The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 10 - March 14, 2005 
•   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 4, Issue #10 - March 14, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com

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Hello bocce buddies,

Still have two issues consuming most of my time. We lost our appeal to the Salem, NH zoning board for our Ken Waldie Memorial Boccedrome (four 12' by 80' courts under a 208' long greenhouse structure). So, we must decide if we want to litigate or go back to the board with a new proposal, perhaps reducing the size of the structure. We'll keep you posted.

If we ever get the project approved, we'll have a dedication and kick-off tourney and post Photos of the Week.

The other issue is fund-raising for our non-profit group's trip to Pittsburgh for the Senior Olympics. We hope to send a team of 12 softball players (age 55 - 59) to compete and to honor our late friend Ken Waldie (a victim of 9/11/01). Pittsburgh was his original home town and we think it appropriate that we participate (and meet his mom who still lives there).

Click http://www.kenwaldiessc.org/kenwaldie.ivnu to learn more about our late friend Ken Waldie, a naval academy grad and one of the finest human beings I ever had the good fortune to know. There's a place to make a contribution to our 501 C-4 organization if you so desire.

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2nd edition news...

The 2nd edition is in stock and selling well!

I am accepting orders and can ship the next day. The 300-page book retails in bookstores for $19.45 and at the publisher's web site for $18.75.

Click the link below to order an autographed copy from me. Shipping will be $4.00 (US Priority Mail).

Please let me know how you want the book autographed (type the details in the "Special Inscription/Autograph" box provided).

Also, you can order the book directly from the publisher ( http://www.authorhouse.com ). They even offer an electronic version at just $4.95 (you download it - no shipping charge).

Click on the image above to order from the publisher's web site or the link below to get an autographed copy directly from me. {If you order from the publisher's site enter Pagnoni in the box for Author = ...}

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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.

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If you know others who would enjoy and benefit from this Ezine, encourage them to sign up. You could forward this issue to them (see Forward link at bottom of newsletter) so they can decide for themselves if they want to "opt in". I promise that I will never be in the business of selling or trading your email address or other personal information.

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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.

Order an autographed copy of the Joy of Bocce 2nd Edition

Readers' feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Joy of Bocce magnet calendars

I had some small 2005 magnetic calendars printed and gave them out to some bocce friends. I have 10 left and will include them as gifts to the next 10 purchasers of my book or any of the measures that I retail (Premier Boule Measure, Clubhawk Gold Measure, Henselite Bowls Measure). The calendar (pictured to the right) is a little bigger than 4" by 5".

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Request for testimonials...

I've been getting lots of positive feedback from readers of The Joy of Bocce 2nd Edition. If you've read it and liked it, please send me a couple lines and let me know if I can reprint any testimonial that you submit.

Thanks in advance. Publishing testimonials from other bocce aficionados makes just about the best marketing promotion I could undertake.

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Speaking of promotions...I'm starting to promote The Joy of Bocce to bookstores and other retailers. You can help - getting the book to a larger audience is a great way to help our game grow. I would appreciate it if you could take the time to collect and send me the mailing address of any bookstores in your area. I'll send them a specially designed postcard that tells them about the book and how they can resell it in their stores at no risk...the books are fully returnable if not sold.

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George Farruggio of the Punta Gorda Bocce Association ( Punta Gorda, Florida) always gets upset when someone refers to our game as "bocce ball."

"Please tell Greg Stepp the name of the game is BOCCE. I can't believe that people call the game bocce ball. Again let me say would you tell your friends let's go bowling ball? Please correct these people. This is a great game - let's not call the game by an incorrect name. Remember the game is called BOCCE."

{Yes, Yes, Yes...I agree. But it is easy to see how people tend to say basketball, baseball, football, bocceball. I doubt that we can ever eliminate the term bocceball as the name for our game from everyday usage. But, George and I and others will keep trying.}

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James Schiffmacher, president of the Long Island Bocce Club writes...

