The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 2 - January 10, 2005 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Hawaiian Rules Bocce
•   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 #2 - January 10, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844


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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.

Also, you will learn strategies and styles of play for backyard lawn bocce as well as "official" court play. And we bring all the best bocce products from various distributors together in one chapter for your ease of evaluation.

You can learn to build your own court, set up a league or tourney, and enjoy the Best of The Joy of Bocce Weekly that you may have missed over the past two years. (Click the image above right to order).


2nd edition on the home stretch....

Finally everything is completed and approved. Now it's just a matter of waiting for delivery of my copies of The Joy of Bocce 2nd Edition for resale. Will offer autographed copies of the title by next week's issue (January 17th ezine). I'll make an initial special offer for subscribers and ship Priority Mail at no extra charge.

In the meantime, you can order the book directly from the publisher ( ). Also, you can order the electronic version at just $4.95 (you download it - no shipping charge).
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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 ( or snail mail (Mario Pagnoni, P.O. Box 608, Methuen, MA 01844) with any that you will grant permission for us to reprint.

A look at international rules...

Hawaiian Rules Bocce
Dr. Joe DeFrank of Honolulu, HI wrote to tell me about bocce in his neck of the woods - The University of Hawaii at Manoa {sign me up - I'm ready to try out for the varsity team there}.

Says Dr. Joe..."I have attached two pdf files that will explain the version of bocce ball that we have developed in Hawaii. I would be very interested to know your thoughts on our game and if it really is a unique form of the traditional game or has someone already described the same concepts. We composed the 'Official Tournament Rules' as part of a provisional patent application filed by the University of Hawaii (in 2002). The provisional patent lapsed and no one picked up the utility patent, thus the game is in the public domain and no intellectual property rights need to be protected.

I have provided an image of our Bocce links facility on our Manoa campus on Oahu (see above right). Feel free to publish this image and attached files in your newsletter. You can let your readers know that I can be contacted for a personal tour of our links facility with options to play a quick round. I am also trying to develop a contact at ESPN to get some scouts to check out our facility for an activity with ProBowl participants during the their stay in Hawaii this year. Any help with this effort would be greatly appreciated."

{Click on the photo above or the link below to learn more about this unique and fascinating style of bocce. Dr. Joe has posted two PowerPoint presentations. 'Hawaiian Rules Bocce - a new look at an ancient game" is 9 1/2 minutes long. It describes traditional bocce and how Hawaiian Rules Bocce differs. DeFrank likens HW Bocce to golf, where a foursome can play a cutthroat style where each player tries to outdo the others.

A second presentation - 'Hawaiian Rules Bocce - A narrated movie with lots of action' runs 4 minutes 43 seconds, and gives you a good feel for this Hawaiian bocce, including bouncing balls off coconut trees that may line the play area.}

Questions or comments - email Dr. Joe directly @ (yes, that's spelled correctly) - cc me @ if you don't mind.

Learn more about Hawaiian Rules Bocce...

Photos of the week
This week’s photos were submitted by landscape architect and loyal Joy of Bocce reader Michael Grasser of Michigan. They feature work he has done at the Palazzo Di Bocce and the Royal Park Hotel - both Michigan venues that feature bocce court amenities.

The Royal Park Hotel (Rochester, MI) was recently named one of world's top 100 hotels! Grasser adorned the conservatory garden with a lion head fountain from Vicenza, Italy (see photos).

The bocce courts at the Royal Park Hotel measure 3.5 meters by 27 meters - international style – (approximately 88 ft by 13 ft). These limestone courts have a Har-Tru top coat.

And the Royal Park Hotel features croquet too! - 90 ft by 45 ft - "bent grass" surface (see photos).

Please follow Michael Grasser’s lead and submit photos of bocce in your neck of the woods.

Note: Grasser will soon have a web site up and running where he will retail the Italian made Cast bocce balls, bags, shoes and other accessories – stay tuned.

View this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
Illuminations Bocce

Barbara and Bob Gross of BarbnBobenterprise were kind enough to send me a set of their new product called Illuminations. It is a “light up” bocce set that is a novel way to play nighttime bocce or daytime “glow in a dark room” bocce.

