The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. V, Issue 40 - November 13, 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 #40 - November 13, 2006
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2006
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello bocce buddies,

We ran another successful bocce tourney fund-raiser this past Saturday (November 11). It was for the local Exchange Club (whose pet charity is child abuse prevention). Many of the players were Exchange Club members who were new to bocce, so we got to raise some money for a worthy cause while exposing the game to newcomers - a Win! Win! situation. See photo and comments below.

P.S. This time of year the Tourney Update section of the ezine tends to get bare. If you know of any tourneys in the works for the remainder of 2006 or for 2007, please send details to .


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

This past weekend the Bocce Babes from our Ken Waldie SSC non profit group won the Michael B. Christensen Family Support Center bocce tourney, besting a field of 11 teams. The women are all excellent "pointers", but there is not one "hitter" in the group.

The victory seems to confirm what many top bocce players hold true: although hitting is important, it's pointing that is the main skill in bocce. I mean, we'd like you to be good at both hitting and pointing, but if you can only manage success at one, let it be pointing.

In chapter 7 of my book (Strategy and Tactics), I wrote, "While accurate hitting is extremely important, and versatility a necessity, rolling for point is the critical skill in bocce. After all, the game evolved from the basic contest of two people trying to outdo each other tossing balls toward a target.

If there were a big league bocce draft, great pointers would go in the first round. A player whose shots consistently cozy up to the pallino is in very high demand."

Congratulations Ken Waldie SSC Bocce Babes - you made a point - and you made us proud!


Steve Kahn of Banning, CA asks a question...

"Any ideas on where we can order hard rubber to place along the sides of our courts?

We're on our third set of 2 x 4s, none of which work. If the balls hit very close to, or on a nail or bolt holding the wood in, there's a reasonable bounce (although nothing like on a pool table). However, if the balls hit noticeably between these points they sort of dribble along the wood with no bounce.

It would be nice to have a modicum of consistency."

{We have a similar problem with our indoor vinyl fence post borders. The material is heavy duty, but hollow, so balls off the side tend to hug the rail rather than carom. Bocce Bob Whitlow is sending me a sample of a material he has used successfully for this purpose, and I will report back ASAP.}



Landscape architect and bocce lover Michael Grasser has launched a terrific new web site (with a little help from yours truly). Mike retails the Italian-made Super Martel Bocce products including high end bocce balls, shoes, scoreboards, and measures.

There is a huge inventory of balls (sets of 4, bag and pallino purchased separately). These are not the K-Mart specials that a lot of recreation players prefer. These are the real deal. According to Grasser "In pointing, they start straight and finish straight. When shooting, they have the anti-rebound characteristics that the professionals demand."

Check it out at .


Jean Anthony of Maine writes...

"Have been more than happily occupied of late with introducing Bocce to Maine! I was so grateful for your encouragement during the early stages and will be writing re: progress very soon."

Jean indicated that "Our Senior Centre is hoping to build two courts next Spring" and she intends to contact Dr. Mazzei for info on "...the best materials, etc. for our climate." You may recall that Dr. Mazzei's court was highlighted in the ezine a while back . To view the photos of Dr. Mazzei's court click here:




The Joy of Bocce Weekly is still struggling (along with the rest of the ezine industry) with email deliverability.

Here's my latest solution: Each week when I launch the ezine (usually late Sunday evening), I immediately archive the issue on the Joy of Bocce web site. So, all anyone has to do on Monday morning (or anytime thereafter) is go to - click on Back Issues - then scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the current issue. Please help get the word out about this so that those who are missing the ezine can stay connected

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"I am looking for a buyer for our four 'Let's Play' Backyard Sports Series (Bocce, Horseshoes, Croquet & Badminton) masters. With the dramatic increase in our video deposition business, I simply do not have the time to market these special interest titles to the best of their potential.

The great thing about these titles is the information doesn't have a 'shelf life' and they can generate income for many years.

What does the buyer get? In addition to the BetaSP master of the program, we can transfer the rights to the title(s) with my current duplication / fulfillment house (if desired) so they can continue shipping the programs for you. This facility can also prepare DVD's, including insert sheets for the DVD cases from the existing VHS artwork.

{These videos are very professionally done. The bocce one has an excellent section on the history of the game. The video needs a little updating, but this might be a smart investment for someone with a little bocce savvy. Contact Bruce Moody at Phone: 803-548-2290, Fax: 803-548-3406, Cell: 803-517-3498, or .}


Are You Thinking About Christmas Yet?

Christmas Trees


Photos of the week
The Tournament of the Falling Leaves

Once again Richard & Barbara Heisler send great photos and a well written summary of a bocce happening...

"You may not believe we have fall in 'Sunny California' but on Friday Jim Fellos did and was deeply involved in removing autumn leaves from the courts at East Portal Park in Sacramento. With a tournament the next day there was plenty of maintenance to be done. Autumn was in the air and with a rain storm just over, the four oyster-shell courts needed raking before any further grooming could take place. Although the four courts are covered by two pole barns we were thankful to the patron saint of bocce (anybody know who he/she is?) that the rain had been replaced by partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures.

