The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. V, Issue 41 - November 20, 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 #41 - November 20, 2006
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2006
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Happy Thanksgiving to all our bocce friends.

Please help get the word out to others in your "bocce posse" about how we're circumventing the email deliverability problem some are having with the Joy of Bocce Weekly.

Yes, we're still struggling (along with the rest of the ezine industry) with getting the weekly newsletter into people's in-boxes. Some ezine issues get blocked, getting incorrectly targeted as SPAM.

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.

Don't forget - you have to scroll down to the bottom, past 5 years of archived Joy of Bocce ezines. Thanks.

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...}

Edith Truitt of Sun City, AZ. asked for an update on bocce rules and sent the picture to the right. Looks like some sweet bocce venue!

{When people ask about the rules I always refer them to my book. The ebook version is only $4.95 - no shipping charge - you just download it. See "Notes from the publisher" above.}


Steve Kahn of Banning, CA asked this question last week...

"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."

I answered...

{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.}

Donna Allen of Martinez, CA responded with...

"Mario, it's been a long time, but I want you to know I keep reading your e-mag. and enjoy it a lot. Sometimes we just sit back and smile to think how far bocce has come! I'm writing to share a secret we used for years primarily on our back boards, but it could work on the sides also. Fire hose! It is extremely durable and consistent.

You're doing a great job providing this wonderful forum for communication!"

Here is more info from Bocce Bob Whitlow about his solution to the problem...

"The material I stumbled onto is a foam that is used in the refrigeration industry. They use it to line the inside of the exterior walls of refrigeration units. This material comes in 1/4 to 3/4 inch thicknesses and rolls either 52 or 60 inches wide. I found this at a local recycling plant. They were rejected rolls from the foam manufacturer.

The plant manager gave me samples of all the thicknesses he had in stock. If I remember correctly, I gave $30.00 for a big roll about 4 foot across. I marked it with a silver paint, Sharpe Magic Marker as the foam was colored black. I cut it into 3 1/2" wide strips, twelve foot long as this was the length of my facing boards that I purchased at Lowe's. I used a saber saw with a knife blade (not the regular wood blade) that I got at ACE Hardware. It cuts it like butter. I used liquid nails to fasten the foam strips to the 1 inch by 3 1/2 inch facing board. Then I secured the facing board and foam to our court walls. (The ends using 2 inch screws and a battery screwdriver drill. I countersunk all the way thru the foam. One doesn't even see where the screw is placed in the foam as it closes back together.)

I would back off and roll balls to the side board to see what response/rebound there would be. I found the 3/4 foam worked the best as it had a more natural rebound. Remember we used 4/6 inch timbers for our side rails and there was a give when a bocce hit the rail as it would just follow the rail. With the foam installed it works great......I have had NO complaints from any players. They really love it."


Dr. Cordano writes to say...

"Continue to enjoy your great contribution for the sport of bocce thru your great Joy of Bocce publication.

I would like to mention the banner year that Palazzo Bocce Club had in their first year of Club participation in the USBF.

In June, the Nationals were won in St. Louis with the well balanced team of youth and experienced players: Dr. Angel Cordano; Mike Lapcevich; Jorge Moreno and Jason Wiesnieski.

In October, the team traveled to Brasil, to represent the US, and they defeated teams that were never beaten before like: Argentina, one of the 2 teams from Brasil, Uruguay and San Marino classifying in a very meritorious fifth place (best ever as a team).

And the last super performance of Palazzo's team came a few weeks later at the wonderful new facilities of Campo di Bocce in Livermore, CA where a similar team (except that Mike Grasser replaced Mike Lapcevich ) defeated the Canadian teams and for the first time the US retained the beautiful North American tournament's trophy at home.

There is no doubt that Mr. Tony Battaglia merits to be congratulated for making the right decision in putting these players together for Punto-Raffa-Volo.

As an anecdote, the Canadians have called Vicky Cordano "Mamma Pallino" for her exceptional skill in hitting the pallino when necessary."


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 .


Are You Thinking About Christmas Yet?

Christmas Trees


Photos of the week
This week's photos come from two sources.

Quite some time ago, Matt Melucci sent a couple great shots of his fabulous court in Collinsville, Illinois. These have been languishing in my files and I am just getting around to posting them.

Matt says..."As you can see, a considerable amount of time and material went into this project. But now that it is completed, it was well worth it. Even the scoreboard is all wood, with wooden cutouts in the shape of wine bottles - moved from peg to peg - to keep score. You'll notice in one photo that the Resolver is used for close calls.

{The Resolver has since been discontinued - the clever device included a steel tape measure set atop a clear acrylic cube which fit over the pallino. The tape swiveled 360 degrees and extended over two meters. The measure was applauded by recreational bocce lover and ridiculed by top level players for whom only "inside measure" meets their standards of accuracy. In any event, the device became too expensive to manufacture and the developer discontinued its production.}

Lights and electrical power are available, as well as circular cutouts on the double top railings to keep cans and bottles from tipping over! If the vines which I planted last fall grow well next spring, I will have shade available against the summer sun. For winter play, a converted tractor wheel serves as a fire pit, to warm players between rolls.

By the way, the playing surface is 70 feet by 10 feet. Each end has a one-foot gutter to avoid any unfair clusters in the back corners of the court."


The second photo contributor this week is Dr. Angel Cordano who sends shots from the 2006 North American Games (Campo di Bocce of Livermore) and from tournament action in St. Louis.

Thanks to both for keeping the Joy of Bocce Weekly supplied with excellent material. Please follow their lead by submitting photos and info from your bocce travels.

Bocce Ball Sets

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.

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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 and a 39-cent Joy of Bocce US Postage Stamp - now you can even mail the Joy of Bocce!


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 NEW MULTITECH MultiVitamin/Mineral Formula

From the Market America company web site...

"NEW MULTITECH MultiVitamin/Mineral Formula provides 100% of the essential vitamins and most minerals. This product should be taken daily in addition to your dietary regimen. MultiTech will establish a sound micronutrient foundation according to the USRDA (The United States Recommended Daily Allowance).

'If a drop of prevention is worth a gallon of longevity, then preventative medicine, such as vitamins and minerals, are worth their weight in gold', said Dr. Linus Pauling in 1976. Good advice then and as we look to the future, vitamins and minerals will play an ever-increasing vital role to the well being in every individual."

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® NEW MULTITECH 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 @

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Merchandise still available at

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