I often get requests for such a product from readers, and have examined a couple different light up bocce sets. This Illuminations set is far superior to any that I have seen and tested. It is more durable and much easier to operate. Light up balls have an on-off switch that is sometimes difficult to engage. Not so with this set. A simple clockwise turn with the thumbnail or coin and the balls start to blink on and off in a regular pattern. A similar counter-clockwise turn just as easily deactivates the lights. {Batteries are included and each set is tested by BarbnBobenterprise before shipping}

The set comes with 8 blinking 100 mm balls and a smaller flashing pallino. The balls are 2 each of red, blue, yellow and green. I always preferred 4 balls of one color and 4 of another to 2 each of 4 different colors, but this arrangement works out fine.

Playing on the carpet in my darkened basement turned out to be great fun. I found that the balls tend to roll in the direction of the on/off switch since the battery is there. If you hold the ball with the switch to the right and roll directly toward the pallino the ball will hook to the right. This is reminiscent of lawn bowls where the balls are “biased” and designed to curve to the target. You can hold the bias to the left and get the ball to curve in that direction. We found that if you hold the ball with the switch facing straight up, the balls roll pretty true. Anyway, it was great fun to hook shots in around obstacles like our cellar furniture.

The set comes with a very nice nylon, zippered carry case with foam cutouts where 8 balls and the pallino fit neatly. At $34.95 this makes for a very attractive gift.

From the promotional literature…

“All balls including the pallino light up using a durable water resistant thread in switch and a blinking LED light. The switch, batteries and LED are all internal. The included L1154 alkaline cell batteries are not only easy to replace, but can be purchased on line for as little as $7.95 for 50. Batteries may last up to 60 hours of game play.”

BarbnBobenterprise will have their brand new web site up and running shortly, but until then… to order… email . Or go to eBay and search “Light up bocce.”

{Like so many other bocce products, this one comes with lousy literature from the manufacturer. Too many dealers feel they need to include some bocce info with the product and rely on information or misinformation that has been circulating for decades. That’s why they state that “the official court is 12’ wide by 60’ long" and that the starting team gets three tries to legally place the pallino. My New Year’s resolution is to contact as many manufacturers as possible and try to impress upon them that our game have evolved and that their literature should reflect this.}

Visit Light Up Bocce at eBay

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...

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.


January 15-16, 2005 - Open Tourney – 4 person teams, A & B Divisions - Muckleshoot Casino, Auburn, WA - contact Salvatore Cascone @ 253-939-3502.


January 22, 2005 - USBF - Waterloo - 2 Men/2 Women - Contact Romano Lotti @ (209) 951-8256.


January 29, 2005 - United States first annual Pallino d'oro Singles Championships (International Rules). Male and female divisions. Must have or buy a U.S. Bocce Federation 2005 Membership Card before or at tournament. $100.00 per player. Will be played at Palazzo Di Bocce in Lake Orion, Michigan. Contact Danny Passaglia @ 312-226-4600, Mike Grasser @ 248-505-4744, or the Palazzo @ 248-371-9987.


February 5, 2005 - USBF - M. Albanese Tourney - Los Gatos, CA - contact Ben Musolf @


February 11 - 13, 2005 - Cape Coral World Series of Bocce - Veterans Park – $6000 first place money GUARANTEED - 4140 Coronado Blvd Cape Coral, FL - 4 person teams - contact George Furlan @ 239-275-9968 or 239-542-7424 - Cell 239-229-2348.


February 12, 2005 - Open – 4 Person Teams - American Bocce Association Fundraiser - Antioch Indoor Bocce Courts - Antioch Fairgrounds, Antioch, CA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Gloria Taylor @ 510-787-2317.


February 19, 2005 - USBF - I. A. C. - 3 Person (One Woman) - contact Ron Jacobs @ (209)957-1223.


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


April 9, 2005 -USBF - Los Gatos - 4 Person Open - contact Ben Musolf @


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


April 23, 2005 - Bellingham Bay Bocce 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


July 8-10, 2005 - Dayton, Ohio. 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


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

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