The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. V, Issue 45 - December 18, 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 #45 - December 18, 2006
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2006
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello frenzied holiday shopping friends,

This week I spoke (about bocce) at the Retired Men's Club of Arlington (Mass.) and was pleasantly surprised that 300 people were in the audience.

I gave a little history of the game, touched on some key bocce locations and events, and shared some of the humorous anecdotes that I have collected over the years. It was a quite enjoyable experience. I keep telling people...invite me to your event NOW while I am really inexpensive...all you have to do is feed me. After I get on Oprah, you might not be able to afford me!

Please invite me to your bocce event. I'll take pictures, interview folks, and share the news with the Joy of Bocce Weekly subscribers.

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

DeAnne writes with a request for help...

"I posted this ball on a sports discussion board and there were a lot of guesses and a few people thought maybe Bocce but everyone is pretty puzzled. And no one at Spalding is any help whatsoever. I was hoping you could tell if it is a Bocce Ball."

{Looks kind of small to be bocce - click the photo to get a better look. One of the pics bears the words "Keep in good condition by frequent painting" (doesn't sound like bocce). Does any reader have a clue? Please REPLY.}


Received this great email from SC...

"My name is Dave Adams, a police officer in SC, and I was bitten by the Bocce bug not too long ago. Truth is, I played 1 weekend, and fell in love with the game. I have looked all over for other people who are interested in starting a league of sorts in the Midlands area (Lexington and Richland counties) of South Carolina, but have come up short.

I contacted the USBF, who directed me to you. I am looking to see if you have any contacts with individuals in this area who may be interested in a league format. I figure, if I can get some contacts together now, then I have the winter months to prepare for a Spring launch.

Also, I am open to any and all ideas you may have for league format. I am a lifelong baseball/softball player, but with marriage and kids under my belt, I don't have the time to devote to those games anymore. I still have the desire to compete however, and am trying to devote my time to the sport of Bocce.

Normally, the weather down here affords the time to play almost year-around. I would assume there would be a break from about mid-December through mid-March. So there is a ton of time available for play."

{My answer to Dave: First off, this happens all the time (played once, hooked). There are some guys I know who play in the tidal pools in Myrtle Beach, SC - Gene Youtsey and Don Allen. They might know who plays in your area. Try emailing Gene at Also, I'll reprint your well-written email in this week's ezine and we'll see if anyone responds. [respond directly to ]

Youtsey and Allen were the guys who told me they developed great powers of concentration playing bocce in the tidal pools...good looking women in bikinis everywhere.

Re: league format - Once you see how may players you have, then you can decide on the format - how many players on a team, how many teams, etc. Of course, the number of courts you have to play on will be a factor.

Also, my book has a chapter on Organizing A League/Promoting The Game. Least expensive way to get a copy is to download the e-book - $4.95 - no shipping. }


The Father of Bocce Ball in Arizona, Pasquale D'Aliesio, and his club, Bocce Arizona, is hosting an International Tournament on January 19, 20, and 21, 2007. Teams from Italy, Canada, and the USA will be competing in this exciting event (3 divisions, based on skill level with prize money being awarded!).

Please visit the website at
(slowly being constructed) for updates.

Please forward this email to your friends! We're hoping for a capacity turnout to witness this exciting event! There will be dignitaries from both Italy and Arizona in attendance, along with a wine festival with many vendors showing their support.

More info: contact Pasquale via email at



Anyone buying a set of bocce can purchase a set of any model Italian made bocce shoes for half price. Contact Michael Grasser at .


Newcomer to the game Mark Young writes...

"I am totally focused on learning everything I can about boccie ball!"

{I get many emails like this from excited new players. I tell them all the same thing. Subscribe to the ezine to get updates and info from around the country, and purchase The Joy of Bocce 2nd Edition to get the "skinny" on the game. Both available at .}

High End bocce balls - a great holiday gift...

Photos of the week
Calvin Rinaldi of the Fairfield Bocce Federation sends us this week’s photos.

