The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 5 - February 2, 2004 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Readers' Feedback and Publisher's Ramblings
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Photos of the week
•   Tournament update
 Notes from the publisher
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Volume 3, Issue #5 - February 2, 2004
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Joy of Bocce 2nd edition

I'm working hard on a second edition of The Joy of Bocce - and simultaneously trying to land a publisher.

The new edition will have lots of new information and photographs. I intend to use some of the photographs that readers have submitted for our Photos of the Week feature. Please let me know if you have sent me photos and DON'T want them included in the upcoming book.

If you send photos in the future (please do), be advised that I will consider them for inclusion in this second edition, unless you tell me otherwise. Be assured that I will give credit to the photographer whenever possible.


2nd Edition Update

Over the next eight weeks or so, I thought it would be interesting to chronicle my progress in getting the second edition of The Joy of Bocce published. If nothing else, it will coerce me to get some writing done each week as I report the progress here.

The process goes something like this…

The hopeful author writes what are termed “query” letters to publishers stating who he is, what he wants to write, and why he is the one to write it. He sends a lot of these, always asking if the publisher would be interested in reviewing a full book “proposal”.

The process often takes many weeks (even months) and some publishers will not respond to the query at all. Others will send a form letter rejection, and, with luck, some will agree to take a peek at your manuscript with no obligation to accept or publish it.

Next, the author sends the proposal to any publisher who has agreed to examine it. This includes marketing data as well as table of contents, chapter outlines, sample chapters, or perhaps even the completed manuscript.

After looking over the proposal (perhaps another 6 – 8 weeks) the author may receive either a “thanks, but no thanks” letter, or a contract.

Here is my status report as of 2/2/04

Number of query letters sent in 2004 = 16
Number of rejections = 1
Number of requests to view proposal = 2

Writing progress report...

Chapter 1 The Game = Done - about 10% new material
Chapter 2 The Terminology = Done - about 20% new material
Chapter 3 The Game, A Closer Look = Done - about 50% new material
Chapter 4 The Game As Played On Courts = Done - about 10% new material
Chapter 5 The Equipment = Done - 40% new material
Chapter 6 Strategy & Tactics = Done - 20% new material
Chapter 7 Building A Backyard Court = Shaping up - lots of new info
Chapter 8 Tournament Play & Rules = Needs work
Chapter 9 International Play = Needs revision
Chapter 10 A Brief History Lesson = Needs reworking

New Chapter – "Bocce Courts We’ve known And Loved" - need to sift through photos to pick best ones

New Chapter – "Organizing A League/Tournament" - roughed out, but needs a lot of work

New Chapter – "Best Of The Joy Of Bocce Weekly" - roughed out, but needs a lot of work

Stay tuned.

Think about going into business with the author...

 Readers' Feedback and Publisher's Ramblings
We don't often have sad news in these bocce ramblings but our Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit group has lost one of our members and I want to pay a brief tribute to him.

Armando Iannalfo was our bocce MVP and a good friend.
He was most noted for two things on our bocce circuit. He was famous for his skillful bank shots, even prone to banking the pallino off the sideboards to start a frame. He was also known for his energetic reactions to his successful bocce rolls. With arms raised overhead and knees knocking, this guy was a photo op waiting to happen (that's him rejoicing in the photo to the right).

In the last year, as he battled cancer, Armando rescheduled his chemotherapy sessions around our Monday morning bocce league.

His good friend Dr. Joe Kalil said it best when he noted that Armando "...more than any of us in our very enthusiastic group, embodied the joy of bocce."

Armando Iannalfo, it was an honor being your teammate and your friend.


Tom McNutt shared this amusing story about his son Finn's experience at Day Care...

"Finnegan is all bocce! He lives breathes and sleeps bocce. The other day the childcare folks had determined he was obsessed with balls, everything was a bocce ball... so they took all the balls out of the room in order to try and interest him in something else.

Ten minutes later they checked up on Finn. He was over in the corner playing by himself quietly... the teachers were proud of themselves... Then one tapped the other on the shoulder and indicated that a closer look at Finn's activity was in order.

