The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VI, Issue 13 - April 30, 2007 
•   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 6, Issue #13 - April 30, 2007
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2007
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello bocce faithful,

I've been doing a lot more talks and demos on bocce which means we must be getting into full swing for bocce season hereabouts. If you know of a group who needs a speaker or bocce coach for the day, please recommend me. It's a way for me to spread the gospel of bocce to the masses, one small group at a time. Contact me at Mario@JoyofBocce.com or 978-686-8679 or vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949.

Best regards,
Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

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

I get a lot of jokes and pictures and movie clips emailed to me by friends and acquaintances. I don't pay much attention, deleting most pretty quickly and almost never forwarding them to others.

I'm making an exception today. I've enjoyed this short video clip so much. I watch it every day when I need a smile. Three-year-old Kassie tells what she'd do if a monster came to her house. Kassie has star quality and her mom's reaction and pleasant and appealing voice makes the clip a keeper. It's the best 49 seconds I've yet seen on the Internet.

My guess is that you'll forward it to your buddy list too. If you do, send this entire ezine and maybe we'll get some new bocce converts too. Enjoy!

Click for the coolest 49 seconds on the net...

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/kassie3.zip

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CafePress finally adds BOCCE to its list of sports.

Thanks to any of you who may have helped get the message to the people at CafePress. You may recall the problem described here some time ago.

CafePress sends promotional emails targeting specific events - e.g. like hawking items of apparel that have a Father's Day theme. In the email margins are always links to dozens of different categories for apparel. When you click on "sports" you get every sport imaginable except bocce.

After many phone calls and emails, you and I finally got them to include bocce as one of the sports. They had lots of Cafepress shops with bocce items (including http://www.CafePress.com/JoyofBocce ) and they were familiar with the sport, even indicating that they played on site during their lunch hours. They just didn't associate bocce as a sport - part of the image problem that we still battle.

We've broken through. They have us listed as "bocce ball", not "bocce", but at least we are on the radar screen!

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Janet from Texas asks...

"We would like to plant grass for a bocce court. We live in South Texas Hot. Can you tell me what type of grass you would recommend?

We have built a 10"x65" court surrounded by landscape timbers and the ground is level."

{My best advice - contact the bocce turf expert, Dr. Joe DeFrank - email = defrenk@hawaii.edu. He's with the University of Hawaii at Manoa Dept. of Tropical Plant and Soil Science.

View some photos of his "Bocce Links" in Hawaii...
http://www.joyofbocce.com/Hawaii.ivnu

Read his Vegas Style Bocce in a Joy of Bocce Weekly back issue...
http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/vol5_13.html }

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Mike McGowan needs a court builder...

"Can you recommend anyone in the Washington metropolitan area? I am located half way between Baltimore and Washington, DC just off 95."

{Can anyone recommend someone in this area? Please REPLY.}

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Ben Musolf on the United States Bocce Championships...

"We are very excited for the upcoming Nationals in Livermore, CA. As you already know, the event(s) are scheduled to begin on Tuesday, June 19, 2007. The opening ceremonies will take place at Campo di Bocce on Tuesday morning with the Open event(s) commencing immediately after.

It has been brought to my attention that there is some confusion in regards to the actual format, monetary awards and who is eligible to play. I will do my very best to inform all of you what my expectations are in regards to these very important topics. In addition, the National Championship registration for names to be in print will CLOSE on May 15, 2007. THE ABSOLUTE LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIPS WILL BE JUNE 8, 2007, NO EXCEPTIONS!

In reference to the above:

Format for the Open “A”:
The Open “A” is $100.00 per player (alternates pay as well) 40% of all entry fees will be collected by Campo di Bocce for operation fees - 60% of all entry fees will be distributed as prize money.

Prize money will be determined by number of entrants
Example of Prize money breakdown is as follows:
i. 100 Participants = $10,000.00 = 25 teams
ii. 40% of $10,000 = $4000.00 for Campo di Bocce
iii. 60% of $10,000 = $6000.00 for prize money

1. Campo di Bocce intentions for prize money breakdown
a. 1st place 50%
b. 2nd place 30%
c. 3rd Place 20%

Eligibility

The same rules apply for both Open and Raffa. Any participant must be a Legal United States Resident.

