The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VI, Issue 7 - March 12, 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 #7 - March 12, 2007
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2007
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Bocce friends,

We're moving into March when bocce starts to pick up momentum. People start thinking about getting outdoors to play, and sales of bocce items start to increase.

In April and May our group has four bocce tournaments in the works, including the Massachusetts Senior Games. We had such a good turnout last year (a doubles event) that we are thinking of playing triples (3-player teams) this time around. That will make it easier to accommodate a large number of entrants and will make for fewer games to complete in the one-day event.

I'll keep you posted,
Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

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

News from Michael Grasser's DaVinci Bocce web site...

Grasser now offers two different sized stainless steel pallinos (click the image to the right). One is 1 5/8" (41 mm X 283 g) and sells for $16. The other is 1 7/8" (48 mm X 436 g) and retails for $18. These heavy pallinos are a lot less likely to be knocked out of the court, even when struck by hard rollers.

Also, Grasser has posted forms for the Pallino D'Oro which you can download. View them here:

http://www.davincibocce.com/Doro.html

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Here's news of an event that sounds like it's gonna be a good one! It's spearheaded by John Ratzenberger (Cliff of Cheers fame):

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Foundation
presents
John Ratzenberger's Bocce In The Orchard

"Come play bocce! John Ratzenberger, actor, author and co-founder of the non profit organization Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation welcomes you to step back in time, to a place reminiscent of old country Italy at John Ratzenberger's Bocce in the Orchard at Limoneira Orchards in Santa Paula, California on November 2nd, 2007. Be among the first to play on these 12 beautiful regulation-sized courts!

We invite you to come and play bocce within Limoneira Orchards' rich agricultural backdrop at what promises to be an adventure-packed Celebrity Bocce Tournament, Dinner Gala and Auction. Amid playing your favorite sport alongside your favorite celebrities, guests are also welcome to enjoy hot air balloon rides, horseback riding, carriage rides and jeep tours across endless acres of countryside.

On this autumn afternoon, hot air balloons color the sky and cast shadows on the orange, lemon and avocado trees that shade Limoneira's authentic regulation-sized bocce courts. This magnificent backdrop is the perfect setting to entertain friends and family while competing with and against celebrities, athletes and media personalities. Romantic Italian music completes the mood.

As the tournament concludes, wine and spirits will continue to flow beneath a canopy of stars and moonlight at our Dinner Gala and Auction, which will offer the finest Italian cuisine featuring renowned restaurateur Stefano 'Chef Steff' Tedeschi.

Stay an extra day - November 3, 2007 - and enjoy Tinkering Day, a day of innovation and invention for the entire family.

We hope you will join us for this unique and momentous event. All proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Clara Valley and The Education for Children with Diabetes Foundation."

{I like the sound of this one. Looks to be very professionally done. I'm talking with the organizers this week - more info to follow. Visit their excellent web site at http://www.bocceintheorchard.org . If readers know of others, please REPLY and we'll get the word to John and ask Mero to add it/them to his listings.}

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John Pennucci asks...

"I was wondering if you knew of any Bocce courts in MN. especially near Minneapolis and Saint Paul."

{I always refer people to Bryan Mero's site Ibocce.com which has a Bocce Locations section listing courts by state. Check it out at http://www.ibocce.com/locations.html . }

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Here is a little clarification on Dr. Cordano's suggestion for a streamlined event (last issue) involving 6 teams on 2 courts. The problem was getting all the games in and getting the Monday evening tourney over at a reasonable hour.

If you use a double elimination format there will be 10 or 11 matches depending on whether or not the "if necessary" game is played. Also, the winners' bracket victor will have to wait for the losers' bracket to finish before they find out who they meet in the finals.

So, games 1 & 2 can be played at 6:00 PM, 3 & 4 at 6:40 PM, 5 & 6 at 7:20 PM, 7 & 8 @ 8:00 PM. Game 9 could go off at 8:40 PM while the winners' bracket victor waits.

The finals will start at 9:20 with the "if" game played at 10:00 PM, getting people out of the venue by 10:45 or so if everything stays on schedule. One way to stay on schedule is to play to a point total (9, 10, 11, 12) or time limit (35 - 40 minutes), whichever comes first.

With the round robin format, each bracket will have three teams. 1 plays 2, 2 plays 3, and 1 plays 3. That makes three games on each court. 6:00 PM, 6:40 PM, and 7:20 PM. Now we can seed the teams based on record and tie-breakers like fewest points allowed, or point differential.
The top seeds play at 8:00 PM for the title and everyone leaves the venue at 8:45 or thereabouts.

