The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 42 - November 21, 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 #42 - November 21, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

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Bocce news & readers' feedback
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Bob and Charlott Squeri of Lake Havasu City, Arizona sent the lovely photo to the right and this excellent note...

"After buying The Joy Of Bocce along with a set of Bocce Balls from Italy for my husband, we were hooked.

We recently built a new home in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. We are proud to share with you this picture of our beautiful bocce court. After all, if you have new bocce balls you need a court to enjoy with friends.

Our family and friends are also hooked for sure. They range from ages 88 (Italian mother) to anyone old enough to walk. May I add, most of them had never heard of the game.

Most of the persons on the golf course behind our home stop to check out just what we have in the backyard. Many of them now have also incorporated one for themselves.

So you see, the West is catching on to what the Italians have enjoyed forever. Except now we even allow the women and children to enjoy the fun.

This sport has brought family and friends together for much joy! Thank you for your introduction to a fabulous sport that has no boundaries. Persons of all ages and those not so fortunate to have the use of all limbs can play. If there is a will, you can play the wonderful game of Bocce and enjoy family fun in your own home.

Again, The Squeri family Thanks You!"

{I'm touched...and what a fabulous the court photo to get to This Week's Photos, then scroll to the bottom for a larger picture that does the court more justice.}


Tom Belluomini of San Bruno, CA sends the following...

"We have adopted these rules into our league and tournament play...So far, so good. People have said they are fair."

{Thanks, Tom - these are good discussion points...}

Illegal Movement of a Ball Belonging to Your Own Team:

If a player moves one or more of his team's balls, before agreed to by the opponent's captain, it/they are removed from the court and considered dead. Play then continues.

{I recognize this rule from the now defunct IBA (International Bocce Association) - I had hoped these were dead and buried, but they seem to keep being resurrected).

Let's think about this...why are people moving balls before the frame is over? They are either cheating, or more likely, making an honest mistake, thinking the frame is over.

If it's an honest mistake, why not just put the ball back where it was? When I see this happen it's usually because the player has one point, and thinks the frame is over. He picks the point ball up and then everyone yells at him that the other team still has a ball to play. We know that the ball was In - we just put it back where it was. We can always agree on its general position, so No Harm - No Foul. No one gained an on.

If cheating is involved, send that player packing. Let him/her find somewhere else to play. Anyway, how would they be cheating? Are they furtively tapping their ball closer to the object ball? I have never seen this in all my years of playing - which might mean that it doesn't happen, or that the perpetrators are very good at it.

Let's enjoy the good-natured competition that bocce so readily fosters. If this type of activity continues, you might want to consider marking the position of balls like they do in international play. Can any reader comment on this rule or share a story/opinion/anecdote?}

Illegal Movement of a Ball Belonging to Your Opponent's Team:

If a player moves one or more of his opponent's balls, before agreed to by the opponent's captain, those balls are removed and awarded one point for each ball and one point for any ball that the team had not yet played. Play begins for the next frame, with the team awarded the points lagging first.

{Another old IBA rule, but a more common scenario. In some competitive play (like money tournaments) I hear of players moving the other team's balls. For example, the opponents have one point for sure, and the player picks up or kicks a possible second point before anyone gets a chance to measure. It seems fair that if someone moves an opponent's ball that was in contention, that ball should score a point. But why would they move the ball before the frame was over so that unplayed balls would also have to be scored points? I don't get it?

If the moved ball was obviously a point, why couldn't we just put it back where it was and just keep playing? Can't we just play nice with the other children?

Michael Grasser of the USBF who, for my money, is the most knowledgeable bocce guy in the USA, related this story to me:

As the player kneeled down to help with the measurement of Ball A, he nonchalantly, but intentionally, kicked opponent's Ball B a couple inches away from the target ball. He's the guy this rule was meant for. Throw him out of the league/tourney and you won't need the rule. Please REPLY with your comments/suggestions/opinions.}

Illegal Movement of the Pallino:

If a player moves the pallino, before agreed to by the opponent's captain, all balls left to roll by the opponent's team are given one point for each ball. If said player had a point(s) prior to moving the pallino, the points are not valid. Play then begins over, with the team awarded the points to lag first.

