frame over from the opposite end - no points scored. In my Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit, when we play 4 vs. 4 where two partners from each team are stationed at each end, we play the frame over from the same end if fewer than half the balls have been played.}


Guy Welsher writes...

"I would like to know different strategies for the game of bocce. I have been playing for 5 years now and really enjoy the game."

{I'm with you - I want to learn more strategy too. I wish some of the top players would write a book, or at least an article about bocce tactics. All I have learned and written about in my ezine and bocce is from interviewing high level players.}


Zio Riccardo writes about bocce ball color again...

"I've had some other thoughts. There are some cheaper sets, including some with fluorescent colors (for low light play). The problem with these is they are four color sets. If you buy two, you can make two sets in the normal two color configuration. Not practical for a single owner, but perfect for a club."

Learn more about the International game...

Photos of the week
This week’s photos come courtesy of Richard Heisler who wrote...

"Over the July 4th weekend, my wife and I went down (from Eureka) to Martinez to its holiday bocce tournament. About 40 teams of two contested the prizes, and everyone had a great time.

Martinez Bocce is in a waterfront park in the East Bay on the Carquinez straits and includes 15 courts. Adjacent was a huge festival with stalls, food and continuous rock bands as part of the 4th festivities. Our hosts put on a great tournament with breakfast (coffee, brandy and 10 dozen Krispy Kreme donuts), plus a catered lunch and all the beverages you could consume (and believe me, I am a great beverage consumer). All this and bocce too, for $15 per person. In spite of winning a back home tournament the week before, my wife and I got summarily whipped (1-4) and hopefully learned a few lessons – home court advantage is alive and well!

On the way back we stopped by San Rafael. We had been there previously and had a chance to roll a few balls (and lose a few games) with the locals. On July 5th, there was a tournament in progress which was an end of season event for the Monday AM league. So we took a few photos and soaked up the vibes and headed north to the redwoods.

The venue is within easy access of highway 101 (take 3rd St. to B and turn left) and is one of the most pleasant places you would ever want to play. The eight courts are synthetic rubber and are VERY FAST! A harsh thought is enough to propel your bocce to the backboard (and oblivion, as they play the backboard dead to everything but the pallino). Everyone was very friendly and when there is no regular play going on, it only costs $2 per hour to play."

{Thanks to Richard for these wonderful photographs. Please follow his lead and send pic of bocce in your neck of the woods.}

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.

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 11, 2004 - Hilton Head Island, SC Chapter of UNICO 14th Annual Bocce Tournament sponsored by Fratello's Sausage Company - Open - 2 Person Team, Double Elimination - $35 Team Entry Fee - 1st Place Team $500, 2nd $250, 3rd $150 and 4th $100. Contact John Urato at 888-813-1684.

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

October 16, 2004 - Volo – 3 person team - So SF IACC - Orange Ave. Mem. Park, So. San Francisco, CA - contact Alessandro Bettucchi @ 650-583-9936.

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