The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 39 - October 25, 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 #39 - October 25, 2004
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2004


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PLEASE – we are always looking for bocce photos and feedback from all over the USA. We want to connect bocce fans everywhere. You can email ( or snail mail (Mario Pagnoni, P.O. Box 608, Methuen, MA 01844).



We are sooo close to completion of the Joy of Bocce 2nd edition - it is looking good and we are hoping to get it into the bookstores and for sale online in a couple weeks. Stay tuned. Anyone thinking about purchasing right now might want to hold off until the new and improved book is available...on the other hand, I am thinking that an autographed copy of the first edition just might become a collectible (I've already seen it on for >$150).

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

Readers' feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Dr. Angel Cordano sends the picture to the right and the following...

"Here is a picture of bocce courts in Brasil that was forwarded to me by a bocce player. I already forwarded your Ezine to him and he is quite happy with the news."

{Thanks Dr. C - looks like a fabulous bocce venue. I understand that there is a good deal of outstanding bocce played in South America.}


Benji Tosi writes...

"Hope all is well for you in Massachusetts. Things out here are good. Macao and I practice volo all the time and are preparing for the 2005 world championships.

I'll be sure to send you some images in a few weeks of the boys and I out at Aquatic Park Bocce Club, the nation's last bastion for Volo purists. Not to mention we have the sweetest location around. Also, congrats on the Newsweek article!"

{Yes, Yes, Yes - send photos of those volo purists in action!}


Tony Trasatti offers...

"Love your newsletter. Thanks for taking the time.

Possible to make the font a bit larger? My viewing is at 1024x768 and the newletter only covers 1/3 of the width of the screen, and is difficult to read at my advanced age of 45.

Have built a 91x13 court in my backyard in Middletown, Delaware. Just for fun. Stone dust top dressing. Hope to have a party in 2 weeks, and will send some photos if you are interested.

{Thanks for writing and reading...this ezine is a template driven device - I just drop in the text and photos - have almost no control over the sizes of images and text. Sorry...but... Yes, we are always interested in photos of bocce around the country. Please send with a little info on the location and court features, etc.}


Julianna Fernandez emails...

"I am a college student at California State University, Stanislaus in Turlock, California. I want to be a teacher and I am in a physical education class for elementary school students. For the final in this class, we have to develop a lesson plan and teach a sport to our classmates as if they were children. I chose Bocce Ball.

In one of your articles Frank Cappelli's Bocci Ball mood music is mentioned. I thought that music would make a great addition to my final project. I was hoping there was a website that I could purchase his music at or any way to obtain his music quickly."

{What a terrific idea for a project. Please let us know how it turns out. I taught school for 32 years - started out as a 7th grade science teacher and ending up teaching computer science and desktop publishing in high school.

The guy who records the children's songs is...

F. E. Cappelli Publishing Co., 717 North Meadowcroft Ave., Pittsburg, PA 15216

You might find his Pass the Coconut CD on line - I found the link below without much effort...

Thanks for helping promote the game we love. Sounds like you will make a wonderful teacher.

Here are the lyrics for ...

Bocci Ball

By Frank Cappelli

How ‘bout a friendly game of bocci?

We’ll take our turns, we’ll take our aim so nicely

We’ll throw the little round poleena now

Throw the ball

The bocci ball

Please go first and toss your ball as close to the poleena as you can

Throw the ball

The bocci ball

We all watch as you show us how you play the game, mio caro amico

Your toss is smooth, we look and lean-a

The ball is going toward the small poleena

We can see it is a very good toss

Throw the ball

The bocci ball

We have heard you, now we see you, all the best to you, oh mio caro amico

Your toss is smooth, we look and lean-a

The ball is going toward the small poleena

We can see it is a very good toss

Throw the ball

The bocci ball

Let us watch you as you try to get your ball slightly closer than mine

Your toss is grand, we watch and lean-a

The ball is going toward the small poleena

And we can see it is a very good toss

Throw the ball

The bocci ball

It’s your turn and we all see how good at bocci ball you really, really, really are

Your toss is smooth, we look and lean-a

The ball is going toward the small poleena

We can see it is a very good toss

We walk together toward the small poleena

To find who’s closer and to find the winn-a

It’s a tie so let us play again


Also, Rico Daniele sells a cassette tape with a bocce song that he commissioned an artist to create.You can reach him in Massachusetts at 1-800-BOCCE54.}

Pass the Coconut CD featuring Bocci Ball

Photos of the week
This week’s photos highlight our recent and annual New England Clambake Bocce Tourney held in Salem, NH.

