The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VI, Issue 36 - December 10, 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 #36 - December 10, 2007
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2007
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Season's greetings bocce lovers,

I hope things are falling into place for you this holiday season. Are you picking up a few stocking stuffers like bocce measures? I know from talking to other bocce retailers that sales are off. We know that bocce is not declining so I guess we have to blame it on the economy. Let's hope things turn around soon.

Anyway, let's focus on friends and family first, finances second.

Keep rolling,
Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

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

******** MORE ON THE FANNY TRADITION ********

Hey, ya' get shut out - ya' gotta kiss butt!

Teena Marie of Campo di Bocce of Livermore sends the photo to the right and this...

"Thought you might enjoy this picture of Livermore member Marc Beall, kissing the fanny in Los Gatos after a loss in the Big Ben Punto, Raffa, Volo 2007 Tourney!"

{When I asked for permission to reprint the photo, Teena replied...

"Of course you can use it! Marc will be stoked. He was laughing the whole time!"

What a good sport Marc must be! Click the fanny photo to visit Campo di Bocce on line - two fabulous locations, Los Gatos and Livermore.}

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More news on the move to get bocce to the National Senior Games in 2009

Campo di Bocce's Ben Musolf is on board trying to help the cause...

"I had a very interesting conversation with the director of the Pleasanton Senior Center http://www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/services/senior/pleasanton-senior-center.html
and it turns out that they have already connected with neighboring communities (Danville, Dublin, San Ramon, Livermore) and are having the first ever '580/680' sports challenge/Senior Games;

These are freeways- I do not know all of the specifics, but for example Danville will be hosting Bowling, San Ramon will be hosting table tennis, Pleasanton will be hosting a sport and Livermore the same (I do not know exactly what sports each city will be hosting). These are all in correspondence to qualifying teams to allow them to try and represent the area in the senior qualifiers to play in the 2009 senior games, hosted in Palo Alto, CA.

{This is the San Francisco Bay area.}

I asked what it would take to get Bocce in the venue, and they said it was probably too late, but we may be able to get Bocce in as a demonstration sport.

{I don't think it's too late if we can show them how many are interested in bocce and how efficiently we/Campo di Bocce could run the competition.}

This kind of got my blood boiling simply because I did not know any of this existed prior to the e-zine and writing my letter. After explaining to her that we are in the bocce business to help build this wonderful game and promote it to the highest level possible, I was invited to their January meeting so that I could introduce myself. I WILL BE THERE!

{Great! If anybody can make sure he'll be heard...it's Ben.}

Some more noteworthy information I found out was that in order for Bocce to be considered for the Senior Olympic Games, it has to be recognized by the United States Olympic Committee. The USBF is currently recognized by the International Olympic Committee, but not by our own OC. We need this to happen. I am going to push onward to make sure this happens. I feel that the single most important action at this time is to get bocce recognized on the level of sports recognized by the United States Olympic Committee.

{Wow! Bocce is recognized by the IOC (International Olympic Committee) but not the USOC? There has to be a certain number of countries competing in a sport before it can be recognized/sanctioned by the IOC. Maybe the same holds true for USOC. Maybe we need to show X number of states are hosting bocce qualifiers.}

It is also imperative that bocce, on the organized level, meaning organized tournaments and league play, MUST BE PLAYED THE SAME ON BOTH THE EAST AND WEST COAST. If you go play golf, ANYWHERE, you play golf by the USGA rules. If you play basketball, you play basketball by the governing rules of basketball, the same goes for Bowling, Racquetball, Soccer, Football, etc!

{I know that in softball, for example, teams register with the Amateur Softball Association. When they play in ASA tourneys, they follow the ASA rules to the T. But, in their own leagues they can make rules that supersede the ASA rule book. Most leagues go by the book except for a couple things. For example, in slow pitch softball there is a rule that if you hit a foul ball with two strikes on you, you are out. You have to hit it fair if you have two strikes. Many local leagues waive this rule. This is perfectly OK with the ASA for local, league play. Maybe the same thinking could be applied to USBF sanctioned leagues.}

It is time to focus on Bocce in the United States and stop worrying about what is happening over seas. We will always have the opportunity to participate at the World level, but now it is time to focus on the National level. The East and West coast cannot keep saying 'Oh, they play it that way over there and Vice Versa'. At the same time, I am not saying that 'Bocce Bum in San Jose has to play a certain way in his backyard'. You Know What I Mean?

We need youth, and we need corporate dollars. Have you ever seen the movie Black Ball? Maybe it is time to start thinking outside the box and get a little funky! But we have to play by the rules!

I think the USBF needs a President that has a vision of re-creating the 'Vision of Bocce'. Not a bad slogan for the next president, 'Bocce; See it, Do it, Roll it'.

Do you know anyone who might actually have the passion to pull this off!

{Self professed Bocce Bum Ben Musolf looks like the man for the job.

Here's a snippet of the Senior Olympics are about...

