The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 47 - December 26, 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 #47 - December 26, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

Welcome back for the last issue of 2005,

In next week's issue, the first of 2006, we'll recap the year in bocce from's perspective. All the 2005 issues are now archived, including this one - view .

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Bocce news & readers' feedback
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Boccemon Tom McNutt updates us on the progress of the Iraq bocce venue.

"The culmination of a couple months of hard work from us and ducking bullets on their end, and the Combat Bocce Club Habbaniyah, Iraq is ready for play.

I am sending the most recent correspondence from 'the Captain' in the hope that it will bring some joy to your readers. There is a film crew in camp working on a major motion film (we won't name it at this time), and they have shown interest in troops playing bocce for the film. We shall see what makes it beyond the editing table..."

The email from the troops...

"It's all about Bocce here right now! They're coming out of the woodwork! Still gotta lay a little more shell to get it as level as possible, and put a few more decorations up. Been busy fixin the area around the court and getting the plaque ready to post. Wait till you see the finished product! You wont believe how the 'artisans' here have encased the plaque. Beeeautiful. You'll be very happy.. some time in front of the camera today with the movie folks. Got some good footage of me and SFC rollin the balls in full combat battle rattle, dew rags on head, weapons slung over the body armor, cigar in mouth. Anyway, to reiterate...the guys just love it.

Having a tourney Xmas day is gonna be tough, but we have a 10K, bonfire and Bar-B-Q laid on for New Year's day at the chapel across the street, and I think that a tourney starting New Year's Eve through New Year's day may be outstanding! Bocce at night with a bonfire and the big screen showing the new year roll in, too cool... something the guys will definitely remember. It also gives me a little more time to get everything just right in preparation for the ribbon cutting. I want it to look 'perfect', no shortcuts and anything half- (way).

The boys from brigade came down and went nuts. They didn't want to leave. Everyone is just awed by what we have built here in the middle of what was a bunch of (crap) six months ago."

{They send photos}

"I dig this picture. It's a couple happy guys making the best of a bad situation... thanks to Boccemon. Enjoy, and I'll stay in touch as we get closer to cutting the ribbon. Take care, stay low.

Boccemon adds...

"Thanks again to everyone who participated. This will be likely one of the nicest (except for the constant bombings) outdoor venues for the 'game' of bocce. The 'sport' has the Campo di Bocce and the Palazzo. Families will always have BBQ's and backyard parties.

My personal request to you and your bocce public is to please consider the USBF and help their cause in 2006. If you aren't a member already you can order a Boccemon hat online and we will pay your first year's individual membership. We have intentionally stayed away from the politics of bocce but absolutely believe if we are to move forward in fun and competition we must also support each other."

{Amen...and congratulations to all who helped make this worthwhile project a success.}


Jean Anthony from Maine writes...

"We were in touch by e-mail last August re: organizing Bocce for the Bath Senior Centre. The 'girls' were anxious to continue playing during the winter months. Luckily I have been able to get a 12' x 60' carpet at half price thanks to the generosity of a local Lowes Store so we will be playing in the main hall at the Centre.

I will be painting the Bocce court lines on the carpet and have not been able to find out how wide these lines should be.

{For sideboards} We will be placing the dining tables on their sides to support 4" plywood strips which will have feet of wood to place beneath the tables. These will protect the new tables. Not pretty, but we hope will serve the purpose."

{How wide the lines are isn't as important as how far down the court they are. A one-inch line is fine, but you could paint a two-inch line is if you want to.

I'd put a line a mid court so you'll know if the initial toss of the pallino reaches at least half court. Then I'd put one foul line at each end - keep the same line for pointing or hitting, not one line for each.

If you have players who use a run-up approach when hitting (like bowlers rolling for a spare), then you might want to put that line at the 10' mark - if your hitters tend to remain pretty stationary, you could put the line closer to the end (8' or 6' or a little less, but make sure there is enough room for a tall player to stretch out and deliver a gentle roll).

A lot of players don't mark the lines on the court surface itself, but on the side boards instead. That's another option - but maybe not appropriate for your table sideboards.}


Jean Anthony also inquires about the vinyl fence posts we fashioned into indoor bocce courts...

