The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 46 - December 13, 2004 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Special! Holiday Bocce Gift Idea
•   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 #46 - December 13, 2004
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2004


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The Joy of Bocce 2nd edition will help you improve your game (or at least entertain you). The 300-page book takes drill and instruction to the same level as that of basketball, baseball, and other sports. Besides that, it has the most complete and entertaining history of the game anywhere in print. It will fascinate and delight.

Also, you will learn strategies and styles of play for backyard lawn bocce as well as "official" court play. And we bring all the best bocce products from various distributors together in one chapter for your ease of evaluation.

You can learn to build your own court, set up a league or tourney, and enjoy the Best of The Joy of Bocce Weekly that you may have missed over the past two years. (Click the image to the right to order).


2nd edition woes continue....

Still slow going on the new cover of the Joy of Bocce 2nd Edition. This print-on-demand technology can be a pain. But I think it is going to be worth the aggravation in the long run. The cover should be ready any day now and I should be able to offer autographed copies of the title soon - like next issue, he said hopefully. I'll make a special offer for subscribers and ship Priority Mail at no extra charge until Christmas.

In the meantime, you can order the book directly from the publisher ( ) - has the original cover, which I wasn't happy with, but the text is fine. Or, you can order the electronic version at just $4.95 (you download it - no shipping charge). Click on the image above to order (the original cover - a tad too much text for my tastes).


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Special! Holiday Bocce Gift Idea
Barbara and Bob Gross of BarbnBobenterprise were kind enough to send me a set of their new product called Illuminations. It is a “light up” bocce set that is a novel way to play nighttime bocce or daytime “glow in a dark room” bocce.

I often get requests for such a product from ezine readers, and have examined a couple different light up bocce sets. This Illuminations set is far superior to any that I have seen and tested. It is much more durable and easier to operate. Light up balls have an on-off switch that is sometimes difficult to engage. Not so with this set. A simple clockwise turn with the thumbnail or coin and the balls start to blink on and off in a regular pattern. A similar counter-clockwise turn just as easily deactivates the lights. {Batteries are included and each set is tested by BarbnBobenterprise before shipping}

The set comes with 8 blinking 100 mm balls and a smaller flashing pallino. The balls are 2 each of red, blue, yellow and green. I always preferred 4 balls of one color and 4 of another to 2 each of 4 different colors, but this arrangement works out fine.

Playing on the carpet in my darkened basement turned out to be great fun. I found that the balls tend to roll in the direction of the on/off switch since the battery is there. If you hold the ball with the switch to the right and roll directly toward the pallino the ball will hook to the right. This is reminiscent of lawn bowls where the balls are “biased” and designed to curve to the target. You can hold the bias to the left and get the ball to curve in that direction. We found that if you hold the ball with the switch facing straight up, the balls roll pretty true. Anyway, we found it great fun to hook shots in around obstacles like our cellar furniture.

The set comes with a very nice nylon, zippered carry case with foam cutouts where 8 balls and the pallino fit neatly. At $34.95 this makes for a very attractive holiday gift.

From the promotional literature…

“All balls including the pallino light up using a durable water resistant thread in switch and a blinking LED light. The switch, batteries and LED are all internal. The included L1154 alkaline cell batteries are not only easy to replace, but can be purchased on line for as little as $7.95 for 50. Batteries may last up to 60 hours of game play.”

BarbnBobenterprise will have their brand new web site up and running shortly, but until then… to order… email . Or go to E-bay and search “Light up bocce.”

{Like so many other bocce products, this one comes with lousy literature from the manufacturer. Too many dealers feel they need to include some bocce info with the product and rely on information or misinformation that has been circulating for decades. That’s why they state that “the official court is 12’ wide by 60’ long" and that the starting team gets three tries to legally place the pallino. My New Year’s resolution is to contact as many manufacturers as possible and try to impress upon them that our game have evolved and that their literature should reflect this.}

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Photos of the week
This week’s excellent photos come courtesy of Georgette Cash of Cuneo Cellars.

