The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 43 - November 22, 2004 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce & Curling
•   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 #43 - November 22, 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.

I expect to announce it for sale via my web site and this ezine in the next issue - am revamping the web site to reflect the new book's cover image. Also, there will be an e-book version that will sell for $4.95 - details next week.

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.

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Bocce & Curling
Recently I came across a very well written piece on curling - probably the best explanation of the game I have yet seen. All of these ball and target games - bocce, boules, lawn bowls, as well as tenpin, candlepin, duckpin and other bowling games probably had a common ancestry. I've become fond of saying their evolution is lost in the mists of antiquity.

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to bring this excellent article by Clint Casey to your attention. He describes the action at the Great Smoky Mountains Curling Club (Knoxville, TN).

Writes Casey...

“The object of the game is to push, or deliver, a 42-pound rock across a 146-foot sheet of ice with enough accuracy and finesse to slide it into the center of concentric circles, the house. The stone, made exclusively of Scottish granite, has a handle on top to improve the accuracy of a throw by slightly rotating it on release, making it curl. But, even if a rock is thrown straight, it’ll pick up a spin of its own.”

Click below for the complete article...

Curling in the Great Smokeys

Photos of the week
This week’s photos come courtesy of Eureka, California's Richard Heisler (affectionately known as Zio Riccardo). They highlight The BIG BEN DOUBLES RAFFA TOURNAMENT held at Campo di Bocce, Los Gatos, CA.

Not only did Zio Riccardo send great pictures, he wrote the following which explains the event, the players, and the venue much better than I could (and made my editorial job so much easier this week).

"Restaurant/Bocce Club Campo di Bocce hosted the annual Big Ben Punta, Raffa, Volo Tournament on Saturday, October 30th. Campo di Bocce is a
boccista heaven on earth with everything an avid player could want. It is located at the south west end of Silicon Valley, just west of San Jose off Hwy. 17 and about an hour south of San Francisco or ½ hour from SFO.

Four indoor and four outdoor courts with a base of compacted granite dust and a light coating of loose material give a very fast roll. Two of the outdoor courts are covered and all four are surrounded by a brick wall with plants and fountains and tables for snacking or dining. Indoors there are more dining areas, a full bar and a boutique where balls and logo clothing are for sale.

When you go to their website be sure to take the virtual tour.

We live about 5 -6 hours north of the Bay Area and are drawn there because of the many tournaments. My wife Barbara and I made dinner and court reservations for the evening before the tournament and met Ben Musolf, the manager and tournament director. He graciously hooked us up with two experienced players, John and Andrea Ross, to learn the ins and outs of Punta Raffa Volo with which we had had no competitive experience. John and Andrea are respectively the President and Treasurer of the US Bocce Federation and were wonderful about spending the time with us to get us up to speed.

Punta Raffa Volo is the game which is played internationally and is the world championship game. When bocce makes the Olympics, this will be the game played. Check out for the rules.

During the tournament, we received our expected drubbing, scoring 5 points in our first game, but getting shut out in our second two which, unfortunately, were against the winners and runners up. Fortunately, the subject of Fanny was never brought up. The level of play was generally high as the field included many national champions and members of our world championships teams who have competed in Europe and South America. After lunch the semifinals and finals were exciting games with a large spectator draw and a level of expertise which made us vow to start practicing daily for next season. We not only learned a great deal about bocce, but enjoyed the camaraderie, generosity and helpfulness of many on the competitors. Special thanks to Campo di Bocce and to Ben Musolf for running the event and taking time to help out the novices."

{Publisher's notes: The "Fanny" mentioned refers to the custom of "kissing the fanny" - usually a picture or ceramic creation - when a team is defeated by a shut-out.

When bocce goes Olympic, it may be the volo game that makes it instead of Punto Raffa Volo. Nothing is certain yet - we must keep promoting.}

View this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
Holiday tree ornament...

CafePress has recently added holiday ornaments to their excellent line of products.

I partial to the mugs with the Joy of Bocce logo, but the t-shirts, caps, mouse pads, and other novelty items also make for pretty neat holiday gift ideas for the bocce aficionado in your life. Check them out by clicking the ornament to the right or the text below.

Click for more from CafePress...

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
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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.


Not many tourneys to list at this time of year - please submit yours early as people need time to plan - especially if travel is involved.


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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