The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 47 - December 20, 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 #47 - December 20, 2004
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2004 http://www.joyofbocce.com

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Come visit us often at http://www.joyofbocce.com You will find bocce info, merchandise, links to other great bocce sites, and the best selling bocce instruction book in the USA.

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 above right to order - the revised book cover).

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2nd edition on the home stretch....

FINALLY everything is completed and approved. Now it's just a matter of waiting for delivery of my copies of The Joy of Bocce 2nd Edition for resale. Hope to be able to offer autographed copies of the title by next issue. I'll make an initial special offer for subscribers and ship Priority Mail at no extra charge.

In the meantime, you can order the book directly from the publisher ( http://www.authorhouse.com ). Also, you can order the electronic version at just $4.95 (you download it - no shipping charge).
Click on the image above to order.

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A word about ads: Like any entrepreneurial type, I'd love to turn a profit from something I really enjoy. For now, I have decided not to accept paid advertisements. If I pitch a product here, it is something I have examined and tested and deem it beneficial to our readers.

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PLEASE – we are always looking for bocce photos and feedback from all over the USA. We want to connect bocce fans everywhere. You can email (author@joyofbocce.com) or snail mail (Mario Pagnoni, P.O. Box 608, Methuen, MA 01844) with any that you will grant permission for us to reprint.

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

Readers' feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Jacqueline B. Trainer of John G. Crowe Associates, Inc. Belmont, Mass. writes...

"We are the Landscape Architects designing 3 Bocce courts for the City of Newton Park and Rec. Dept. I spoke with their Senior Bocce League coordinator. I gave her your email address and told her you would be interested in tournament play.

She also mentioned there are some wonderful courts over near the Museum of Science in Boston but couldn't remember the name of the league there. Would you happen to know which one she is thinking of and could you get me the address? I'd love to be able to see some good examples of courts. If you have any other suggestions, please send them along as well."

{Those three courts are on Commercial St. by the North End of Boston. You can see the Bunker Hill Monument and Old Ironsides in the background of some photos I took of them. Also, they have two indoor courts in the Steriti Ice Rink which is right next to those 3 courts.

You might want to go to authorhouse.com and order the e-book ($4.95) for The Joy of Bocce 2nd Edition - it has a chapter which is a pictorial of courts all across the country. Should give you some ideas.}

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A past issue's mention of some interesting bocce team names ("Ballsawegotta" and "Drinking Team With A Bocce Problem" prompted "Bocce Bum" Ben Musolf to send his nomination for best team name...

"I don't know if you ever heard of my house team or not?
'Boccelism'

{Please REPLY if you have a good, clever, or interesting team name that readers would like to hear.}

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A reader/ web surfer asks a question that maybe another reader can answer...

"I will be with family In Carlesbad, CA over Christmas. I would like to introduce Bocce to my grandson (age 7) and maybe even the rest of the family.

QUESTION? Do you know of any public courts within 25 to 30 miles of Carlesbad, CA?

{Can any reader REPLY with an answer? I will relay the info right away.}

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Loyal reader and bocce player extraordinaire Dr.Angel Cordano writes...

"I feel like a 15 year old waiting for his date and now the date is your book...

{To the good doctor and to others...please be patient...it should be available very soon. Many bocce clubs, web sites, and other venues have asked for resale rights and these too will be available soon. Will announce ASAP.}

Must tell you, that a new generation of bocce players is in full action and at Montreal they proved they can 'tango' with anybody. The US team lost in the final, but the future is brighter and having now several international quality BOCCE facilities will finally allow our players to prepare the way they should for international competitions without the disadvantage suffered in the past.

Of 16 players, six were below 32, two were below 45 and ONLY eight were above 55 years old! If youth is combined with experience, I'm convinced that the future for excellent performances is assured for the USBF and the U.S. players.

The future of the SPORT of BOCCE is fully guaranteed thanks to people like you, the USBF and many others that are disseminating the concept of a higher level of bocce (PUNTO-RAFFA-VOLO) without putting down the CORE of bocce activities of those who play OPEN. Both MUST go ALONG supporting each other and the sport is the WINNER!

Have you been at PALAZZO? If not, you MUST GO, because is the MECCA for BOCCE. I have traveled a lot internationally and there is nothing that gets even close to this masterpiece created by Tony Battaglia."

{Haven't been yet, but is on my MUST SEE (and photograph) list.

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There have been questions on the Yahoo group Bocceanonymous about which brand of ball is best.

Bocce Bob Whitlow (Southern Illinois) is a big supporter of the Washington company Playaboule. He calls their Perfetta bocce set “the cream of the crop” adding that it is the only brand of balls he uses in tournaments or league play. He also has kind words for Playaboule president Bede Kortegast. “He is one top notch individual. He also contributes a lot to further the game of bocce by assisting with tournaments and fundraisers throughout the United States.”

Visit Playaboule.com

Photos of the week
This week’s excellent photos come courtesy of Dr. Joe Kalil who reports back from his recent trip to Spain and Portugal where he experienced bowls and boules. Says Dr. Joe…

“Bowls goes as far back as the Egyptians and led to the games now called Boules {France} and Bocce {Italy}. The Bowls balls come in different sizes and are elliptical in shape. The edge on one side is curved or slanted so that the ball can be played so as to curve to the right or to the left.

Travel agents from England have gathered here in Torremolinos on the southern coast of Spain for several years to vacation and enjoy the sport.

During my visit the sport was being played on their national TV. It was called the Bupa Open.”

{Please follow Dr. Joe's lead and send bocce/bowls/boules photos from your travels}

For a good explanation of bowls visit the Honolulu Lawn Bowls Club site...

Bocce product of the week
Illuminations Bocce

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 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 more durable and much 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, it was 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 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 Skydancerorb@yahoo.com . Or go to eBay 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.}

Visit Light Up Bocce at eBay

Non bocce product of the week
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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 http://www.joyofbocce.com 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.

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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February 19, 2005 - I. A. C. - 3 Person (One Woman) - contact Ron Jacobs @ (209)957-1223.

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

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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 Info@boccemon.com

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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.

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

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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.

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May 7, 2005 - Raffa – 3 person team - P.I.A.S.C. San Mateo, 100 “B” Street, San Mateo, CA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.

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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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