The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 44 - November 29, 2004 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   2nd Edition - Finally Available!
•   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 #44 - November 29, 2004
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2004


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

2nd Edition - Finally Available!
The Joy of Bocce 2nd Edition is finally available. I'm still waiting for mine - hope to be able to offer the title at a small discount for my e-zine subscribers in a future issue (in a week or two). But if you can't wait, just go to the publisher's web site - {Click the image to the right or the text link below to go directly to} Click on Book Store - then, in the search window, you can search by author by typing "Pagnoni".

Two entries will appear. There is an electronic book (e-book) for $4.95 and a paperback version for $18.75.

I'm not sure who will want an e-book on bocce. Most of the e-books I see are pretty short files that purport to teach you how to make money on the Internet. But this is a 316 page book with over 300 photos - it's over 5 meg to download. If you print it out on your printer it will probably use up a printer cartridge.

Still, the advantage (besides being a lot cheaper) is that you can download it and have access to it right away, or, you can save it to a file, and read it at your leisure. People who travel a lot, spending lots of time in airports and hotels, like e-books loaded onto their laptop computers. They're carrying their laptop anyway, no need to lug books along too.

Another advantage it that the photos are in full color on the computer screen, whereas they are black and white on the printed page. It would have been a big plus if the links in the file were "live" (so you could just click on a web address and be taken there instantly), but the e-book is a .pdf file (Adobe Reader) - no live links.

The paperback will sell in bookstores for $19.45 - a tad pricey if I do say so myself. But this print-on-demand technology has its own way of doing things. If you order a copy, there isn't one waiting for you on the publisher's shelf. They print and ship you one after your order is processed. This way the publisher doesn't assume the risk of printing 5000 copies and hoping that consumers will purchase them.

Anyway, they have a formula for calculating the retail price of the book and I have no control over that. I hope to purchase a couple hundred at the author's discount and re-sell them a little cheaper than the bookstore price.

The first edition originally sold for $12.95 in bookstores, then $13.95 and $14.95 on sites like That edition was about 120 pages long while the new version is over 300 pages - lots of new material, new chapters, new photos. I think it is worth the purchase price. One of my previous books was a McGraw-Hill BOMC selection. Another, published in 1990, is still in print today (>50,000 copies sold). But this new book on bocce might be the best thing I've done. I'm very proud of it - I think it's going to help our game grow.

P.S. Authorhouse ships via UPS. If you order from their site (please do), your choices will be...

UPS Next Day Air = $25.25
UPS 2nd Day Air = $11.25
UPS Ground = $5.75

Not sure about buying multiple copies - you might want to call the Authorhouse book order people at 888-280-7715.


Photos of the week
This week’s photos come courtesy of Dan Piselli of Brooklyn who sends pictures from his dad's club - The Sons Of Italy in Derby, CT. According to Piselli, "They have a 4-court indoor facility with really nice courts."

More from Dan…”This building was built specifically for year-round bocce. The club had 2 outdoor courts but only one remains and is unused. There are 4 indoor courts, 9'-9" x 69'-0" each with Har-Tru surface. The courts are built with foundation walls around the openings and no slab under the courts so there is good drainage. Most construction was done by club members, down to the scoreboards which my dad made.

This {recent} tournament drew players outside the club from Waterbury, CT, Queens, NY, Fort Lee, NJ, and Scranton, PA. Starting at 8am, it was a doubles tourney with double elimination. The only rule variation from normal rules is that the back wall is always live, even after missed shots. Balls only bounce back a foot or so from the wall however. After playing in both the NYC bocce tourney and this one, I’d have to say the competition here was superior.

These guys tend to be spontaneous with tournaments so its tough to plan. They are thinking of having another in the winter so I’ll try to let you know to get it on your schedule.”

{These courts remind me of the ones at the Ponte Club in Waterbury, CT. They also have relatively short courts with chain link fencing around the perimeter, and, as in much of New England, they tend to play the backboard live.}

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'm 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.

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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.


April 23, 2004 - Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament - hoping for 48 teams - using open rules. Will set up as many as 12 courts (Field Turf surface with Backyard Bocce’s perimeter courts). Contact


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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 and (Fun) Challenge Division

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