Another option is to have the top seeds in each bracket "cross over" and play the 2 seeds in the other bracket, then have the winners play for first and second and the losers play for 3rd and 4th. So, the games would go off at 8:00 PM and 8:40 PM, still getting everyone home earlier than via the double elimination format.

The key is making the numbers of players fit six teams, even if it means setting some teams up with 3 players and others with 4.

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File this one under the heading: Now I've Seen Everything.

A local league keeps standings in an unusual way. Like our league, we keep wins and losses and point totals. We use total points in case we need a tie-breaker to determine the final league standings for the playoffs.

But this league lists the standings by total points scored, giving no regard to wins and losses. Yikes! In a 10 game season you could lose 12 - 11 every time and amass 110 total points. Another team might win 9 games for 108 points and lose one game 12 - 1 for a grand total of 109 points. The team that won 9 games finishes behind the team that didn't win a match.

This is what happens when people who are not athletes and who have never participated in well run programs take over a league. Consult the bocce guru in your area or search the web for help before you organize a league.

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Click here for a technique that eliminates the pre-game coin toss...

Photos of the week
This week’s photos are now part of the Bocce Venues page at JoyofBocce.com (will be available permanently - not just for the week).

Submitted by Guy Tomasello, this week's pictures show off the two courts at St. Augustine, Florida's Sons of Italy Lodge # 2780.

These courts, top dressed with Coquina and Georgia Clay, were dedicated for public use on March 20, 2004 by the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association (Sons of Italy lodge # 2780).

Says Tomasello..."The background has a beach about 100 feet from the court and a new fishing pier."

If you are able to make the trip, there is a doubles tourney coming up in April:

April 28, 2007 – Florida – St. Augustine. Open Rules – 2 player teams. $20 per person if pre-registered. $25 if registering on the day of the tourney. Lunch provided. Proceeds benefit the Northeast USO. Contact Guy Tomasello @ moandguy@bellsouth.net .

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Inexpensive bocce gift - Precision Bocce Measure

Choose the Clubhawk Gold, Henselite Bowls, or Premier Boule Measure. You can't go wrong with any of the three 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 for $24.95 plus $4.00 shipping and will be shipped US Priority Mail.

Click the photo for more info, pictures, etc.

Click to view 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}

Market America Glucosatrin®

From the Market America company web site...

"Glucosatrin® is a nutritional approach for healthy joints and bones. Featuring special nutrients and herbs, Glucosatrin® helps control joint inflammation and joint stiffness caused by over-activity and helps reduce overall wear and tear from growing old - or from being overweight. Each bottle contains 90 tablets."

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 Glucosatrin® 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 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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March 16, 2007 - Michigan - Orion – Palazzo di Bocce. Co-Ed - 1 Gal & 1 Guy - $30 per player includes fabulous Italian Buffet Dinner. Prize Drawings – Open to all skill levels - Contact Jason Wisniewski @ 248-371-9987 Ext. 11 or jwisniewski@palazzodibocce.com

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March 17, 2007 - California - Sacramento - East Portal Bocce Club. OPEN - 4 players. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-961-2404.

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March 24, 2007 - California - Vacaville - Nut Tree. Grand Opening Tourney. OPEN - 4 Players. Contact Kelli Valle @ 707-448-6411.

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March 31, 2007 - California - I. A. C - Stockton. OPEN - 3 Players (at least 1 woman player). Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.

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April 7, 2007 – California - Los Gatos. Campo di Bocce. OPEN, 4 Players. 11th Annual Los Gatos Bocce Club Open Tournament. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408-379-9409.

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April 19 - 21, 2007 – Nevada - Crystal Bay, Lake Tahoe. Biltmore Hotel and Casino. OPEN, 4 players. Contact Biltmore Casino 1-800-245-8667.

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April 28, 2006 – California - South San Francisco. Italian American Citizen’s Club. OPEN, 3 Players. Contact Ron Del Carlo @ 650-359-2310.

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April 28, 2007 - Washington - Bellingnham. Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament - Http://www. bellinghamsportsplex.com . Contact Tom Mcnutt @ http://www.boccemon.com or call 360-224-2909 for info or to register.

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April 28, 2007 – Florida – St. Augustine. Open Rules – 2 player teams. $20 per person if pre-registered. $25 if registering on the day of the tourney. Lunch provided. Proceeds benefit the Northeast USO. Contact Guy Tomasello @ moandguy@bellsouth.net .

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April 29, 2007 – California - San Francisco. Aquatic Park Bocce Club. VOLO, Precision Throwing (Singles, Skill Competition). Contact Marco Cuneo @ 415-713-5939.

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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 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 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.

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.

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 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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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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