Turns out he had removed the heads from half a dozen dolls and was quietly bowling them over in the corner."


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 Photos of the week
This week's pics are culled from the archives of past photos of the week. I am sifting through more than two years worth of Joy of Bocce Weekly photos, trying to decide which ones to include in a chapter I'll call "Bocce Courts We've Known and Loved".

This issues offerings include:

Volume I, Issue 8 - February 25, 2002 – Chattanooga, TN

Billed as the most scenic court in the south, this 76’ by 10’ beauty overlooking the Tennessee River is awesome! Surrounded by an art gallery, outdoor sculpture garden, glass blowing studio, and accommodations for bed and breakfast (Bluff View Arts District) this place belongs on your “must see” list.


Volume I, Issue 11 - March 18, 2002 - Boston, MA

Just one more reason to visit Boston. You can go to the North End and have great Italian food - pick any restaurant - you can't miss at any of the family-run dining establishments. Walk around the Hanover Street district and soak in the ambiance. Locating Italian pastry for dessert is as easy as following your nose. Top the night off by strolling over to Commercial Street where there are three nifty bocce courts overlooking the Charles River. There are bocce ball sets there for regulars and passers-by to use. You can enjoy a relaxing game and soak in the historic aura of the area (you can even view the Bunker Hill Monument and "Old Ironsides" from the courts.


Volume I, Issue 13 - April 1, 2002 - Fearrington Village (North Carolina)

We discovered these excellent courts in 1999 while in the Raleigh-Durham area to officiate bocce in the Special Olympics World Games (the largest sporting event on the planet that year). Some of the locals invited us to a bocce match and summarily "kicked our collective butt." The Fearrington players marked each ball 1, 2, 3, or 4 with indelible marker. You had to designate who was to roll the first ball, second, etc., and you may not vary from this order. They reasoned that this negated a top player's advantage. You couldn't say, "Tom, you take this shot. You're better at it than I am." You have to stay in sequence.


Volume I, Issue 14 – April 8, 2002 - Springfield, MA
Mt. Carmel Society

In the private sector, these courts belong to the popular Mt. Carmel Society. Club members and guests can play on these courts any time as long as league play is not in progress. Western Massachusetts is a hotbed of bocce. They play the backboard live even if a rolled ball does not strike another ball. This style creates a lot more "hitting" because players guard against an opponent driving the object ball to the backboard at the end of a frame to snare multiple points. They reason this way... "I may as well try to hit my opponent's point away." {Even if it's not that close to the pallino}. "If I miss, at least we'll have a ball at the backboard."


Volume I, Issue 15 - April 15, 2002 - Chicopee, MA

To promote the growth of the game we love, we need to get more courts in the public sector. These three courts at Szot Park are 76 feet long by 10 feet wide and feature the stairstep type endboards that are so popular in Western Massachusetts (lots of hard hitters there - balls go flying). They play the backboard live even if a rolled ball does not strike another ball.


Volume I, Issue 17 - April 29, 2002 - Barrington, NH

Dante's Pasta and Primo Vino Restaurant - Barrington, NH. If you are in the Barrington, NH area, a visit to Dante's for good food and bocce will be well worth the trip.

View this week's photos...

 Bocce product of the week

Here's an excerpt from the Joy of Bocce's 2nd edition chapter on equipment...please let me know if you think there are other scoreboards that should be included.


Peter Rabito (President of Bulldog Bocce Products) of the Long Island Bocce Club has designed customized metallic scoreboards that are 12” by 18” by 48” that stick into the ground and can be removed and put away after playing. Each clock face scorer is mounted on a ground stake, is transportable, weighs less than 10 lb., and comes fully assembled. For more information or to order, email Peter directly at or or call him at 631-807-4030.

Tom McNutt of pitches four scoreboard ideas via his excellent web site.

