The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. V, Issue 14 - April 3, 2006 
•   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 5, Issue #14 - April 3, 2006
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2006
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com

Hello Bocce Faithful,

This weekend our non-profit group will run another bocce tourney fund-raiser - this one for the Methuen High School baseball team. If you are in the "neighborhood" of our North Andover, Mass. venue, please enter a team and come to meet us.

We always make a few bucks for the charity while introducing the game to some newcomers to the sport (often people who have never played before enter a team just to support the cause). And 50-75 people will have an enjoyable afternoon.

This is a low overhead and relatively easy way for a group/charity to make $1000 or so. If you are in the neighborhood (Massachusetts/New Hampshire) and would like to give it a try, contact me at director@KenWaldieSSC.org and we'll show you how to do it.)

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

Bocce Bob Whitlow (West Frankfort, IL) sends us his season wrap up: {Click the photo to visit his Bocce USA}

"The Stotlar Lumber Company Bocce team was recently crowned the 2005-2006 Bocce League Champions at Bocce USA. After twenty-one weeks of play, Stotlar won by 21 points over second place finishers Franklin-Williamson Foundation. Severin's All-Stars and Stitches of Benton took third with McCord's Market finishing fourth in the standings.

First three places received plaques and over $2400.00 total prize money was distributed to all teams and players.

STOTLAR LUMBER COMPANY members in the photo to the right...
L to R: Brenda Barney, John Holland, Yvonne Holland of
Hurst, Illinois and Frank Moschino of Mulkeytown.

Ten individual awards were presented to individuals for their superb play as voted upon by their fellow players.

Rookie of the Year: Tyler Mathews, Professional Pharmacy

Sub of the Year: Tammy Irvin, Professional Pharmacy

Most Improved Female: Sally Niemeyer, Professional Pharmacy

Most Improved Male: Royce White, Carl's Barber Shop

Female Hitter 2006: Mary Lynn Whitlow, Severin's

Male Hitter 2006: Jay Bussler, McCord's Market

Sportsman of the Year: Frank Moschino, Franklin-Williamson

Top Pointer 2006: John Battioli, Franklin-Williamson

Female Player of the Year: Joyce Fogleman, Professional Pharmacy

Male Player of the Year: John Holland, Stotlar Lumber Company

{A couple of things strike me about this report. I like the idea of local businesses sponsoring teams. We never fail to attract sponsors for our basketball, baseball and softball teams. Why shouldn't we do the same for bocce? We need to get in the mindset that bocce is a mainstream sport.

And I really like the idea that the players vote for the award winners, not some league director or committee. Major League Baseball lets the fans vote. Many are clueless, voting for their favorite players regardless of their performance. Nice job, Bocce Bob!

You may recall a past issue where Bob described how his teams earn their cash awards...

"Each game is played to nine. The winner of each game also receives 5 bonus points for winning the game, so if a team won all three games they obtain 42 maximum points for the evening.

The loser in each game gets to keep the points they obtained in each game. Say a team won two games and lost one - they would get 9+5 bonus for the first game, 9+5 bonus for the second...since they did not win the last game, but scored 7 points in their loss, they would receive only the 7 points...for a total of 14+14+7, 35 points for the night.

The teams keep their points from week to week creating a running total for the weekly standings. At 50 cents a point, we pay back to the teams on points earned.}

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Jerry Russo of Saugus, Mass. made me smile with this comment...

"Saw this week's photos of the St Patrick's day Bocce. They were great to view. If you keep this up, I may want to return to Hawaii."

{You and me both! Maybe would could enter a doubles bocce tourney.}

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Bocce Ball Sets

Last week Ann Bishop asked...

"During the segment on bocci ball for the Isaac Mizrahi show, the guest, Steve Schirripa, stated that there was a park in Brooklyn where he had played. Do you know the name of the park?"

{I replied that it sounded like Schirripa was saying "Diker Park" and I had no luck locating it.}

Lisa Laurence of Red Bank, NJ helped with this response...

"A reply to Ann Bishop's query about bocce in Brooklyn, the Park she is questioning is Dyker Park, not Diker. I know there is a golf course and other facilities; the Brooklyn Department of Parks or a call to Dyker Beach Golf Club may help her out. The golf course is a public Course affiliated with the Parks system."

Then Don Augustine of Pennsylvania sent this info...

Brooklyn Bocce Courts

Bocce Court Location
Bridge Park 3 Jay St., Prospect, Sands & Bridge Sts.
Carroll Park Carroll, Smith & Court Streets
Maria Hernandez Park Knickerbocker, Irving Aves., Starr & Suydam Sts.
JJ Byrne Park 100th St. & Ft. Hamilton Pkwy.
Dyker Park 86th St. bet. 13-14 Aves.
Bath Beach Plgd. 17th Ave. & Shore Rd.
Gravesend Park 18th Ave. & 56th St.
Drier-Offerman Park Bay 44th & Cropsey Ave.
Power Playground Ave. U & Utica Ave.
Marine Park Gerritsen, Flatbush & Filmore Aves., Jamaica Bay

"You may also want to look at the link where I found this info, also notice the spelling of Dyker, that may be why it would not Google."

http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things_to_do/facilities/af_bocce.html

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Lisa Laurence had another question...

