The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 33 - September 5, 2004 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce Happenings & 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 #33 - September 5, 2004
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2004


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Bocce Happenings & Readers' feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Bocce Makes Newsweek!

If you need more evidence that bocce is on the move in this country, check out the current Newsweek (9/6/04).

A brief "newsy" piece, titled "Bocce: My Turn, Grandpa!" casts bocce in a positive light, stating that the game is " surging in popularity."

It attributes the growth to women and young people taking to the game, but mentions a tourney that had an average player age of 65 which I find odd.

I was quoted in the piece and referred to as the "author of the definitive guide to the sport."

Not too shabby an endorsement in such a prestigious magazine. We're already making plans to slap that comment on the cover of the new edition which is due out soon.

Just to bring us bocce folk back down to reality, they used a photo of what appears to be pétanque, indicating to me that we are still not in the mainstream. People know we roll balls at a target, but still can't differentiate between boules, bowls, and bocce. We promoters have more work to do. Still, this is a huge break for our game. Who knows what spin-offs will emerge from this article? After all, Newsweek claims "...a worldwide circulation of more than 4 million, a total readership of more than 21 million, and currently appears each week in over 190 countries around the world."

Scroll down and click the text link below to read the full text of "Bocce: My Turn, Grandpa!"


A couple other interesting things occurred this week in the world of bocce...

I received my first ever book order from the state of Wyoming. I had to look twice at the postal code WY - not one I see very often. Maybe the game is breaking new ground.

Another book order from Newton, NJ included a request for the following special inscription:

"Bocce is not a matter of life and death - it's much more important than that!"


Landscape architect and bocce aficionado Mike Grasser sent the above right photo of two wonderful courts he has just completed at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester, Michigan. The courts are 27 meters by 3.5 meters (if my math is correct these are in the neighborhood of 88' by 11').

{Grasser does fabulous work - any hotel, restaurant, or individual who wants a first-rate court can contact him at}


Shaun Wilhelm of Fair Play, CA asks...

"Do you know where I can buy an outdoor bocce scoreboard?"

{,,, and are four good places to start.}


Mike Conti of the USBF writes in response to recent questions on bocce strategy...

"There sure are different strategies in bocce. You must know when to shoot a ball and when not to shoot a ball and what angle to shoot a ball.

How to point your first ball? Where is the best possible position your last ball should be in when your opponent has 3 balls left? Different bocce rules will dictate different strategies. When do you shoot the pallino to the end of the court and when do you shoot the pallino out of the court? I saw in world competition a player shoot the pallino out of the court 7 times in a row with his second ball. He was playing the world champion at the time.

There is no question you will learn more when you see and play with better players and you will become a better player when you play against them. We invite all players to come to our Nationals that are held once a year. We are fortunate to have our Nationals in the Detroit area this coming year - details will be on our web site BOCCE.COM. Join our organization and receive newsletters and a yearly magazine. First time members are only $5 for the first year. To participate in the Nationals you must be a member. This year we are sending a Woman's U.S. team to Brazil for the world championship. Next year we will send a man, woman and an under 21 to a world championship.

This year our Nationals and the World Championship will be held in the Detroit area at Palazzo di Bocce a new Bocce Palace. This is the place you should come to try out for the U.S. Team or see the best possible STRATEGY from the best players in the world."


Peter Rabito of the Long Island Bocce Club asks...

"Did you get any feedback on my recent inquiry regarding the use of gloves while playing bocce?"

{No feedback - a while back we ran some photos of west coast players wearing gloves while rolling. Can any reader fill us in on this practice? Is it functional or a fashion statement?}


David Canclini sends this info re: a previous article about used Astroturf as a bocce court surface...

"The contact for used AstroTurf is Darren at (800) 451-6762."

Click here for full text of Newsweek article...

Photos of the week
This week’s photos come courtesy of Florida's Guy Tomasello who writes...

"Thanks for the book 'The Joy of Bocce.' I belong to the Sons of Italy #4780 in St. Augustine. I never played bocce before. I was volunteered to be the Bocce Tournament Director because I ran a softball tournament. I found your book on the web and used it to guide me through our first ever tournament on August 7, 2004. It was very successful. We had over seventy attending. Thanks again."

Tomasello tells me that the two courts are located near St. John's Pier and Pavilion. They are 10' by 60' with a surface of crushed coquina, (a coarse-grained, porous variety of limestone made up chiefly of fragments of shells).

Please follow Guy's lead and send photos of bocce in your neck of the woods.

View this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
Court maintenance tools - 7' drag brush & lute/scarifier

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 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.


This strangely named 30” wide device is actually two implements in one. It is an all-aluminum combination tool for scarifying, leveling, and removing loose court material.

Strong and sturdy, the tool is light enough to handle with ease and is excellent for spreading new material during top-dressing. The concave shape of the 30” wide blade allows the tool to “float” along the surface without digging in. Use the serrated edge to scrape material from high spots, then flip the tool over to rake and smooth that spot and drag the loose material to fill in a lower point.

Retails for $50.95 plus shipping.

The lute/scarifier and 7-foot drag brush should be all the maintenance tools a bocce court owner needs.

Click for more on lute/scarifier and 7' drag brush...

Non bocce product of the week
Brand new line of weight management products called Transitions. There are four new products to choose from:

1 – Transitions Fat Conversion Inhibitor (Fight fat before it forms)

2 – Transitions Carbohydrate Absorption Inhibitor (Reduce absorption of carbs)

3 – Transitions Conjugated Linoleic Acid (Reduce fat mass/increase lean muscle)

4 – Transitions TC AMP (Burn fat – promote thermogenesis)

More info on these at Go to Health & Nutrition, then Diet and Weight Loss...

Learn more about Transitions...

Tournament update
{chronological order}

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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.

September 26, 2004 - Sunshine Village Fall Festival Tourney - Szot Park, Chicopee, Mass. - 4 person teams - contact Rico Daniele at 800-BOCCE54.

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

October 2, 2004 - Long Island Bocce Club's Third Annual Fall Fiesta bocce tournament. 2 Person Team, Double Elimination - $30 Team Entry Fee - All prize money Distributed to top 3 teams. Mill Dam Park, Huntington, NY - Contact Pete Rabito @ 631-807-4030 or James Schiffmacher @ 631-478-1122 for details.

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

November 19 - 21, 2004 - North American Bocce Championship, Montreal. Contact Mike Conti @ 847-692-6223 or

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