The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 35 - September 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 weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 3, Issue #35 - September 19, 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}

Richard Heisler (Zio Riccardo) of the Sons of Italy, Eureka Lodge (Eureka, CA) was kind enough to send an answer to our question about glove wearing bocce players on the west coast...

"I guess I started the glove thing, so...

Lots of the old-timers around here use various leather or fabric work gloves. I use fully fingered mountain bike gloves as they fit snug and are machine washable. They keep my sweaty palms from affecting my ball release and I don't keep wiping oyster flour on the seat of my pants. Photo (above right) is of local player Gus Cricchio."

{Click on the photo for a larger image and better view of the glove wearing bocce star.}


Brian Polantz of Cleveland, Ohio sends bocce news...

"The Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce just concluded in
Wickliffe, Ohio at the Wickliffe Italian American Club. Play started Friday night and went through Sunday. Teams participated from all over Ohio, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario, Canada. A record
71 teams participated in this event for the cash prizes. JJ's Lighthouse from Pennsylvania won the Championship. See for
pics and info.


Diane Hammann (Southern Illinois) writes...

"I really enjoy your e-zine. The article from Newsweek was good. Your talking about young people and women playing is right. In our little town we have a lot of women who play along with the kids. When my youngest grandson, Daniel, was 8 he started playing in tournaments with his brothers and father. He has now become a very competitive player and has even become a bocce judge for some of our tournaments. He loves the game. They call themselves the Bocce Boys.

Daniel is even known as a very good court groomer. He helps his father Donnie, who keeps our courts groomed. Even grandpa Karl has taken to playing this wonderful game. This proves that any age can play."


“A few days ago I decided to go to Punta Gorda's bocce club and was devastated to see the almost total destruction of the kitchen facilities, the bathroom as well as the storage place for the bocce and brooms.

The sun protective structures at end of the 3 courts were no longer existent ...and very similar was the view for the wood score keepers.

Because of lack of phone and electricity I was able to find Mr. George Farruggio (president of the bocce) through the mail. He called and informed that none of the members suffered personal harm and they are looking forward to rebuild when insurance comes into action.

{Sorry to hear this, but glad to hear everyone is okay and plans to rebuild are in the works.}

We just got back from a trip to play invitational bocce tournaments in 3 different cities in the Dolomite area. Twelve players from the US ended up playing in doubles in P-R-V and it was real fun.

Mike Grasser was part of the delegation and I'm sure he will forward some pictures to you. If he doesn't, send me an e-mail since I will have a few prints pretty soon.”

{Yes, we are ALWAYS looking for photos - action shots and views of courts are better than posed photos of players showing off awards.}


Bob Whitlow of Bocce USA - (West Frankfort IL) explains how he builds his bocce court bumpers…

“Our courts are 10 feet wide and 60 feet long. The side rails are made from penta treated 4x6's. I made the steel corner brackets to hold the court together. I butted five 4 by 6's end to end and joined them together with 5 inch angle iron 24 inches long braces mounted on the outside of the court using deck screws. It doesn't move... it is a one piece unit with all the bracing.

I tested different kinds of rubber for bounce, and durability as I don't want to be changing these bumpers every month or so...I would find a rubber I wanted to try, cut it into a strip then, using liquid nails, glue it on a one inch 1 by 4 and the next day screw it on the side boards recessing the screws from the rubber side. I made a test board about 6 feet long. I then began rolling balls to test for bounce.

It took a while to find the right rubber. I experimented with rubber in every thickness and density. Finally I ran across a rubber that is used as insulation and as a sound barrier in refrigeration units. It is a black foam rubber that is durable. This rubber comes 54 inches wide on rolls as much as 3 feet high. Thickness from 1/4 inch up to 3/4 of an inch. I experimented with the 1/4 inch....the ball rebound was too much.. 1/2 inch was better...However the 3/4 inch thick rubber was perfect.

I cut the 3/4 inch rubber into 5 inch wide strips and lengths of 12 feet. I cut the rubber with my zig saw using a knife blade (no teeth). The blade goes thru the rubber like a knife thru soft butter. I then glued the strips on 12 ft 1 by 4 #2 framing lumber. After applying the glue, I placed another 1 by 4 on top of the rubber and weighted it to hold the rubber in place on the 1 by 4. I also picked out good straight lumber. The next day, I trimmed the ends of each rubber/board strip to an accurate 90 degrees to produce a good fit when they are butted end to end and screwed on the court side walls.

Then I screwed the finished product onto the sideboards using 2 and 1/2 fine screws. I screwed from the rubber side running the screwhead all the way down to the 1 by 4. I stagger the screws about 16 inches apart.

I did not put any bumpers on my end rails. As we don't play rebound balls. The wooden end rails produces a unique sound when a balls hits it. Without question you can tell if the balls is dead. Placing rubber on end rails is really useless to us here at Bocce USA."


Ron Grassi of Coralville, Iowa keeps us posted...

"This is an article that appeared in our local newspaper. Thought you might like to take a look at it."

{Thanks Ron - click below to view the article...}

Bocce in Coralville, Iowa

Photos of the week
This week’s photos come courtesy of Frank Moroni who says..."My wife Cathy and I live in Chicago but escape to Bridgman (Michigan) whenever we can. We almost always have a houseful and always keep the court going all day and night.

Enclosed are some pictures of our backyard bocce court in beautiful Bridgman, Michigan. Bridgman sits on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan , hence the name "Laghi Grandi" (Great Lakes) Bocce Club.

The court is framed with three lengths of 6X6x20 stacked one on top of the other. The court measures 60’ by 9’, rather small, but tons of fun. The surface is simple crushed stone. We groom the surface with a push broom and water filled heavy turf roller.

The score board is of our own design and gets plenty of comments. The "Laghi Grandi Bocce Club" sign itself is a gift from our four children for Father’s day.

Notice the drink holder on the south end. Perfect for a sip of Lemonchello in the heat of Summer.

The only natural hazard is the chipmunk hole in the center of the court. We fill it before each game, and it reappears the next morning.”

{Thanks for these wonderful pictures - please follow Frank's lead and send photos of bocce in your neck of the woods.}

View this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
Many top players believe that the best bocce balls in the world are made in Italy by Perfetta. Yes, we can get them to you via this ezine. The set is "official" size with four 107 mm red balls, four 107 mm green balls, one white pallino, and a well-constructed nylon carrying bag.

Click the Buy Now button or the Perfetta Bocce Set image to order @ $119.00 plus $14.00 shipping anywhere in the USA. It’s not cheap - but it’s quality!

Click for more on Perfetta bocce balls...

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 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.

October 3, 2004 - Festa Italiano - Seattle Center (WA) 4-person teams - $80 entry fee - 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.

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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