Our drive to the Sacramento Valley from our home on the redwood coast was more like a sea voyage with semis appearing and disappearing out of the fog and rain on the I-5 like ships at sea. Six hours of driving and a great Thai lunch in Clear Lake Oaks found us ready to practice on the new-to-us courts.

The East Portal Club has oyster and sand courts that play about medium speed and have aluminum waist-high ball racks and hard rubber swing boards. All this is protected by a tall wrought-iron fence.

Rick Wagstaff had lined up 20 teams in a four pool round-robin format. Each team played four games within the pool and the top two teams from each pool (on wins and points) went into the quarter finals. Most teams were regulars on the No. California 'tournament circuit' but a few new faces from the home club made for some surprises. One family team made it into the play-offs, upsetting more than a few veterans. Under the lights 'Hard Knocks' from Antioch beat Team Napoli for first and the home team, East Portal, out pointed St. Helena/Marin for third.

A great catered lunch of bbq, cornbread, vino and all the fixin’s was laid on and care had to be taken to avoid eating so much that napping held more attraction than playing. As usual we had too much fun (in spite of going down 3-1) and it’s a shame we won’t be seeing our extended bocce family until play starts up again next spring. Thanks to Rick and Teresa for putting on an enjoyable event and even going out of their way to find us Don and Jeff of team SACDOT. Thanks for playing with us, guys."

{Many thanks to the Heislers. Please follow their lead by sending photos from your bocce travels. You don't have to write as eloquently as the above - suggested captions for the photos would be more than enough.

Note: these photos of the week are posted on Bocce Venues and will be available there permanently rather than for just one week.}

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Bocce Gifts for the Holidays

I've been very careful not to offer too many bocce products via my ezine or web site. If you find something listed there, I've evaluated it and can recommend it to you without reservation.

Here are some gift suggestions for the bocce lover in your life (order early to avoid last minute holiday shipping stress).

Joy of Bocce 2nd Edition - autographed copy of my book - still the single best thing a bocce player can own. It's packed full of info on how to play, rules, building a court and even includes some of the best of the Joy of Bocce Weekly. The recipient can use it as a reference, bone up on the rules, read up on the game's history and lore, and view hundreds of photos from around the continent and the world.

Three hundred pages encompassing everything you wanted to know about bocce but were afraid to ask - $19.45 plus shipping.

Don't forget to inform me of any special inscription/dedication you want me to include.

Order from


Precision Bocce Measures

I evaluated a host of them and these are the three I like best. Choose the Clubhawk Gold, Henselite Bowls, or Premier Boule Measure. You can't go wrong with any of the choices. Once a bocce aficionado has a set of bocce balls and my book, the next logical acquisition is a first-rate measure. Each retails here for $22.95. Visit for photos.


T-shirts, mugs and a myriad of other assorted items with the Joy of Bocce logo. I'm partial to the coffee mug pictured above - the logo stands out beautifully on the face of the cup. Click to view dozens of neat bocce items of apparel (prices vary). There's even a Joy of Bocce holiday tree ornament.


Bocce Court Maintenance Tools

If the gift is for someone who owns a bocce court, these are two great ideas:

7' Drag Brush

Manufactured by Lee Tennis, 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.

Retails for $149.95 plus shipping.


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.

photos and more info for these two products at

Click to view photos of merchandise...

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® B-12 ( Vitamin B-12 )

From the Market America company web site...

"Isotonix™ B-12 gives our body the proper amount of Vitamin B-12 in an isotonic form, which allows for maximum absorption by your body. According to Robert M. Russell of the USRDA's Human Nutrition Center on Aging at Tufts University, Vitamin B-12 is probably the single most important nutrient adversely affected by aging."

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® B-12 and other health products

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.


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.


December 8 - 10, 2006 - Canada - Canada Bocce Club, 2501 Rutherford Road in Concord Ontario, (10 mins north of Toronto). 4 international size indoor courts - 2 person team, open rules - back board dead, double elimination - entry fee = $80 per team and guaranteed prizes of $5000 with $2000 for first. Details: call Americo or Louie at Canada Bocce Club 905-832-4493 or email Pat Pezzin (President of Ontario Bocce Association) @ .


March 9 - 11, 2007. Florida - Cape Coral - Veterans Park Bocce Courts, 4140 Coronado Pkwy. 4 player teams w/ 1 alternate. Open Rules, Round Robin format. Prize money to top 5 place finishers. 1st place $7,000.00 guaranteed. 2nd - 5th place amounts determined by number of teams entered. Entry fee = $400.00 per team. Must register by Feb 10, 2007. More info: George Furlan at 239-275-9968 or 1-800-226-0604 - Cell 239-229-2348, e-mail = .


September 15, 2007 - Virginia - Oronoco Park, on the Potomac - First Annual San Gennaro Italian Festival of Alexandria. Ben Brenman Park in Alexandria Virginia (just outside Washington DC). Info on website: . Contact = Jay DeCianno @

Joy of bocce t-shirts, mugs, buttons, magnets, etc.

Merchandise still available at

Check out the first-rate equipment we offer. The finest measuring devices for bocce (made in UK by Prohawk for lawn bowling, petanque, and bocce) - the finest bocce balls in the world (made in Italy by Perfetta) and the number one selling instructional book on bocce in America - Check them out.
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