{The IBA strikes again. Why is anyone moving the pallino before the frame is over and points have been awarded? Does he move it by accident while measuring? Is he sneaking onto the court and sliding the pallino a couple inches closer to his ball?

If I botch things up while measuring I think it good form to award you the point for my bumbling. But for decency's sake, put the pallino back where it was and finish the frame. Don't award points for balls that weren't even rolled. Comments?}

Players' Location Inside the Courts:

There should be no crossing of the center line by team players, except for measurement by the team captain. However, tactical discussions may take place at the center line.

{IBA again. This bewilders me. Even in high level international play a player can ask permission of the referee to view the positions of previously played balls.

I can't imagine what those IBA guys were thinking when they instituted this rule. What were they afraid of? - that the opponents will get a good look at the lay of the balls and have a clear idea about how to play their next ball? Do you want to win because your opponent didn't know which shot was best to take? Wouldn't you rather win because you outplayed him/her? Comments please.}


Update on bocce in Iraq from the Boccemon (Tom McNutt)...

"We have shipped 410 Flat Rate boxes as of Saturday the 19th. That is 4 cubic yards of material and about 10,000 lbs. They have enough for the first court and plan to be playing on it by Thanksgiving. I will be shipping their Scoreboard with another 30 boxes on Monday. We will have the whole thing in the mail by Wednesday afternoon. Six to eight days is the average time for a box to get there. The box from (#131) has arrived and will be part of the court they will play on at Thanksgiving.

The first 245 boxes will surface the Court #1. The 246 - 500 will be for the second court.

In all, we will have shipped 12,000 lbs of Boccemon's Oyster blend through the USPS - 25 lbs at a time. 500 - 'Flat Rate' boxes shipped and delivered to Iraq from Bellingham, Washington in less than 30 days.

I look forward to getting back to my seasonal tasks and enjoying the emails from the men and women at Camp Habbaniyah, Iraq. The Explosive Ordinance folks are apparently programming the Bomb Squad Robots to launch bocce balls. More to come on that. Happy Bocce to you and yours. God bless our Troops! Happy Thanksgiving."

{Great Job, Boccemon, and a big WELL DONE to all who helped with this huge but worthwhile undertaking.}

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Photos of the week
This week's pictures were submitted by Joy of Bocce faithful readers Richard and Barbara Heisler.

"On October 29th we enjoyed yet another tournament organized by Ben Musolf at Campo di Bocce-Los Gatos, CA. This is an annual international style (punta, raffa volo) tournament which brings together many of the best west coast players plus my wife and I. Several of the players were just back from the world's championships in Detroit and Turin, Italy.

Campo di Bocce is a restaurant featuring excellent food and wine with four indoor and four outdoor granite dust courts. This is a place you must visit on the west coast, it's an hour down the freeway from San Francisco and much closer to both SF and San Jose airports. For a virtual visit, go to

We viewed pictures on Ben's laptop of the construction of Campo di Bocce - Livermore (CA) which is expected to open in mid-summer '06. It will feature state of the art synthetic courts poured by Italian craftsmen.

Twenty teams were divided into four pools of five and each team played four games. Eight teams went into the playoffs and by evening the top teams emerged:

1st. Ben Nicosia and Mateo Canu
2nd. Alberico Leonardi & Mike Nicosia

The party continued afterward with a dinner for those surviving the long day of bocce. Bocce can be an endurance sport."

{Many thanks to the Heislers - please follow their lead and send pictures from your bocce experience.}

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Inexpensive holiday bocce gift - Precision Bocce Measures

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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}

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Tournament update
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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


April 29, 2006 - Washington - Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament - 4th annual charity fundraiser ( this year for Hospice ). Four person teams $20/person, 32 teams. Details at or contact Tom at 360-224-2909.

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