"The NSGA sanctions the National Senior Games/Senior Olympics that are held every two years in cities around the country. Events are organized for men and women in five-year age segments from 50 to 100-plus. Senior Games/Olympics events include: archery, badminton, basketball, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, racewalk, racquetball, road race, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track & field, triathlon and volleyball. Athletes must pre-qualify in authorized competitions at the state level before moving on to the national games."

Scroll down for contact info for the National Senior Games. Send them a message like one of the following four...

1) Direct:

"Please consider bocce as a national senior event in 2009."

2) Polite:

"Bocce is a natural for the senior games. Please consider adding it as a national event."

3) Bewildered:

"You offer horseshoes but not bocce? Are you kidding me?"

4) Sarcastic: (the lowest form of wit - that's why I'm good at it)

"Shuffleboard? I fell asleep at the last shuffleboard tournament. I think Sominex was the corporate sponsor."

Click here to send the "powers that be" a bocce plug... http://www.nsga.com/contact.html

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NOTICE

Every so often I send an email asking subscribers to CONFIRM their subscription. This is just a way to better ensure that your Joy of Bocce Weekly finds its way past your spam filter. The email asks you for some data. Some people are reluctant to answer all that the on-line form requests.

Forgedaboudit.

Just respond with as much info you are comfortable with. The only thing we really need is your CONFIRMation that "Yes, I want to receive this email each week."

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Don't ya' just LOVE the enthusiasm?

Rosalee from Marietta, Georgia is new to bocce and writes...

"My husband has signed me up to receive the weekly Joy of Bocce and he receives it also!

The Bocce court is being installed as I write!
Will keep you posted and we are so excited to begin our Bocce journey!"

{That makes yet another couple added to the bocce fold.}

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ILLINOIS BOCCE GROUP SUPPORTS ANIMAL SHELTER...

Bocce Bob Whitlow sends this good news...

"Stotlar Lumber Company bocce player Brenda Barney of Hurst, an avid dog lover, suggested to Bocce USA League Director Bob Whitlow that all league players be contacted by email and donate to the Franklin County Animal Shelter that was destroyed last week by fire. Whitlow complied with the request and the bocce players responded. Dog food, blankets, cleaning supplies, etc. were received Monday evening at the courts. Many players also made cash donations.

As Whitlow was thanking everyone at mid-court for their outpouring of generosity, Joyce Fogleman, team captain of the J & S Professional Pharmacy, drew a big ovation from players and spectators as she came forward presenting a $1000.00 check to Whitlow written to The Franklin County Animal Shelter.

Fogleman stated, 'Instead of sending out Christmas cards to all my customers, I’m donating this $1000.00 to the animal shelter on behalf of Bocce USA , its players and all my customers.' "

{Bocce players doing good things in the community. Ya' gotta love it!}

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Drive to get Bocce to the Senior Games in 2009

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.

Click here to send the "powers that be" a bocce plug... http://www.nsga.com/contact.html

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Photos of the week
This week's pictures come courtesy of Debbie Leonardo who runs bocce league operations at the Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton, California.

Says Debbie...

"I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share these pics with you. At Ruby Hill Golf Club we have 2 leagues (spring & fall) which last 10 weeks each. We have 32 teams in each league with well over 250 participants / players. The leagues are so popular that there is a line a mile long on the morning of team registration…and I have had to turn teams away. At the end of the season we crown a Campioni di Bocce. We have a fabulous time. Thanks for letting me share!

You can check out our website at http://www.rubyhill.com

Actually, we are just down the road from Campo di Bocce in Livermore, CA.

As the Membership Director, I run the bocce league i.e. take registrations, make the schedules, inform the teams on the goings on, and post scores (on our online system…you may find it useful for you as well). We have a great time…everyone calls me the 'Bocce Commish' and they even offer to pay me off if I will throw a game or 2 (which I never do of course)! The competition is fierce and the food and drinks are plentiful."

{Please follow Debbie's gracious lead and send photos from bocce in your neck of the woods.}

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!

I finally got around to digitizing the Joy of Bocce logo for embroidery. That's it to the right (with the words Experience It! beneath - experience the joy of bocce, what else?). Click the image, then scroll down to see the first item we'll offer with the embroidered logo - Port Authority Silk Touch Sport Shirt with Stripe Trim. {Light brown with white trim}

Here are two other 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 next time 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.

Click here and then scroll down a bit to view the embroidered shirt...

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}

pool cues, pool balls, and pool tables

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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January 4, 2008 - Massachusetts - North Andover. Come on down for an informal bocce event at our indoor venue at 1600 Osgood St, off Rte. 125. We'll sign up at 7:00 PM and draw teams for play beginning at 7:15 PM. Might be doubles, triples or four-player teams (depending on the turnout). $30 covers play, prizes, and refreshments (pizza and soft drinks). Call Mario @ 978-686-8679 or email bocceguy@joyofbocce.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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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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