"Last spring I put a question to you about lighting on my back yard course. Someone suggested a tripod style light which I have been unable to find. Do you have any other suggestions? I don't want anything that will shine onto my neighbors' property too much as my court is in the rear end of my property. I also don't want to blind anyone while they are playing. I'd appreciate any info you have. I have a big party coming up soon and as usual, I know everyone will be playing bocce, maybe if my course is lighted, into the wee hours!"

{I'll post your thoughts again and see if anyone responds. A friend of mine in Methuen, Mass. put lights in his backyard court. They are permanent and wired by an electrician. They are not too high, but are situated on one side of the court and are never in the players' eyes. Also, my friend always shuts the lights off by 10:00 PM - strict curfew in deference to the neighbors.

Anyone have other ideas? Please REPLY.}

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Photos of the week
Dr. Angel Cordano is The “Don” of bocce as far as I am concerned. He has played all over the world and loves our game as much as anyone I have ever encountered. He sends this week’s photos and supplies the details…

“We went to Lima, Peru to visit family. We accepted invitations to play {bocce} at two different clubs and we enjoyed every minute in spite of the brand new courts with lightning speed surfaces which now is the way all over South America.

You just drop the ‘cannon ball’ of 115 mm by 1150 g and it rolls for at least 20 feet making the control painstakingly difficult. After 2 – 3 games you start to do a little better - to recover your level of rolling must take at least a week of intense practice of two to three hours per day.

{Dr. C refers to the 115 mm balls as "cannon balls" as many top players are more comfortable with the more often used 107 mm bocce.}

I’m including pictures of a spectacularly beautiful court at the Bocce Stadium in my old club (Circolo Sportivo Italiano) where I started to play at 4 ½ and represented the club since age 13 (A Division).

You can appreciate the shiny synthetic material surface (base is leveled concrete) of silver-like color. At the sides against the lateral wall you can see the 5” wide three to four inch elevation that doesn’t allow the ball to hit the wall.

This elevation is utilized by the players for: 1) slowing the speed, and/or 2) to by-pass a ball that’s blocking access to the pallino.

The speed of the court is so fast that you can point utilizing TWICE the elevations and it is just a great experience. If you get to master this amazing possibility you can beat unbelievably close points and {score} when the path to the pallino is mostly blocked.

Note: The speed is faster than a billiard table and at least 3X faster than any other international court I have ever played (except South America).”

{Thanks Dr. C, for giving us a little international flavor this week – readers: please send photos of bocce in your neck of the woods.}

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Bocce 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.

7' Drag Brush

Manufactured by Lee Tennis (makers of the Har-Tru surface), this court maintenance tool 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 $149.95 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 $54.95 plus shipping.

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

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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}

Market America Isotonix ® Antioxidant

"Air pollution, heavy exercise, stress and smoking can all contribute to the presence of harmful free radicals in our bodies. Isotonix Antioxidant helps rid your system of free radicals while supplementing with a powerful combination of beta-carotene, vitamins C and E and the mineral selenium."

{I discovered this company's excellent products ten years ago and have been one of the faithful ever since.

Many of the supplements (Isotonix) are in an "isotonic state." By adding a specified amount of water to these powdered vitamins they approximate the composition of 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.}

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

Click for more info on Market America Isotonix® Antioxidant and other isotonic vitamins / supplements

Tournament update
{chronological order}

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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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April 8, 2006. Massachusetts - North Andover. Bocce fund-raiser for Methuen High School Baseball. $100 entry fee covers prizes, tourney play and pizza. Coach Fabrizio hopes to raise funds for batting practice L-screens. Contact him at ddfabrizio@methuen.k12.ma.us.

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April 8, 2006 – California - Los Gatos. Campo di Bocce - Open, 4 person teams. Contact Bill Schlaefer @408-379-9409.

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April 15, 2006 – California - Stockton. Italian Athletic Club. Open, 4 person teams. Contact Ron Jacobs @209- 957-1223 or ronjo9445@aol.com.

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

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April 22, 2006 - South Carolina - Charleston - 6th Annual Slate Bocce Bash benefits Special Olympics of the Lowcountry. Contact Paula Byers at 843-795-5316 or pbyers1@comcast.net or visit http://www.boccebash.com .

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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 http://www.boccemon.com or contact Tom at 360-224-2909.

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April 29, 2006 - California - Concord - 10:00 AM. American Bocce Association is conducting a FREE Learn how to Play Punta, Raffa, Volo class at Concord Bocce Federation. To register, call Alfredo Herrera 510-787-2317.

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April 29, 2006 – California - Sacramento. East Portal Bocce Club. Open, 4 person teams. Contact Rick Wagstaff @209-296-6151 or semprebocce@volcano.net.

