The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 40 - November 1, 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 #40 - November 1, 2004
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2004


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We are sooooo (keep adding o's each week) 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 November. 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}

Chris Pfeiffer writes...

"Here is a link that I found that shows my portables set up on Fieldturf at Tom McNutt's tournament."

{Pfeiffer's Portable Courts can be set up on artificial turf and carpet without having to drive stakes into the ground. Click the photo to see the article he alludes to.}


Anthony Corlando asks...

"I came across a bocce set that says 'Fabra' on it. Is this a manufacturer or model? Is it a decent set?"

{Can any reader help with this question?}


Robert L. Agnelly sends this...

"I am president of the Italian American Bocce Club in Metairie, Louisiana (a superb of New Orleans). We have three indoor courts, mostly because of the summer heat and rain so we can play year round. We play in the Midwest Bocce Tournament each year along with Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Memphis. That tournament moves from city to city each year. Next year, we play in Kansas City. Ironically, all of us play in indoor facilities.

Dr. Cordano's team played in this year's New Orleans Invitational Tournament this past October. We played a round robin tournament consisting of nine teams. Dr. Cordano's team won the tournament by beating a team from our Club by just one point. We had teams coming from Florida, St. Louis and Kansas City. We were hoping for more teams from around the area, but three hurricanes did damage to attendance.

Please put me on your mailing list. If you would like some pictures of our facilities or club information, please let me know."

{Yes, Yes, Yes - please send photos of your venue and details of bocce happenings in your neck of the woods - readers love to see and read about bocce around the country.}


Bob Whitlow (Illinois) resonds to Michele from NJ who asked about "an interesting bocce picture or saying" to put on invitations.

Says Whitlow...

"Here a phrase that I use quite frequently on my bocce flyers and correspondence...

Remember, you don't have to be an Italian to play."

George Farruggio (Florida) suggested "Keep Rolling."

Bob Goetz (NC) sent this link -


Farruggio also had answers to other questions from a recent issue...

Jerry DiFilippo asked about bocce court builders near Gainesville, Florida. Says Farruggio..."Have DiFilippo contact me at"

And for young Thomas Adair he has this counsel...
"You want to represent America in Bocce. Please learn the name of the game you love - it's BOCCE, not Bocce Ball."


Mike Conti (USBF) writes...

"For Tom Adair and any enthusiast bocce player who would like to represent the U.S. there is only one way and that is to go to the National Bocce Championship held every year by the United States Bocce Federation. SEE: BOCCE.COM."

Visit the USBF web site...

Photos of the week
This week’s photos are in two parts. First, we show you how our group has successfully eliminated the need for a coin toss to start each bocce match.

Next, we show you the beginnings of our ambitious project to enclose our existing venue (four courts - 80' by 12') within a greenhouse structure which will be 208' by 30' and heated for indoor, winter 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.

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


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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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