The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 9 - March 1, 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
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Volume 3, Issue #9 - March 1, 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 five 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 3/1/04

Number of query letters sent in 2004 = 18
Number of rejections = 5
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 material
Chapter 8 Done - 50% new material
Chapter 9 Done - 40% new
Chapter 10 Done - 30% new

New Chapter – "Bocce Courts We’ve known and Loved" - still sifting 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.

Check out international volo style play...

 New chapter posted on the web
I have posted on the web a section of “Tournament Play & Rules”, revised 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.

I have posted the rationale for what I call North American Open Rules, then the actual text of these rules. This may be controversial and your input will be important to me.

Thanks to all who have given feedback. The final manuscript will be all the better for it. No photos are posted, just text.

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

 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 year's 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 & Loved."

Included are:

Volume 1 Issue #31 - August 12, 2002

Christine Emerson Reed Park, Santa Monica, California


Volume #1, Issue #32 August 19, 2002

Long Island Bocce Club's two well-constructed, lighted 78’ by 16’ courts at Mildam Park.


Volume #1, Issue #33 August 26, 2002

Tom McNutt & son Finn (Bellingham, Washington) "Half of the public right of way in front of my home was parking and the rest was lawn. Perfect location for a 60 x 12 foot court."


Volume #1, Issue #36 September 23, 2002

The A.J. Hendrickson Park in the Village of Valley Stream, New York - a testimony to how good local government can improve its citizens’ quality of life.


Volume #1, Issue #37 September 30, 2002

Corona (Queens, NY) - Referred to by some as “Spaghetti Park”, the neighborhood was once home to jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong. The surrounding area is the fictional setting for the popular TV series “All in the Family.”


Volume #1, Issue #44 November 18, 2002

Lake Rio - Punta Gorda, Florida.


Volume #1, Issue #47 December 9, 2002

The Custom House Plaza in Monterey’s Historic Park (next to Fisherman’s Wharf).


Volume 2, Issue #2 January 13, 2003

Ciociaro Club in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

View this week's photos...

 Bocce product of the week
The Budget Bocce Court by Bryan Mero

Bryan Mero (of fame) has created a very well crafted booklet on building a low budget bocce court. He's published it via the clever print-on-demand outfit CafePress.

It describes in detail how Mero was able to build his 60' by 10' court in California for less than $600.

Mero covers topics like...

Tools & supplies you'll need
Choosing the court's location
Should I roto-till?
How do I make it level?
Do I really need to use a lawn roller?
How do I level out the court surface?
What do I use as the mid-layer?
What is the top layer...crushed what?
Where do I mark foul lines?
What will court maintenance be like?

Interspersed with photos, drawings and personal notes from his own court construction experience this helpful little booklet is a definite "keeper."

Click to visit Ibocce's CafePress store...

 Non bocce product of the week
Softball season is coming!

Softball: Fast & Slow Pitch (Masters Press, 1990) by Mario Pagnoni and Gerald Robinson

In print since 1990, I wrote this with my friend Gerry Robinson, now an athletic director in New Milford, Connecticut. I have been trying to analyze how this title could have such amazing "staying power" (more than 50,000 copies sold). I finally figured it out…it's just plain good, and the competition is mostly just plain bad.

Some sports instruction books are written by big time college coaches who get a grad student to do the bulk of the work. The publisher slaps a “Spaulding Sports Library” or some such label on it, and the buying public thinks it must be good.

Very complete, our book includes chapters on hitting, throwing, fielding, baserunning, organizing a practice, team defense, offensive strategy, and coaching a youth league team. It even has appendices on fundraising for your team, scoring a game, and softball rules in plain English.

It is ideal for the player who wants to hone his skills, the parent who wants to help a child improve, and the coach who wants to better organize practices. A bargain at $12.95 plus shipping.

 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:

July 10, 2004, Northern California Bocce
Championships, Martinez Bocce Federation
(Waterfront Park facility housing 15 permanent
courts). Open rules. Contact Keith Tate 925-370-0633 or e-mail:

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


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