The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 8 - February 23, 2004 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   New 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 #8 - February 23, 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 - 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 six 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.

Here is my status report as of 2/23/04

Number of query letters sent in 2004 = 18
Number of rejections = 3
Number of requests to view proposal = 2

Writing progress report...

Chapter 1 The Game - Done - about 10% new material
Chapter 2 The Terminology -Done - 20% new
Chapter 3 The Game, a Closer Look - Done - 50% new
Chapter 4 The Games As Played on Courts - Done - 10% new
Chapter 5 The Equipment - Done - 40% new material
Chapter 6 Strategy & Tactics - Done - 20% new material
Chapter 7 Building A Backyard Court - Done - 50% new
Chapter 8 Tournament Play & Rules - Needs reworking
Chapter 9 International Play - Done - 40% new
Chapter 10 A Brief History Lesson - Done - 30% new

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

New Chapter – "Organizing a League" - Done

New Chapter – "Best of The Joy of Bocce Weekly" - Done

New Chapter - "Bocce & Special Olympics" - Done

Stay tuned.

Other outdoor games you might be interested in...

 New chapter posted on the web
I have posted on the web “Organizing a League/Promoting the Game”, a new chapter for The Joy of Bocce’s 2nd edition. The plan is to leave it up for a week to ten days, hoping that readers will offer input.

Thanks to all who have given feedback. The final manuscript will be all the better for it. No photos are posted, but all the text is there – about 5000 words.

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 chapter "Organizing a League/Promoting the Game"

 Photos of the week
This weeks photos come to us courtesy of Joy of Bocce Weekly faithful and journeyman bocce player Mike Grasser. He sends pictures of his recent European bocce tour.

Included are Men’s doubles division "A" punto raffa volo national championships (regional playoffs - Atina, Italy).

Americo Rizza shooting volo at the Settignano Bocce Club in Atina, Italy.

Mike Grasser shooting volo at the Settignano Bocce Club in Atina, Italy.

The Caccialanza Bocce Club - Milano, Italy.

Close-up of the new synthetic courts at the Caccialanza Bocce Club (Milano, Italy).

Petanque players in Cannes, France.

Please follow Mike's lead and send photos from your bocce travels.

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}

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.

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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