He says “The bocce movement is spreading in Solano County. Through the tireless efforts of Al Bertellotti, two new courts were constructed in his home town of Benicia. A brass plaque was donated by the Native Sons of the Golden West, and it reads: CITY OF BENICIA – AL BERTELLOTTI – BOCCE BALL COURTS – DEDICATED NOVEMBER, 2006.

The 'Nut Tree Family Park' in Vacaville has eight courts near completion: as you can see by the enclosed photos. Listed under 'LEGEND' on the enclosed pamphlet is #18. 'BOCCE GROVE'. {Note: view at }

Our club has contacted the Events Manager, Kelli Valle, and have invited her to address our members at our December meeting. We’ve also expressed our desire to attend the grand opening of the courts and participate in the activities. I’ve send her a package of bocce material, and recommended that she purchase a copy of your book.

The City of Vacaville has plans to build two additional parks which may include bocce courts.

I still do not have a computer, but am interested in receiving your weekly newsletter by mail. I have a copy of Vol 1, Issue 1. Very informative.” {Publisher’s note: that’s the only hard copy issue I ever mailed. I want to do more, but it’s just too expensive to 'snail mail.' If I ever make any money with this bocce gig, I’ll send out hard copy newsletters regularly; monthly or at least quarterly.}

Note: These photos permanently posted on the Joy of Bocce web site under Bocce Venues.

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Brand New Holiday Gift Idea

Available for one more week...

As you know, I don’t endorse too many bocce products, preferring to sift through the myriad of items and select the ones I think are most useful and priced right for placement on my web site.

Here’s a novelty gift item that I’ve developed and am offering ONLY TO SUBSCRIBERS of The Joy of Bocce Weekly:

For the bocce player who already has everything…

A Joy of Bocce State University Diploma

Yes, the person gets an honorary Ph. B. (Doctorate of Bocce). Click the image to the right to get a better look at the item.

If you order right away, you should receive it in a couple days. I've worked a deal with Diploma Depot to have the item beautifully framed,


Professionally Designed & Unique to each buyer

Customized with your choice of Name and Date

65lb parchment. The same quality used by most Colleges and Universities....

Each diploma will be printed on a 5700+ d.p.i. capable printer for realistic photos and text, absolutely crisp and clear, (photos don't do them justice).

8.5 x 11 inches in size

Gold Embossed Seal: "Official Seal of Excellence" on each one.

Give the bocce lover in your life “bragging rights” with his/her official Degree in Bocce.

$29.95 plus shipping (framed)


8 1/2 inches by 11 inches


Glass Front

Intricate stepped design on wood

Delivered immediately upon payment verification in bubble wrap to ensure you receive them in excellent condition.

These will be mailed via USPS Priority Mail Service (ONLY AVAILABLE TO U.S. ADDRESSES.

Click the PayPal button to order, then in the box for MESSAGE TO SELLER, carefully enter the recipient’s name, date you want on the diploma.

This will really be a "hoot" of a holiday gift!

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}

Health & Nutrition - OPC-3 Isotonix Supplement

The buzz word today in health and nutrition is ANTI-OXIDANT. Everyone seems to agree that we need to increase our consumption of antioxidant nutrients to improve our health and vitality. OPC-3 is an extremely powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation in the joints and has produced good results with the symptoms of arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, allergies, asthma, and a laundry list of illnesses making the product sound like a snake oil that's "good for anything that ails you."

This powerful substance composed of natural substances like extracts from grape seed, red wine, and pine bark, does two major things in the body - improves circulation and boosts immunity. The reason the product can impact so many health issues is because so many maladies can be traced to poor circulation and low immunity.

In addition, this product is in what is termed an "isotonic state." It is basically in the same composition as your body fluids. Therefore it need not be digested, but can pass directly into the small intestine and the blood stream. It is 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 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.


January 19 - 21 - Arizona (Bocce Arizona Club, Glendale, AZ). International Tournament including teams from Italy, Canada, and the USA. Three divisions based on skill level with prize money being awarded. Contact The Father of Bocce Ball in Arizona, Pasquale D'Aliesio @ and visit the website at (slowly being constructed) for updates.


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 = .


April 29, 2007 - Washington - Bellingnham. Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament - Http://www. . Contact Tom Mcnutt @ or call 360-224-2909 for info or to register.


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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