The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 39 - October 24, 2005 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news & 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 #39 - October 24, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com

Hello again bocce community,

Good news! We may get some high profile TV exposure for bocce this week. Details below under Bocce News and Readers' Feedback.

This week's photos highlight our group's fall clambake/bocce tourney. Right after the clambake we go into our fall league which will last 13 weeks. Then we'll pick new teams and begin our winter league.

Please feel free to copy the model of how we run any of these programs (details from issue to issue).

Next week I hope to post pictures of how we built our indoor court boundaries. They're fashioned out of 6" by 6" by 16' white vinyl fence posts, cleverly designed by our own retired engineer (and bocce sharpshooter) Bill Hadley. The set-up gives us 4 courts (80' by 12') over an Astroturf base allowing us to play indoors all year long.

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Bocce news & readers' feedback
{Publisher's comments in brackets...}

Some big time TV exposure for bocce?

A couple of guys from my bocce posse and I will be headed to New York on Friday morning. We're bringing a portable bocce set-up (and bocce balls) to the set of the Issac Mizrahi Show. The fashion designer will host a new E-Entertainment spot where he not only interviews his guests, but gets them involved in "related" activities.

Friday's guest is Steve Schirripa (who plays Soprano character Bobby Bacala). Isaac and guest will play a little bocce right on the set.

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Marcia Greeley asks...

"I'm interested in finding out about portable indoor bocce courts. My Dad lives in a retirement community and they have an outdoor bocce court. They now want to construct a portable indoor court so they can play throughout the winter and not take up space that is used for other events when they are not playing. Any suggestions?"

{Pretty good timing. Next week I'll post the photos on how our group created such a set-up. You can get an idea of what it looks like by checking out this week's photos of our group's annual clambake/bocce tourney.

Last week's photos showed how we ran a tournament by setting up timbers over an Astroturf base. These can get a little heavy, so we made our new ones of white vinyl fence posts (hollow) and are talking with a manufacturer about producing them for resale. You still need a carpeted area to place them on, but they are pretty light and can be set up and taken down quickly. More details next week.}

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Pete Crowley, Le Mistral Club de Petanque
http://lemistralclub.home.comcast.net/

"I play Petanque - bocce's French cousin - with a group of guys in Worcester's Green Hill Park during the summer. I've been starting to search for a place we could possibly play during the winter, and saw that you seem to have managed that in several different places. I was wondering if you might have any suggestions where we might look in the Worcester or Boston area. I'm sure you're familiar with our game......the principle is similar, though petanque's balls are smaller and made of steel. The biggest difference I think is the playing surface. Whereas a bocce ground is quite smooth (am I correct?), petanque players welcome a rougher, and more unpredictable surface. This criteria has been the biggest problem in finding an indoor area."

{If you can play petanque on a carpeted or Astroturf surface, look for venues that rent time and space for baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse games and practice. They seem to be popping up all over the place - there are a dozen within a 45-minute ride of my home in Methuen, Massachusetts.

Also, try contacting other petanque groups to see if they have found a solution. Try contacting Joe Zajac or Jeff Widen at http://www.michiganpetanque.com .}

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John Samaritano (Gio) sends an endorsement of our 7- drag brush...

"I just want to tell you that the 7' foot drag brush I purchased through your web site is fantastic! We used it for the first time at the American Bocce Club's Hurricane Katrina fund raiser tournament. It met rave reviews from the many teams that participated from throughout the New York area. We were able to sweep each court after each games in seconds. I highly recommend it to your readers. You can count on many more orders to come your way."

{Testimonials are great, but send photos of your event too, please.}

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In case you wanted a sample of an email press release to send to your league...here is one from the commissioner of the Havana Rollers League:

"Fellow Bocce Players,

While I am not an avid watcher of sports, I have watched enough to recognize the beginning of a dynasty when I see one. I remember the heyday of the Celtics with Larry Bird. And who could forget the Dallas Cowboys or the reign of Vince Lombardi?

If a dynasty is defined as much by their dominance of a sport as their name recognition, then as much as some of us may hate to admit it, Hogan’s Heroes is in the early stages of being a dynasty.

