The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 7 - February 16, 2004 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Revised chapter posted on the web
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Photos of the week
•   Tournament update
 Notes from the publisher
The FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 3, Issue #7 - February 16, 2004
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2004



On February 27 – 29, 2004 there will be a class leading to certification as a bocce referee for International Punto Raffa Volo play. The class will take place at the Ciociaro Club in Windsor, Ontario and will be run by Frederico Cristant - contact Remo Inciti @ 519-969-4825 for more details. Who knows, you might climb the referee ranks and one day officiate the NCAA national championship (perhaps UCLA vs. FSU) in 2010.


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Joy of Bocce 2nd edition

I'm working hard on a second edition of The Joy of Bocce.

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 seven 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 2/16/04

Number of query letters sent in 2004 = 17
Number of rejections = 3
Number of requests to view proposal = 2

Writing progress report...

Chapter 1 Done - about 10% new material
Chapter 2 Done - about 20% new material
Chapter 3 Done - about 50% new material
Chapter 4 Done - about 10% new material
Chapter 5 Done - 40% new material
Chapter 6 Done - 20% new material
Chapter 7 Done - 50% new
Chapter 8 Needs reworking
Chapter 9 Done - posted on the web
Chapter 10 Done

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 revising

Stay tuned.

Other outdoor games you might be interested in...

 Revised chapter posted on the web
Last week I posted on the web “Building a Backyard Court”, the revised chapter for The Joy of Bocce’s 2nd edition. As I had hoped, many subscribers read it and emailed their "two cents worth". I appreciate these comments and suggestions and will weave them into the final version, making it better than before.

This week I've replaced that posted chapter with the new chapter on International Rules. No photos are posted, but all the text is there – originally 3600 words – now about 6600.

If you have any expertise or experience in international play, please examine the chapter and offer suggestions, corrections, etc. Not really looking for typos and grammar errors (although, I’d like to find those too), I am more concerned with the substance…have I written a chapter that tells people what they need to know, and is the information in a logical, easy-to-follow sequence? Did I leave anything important out?

Please help this struggling with comments. Thanks in advance.

Preview revised chapter on International Play...

 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 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 issue’s offerings include:

Volume I, Issue 20 – May 19, 2002 – Villa Roma Resort

Nestled neatly in the Catskills (356 Villa Roma Road, Callicoon, New York), the resort has all the usual amenities plus indoor and outdoor bocce.


Volume I, Issue 21 - May 27, 2002 - Old Lyme, Connecticut

The summer resort area has more than its share of Italians, but all nationalities seem to enjoy bocce by the ocean. Occasional informal bocce tournaments are often on the entertainment cards of the vacationers.


Volume I, Issue 22 - June 2, 2002 – Bradford, Mass.

Del Bracci had only 45 feet on the side of his house available for bocce. His carefully planned court illustrates what we mean when we advise people to put whatever size court fits into your backyard and/or your pocketbook.


Volume I, Issue 23 – June 10, 2002 – Forest Park, Springfield, Mass.

Two courts in the public domain at Forest park in Springfield, Massachusetts. Rico Daniele, one of the biggest bocce promoters in the East, lobbied the city to get them installed. He did the same thing in neighboring Chicopee where three courts are in place at Szot park. Getting bocce courts in the public domain rather than in private clubs is the way to get the game to grow.


Volume I, Issue 24 - June 17, 2002 – Brutocao Schoolhouse Plaza, Hopland, California

Sue from Brutocao Schoolhouse Plaza sent wonderful photos of bocce play at Brutocao Schoolhouse Plaza in Hopland, California. The absolutely gorgeous courts are 13' x 90' and the surface is crushed oyster shell.


Volume I, Issue 25 - June 24, 2002 – Punta Gorda, Florida

Thanks to George Farruggio for these wonderful photos. Two of the three finely groomed courts are 12' by 60' and the third is 12' by 75'. They are covered with canopies for shade at the ends and make for a fine venue for recreation and tournament action.


Volume I, Issue 28 - July 22, 2002 – Baltimore, Maryland

Little Italy Bocce Rollers Association of Baltimore, Maryland. The group is affiliated with the Sons of Italy and they have two excellent, well-lighted courts (80’ by 13’) with a very fine, light gray stone dust surface. The courts play fast and are a terrific draw for the fine restaurants and other businesses in the area.


Volume I, Issue 30 - August 5, 2002 – Springfield, Massachusetts

The Elks Lodge in Springfield, Massachusetts. The courts are 76’ by 10’ and have that stair-step arrangement at the ends that is so common hereabouts. I think this is because there are so many hard hitters in this area and there are so many still playing the backboard live. Consequently, players are constantly trying to drill the pallino to the end board with fast moving “raffa” or “spock” attempts. The stair-step arrangement protects players and spectators from pallinos that tend to become projectiles with this style of play. The court surface is stone dust topped with a fine layer of red “brick dust.”

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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March 27 & 28, 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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