The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VI, Issue 34 - November 26, 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 #34 - November 26, 2007
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2007
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello bocce lovers,

This issue is a kind of abbreviated one. I've had two deaths in the family recently (really put a damper on our Thanksgiving) and am attempting to get an issue out anyway. I've found that faithful readers who miss an issue tend to get "irate"...maybe too strong a word..."upset"...not quite right..."concerned" might be best. They need their bocce fix and the week just doesn't play out right if they don't have some bocce news to read, talk about, etc.

Besides, I want to continue hammering home the message (below) that we need to move NOW to get bocce to the National Senior Games in San Francisco in 2009.

My hope is still to get the ezine through the holiday season and then refine the publishing schedule to make things more efficient in 2008.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

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

Jim Traina from South San Francisco writes...

"Here's A web site you can put in your paper http://www.ixsport.com/ They have A lot of different Bocce Balls."

{An Italian site - some text in English (click on the British flag to get less Italian, more English). Italian made bocce sets (Salf) and other products. Prices in euros. Interesting info on the game. Check it out.

Here's a little trick I learned from navigating sites in other languages: There are sites like http://www.freetranslation.com/ where you can copy and paste text from one language and get an approximate translation. It's a little "rough around the edges" with the free version, but you get what you pay for. Heck, this is a form of artificial intelligence and isn't so accurate at this stage of computer evolution. If you have an important document to translate, the site offers "human translation" for a fee.}

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Got a really nice email from Ken Dothee (past president of the United States Bocce Federation) that I don't think he'll mind me sharing with you. I had told him "long time, no see" and he responded with...

"Yes it has been a very long time and I still remember being on a bus, I think in Argentina, at some absurd hour of the morning, using the glare from street lights and attempting to scribble notes and comments to send you for the first edition of The Joy of Bocce. I think we've come a long way since then, thanks a good deal to you, and we still have a very long way to go. Very happy to see you are now on the USBF Board. I think the very first thing we should do is email the spell check people who think bocce is spelled 'boccie'. Always look forward to hearing from you."

{Ken was one of the movers and shakers of the USBF in its early days. One of the smartest things he did was to get Donna Allen to become editor of the USBF magazine.

Ken's right about the progress bocce has made. And he's correct that there is still a long way to go. I think we're gonna get there in the next couple years. One important thing we can all do is get behind the USBF. Get your group/league/club sanctioned (a small yearly fee includes the cost of a USBF flag). Let more and more people see those USBF banners hanging from the rafters. Get more and more organizations spreading the word that they are sanctioned by the USBF and playing by their Open rules.}

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Sparse Tournament Calendar Listings

There's not a whole lot of tournament action on the calendar around this time of year. It would be a good time to post your tourney info for 2008. The more times it is listed in the ezine, the better chance of potential players seeing it and getting on board. Send us the info even if your event is well into 2008.

Email the date, the city and state it will be played in, the format (doubles, triples, four-person), any pertinent info as well as the contact info (email and/or phone number) of the tourney director. Include a link to your web site or pdf file, if you have one.

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Drive to get Bocce to the Senior Games in 2009

THIRD REQUEST FOR HELP

I have written here before and lamented the fact that bocce is a senior gameS event in many states (e.g. Massachusetts, Michigan, Florida) but is not yet at the national level.

There is a National Games committee that reviews the process of adding new sports to the Summer Games. I was able to coax my friend Carl Fetteroll of the Massachusetts Senior Games to put in a formal request that bocce be considered.

If you know of Senior Games officials in your state, please have them do the same. The request should go to:

Ray Hoyt
Director of National Games and Athlete Relations
National Senior Games Association
PO Box 82059
Baton Rouge, LA 70844-2059
rhoyt@nsga.com

If we can get the games recognized, that would mean that 2008 would be a qualifying year and 2009 we could compete in the "Senior Olympics" in San Francisco, CA. This would go a long way toward getting our sport the notoriety it deserves. Send an email - send a letter - offer to host a qualifier in your state if there is none. Bocce is headed to the mainstream. It just needs a little push from people like you and me.

Bocce for the sightless...ya gotta see this to believe it...

Photos of the week
This week's photos come from Carmine D’Agostino, the famous Camanooch of Franklin, Massachusetts. They're held over from last week.

Says Camanooch...

"I hope everyone across the United States appreciates, as much as I do, your time and effort in promoting the great game of Bocce. I’m doing my small part to get everyone hooked on Bocce in my back yard. I read your newsletter a few weeks ago about lighting ambiance. I have to say I go for the functionality of the 'Stadium' look as far as lighting a bocce court. This is evident on my recently updated website which chronicles my lighting project.

{Warning! Camanooch is a do-it-yourselfer of the highest order. The photos present a daunting do-it-yourself task. Unless you are skilled like Carmine, I vote for calling in a certified electrician.}

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Time to start thinking about holiday gifts

Order now so you won’t have to sweat the December delivery rush

Here are two inexpensive gift ideas…

1) Autographed copy of The Joy of Bocce – $19.45.

Nowadays, everybody knows someone who plays. Here’s an inexpensive gift that will delight. You pick the inscription. Build up the recipient’s self esteem with the likes of “To the best bocce player in Wisconsin” (New York, Nevada, Florida, California…fill in the blank).

Or, give ‘em the business with something like “Read this book and maybe you’ll be able to give me some competition when we play.”

Click to order…http://www14.mawebcenters.com/striker/orderform.ivnu

2) Pick any one of three precision measuring tools. Premier Boules, Clubhawk Gold, or Henselite Bowls. $24.95 each. Designed for inside measure which is the most accurate way to decide who gets the point.

Click to order…http://www.joyofbocce.com/merchandise.ivnu … scroll down to view the measures.

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}

artificial christmas trees

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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December 1, 2007 – California - Stockton. Italian Athletic Club. OPEN, 4 players with at least 2 women players per team. Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.

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December 1-3. Florida - Cape Coral. Florida Senior Games State Championships. The women will compete on Dec. 1st & the men on Dec. 2nd. Dec 3rd will be reserved for any games not completed. Four players to a team. For more info, contact Rudy Diaz @ 239-542-8877 or email popeofbocce@aol.com

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May 17, 2008 - New Jersey - 2nd annual NJ Bocce Invitational supporting New Jersey charities. Contact Frank Valanzola @ 973-793-5406 or loeprofile@optonline.net . View web site at http://www.newjerseybocceinvitational.com

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