All participants must have a current 2007 USBF card."

{Advertising opportunities are available.}

The advertising is a 3x5 banner that will be displayed for 8 days on the Court Fencing at Campo di Bocce. If you have any interest please do not hesitate to call me with questions. TEL: 925.249.9800 FAX: 925.249.9804"

Click here for info and registration form for the Nationals:
http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/unitedstatesboccechampionshipscopy8x10.pdf

Click here for info on hotel accomodations:
http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/hotelaccomodationsfor2007nationalchampionships.pdf

Click here for info on area attractions: http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/attractionsfornationals.pdf

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Tom McNutt, the Boccemon responds to a previous ezine query...

"Regarding Al Colby's request for more rail bounce the solution is either in harder rails or harder surface and maybe both. In either case denser rails are more responsive. Note that concrete rails have great play but due to their abrasive nature they file away the balls destroying the spheres we ultimately hope to be playing with.

Pine and even much of the 'like-wood' products are too soft and absorb the energy of the ball. We recommend attaching 1" x 4" oak (or other hardwood) boards to the railroad ties. You can attach one board with screws and test the action. Further check by moving the board further or closer - up or down the rail. If the desired bounce is achieved, then buy and attach more boards.

High density is good in your side rails if you want to play off them. Courts that get less maintenance often develop a sort of 'trough' along the side rails. The rake/lute that is available through the Joy of Bocce web site will eliminate this problem. One can grind a slight angle (3 to 8 degrees) in the lute ends between 3" and 5" in from the outer edge. Right handed people grind the left side while the opposite for lefties. This will serve to bevel the court slightly toward the center reducing the likelihood of 'troughing'. Make the angle slight and only a few inches in on the lute end so the greatest amount of the playing surface remains level or at least flat. Lighter balls may produce a shallower trough as well.

In the 'sport' of bocce players don't use the rails or end walls while most of the recreational folks playing the 'game' of bocce want big action from them. Striker {that's me - the Bocce Guy}- you have mentioned and even featured in past issues that some players enjoy blocks in the corners to play off. For the truest and most responsive bounce - rails must deflect the energy and not absorb it. Dense in a teammate can be problematic but in the rails of a recreational bocce court it is a positive attribute. Hope there is some food for thought that will benefit Al and other readers as well."

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Bocce Bob Whitlow sends this...

"You might already know of this site. It has a lot of clips about bocce."

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=bocce&search=Search

Click to read what others have said about The Joy of Bocce......

Photos of the week
This week's photos were submitted by loyal Joy of Bocce Weekly subscribers Richard and Barbara Heisler.

They show off the Marin Bocce courts in San Rafael, California.

"At the end of our last trip to the Bay Area we stopped by at the courts of Marin Bocce at San Rafael. We had heard that they had recently resurfaced their courts to world standards and wanted to try them out. We ran into Diana Pellegrini who walked us around and showed us some excellent pictures of the step-by-step laying of the courts. The courts were surfaced by the same team (Colleoni Aurelio) who have done Detroit, St. Louis, Livermore and Los Gatos. They pronounced the two new (indoor) courts as their best yet.

The San Rafael facility is in a beautiful setting, just across the Golden Gate from San Francisco and across the Richmond bridge from Berkley/Oakland."

{Thanks to the Heislers for the great pics - please follow their lead and send bocce photos from your travels.}

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
The Bocce Guy - I'm the bocce product of the week!

I'm the bocce guy, preferring that name to Mr. Bocce as the latter includes the connotation of being a great player, which I am not. Yes, that's me to the right...not very photogenic despite the fact that I am devastatingly handsome. {I smile a lot more in person.}

I'm running corporate events with a bocce theme. I'll come to your corporate headquarters or the function room of your choice and organize a day of bocce the attendees will never forget.