First, we picked co-ed teams of four at random. We mixed in our Monday morning "bocce regulars" and their significant others/guests. It's always best to select the teams ahead of time based on registrations rather than on the day of the event.

Using an Amateur Softball Association tournament book which has brackets for up to 64 teams, we set up a bracket board for 11 teams - double elimination.

I'm always in favor of gift baskets or articles of clothing (t-shirts, jackets) as awards. We purchased four large gift baskets for the winners, four smaller ones for the runners-up. Also, we gave the gift basket company a few bocce items (books, measures, etc.) to include along with the gourmet items in each basket.

We have four courts at our venue, allowing us to handle 11 teams double elimination in one day - plenty of room for spectators too.

We started the bocce tourney at 10:00 AM, broke for lunch (clambake) and returned to the bocce action.

This year we decided not to have the clambake catered, and, with the help of good people and good equipment, created a wonderful day for our group.

Good food, good friends, good bocce - what a triple play!

View this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
Skorstik by

SKORSTIK is a unique, portable scoring device for BOCCE, SOCCER, LACROSSE AND FIELD HOCKEY.

Skorstiks are made of high quality wood, and silkscreened with identifying colored stripes and numbers on opposite faces allowing visibility from either end of the court. The pre-drilled holes are to the dimensions of wine corks which are used as the scoring pegs, and the scores are recorded as on a cribbage board.

A stout metal spike is inserted and glued into the bottom of the stick into a pre-drilled hole. The Skorstik stands upright when stuck into the ground, and will be visible from any location on the court or playing field.

Skorstiks are manufactured by a company using an all handicapped labor force.

Click for more on Skorstik...

Non bocce product of the week
A friend of mine from Florida sent me this email recently and I am sufficiently impressed to offer the product he describes...

"Well its been just almost 4 weeks since I started using the newest skin care/anti-aging product Pentaxyl. At first I was very impressed at the moisturizing effect of the product, then after a week there was a difference in the texture of my skin, then after 2 weeks there was a difference in the lines on my forehead and around the eyes. Now that it has been almost a month, I see what this product is truly capable of!

If I was to tell you I have been careful throughout my life with sun exposure, I'd be lying. Blond and bronze is what I like myself to look like so I've been less than careful. The result has been sun damage on the face that is minimal but noticeable as I've always used moisturizers with vitamins, but on my body there has been several things that are not good. On my right leg I have a Kerotosis, a brown irregular patch about the size of a nickel that has the potential to give me problems in the future.

Since I got the Pentaxyl, I have been applying it to this spot as well as one on my chest. To my surprise the Kerotosis on my leg has decreased by 50% with the underlying skin returning to normal color and texture! I am thrilled as it is reversing damage!

The other results on my face have continued to where the furrows on my forehead have reduced, the lines around my eyes are almost gone and the most exciting thing is a tightening of all the skin on my face!"

Learn more about Pentaxyl...

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.

October 29-30, 2004 - 4th Annual Battaglia Invitational (limit 40 teams). Palazzo di Bocce, Lake Orion, Michigan. Three player teams, two balls rolled per player, open rules, backboard dead. 1st place = $7000, 2nd = $3500, 3rd = $1200, 4th = $600, 5th = $500, 6th = $500, 7th & 8th = $300, 9th - 12th = $150. Contact Santina Calbrese between 12 noon and 9:00 PM @ Palazzo di Bocce - 248-371-9987.

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


NEW! World’s Largest indoor guaranteed purse in the history of bocce ($16,000)

July 14 – 16, 2005 – Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino - Indio, CA (near Palm Springs) Phone: 800-827-2946

Presented by the World Bocce League – contact Phil Ferrari @ 800-652-6223

Open Division

First prize = $6000
Second = $3000
Third = $1500
Fourth = $1000
Fifth & Sixth = $600
Seventh & Eighth = $400
Ninth thru Twelfth = $300
Thirteen thru Sixteenth = $200
Seventeenth thru Twentieth = $125

Entry fee per person (3 nights and food package included)

Double occupancy (2 players)……..$345
Double occupancy (1 non-player…..$318
Double occupancy (2 non-players…$291
Single occupancy (player)…………$460
Single occupancy (non-player……..$435

Single player (no hotel room) with food package...$230.00

(Fun) Challenge Division

Prize money ($3400) based on 20 teams

1st = $1000
2nd = $500
3rd = $400
4th = $300
5th = $200
6th – 10th = $100
11th – 20th = $50

Double occupancy (2 players)……..$320
Double occupancy (1 non-player…..$305
Double occupancy (2 non-players…$291
Single occupancy (player)…………$435
Single occupancy (non-player……..$415

Single player (no hotel room) with food package…$205

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