She says “We are an Italian winery located in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Our specialty is Italian style wines (mostly ‘big reds’). We installed two bocce courts in the fall of 2003 and had our first bocce league last summer with 10 teams playing weekly. The interest is growing! We may have to form two leagues next summer. As we get closer to league signup I'll email the details so that you can add it to you news worthy items on this site. I just ordered ‘The Joy of Bocce’ which came highly recommended and look forward to reading it over the holiday vacation.”

{One of the pictures is of the league winners – a team called "Ballsawegotta". That’s the best team name I’ve heard since “Drinking Team With A Bocce Problem.”}

Continues Georgette…”You may notice a few wine glasses in the images. Our teams felt it was the only way to play bocce...a glass of wine in one hand and bocce ball in the

And finally…”Cuneo Cellars winery is in the background {of the photos). It has a Tuscany feel in the middle of Willamette Valley, OR!”

{View this week’s photos by clicking the Cuneo Cellars picture above. Learn more about the Cuneo Cellars by clicking the link below. And please follow Georgette Cash’s gracious lead and send photos of bocce in your neck of the woods.}

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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
Holiday Shopping...

Joy of Bocce Weekly has lots of on-line affiliates. When you shop via my those affiliates only keep most of the money, leaving a little for us here at The Joy of Bocce Weekly. So, if you are considering shopping on-line at the likes of Barnes & Noble, Disney Store, Eddie Bauer, Hallmark, Hickory Farms, OshKosh B'Gosh, etc., please do so via You will be supporting our work here at The Joy of Bocce Weekly.

From my web portal (click the image to the right or the text link below) click on "Go Shopping." This is one stop shopping for almost anything you might want - one search, one credit card, one check out and delivery to everyone on your list regardless of different addresses, etc. You'll register one time, setting up a password for repeat visits, but this will save you from the headache of entering the data over and over as you purchase from different vendors. I think you’ll like it!

Holiday shopping on Joy of Bocce affiliates...

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.


January 15-16, 2005 - Open Tourney – 4 person teams, A & B Divisions - Muckleshoot Casino, Auburn, WA - contact Salvatore Cascone @ 253-939-3502.


January 22, 2005 - USBF - Waterloo - 2 Men/2 Women - Contact Romano Lotti @ (209) 951-8256.


January 29, 2005 - United States first annual Pallino d'oro Singles Championships (International Rules). Male and female divisions. Must have or buy a U.S. Bocce Federation 2005 Membership Card before or at tournament. $100.00 per player. Will be played at Palazzo Di Bocce in Lake Orion, Michigan. Contact Danny Passaglia @ 312-226-4600, Mike Grasser @ 248-505-4744, or the Palazzo @ 248-371-9987.


February 5, 2005 - USBF - M. Albanese Tourney - Los Gatos, CA - contact Ben Musolf @


February 12, 2005 - Open – 4 Person Teams - American Bocce Association Fundraiser - Antioch Indoor Bocce Courts - Antioch Fairgrounds, Antioch, CA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Gloria Taylor @ 510-787-2317.


April 18-19, 2005 - Open – 4 Person Teams - Tahoe Biltmore - North Shore Lake Tahoe, CA - Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.


April 23, 2005 - 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


April 23, 2005 - Open -3 person teams - So. SF IACC, Orange Ave. Mem. Park, South San Francisco, CA. MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.


April 30, 2005 - April in Vallejo Open – 4 person Teams - Vallejo Bocce Federation, 333 Amador St. Vallejo, CA. Contact Dick Gomez @ 707-554-9916.


May 7, 2005 - Women’s Tournament - Open – 4 person teams - P.I.A.S.C. - San Mateo - Beresford Recreation Center, 28th Ave. & Alameda de la Pulgas - MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.


July 14 – 16, 2005 – World’s Largest indoor guaranteed purse in the history of bocce ($16,000) - Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino - Indio, CA (near Palm Springs) Phone: 800-827-2946. Contact Phil Ferrari @ 800-652-6223 - Open Division and (Fun) Challenge Division.

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