"We wish this snow would subside a little to allow us to play again. If anyone has an updated mailing address for me, please give it to me. We are looking for our kickoff to 2005 to be a spectacular event. If anyone is interested in helping set up our kickoff tourney (in late April/early May) to celebrate our 4th year of Bocce, please also give me an email or call 631-231-4300 ext 230 (8 AM - 5 PM)."

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Sean Kearney has some bocce vacation property on Cape Cod...

"I am writing to all of the bocce enthusiasts out there that I thought may be interested in playing bocce in their backyard while vacationing on the world famous Cape Cod.

We recently purchased a house on Cape Cod and completely remodeled the property including adding a new yard and lit bocce court for all to enjoy. You can view the property at www.weneedavacation.com and search under the property ID # 7091 {or just click the link below}. The house is available year round and is conveniently located within walking distance to town, the beach, restaurants, Saquatucket Harbor http://www.vsv.cape.com/~harharb/ciha/photosaq.html and a ferry to Nantucket http://www.nantucketislandferry.com/ and for fishing charters. Click below to view the property and email sean@vpointcap.com with inquiries.

Check out the bocce/vacation property...

Photos of the week
This week’s photos come courtesy of Ron Grassi of Coralville, Iowa.

Says Grassi…

“The enclosed pictures were taken by me at Lincoln Park in Pittsburg, Kansas at their annual bocce tournament on the 4th of July. I told the players that I would probably be sending the pictures to Joy of Bocce, and they said that was okay with them.

I am in the process of building a court (8' by 54'). I'm looking for some people to play, so if you have anyone who takes your ezine here in Iowa City/Coralville area, please let me know."

{Interested bocce fans can contact Ron at rgrassi@mchsi.com. Many thanks to ALL who send photos. Please follow their lead and submit info on bocce in your neck of the woods. This cooperation from bocce aficionados is the lifeblood of The Joy of Bocce Weekly}

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Court Maintenance Tools

I’ve seen all kinds of home-made court maintenance brushes and scrapers. Two things have always struck me about them. 1 – they look like they are home-made and 2 – they tend to be HEAVY.

Manufactured by Lee Tennis (makers of the Har-Tru surface), these court maintenance tools created for tennis courts works exceptionally well for bocce courts.

The 7-foot drag brush is light-weight and, even if you have a 13- or 14-foot wide court, you can smooth it over with just two passes. This is quick enough to do between games without players standing around waiting very long. Bristles are 4 ½ inches of synthetic fibers and the strong but light-weight frame is aluminum. Retails for $139.95 plus shipping.

Lute/scarifier

This strangely named 30” wide device is actually two implements in one. It is an all-aluminum combination tool for scarifying, leveling, and removing loose court material.

Strong and sturdy, the tool is light enough to handle with ease and is excellent for spreading new material during top-dressing. The concave shape of the 30” wide blade allows the tool to “float” along the surface without digging in. Use the serrated edge to scrape material from high spots, then flip the tool over to rake and smooth that spot and drag the loose material to fill in a lower point.

Retails for $50.95 plus shipping.

The lute/scarifier and 7-foot drag brush should be all the maintenance tools a bocce court owner needs.

Click to order or to learn more about court maintenance tools...

Non bocce product of the week
Softball season is fast approaching!

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}

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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March 19, 2005 - California, Waterloo - USBF 2 Men/2 Women - contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.

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April 9, 2005 - California - Los Gatos - 4 Person Open USBF - contact Bill Schlaefer @ (408) 379-9409.

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April 9, 2005 - Illinois - West Frankfort - J & S Professional Pharmacy/Old King Coal Indoor Bocce Tournament - contact Bob Whitlow at go_dawgs@ll.net or 937-1668. Open to 16 teams.

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April 10, 2005 - California - Waterloo, Stockton - Open - 4 Players Youth (8th grade or 12 years old or younger) - contact Annette De Pauli @ (209) 931-4594.

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

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April 23, 2005 - Washington - Bellingham Bay 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 - California - South San Francisco. Open -3 person teams - So. SF IACC, Orange Ave. Mem. Park. MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.

