The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 41 - November 8, 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 #41 - November 8, 2004
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2004


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We have finally completed the Joy of Bocce 2nd edition - it is at the printer and looking good. In this age of electronic publishing, 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 as a collectible on for >$150).


Boston Globe & Bocce

East Coast bocce promoter Rico Daniele got some great ink in Sunday's Globe (11/7/04). Click the link below...

Boston Globe article on bocce

Readers' feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Regarding last week's Eliminating the coin toss feature, Willie Itzkowitz, Marine Park Bocce Club - Brooklyn, New York writes about an interesting variation...

"For years my bocce club has been using playing cards to determine which team goes first. Before each game the players pick cards. There are four red cards and four black cards. After everyone picks a card, the four reds are on one team and the four blacks are on the opposing team. Red goes first and rolls the red balls, black uses the green balls.

To play you must put your name on a list we keep on a courtside clipboard. After a game is over, the four winners can stay on. The first four names on the list are called to make eight players. If the losers want to play again they draw cards to determine the order their names will go on the list. If less than four are waiting, the losers can draw to fill the vacant spots.

When we have eight players - two from each team stay at either end and roll two balls each. If we have six players each team has one player at one end rolling four balls a frame, and two at the other end rolling two balls each per frame."

{Makes perfect sense to me.}


Alert reader and our local bocce star Andy Griffin wrote...

"The bag you showed in your marbles picture this week is from Crown Royal which is Canadian whiskey not wine… Every bottle comes wrapped in it. The smaller 750 ml bag is probably better for this purpose and also serves very well as a bag for scrabble tiles. I’ve got one of the bigger 1.75L bags if you want it."

{Yes, we'd like the larger bag, which I prefer since some of our players are big boys with very large hands.}


Ron Grassi (IA) writes...

"I am hoping that you or someone with the expertise can email me with information on starting a bocce league here in the Coralville/Iowa City, IA area.

Should I try starting a bocce club, or should I possibly try getting donations for materials for building a couple of courts in one of the local parks?

I'm hoping that someone can give me some ideas to get this going NOW, so that by next Spring, we can possibly have some league play.

Thanks in advance for ANY help."

{I have a chapter in my new book titled Organizing A League/Promoting the Game which will be available in a couple weeks (he said hopefully). It discusses getting organized, seeking publicity, getting a grass roots program started, finding a bocce venue, creating teams for a league, etc.

While we wait for the printer to get the book into bookstores, can anyone else offer suggestions for Ron - REPLY to this email or write him directly at}


Glenn Groebli (IL) seeks help too...

"Am planing on running a tournament (1st time) this summer/fall time period. Looking for info on suggestions on how to run it. Have a 600 member club in IL."

{Likewise, I have instructions in the new book in a section titled 'Promote Your Group And Bocce At The Same Time – Run A Tournament' which will be out soon, but in the meantime, can anyone respond with suggestions? Please REPLY.


Lou Perry asks...

"What's the best 'formula' for a good bocce court - inside?"

{I wish I knew the answer to this too. I hear of Astroturf, Fieldturf, carpets, etc. for indoor courts with varying degrees of satisfaction from the players. The most knowledgeable in indoor court construction is Michigan landscape architect Michael Grasser who can be reached at

Anyone else who wants to chime in on this topic, please REPLY}


Pat (Minnesota) from writes to inform us of his web site that has a no holds barred approach to bocce. Hence, debaucheryball.

Says Pat...

"I'll be doing some revisions to the site over the next couple months, but judging from some of the photos on your site, your audience may be interested in seeing mine."


Photos of the week
This week’s photos show our continued progress covering our group's four bocce courts with a 208' by 30' greenhouse structure. The soon to be completed construction will afford us year-round, climate controlled bocce.

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
Ultra Prime™ is just one example of the exciting areas into which modern medical science has advanced. Anti-aging medicine, which is a new discipline that seeks to apply advanced technologies to the detection, treatment and reversal of age-related diseases is growing rapidly.

The goal of this anti-aging approach is to aggressively intervene and halt or slow the advance of the challenges associated with aging, and also to provide nutritionally sound dietary supplement regimens and lifestyle choices so that an individual's quality of life can be improved.

Learn more about Ultra Prime...

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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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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