All you need is a carpeted room or function hall where we can set up temporary courts for the event. You can choose from any variety of tournament formats or just play informally. I'll do a brief talk on bocce and even briefer demonstration on how to play the game, then oversee and referee the games as needed.

I'll be available the entire day to answer questions, sign books, show off various bocce items and props.

You can bring in your own caterer or I'll "hook you up" with a number of options for food and beverages.

I'll set up the courts, supply the balls and scoreboards. We set them up on carpet or Astroturf, play for a couple hours, and break them down again.

I'm just the guy to run your bocce event, be it a public speaking engagement, fund-raiser, tournament, party or corporate outing. Email Mario@JoyofBocce.com or call 978-686-8679 or vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949.

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}

Badminton Equipment

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 http://www.joyofbocce.com 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.

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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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May 5, 2007 – California - San Mateo. Peninsula Italian American Social Club. RAFFA, 3 Players. Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650591-3318.

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May 5, 2007 – California - San Mateo. Peninsula Italian American Social Club at Beresford Park. OPEN, 4 women players. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.

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May, 6, 2007 (rain date May 20) Colorado - Fort Collins - "Bocce for Meals" Ice Breaker Tournament (1st year); benefit for Fort Collins Meals on Wheels. Pre-registration required. Call 970-484-6325 or email mowfc@yahoo.com. 4 member teams; $100 registration. 2-3 games guaranteed.

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May 18 - 20, 2007 - Tennessee - Memphis (Memphis Bocce Club). MidWest Region USBF 2007 Tournament. Four-player teams. Contact Ralph Galtelli at 901- 272-2124 or email memphisbocceclub@gmail.com.

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May 19, 2007- California - South San Francisco. Italian American Citizen’s Club. OPEN, 2 women players and 2 men players per team. Contact Susan Botti @ 650-589-4356.

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May 26, 2007 – California - Livermore. Campo di Bocce. RAFFA, 3 players. Los Gatos Bocce Club Annual Raffa Tournament. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408-379-9409.

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May 26, 2007 – California - Fairfield. Fairfield Bocce Federation. OPEN, 4 women players. Contact Richard Costales @ 707-425-7167.

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June 2, 2007 - Canada - Ontario - Kichener. Charity tourney - doubles. Visit http://www.helping-the-hungry.org/

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June 3, 2007 - New Jersey - Franklin (Colonial Park). Bocce Invitational - "Proceeds benefit our soldiers through the efforts of Operation Shoebox New Jersey." Contact Frank Valanzola @ 973-793-5406. {Note: Operation Shoebox is an initiative to create a "care package supply line" to US troops serving overseas.}

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June 9, 2007 – California - South San Francisco. Italian American Citizen’s Club. RAFFA, 2 women players. Contact Ginger Hanley @ 650-271-6009.

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June 16, 2007 - California - Los Gatos Campo di Bocce. U.S. Pallino d' Oro (TM) 2007 Women's, singles, raffa, International rules bocce tournament. $150.00 per athlete. Prizes: 1st $1,000.00, 2nd $650.00, 3rd $450.00, 4th $250.00 (based on 20 players). Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th. ROUND ROBIN FORMAT.

Information and registration: Mike Grasser 248-495-4059 or 248-505-4744 or boccemg@msn.com. Note: players must have an understanding of international raffa rules.

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June 16 & 17, 2007 - California - Livermore. Campo di Bocce. U.S. Pallino D' Oro (TM) 2007 - Men's, singles, raffa, International rules bocce tournament. $200.00 per athlete. Prizes: 1st $2,500.00, 2nd $1,500.00, 3rd $1000.00, 4th $500.00 (based on 40 players). Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th. ROUND ROBIN FORMAT.

Information and registration: Mike Grasser 248-495-4059 or 248-505-4744 or boccemg@msn.com. Note: players must have an understanding of international raffa rules.

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June 18 – 19, 2007 – California - Livermore. Campo di Bocce. OPEN, 4 players. United States National Open Championships. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074.