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April 23, 2005 - California - East Portal, Sacramento - Open – 4 Players. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ (209) 296-6151.

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

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April 30, 2005 - California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce - Raffa - Singles Ranking - Men - contact Ben Musolf @ (408) 395-7650.

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May 7, 2005 - California - San Mateo - Women’s Tournament - Open – 4 person teams - P.I.A.S.C. - Beresford Recreation Center, 28th Ave. & Alameda de la Pulgas. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.

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

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May 14, 2005 - California - Martinez - Debbie Gerow Memorial Bocce Tournament - The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Fundraiser - Open – 4 person teams - Martinez Bocce Federation, Waterfront Park - contact Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169

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May 14, 2005 - Florida - St. Augustine - Bocce at the Beach - Sponsored by the Sons of Italy, St. Augustine Lodge # 2780 to benefit Northeast Florida Community Hospice. Limited to 30 two-person teams. US Bocce Federation open rules. Contact Guy Tomasello @ 824-7043 or moandguy@bellsouth.net.

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May 21, 2005 - California - South San Francisco - Open -2 men/2 women - So. SF IACC - Orange Ave. Mem. Park - MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Rudy Bertolozzi @ 650-583-9936.

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May 28, 2005 - California - Stockton - I.A.C. - Volo – Doubles (Men) contact Ron Jacobs @ (209) 957-1223. Raffa – Singles Ranking, (Women) contact JoAnn Jacobs @ (209) 957-1223.

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June 5, 2005 - California - Sutter Creek - Open – 4 Players. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ (209) 296-6151.

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June 18 - 25, 2005 - Michigan - Orion - U.S. National Bocce Championships – Palazzo di Bocce, 4291 S. Lapeer Rd, Orion, MI 48359. Contact Bryan Sanborn at 248-371-9987 x13 or bsanborn@palazzodibocce.com.

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June 25, 2005 - California - Fairfield - Women’s Tournament - Open – 4 person team - Fairfield Bocce Federation, 1200 Civic Center Dr. Contact Richard Meccette @ 707-434-0190.

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July 4, 2005 - California - Martinez - Fourth of July Tournament - Open – 2 person team. Martinez Bocce Federation - Waterfront Park. Contact Bill Kantana @ (925) 228-3635.

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July 8-10, 2005 - Ohio - Dayton. The Bocce Classic XI tournament will field about 70 teams competing for over $7,000 in prize money and raising over $10,000 for local charities. For information check http://www.bocce-classic.com.

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July 14 – 16, 2005 – California - Indio - World’s Largest indoor guaranteed purse in the history of bocce ($16,000) - Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino - Phone: 800-827-2946. Contact Phil Ferrari @ 800-652-6223 - Open Division and (Fun) Challenge Division.

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July 15 - 17, 2005 - New York - Rome - World Series of Bocce. 4 person teams - open rules - contact Toccolana Club @ 315-339-3609.

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July 16, 2005 - California - Fairfield - John Magnetti Mem. Tourn. Open – 4 person team - Fairfield Bocce Federation, 1200 Civic Center Dr. Contact Richard Meccette @ 707-434-0190.

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August 6, 2005 - ABA Senior Championships - Open – 4 person teams - Must be age 55 or over - TBA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Traci Peters @ 916-456-7169.

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August 20, 2005 - Michigan - Palazzo di Bocce Open Tournament. Contact Bryan Sanborn at 248-371-9987 x13 or email bsanborn@palazzodibocce.com.

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September 16 - 18 - Canada - Ontario - Windsor - Ciociaro Club - 3 person teams - $6,000.00 guaranteed first place.

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September 18 - 25, 2005 - Michigan – Orion - World Bocce Championships – Palazzo di Bocce, 4291 S. Lapeer Rd, Orion, MI 48359. Contact Bryan Sanborn at 248-371-9987 x13 or bsanborn@palazzodibocce.com.

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