The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 34 - September 13, 2004 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Readers' feedback & bocce happenings
•   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 #34 - September 13, 2004
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2004


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Readers' feedback & bocce happenings
{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Peter Rabito of the Long Island Bocce Club sends the photo to the right of his teammate John Samaritano in action.

These guys on the Island have a great setup. Two large, lighted courts in the public domain and an enthusiastic crew of players who love to compete.


The Newsweek article last week continues to produce dividends - I've done a number of radio and telephone interviews promoting the game and I hope to use the Newsweek "clout" to sell a narrative non-fiction piece on bocce to a mass market magazine.


Mike Grasser of the USBF has organized a singles raffa competition so that players can be ranked for international competition (see Tourney Update below). The event will be October 16 & 17 @ Palazzo di Bocce - the top 10 finishers go to Montreal November 18-21 for the North American Raffa Championship. The $100 entry fee will be returned to the participants in the form of awards, prize money, and food reimbursements. Contact Grasser @ 248-505-4744.


George Farruggio of Punta Gorda checks in with one of his pet peeves from a recent issue...

"Great job at Riverview, Michigan. The story was great BUT we must tell them the name of the game is BOCCE. If you look at their scoreboard it says BOCCE BALL. For some unknown reason many people call the game BOCCE BALL. I hope one day all those people learn that the game is called BOCCE."

{I hear "bocceball" a lot. It grates on me too. I don't think we're going to eradicate it from people's vocabulary. They're indoctrinated with games like basketball, baseball, football. It's just natural for them to say bocceball.}


Riccardo Floreani of New Boston, NH writes...

"I had a bocce ball court installed in the back of my home in New Hampshire two years ago. It was the best thing I ever did! It is a great focal point for a get together of 'amici' and often followed by a pot luck supper. The surface of my court is compacted stone dust and it suits me well because it can always be leveled after our notorious 'ice heaves' of winter.

What I am not satisfied with however are my bocce balls. They were beautiful when I bought them, but after two years they have faded from brilliant red into dusty pink and from shiny dark green into khaki. Is there any brand of balls that will not fade even if left out all summer?"

{I think that even high end balls will dull in color with use, probably proportionately to the roughness of the surface played on. We purchased a couple sets of balls for play in our indoor league - played on Astroturf - and they have held their color and shine. On the other hand, the sets that we use outdoors on stone dust surfaces fade quickly with use.

Epco sells a polish that returns the shine to a used ball. I ordered a bottle of it and will report back on its effectiveness in a future issue.}


Luciano Camilli asks a common question...

If a team has won the game but has one more ball in hand, does the player just drop or roll the last ball? Is there an official rule written anywhere as to what is the proper way to dispose of that last ball to officially end the game?"

{When the last point is secured the game is over. No need to roll or just drop balls in front of the other team's face. Just congratulate the other team and move on to the next game or the awards ceremony. Don't know of anywhere it may be written down as a regulation - just an accepted practice in most areas.}


Steve Morris writes...

"The same day I read the article {Newsweek}, there were 40 men's and 12 women's teams competing in a bocce tournament in a small town with lots of Italian heritage, Clinton, Indiana.

The 'Little Italy Festival' is held annually over the Labor Day weekend and two tournaments are held on Saturday and Sunday. The Indiana State Championship on Saturday and the 'LIFT' tournament on Sunday.

There used to be several traditional Bocce courts in Clinton, but now the only type of Bocce played is open Bocce.

Players from Indiana and Illinois make up the bulk of the entrants and all age groups are represented.

Two weeks ago we road tripped to the Illinois State fair in Springfield and competed in the Illinois State Tournament. We had about 40 teams again in men's and about 10 in women's.

I have been playing for about 5 years now and am hooked. We play only open bocce, preferring grassy areas but will roll and lift on asphalt and gravel. We use smaller balls that have been grooved for more control. We play for $2 a game and 25 cents a point. Our pallino is usually a fluorescent geen softball borrowed from a college or high school softball game (several of us are umpires). Trash talking and good natured ribbing is encouraged and often taken advantage of. Most nights, the fellowship is as welcome as the competition.

This past summer on vacation, my wife and I went to Cincinnati, Ohio for a trip. We discovered a two court location at an Italian restaurant, Palinnio's in a small town across the river. It was cool.

I am considering building my own court in my side yard and have kept the articles you have sent for guidance. It will be a project for the spring.

I will keep in touch about progress in bocce in our area."

{Please do keep us posted. Let us know about these "smaller balls that have been grooved for more control." Also, how does that $2 per game and 25 cents per point work? If I lose 12 - 0, do I owe you $5 ($2 for the game and $3 for the 12 points? Recently, some of our players have begun playing for $5 per game and I am not so sure this is a good thing...some want to wager others don't, so the group is getting segregated during our informal Monday morning games. Can any readers comment on bocce for cash?}

Have you visted Chris Pfeiffer's site? - Games of Quality & Distinction

Photos of the week
This week’s photos come from two sources. The first 6 pics are from Sharon Page who keeps us up to date on youth bocce in California. The last two photos were submitted by Bob Sileo who shows us a little beach bocce at Topsail Beach, NC.

According to Ms. Page..."Recently our youth bocce team participated in the Nationals in Stockton, CA. On Aug. 7, there was a youth tournament held in San Jose, CA."

{Soccer, softball, basketball, hockey, and football are great...but bocce is a lifetime sport. You can get the same enjoyment from it when you are 8 or 88 years old.}

Of his photos Bob Sileo says... "Here are a couple of action photos from a beach game at Topsail Beach, NC in July. In addition to bocce, participants compete in golf, horseshoes and poker in quest of the annual 'Topsail Cup'."

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}

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.

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

September 19, 2004 - Settefratese Social Club, Stamford CT - contact Don @ 203-978-5254 or John @ 203-912-9108

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.

Oct 2 & 3, 2004 - 17th annual Festa Italiana Bocce Tournament. Open play - 2 divisions $80/team. 4 per team. Seattle Center, Seattle, WA - Contact Nello Prissinotti 4713 125th Avenue SE / Bellevue, WA

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.

October 16 & 17, 2004 - Singles Raffa tourney @ Palazzo di Bocce - top 10 finishers go to Montreal November 18-21 for the North American Raffa Championship - $100 entry returned to participants in the form of awards, prize money, and food reimbursements. Contact Mike Grasser @ 248-505-4744.

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

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