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June 21 – 23, 2007 – California - Livermore. Campo di Bocce. RAFFA, 3 or 4 players, team competition. Match play including triples, singles and doubles. United States National Raffa Championships. Winner will represent the United States at the 2007 World Championships. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074.

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June 30, 2007 – California - San Francisco. Aquatic Park Bocce Club. VOLO, 2 players. Contact Marco Cuneo @ 415-713-5939.

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July 4, 2007 – California - Martinez. Martinez Bocce Federation. OPEN, 2 person teams, four balls each. Each team’s players are stationed at opposite ends of the court. Contact info unavailable at this time.

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July 7, 2006 – California - Martinez. Martinez Bocce Federation. OPEN, 4 players. Nor-Cal Championships. Contact info unavailable at this time.

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July 7, 2007 - Massachusetts - North Andover. Senior Games for Massachusetts - USBF Open Rules - Triples (3 player teams - roll 2 balls each). Players must be at least 50 years of age by 12/31/07. Contact Mario Pagnoni @ 978-686-8679 or Director@KenWaldieSSC.org.

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July 14, 2006 – California - San Rafael. Marin Bocce Federation. OPEN, 2 men players. Contact Diana Pellegrini @ 415-485-5583.

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July 14, 2006 – Washington, Auburn. Auburn Bocce Club. OPEN, 4 players. Contact Sal Cascone @ 253-939-3502.

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July 15-17, 2007 - Ohio - Dayton, Bella Vista - Bocce Classic XIII - The annual charity event features over 70 teams from as far away as West Virginia, Illinois, Michigan and Canada. Over $7500 in prize money awarded & over $20,000 is raised for local charities. For information go to www.bocce-classic.com. Contact Dick Bloom @ 937-439-7936.

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July 20 - 22, 2007 - New York, Rome. The World Series of Bocce. 4-player teams - Open Division (all men or co-ed) and Women's Division (all women). Visit http://www.worldseriesofbocce.org for information, an application, and various bits of interest, or contact Al Orbinati @ orbinati@worldseriesofbocce.com or Chris Klepadlo @ 315-271-9701.

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July 21, 2006 – California - Stockton. Italian Athletic Club. OPEN, 4 players. Contact Ron Jacobs @209-957-1223.

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July 28, 2006 – California - San Rafael. Marin Bocce Federation. OPEN, 2 women players. Contact Diana Pellegrini @ 415-485-5583.

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July 28, 2006 – California - Fairfield. Fairfield Bocce Federation. OPEN, 4 players. John Magnetti Memorial Tournament. Contact Richard Costales @ 707-425-7167.

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August 4, 2006 – California - Sacramento. East Portal Bocce Club. OPEN, 4 players. Western Sector Open Championships. Contact Vernon Cooper @ 916-961-2404.

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August 11, 2006 – California - Stockton. Italian Athletic Club. OPEN, 2 women and 2 men players per team. Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.

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August 18, 2006 – California - South San Francisco. Italian American Citizen’s Club. OPEN, 4 women players. Contact Elda Mazzanti @ 650-588-4924.

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August 25, 2006 – California - Sacramento. East Portal Bocce Club. OPEN, 2 players. Contact Vernon Cooper @ 916-961-2404.

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August 25, 2007 – California - San Francisco. Aquatic Park Bocce Club. Juanito Cuneo Memorial Tournament. VOLO, 2 Players. Contact Marco Cuneo @ 415-713-5939.

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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: http://www.sgfva.org . Contact = Jay DeCianno @ deciannojj@efv.usmc.mil.

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September 16, 2007 (rain date Sept. 23rd) - Colorado - Fort Collins - 3rd Annual "Bocce for Meals" Tournament; benefit for Fort Collins Meals on Wheels. Pre-registration required. Call 970-484-6325 or email mowfc@yahoo.com. 4 member teams; $100 registration. 2-3 games guaranteed.

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November 2, 2007 - California - Santa Paula. John Ratzenberger's Bocce In The Orchard celebrity tourney fund-raiser benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Clara Valley and The Education for Children with Diabetes Foundation. View http://www.bocceintheorchard.org for more info.

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