The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 42 - November 15, 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 #42 - November 15, 2004
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2004


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We have completed the Joy of Bocce 2nd Edition. There is not another sentence to proofread, not another picture to resize, not even another punctuation mark to add or change. 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 this month. Stay tuned. I hope to have it ready to Buy Now! in one of the next couple issues - am revamping the web site to reflect the new book's cover image.

I am very proud of the finished product. The first edition was very well received by the bocce community, and this second edition blows that first one away. With over 300 photographs, beefed up chapters, several new chapters, and an endorsement by Newsweek, I believe the 300-page book will serve the sport well.

Anyone thinking about purchasing the first edition might want to hold off until the new and improved book is available...on the other hand, an autographed copy of the first edition just might become a collectible. I saw it as a collectible on for a couple weeks selling for around $150. It's no longer listed, meaning that someone purchased it for $150 or the lister discovered that no one is dumb enough to pay that much money for it.

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

Readers' feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Yes, over to the right...that's the holiday ornament with the Joy of Bocce logo on it. People seem to like it. Click on the image for more info...


Bocce Bob Whitlow (West Frankfort, Illinois) writes...

"Your weekly newsletter is responsible for getting us two individuals together. THANKS. With Ron's desire for bocce...were going to get him 'rolling.' "

{Bob refers to Ron Grassi (IA) who previously wrote ...}

"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."

{Bocce Bob is kind of a Pied Piper of Bocce and his is the perfect choice to model a program after.

I thought it might be fun to take a look at another one of Bocce Bob's press releases...}


Greg Galli Auto Body continues to pad their lead over all contenders in the Monday night bocce league at the Factory Stores of America Outlet Mall indoor courts. For the second week in a row, Galli collected all 42 points with a clean sweep over Southern Illinois Bank.

McClerren Roofing jumped into second place in the standings after they took all three games from Severins All-Stars and Stitches, dropping them to third place. Franklin-Williamson tightened the race, as they also took three games from Professional Pharmacy and held on to fourth.

Stotlar-Herrin Lumber won two out of three games from Property Damage Appraisers. John Battioli of Franklin-Williamson and Jay Bussler of McClerren Roofing were named 'Players of the Evening' for their outstanding pointing.

Point standings after 11/08/04

Greg Galli Auto Body 192
McClerren Roofing 176
Severins All-Stars and Stitches 164
Franklin-Williamson 153
Stotlar-Herrin Lumber Co. 144
Professional Pharmacy 121
Property Damage Appraisers 98
Southern Illinois Bank 79 "


Floridian chimes in on gambling on bocce matches...

"On the subject of wagering for cash in a scheduled or organized bocce game...I hesitate to do that here in Herons Glen, Florida for fear of losing the beginner. This year however, we may have a few extra games where we will play for money for those who may be interested."

{We wrestled with this lately in our group. There is a faction that wants to play for $5 a game to add a little incentive/zest/competition to the contest. It has served to segregate our group somewhat - not a good thing. Our play has been informal since we have been working on enclosing our courts. When the league starts up again, this should solve the problem. Anyone who wants to hang around and play for a couple bucks after the league games are completed can do so.

Anyone with an opinion on the question - to wager or not to wager - please REPLY.}


Festival of Trees

The historical society in my town runs a very successful fund-raiser every holiday season. They get businesses and individuals to donate fully decorated Christmas trees that the donators set up in the large atrium of a business property.

Publicized widely, the event runs for a week or so around Thanksgiving. It draws thousands of visitors who pay a couple bucks to enter and view the trees (some of which are extraordinarily elaborate). In addition, the visitors purchase rolls of raffle tickets. Each tree has a container in front of it. Visitors place their raffle tickets into the container(s) corresponding to the tree(s) they hope to win. Some of the trees have gifts included with them (computers, toys, stuffed animals, etc.). The businesses/individuals get recognition/advertising for their group, the historical society makes a bundle, and the guests view some fabulous trees and might even win one to take home.

Our Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit (seniors at least 50 years of age playing softball, basketball and bocce) will donate a tree this year and include a set of bocce balls for the lucky winner. Here is another way to promote the game we love and recruit some athletes for our other sports as well (we'll include a notice that we are accepting players age 50 and up for basketball and softball - of course, we let the “young pups” slide on the age restriction for bocce).

Photos to follow - next issue. Anyone trying to promote the game might do well to look for events similar to this in your area. We’ll sprinkle our business cards liberally around the base of our tree for interested players to pick up.

Check out the international style of bocce

Photos of the week
This week’s photos show our continued progress covering our group's four 80' by 12' bocce courts with a 208' by 30' greenhouse structure. The soon to be completed construction will afford us year-round, climate controlled bocce.

We're experiencing a short delay as we had a visit from the local building inspector who suggested a couple changes - we believe we can get back on schedule in a very short time. Photos of the completed bocce venue will be posted here as soon as they are available.

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}

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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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