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May 5 - 7, 2006 - Illinois - Highwood. Pallino d'Oro - Men's & Women's International Rules Rafa Singles Championship. May 5 = Women's Competition. May 6 & 7 = Men's Competition (Highwood Bocce Club) Participants must reside in USA. Contact Mike Grasser @ 248-505-4744 or boccemg@msn.com.

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May 6, 2006 – California - San Mateo. Peninsula Italian American Social Club. Women’s Open, 4 person teams. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.

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May 6, 2006 – California - San Mateo. Peninsula Italian American Social Club. Men’s Punto, Raffa, Volo, 3 person teams. Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.

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May 6, 2006 - Florida - Saint Augustine Beach. Charity event to benefit USO of Northeast Florida. OPEN - 2 person team - USBF OPEN RULES. Surface:Clay and Mixed Sand. Barbeque included with fee of $20.00 Paid in Advance or $25.00 day of Tournament. Contact Guy Tomasello @ 904-82-7043 or moandguy@bellsouth.net

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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.

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May 13, 2006 – California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce. Punto, Raffa, Volo, Singles, Men’s Ranking Tournament. Contact Ben Musolf @408-857-0074 or bjmusolf@aol.com.

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

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May 20, 2006 – California - Carmel Valley (Carmel Valley Athletic Club). Open, 4 person teams (2 Men, 2 Women). Contact Janelle Ansberry @ 831-915-0727.

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May 27, 2006 – California - Carmel Valley (Carmel Valley Athletic Club) Open, 4 person teams (2 Men, 2 Women). Contact Janelle Ansberry @ 831-915-0727.

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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.

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June 3 - 4, 2006 – California - Sutter Creek (Italian Benevolent Society) - Open, 4 person teams (No more than two men per team). Oldest continuous Italian Festa in the United States. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151 or semprebocce@volcano.net.

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June 10, 2006 – California - Martinez - Volo, 2 person. Western Sector Championships. Contact Jarrod Garner @ 925-783-6796.

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June 17, 2006 - California - Crockett - AAU National Raffa Championships - 3-person teams - Crockett Bocce Federation. Crockett Community Center, 850 Pomona St. MUST HAVE ABA or AAU CARD - contact Dick Gomez @ 707-554-9916.

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June 19 – 24, 2006 – Missouri - St. Louis. Italia-America Club. United States National Championships: Open and Club Punto, Raffa, Volo. Contact Robert Della Croce @ 314-773-5574 (after 7:00 PM CST) or email boccestl@prodigy.net.

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July 4, 2006 – California - Martinez - Open (Two person teams, four balls each. Each team’s players are stationed at opposite ends of the court). Contact Russ Calhoun @ 925-295-2003.

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July 8, 2006 – California - Livermore - Campo di Bocce of Livermore. Open, 4 person teams. Contact Mario Veltri @ 925-437-5868.

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July 8, 2006 - Massachusetts - North Andover. Massachusetts Senior Games (must be age 50 and above). Contact Mario Pagnoni @ 978-686-8679 or Mario@JoyofBocce.com.

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July 14 - 16, 2006 - Ohio - Dayton. Bocce Classic XII at the John Pirelli Lodge will feature over 70 teams competing for over $7500 in prize money. This annual charity tournament will raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House of Dayton and the Dayton House of Bread. For entry information go to http://www.bocce-classic.com.

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July 15, 2006 - California - Fairfield - John Magnetti Memorial Tournament. Open Rules – 4 person teams - Fairfield Bocce Federation, 1200 Civic Center Dr. - Contact Richard Meccette @ 707-434-0190.

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July 15, 2006 – California - San Jose. St. Frances Cabrini. Frank Guidace Memorial, ICF #191. Open, 4 person teams. Contact Betty Antuzzi @ 408-559-4268.

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July 22, 2006 – California - Livermore. Campo di Bocce of Livermore. Punto, Raffa, Volo. Western Sector Championships, 3 person teams. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074 or bjmusolf@aol.com.

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July 29, 2006 – California - San Rafael. Marin Bocce Federation. Women’s Open, 2 person teams. Contact: Diana Pellegrini @ 415-485-5583 or paesana@aol.com.

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July 29 - 30, 2006 - West Virginia - Wheeling. Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival Bocce Tournament. Visit www.italyfest.com/index.asp for more info.

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August 5, 2006 – California - Stockton. Italian Athletic Club - Open - Western Sector Championships, 4 person teams. Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223 or ronjo9445@aol.com.

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August 12, 2006 - California - Fairfield - AAU Senior National Championships, Open – 4 person teams. Must be age 55 and over - MUST HAVE ABA or AAU CARD. Contact Traci Peters @ 916-456-7169.

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August 19, 2006 - California - South San Francisco - Women’s Tournament - Open – 4 person team - SO SF IACC Orange Ave. Mem. Park. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-871-7732.

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September 10, 2006 - Colorado - Fort Collins - "Bocce for Meals" Tournament to raise funds for Meals on Wheels for Fort Collins. Open Rules. Contact Valerie DiBenedetto @ 970-232-3028

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September 23 & 24, 2006 - Maryland - Baltimore. The Baltimore Italian Festival 2006. Contact Elio at escaccio@verizon.net.

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