"I was very interested to hear about the vinyl fence posts -are these suitable for use indoors or do they have to be anchored to the ground in some way?"

{These are made for indoors - they are the same ones that are shown on the Isaac Mizrahi Show photos - some still posted with this week's photos. Soon I'll be posting more info and photos of the portable courts so that people can get a price quote for customized courts from our friends at Martignetti Enterprises. It won't be cheap, but will be durable and a one-time expense...Stay tuned.}


The Perfetta Bocce balls used on the Isaac Mizrahi Show are being auctioned on e-Bay. Search item # 7207209460. The auction will run for seven days beginning at 11 AM Monday 12/26/05 (PST).

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I've added another set of photos to the Bocce Venues page at - Chattanooga's "Most Scenic Court in the South" - view it at - scroll down to Chattanooga.



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Photos of the week
This week's photos show the progress of the bocce court construction at Combat Bocce Club Habbaniyah (Iraq). The project was spearheaded by Boccemon Tom McNutt who donated his oyster shell court surface blend, and got volunteers to pack it as well as sponsors to pay for the shipping of the material - 12,000 lb. - one US Postage Flat Rate box at a time.

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Inexpensive Holiday Gifts

Outdoor Games Book & Video Series

I've located a gem of a series of Outdoor Games books by talented author Steven Boga. He's written short, well crafted, clearly illustrated books on...


These make for great, inexpensive gifts. I recommend them highly (each under $10.00).

Also available and great for gifts are videos ($22.95 each) titled...

Let's Play Bocce!
Let's Play Horseshoes!
Let's Play Croquet!
Let's Play Badminton!

Consider these for the games players on your holiday gift list. Will ship same day order is received (or next day if received after 3:00 PM Eastern Time).

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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}

Here's another hot item on the Internet these days...

Entertainment Centers

Tournament update
{chronological order}

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January 1, 2006 (New Year's Eve & New Year's Day) - Iraq - Camp Habbaniyah Combat Bocce Club - 2-player teams - Iraq's only US Bocce Federation Sanctioned and Certified Bocce League. Sign up at ALOC or Commo Office.


January 28, 2006 - Massachusetts - Lawrence - Sons of Italy, 155 Marston St. Four-player teams - $100 entry fee includes coffee and donut breakfast and sausage sandwich lunch. Registration cut-off = January 25, 2006. Contact Steve Zanni at 978-687-6853.


February 11 & 12, 2006 - Michigan - Orion - Palazzo di Bocce - Mid-Winter Bocce Blast - Doubles (2-person teams), round-robin format, limited to 40 teams - $150 per team, paying top 10 places. 1st & 2nd places guaranteed $2,500 & $1,500 respectively. Registration deadline is Wednesday, February 8th. More info... Bryan Sanborn at 248-371-9987 x13 or email


February 24 & 25 - Tennessee - Memphis. Memphis Italian-American Society/Memphis Bocce Club (4217 East Holmes Road). Four-player teams - double elimination - $200 entry fee. Prize money based on 20 teams - 1st - $2000, 2nd - $1000, 3rd - $500, 4th - $250. Contact Ralph Galtelli @ 901-272-2124.


March 31 - April 1, 2006 - Arizona American Italian Club
$200 team entry / 4 person teams and $4000.00 first prize. Second place = $2,000, 3rd = $1,000, 4th = $500. Contact Pasquale D'Alisio @ 602-569-9149 or


April 22, 2006 - California - San Francisco - Orange Ave. Mem. Park - Triples (3-person teams) - Open rules - contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.


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.


May 13, 2006 - California - Martinez - Debbie Gerow Memorial Bocce Tournament/The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Fundraiser - Open – 4 person team. Contact Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169.


May 20, 2006 - California - South San Francisco - Open -2 men/2 women - IACC - Orange Ave. Mem. Park. Contact Rudy Bertolozzi @ 650-583-9936.


June 3, 2006 - California - Fairfield - Women’s Tournament - Open – 4 person teams - Fairfield Bocce Federation, 1200 Civic Center Dr. Contact Richard Meccette @ 707-434-0190.


June 17, 2006 - Location & date not finalized - ABA Raffa Championships - 3-person teams - Crockett Bocce Federation. MUST HAVE ABA CARD - contact Dick Gomez @ 707-554-9916.

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