The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. V, Issue 43 - December 4, 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 #43 - December 4, 2006
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2006
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Happy holiday season to all,

Believe it or not, I actually lost a couple pounds over Thanksgiving. I've been working out extra hard at the gym and making better decisions on food choices. The reason: I'm closing in on age 60 and am having a harder and harder time keeping up with the basketball players in my Ken Waldie SSC full court league.

We're an age 50 and over league and, I have to tell you, there is a huge difference between a 50 and a 60. Those 50's are young pups, for crying out loud!

I used to be able to pass and shoot and play good defense. Nowadays, I mostly hang around the three-point circle and launch a missile if I get an opening. I'm hoping to lose a couple more pounds over Christmas and come back with a vengeance after New Year's.

Maybe I'll ask Santa for a subscription to Weight Watchers.

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...}

Paula Wilson Byers, who is active in South Carolina Special Olympics (Bocce too) sends this photo/quote from athlete Katie Smith and a request for funding help...

“I love Special Olympics because I get to see all my friends. I’m proud to be a part of a Special Olympic team. I have loved rhythmic gymnastics and skiing because I got to compete with others and win medals. I also like cheerleading and training for my first 5K run. My coaches have made a huge impact on my life. They have taught me stuff, supported me and become my friends. Thank you”.

{Contributions can be made to Special Olympics South Carolina, 810 Dutch Blvd., Suite 204, Columbia, SC 29210. More info: Columbia office: 1-800-765-7276}


Sally Cardinale from Monterey, California asks...

"Do you know of any covers that exist to cover the court during inclement weather? Something that covers the court itself - kind of like a swimming pool cover or baseball field tarp?"

"The rainy season wreaks havoc on my dad's court ... and we thought there might be a way to protect it during the stormy season so we can actually use it on sunny days after a bad rain."

{More often I get asked about covering courts for the winter. Most people I know just leave the court open to the elements in the off season. It usually just takes a little spring maintenance to get it back into playing shape.

Protecting the court from rainstorms is a different story. I suppose you could get a tarp specially made for the dimensions of your court. Or, you could search out tarps made for other uses and maybe alter them to the size of your court. Do any readers have experience with this? Please REPLY.}


Fred Wilburn writes to say...

"Ciao, I recently purchased your book and I am enjoying reading it and learning. I am constructing a court here in Kansas in my yard and looking for the ultimate information on design. I have a villa in Italy and in the town their Bocce courts have curved up sides, that is the clay surface curves up to the boards eliminating a bank/carom shot as such and makes for a more interesting play. Also you can't trap a shot on the backboard with that design... so I'm considering designing my court the same, but wonder if that is too far out for the American game? Let me know what you think and give me your suggestions on court size.. right now I'm going 13 wide and not too sure yet on how long... 88 ft perhaps? Grazie, Fred."

{First off, the dimensions. We usually tell people to build whatever size court fits into their backyard and their pocketbook. The 13' by 88' that you mention meets international specifications. That would be excellent!

Now, about the sloping sides. International rules prohibit playing off the sidewalls and courts are pitched inward to help prevent balls from caroming off the sides. In no way is this "too far out for the American game." You will enjoy playing this way, and with the dimensions you suggest, you have the option of playing international rules too. Good luck, and keep us posted."}


Brian Walsh of Massachusetts petanque fame has set up a blog...

"FYI, there's a new FPUSA blog. See details below. I'm on the committee with posting privileges, so forward to me any blog ideas you have. Trying to keep the content to that which is interesting & relevant across the broader FPUSA membership, like regional and national tournaments, even major club tournaments or special events possibly of interest to others, or news in the world of petanque, etc.

We'll eventually set up a Le Mistral blog as well, in time for next season."

Access the blog at:

{I'm still struggling to set up a bocce blog. The fellows (techies) I am working with are "crackerjacks", but, like all good crackerjacks, they have major demands on their time. I hope to launch early in 2007.}


Bede Kortegast has added my book to his Playaboule web site...

"I have added Mario's book (Joy of Bocce) to the web site under Bocce Accessories."

{This is a very good thing. The more outlets for the book, the better chance we have of getting the message out to the masses. Do any readers have contacts or suggestions where we might be able to get the Joy of Bocce 2nd Edition into more hands? Please REPLY.}


Backgammon Sets



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 . A set of 4 Super Martel Italian made bocce balls would make a very special gift for the bocce lover in your life.

High End bocce balls - a great gift...

Photos of the week
This week's photos come from Carmine D'Agostino (alias Camanooch) of Franklin, Massachusetts. You may recall that a few weeks back we posted his excellent photo pictorial of how he built his own backyard bocce court. If you missed the pics, they are still posted on my web site under Bocce Tidbits (DO IT YOURSELF COURT CONSTRUCTION). Click the photo to the right to view them.

The photos generated a few inquiries from readers and Carmine was kind enough to resend the photos with explanations. In fact, he's created his own web site displaying the photos, detailed explanations and more.

Says Carmine...

"I finally put together a site for my bocce court with the photos/explanation of my court building experience and your visit. I read in your last newsletter that Ray Nadeau of Nashua, NH was wondering about some details about my court. Feel free to pass this along to him and put in your next newsletter.

Take care,

Check the site out at

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 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® OPC-3

From the Market America company web site...

"Composed of grape seed, pine bark, red wine, bilberry and citrus extracts, Isotonix OPC-3 is a safe, nontoxic antioxidant that delivers unparalleled protection from free radicals and helps support the body’s circulatory system."

"Potent free radical scavenger & neutralizer
Helps maintain healthy circulation
Supports healthy blood glucose levels"

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® OPC-3 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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