Last Tuesday, Captain Attar and his band of merry men obliterated everyone they came in contact with. The Stallions, a total embarrassment, were crushed with a 12-2 defeat. The Badabings fared slightly better with a loss of 12-6.

And Bonanno’s Wise Guys fighting to at least avoid the humiliation of ending the season in last place, were wasted 12-3. Only loyalty of fans and the dismal bids that would be received prevents the owners from putting both teams up for sale.

The only silver lining here is that after long and arduous negotiations, your commissioner has successfully penciled a contract with the Heroes to teach a special class in the off season on eye hand coordination. Tuition will be $2,000 for a one day eight hour class.. All Havana Rollers are invited to attend.

Some players, you know how bad you are, would be wise to view their participation as mandatory rather than voluntary.

A special thank you to our unassuming alternates. Some of you show up every week with only the hope of playing. Not only do we appreciate your coming, but your play and skill is sometimes better than the player you are substituting for. A few have asked if they could act as free agents next year, putting themselves out to the highest bidder. For now we have to say no. Rumor has it that the commissioner wants a little vig for each alternate trying to cash in."

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Photos of the week
This week's pictures show how we run our annual clambake/bocce tournament. It's how we conclude our informal summer/early fall bocce season. We invite spouses and guests, form teams, and play a tourney.

We've designed vinyl fence post courts that allow us to quickly set up and dismantle 4 courts measuring 80' by 12'. The courts are set atop Astroturf at a sports complex - Dave Bettencourt's Baseball/Softball School in North Andover, Mass.

We set up some simple brackets and use a timer - games go to 12 points or 30 minutes, whichever comes first. In a separate area we set up tables for 40 clambake diners. We start in the morning and try to get all the preliminary games completed before the clambake. We dine, then come back for the finals.

With four courts in action and a 30-minute timer counting down, we stay on schedule. We always prefer to award baskets or jackets/sweatshirts rather than trophies to the winners and runners-up.

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
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Order EARLY for those holiday gifts - avoid the RUSH and STRESS and shipping time ANXIETY of December orders...

The second best gift a bocce aficionado could receive (first would be my book, of course - he said modestly).

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EPCO
Park & Sun
Paris
Spalding
Franklin
St. Pierre
Sportcraft

Bocce Ball Sets

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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}

Vitamins in Isotonic form

Here is a vitamin line in an "isotonic state." By adding a specified amount of water to these powdered vitamins they approximate the composition as your body fluids. There is no need for digestion, the product passing directly into the small intestine and the blood stream. It becomes what nutritionists call bio-available, not like pills and tablets which are poorly assimilated by the body.

Vitamin C
Vitamin B-12
Trace Minerals
Multi-Vitamins
Calcium
Co-Enzyme Q10

Click the link below to get more info...improve your health and maybe even your bocce game too!

http://pag.isotonix.com

Learn more about isotonic vitamins and your health...

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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Please consider designating someone as "official event photographer" and directing that person to send snapshots for us to reproduce as photos of the week. Our readers love seeing bocce action from around the continent.

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October 29, 2005 - California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce - 5th annual Big Ben Punto, Raffa, Volo Tourney – 2 Person. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-395-7650 or boccibum@aol.com .

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November 10-13, 2005 - Nevada - Reno - Peppermill Open – 4 Person. Contact 800-648-6992.

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November 12, 2005 - Massachusetts - North Andover - 4-person teams - fund-raiser for Child Abuse Prevention. Event will be on 80' by 12' courts set on Astroturf. Contact Mario Pagnoni @ 978-686-8679 or Mario@joyofbocce.com or Al Pappalardo @ 978-618-0513.

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March 31 - April 1, 2006 - Arizona American Italian Club
$200 team entry / 4 person teams and $4000.00 first prize. Contact Pasquale D'Alisio @ 602-569-9149 or daliesio@aol.com.

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April 26, 2006 - Washington - Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament - 4th annual charity fundraiser ( this year for Hospice ). Four person teams $20/person, 32 teams. Details at http://www.boccemon.com or contact Tom at 360-224-2909.

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