1) He features a bocce scoreboard t-shirt that uses Velcro buttons – you can keep score right on your shirt. According to Boccemon “No longer do you have to rely on fatigued brain cells to remember the score. Point to your mobile scoreboard.”

2) He also offers an inexpensive personal clip-on scorekeeper. According to McNutt “…at one time bocce was condemned by the Catholic Church and clergymen were forbidden to play the game. Imagine the Priests at the Abbey keeping score with their rosary or “sacrifice” beads…Here’s how it works… simply slide a bead down for each point. When the game is over, slide the beads back to the top and start a new game.“

3) The Skorstik works like a vertical cribbage board. (If the score is "6" there will be a cork in the sixth hole for the appropriate team). Use it for most any field sport, including Bocce, Soccer, Lacrosse, or Field Hockey.

4) Boccemon also offers a scoreboard “built with serious Bocce players in mind”. The aluminum signboard mounts easily to a 2" pipe, providing “Excellent visibility for players and spectators. Ideal for all weather conditions.” See for more photos and current prices or email him at

Rico Daniele of WWOBA (Wonderful World of Bocce Association, 800-BOCCE54) offers two styles of scoreboards, one 3’ by 4’ made of heavy duty plastic and another metallic one that measures 4’ by 8’. View his web site at for more info and current pricing.

{Links to more info and/or web sites on these scoreboards are on the "photos of the week" page of}

Click to navigate directly to the scoreboards links...

 Non bocce product of the week
{Hey, bocce's great, but I'm always on the look-out for all kinds of good products for my readers}

The buzz word today in health and nutrition is ANTI-OXIDANT. Everyone seems to agree that we need to increase our consumption of antioxidant nutrients to improve our health and vitality. OPC-3 is an extremely powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation in the joints and has produced good results with the symptoms of arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, allergies, asthma, and a laundry list of illnesses making the product sound like a snake oil that's "good for anything that ails you."

This powerful substance composed of natural substances like extracts from grape seed, red wine, and pine bark, does two major things in the body - improves circulation and boosts immunity. The reason the product can impact so many health issues is because so many maladies can be traced to poor circulation and low immunity.

In addition, this product is in what is termed an "isotonic state." It is basically in the same composition as your body fluids. Therefore it need not be digested, but can pass directly into the small intestine and the blood stream. It is what nutritionists call bio-available, not like pills and tablets which are poorly assimilated by the body.

Click the link below to get more info...improve your health and maybe even your bocce game too!

Learn more about this powerful antioxidant...

 Tournament update
{chronological order}

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February 7 & 8, 2004 - Cape Coral World Series of Bocce - 4-person teams, double elimination, $250 per team entry, deadline January 20th - 1st PLACE $4,000 - 2nd PLACE $2,500 - 3rd PLACE $1,500 - 4th PLACE $500 - 5th PLACE $300. Contact GEORGE FURLAN – TEL: 239- 275-9968.

March 20 & 21, 2004 - 5th annual Southwest Florida Open Bocce Tournament. Contact George Farruggio of the Italian American Bocce Association of Punta Gorda, Florida @ 941-575-0482 E-Mail

April 17, 2004 - Second annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament - Open rules - Bellingham Sportsplex Indoor Soccer Field - for more info see tournament link on or contact

May 15, 2004 - Ken Waldie SSC, Inc. Tournament. Lawrence, Massachusetts. Four-player teams, 12' by 72' foot AstroTurf courts. Contact Mario Pagnoni at

May 24, 2004 - international invitational tournament - looking for teams from the US. Contact Bruce Fuller, proprietor of d'Asolo Vineyards of Oliver, B.C. Canada (Wine Capital of Canada) at

May 28 to June 5, 2004 – United States Championships, Stockton, CA. Contact Mike Conti @ 847-692-6223 or

July 9-11, 2004, Bocce Classic X, Dayton, Ohio. Contact Dick Bloom @ 937-439-7936 or email:

October 9 - 11, 2004 - North American Bocce Championship, Montreal. Contact Mike Conti @ 847-692-6223 or


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