The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VII, Issue 4 - January 28, 2008 
•   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 7, Issue #4 - January 28, 2008
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2008
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again my bocce friends,

So far I am making good on my promise to get the ezine out more regularly this year. Fourth week, fourth issue this year. Please help by keeping me posted on bocce happenings in your area. We get lots of feedback from the West Coast crowd, less from the rest of the USA. people want to hear about the game they love (and see snapshots), no matter how big or small the event.

Keep on rollin',
Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

Seen our pictures of the SO World Games in North Carolina?

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

Old friend Emelise Aleandri, Artistic Director of Frizzi & Lazzi The Olde Time Italian-American Music & Theatre Company ( http://www.FrizziLazzi.com ) writes…

“The Bocce Belles play every year in June in Albany at the Italian Festival connected to the Conference of Italian-American State Legislators. And we lose every year but we have a lot of fun. We promise to get together and practice during the year but we can't seem to get that happening.

Great news about the {potential} publishing contact! Hope it becomes a best seller. If your book hits it big maybe you can get a movie deal, no?”

{Former student of mine Jay Atkinson is a ‘big-time’ writer who has a shot at a movie deal for one of his non-fiction books. It has a chapter titled ‘Merry Christmas Mr. Pagnoni’. He asked me who I'd want to play the role of Mr. Pagnoni and I answered Dom DeLuise.

More about Jay’s book, Ice Time, here…}

http://www.amazon.com/Ice-Time-Fathers-Hometown-Heroes/dp/0609809946

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CUT-THROAT BOCCE

Dr. Joe DeFrank (University of Hawaii) sends info from Honolulu:

“I saw your request for more information on cut-throat bocce and had to respond. With UH staff and faculty a form of bocce called Hawaiian Rules Bocce was developed to allow 3 or more players to compete against each other the same way golfers compete, i.e. multilateral competition. I have attached two pdf files that provide a more complete description of cut-throat bocce or as we have coined, Hawaiian Rules Bocce and provide formal tournament rules for both links and court based surfaces. Feel free to post these pdfs and let the games begin.

Click here for Hawaiian Rules Bocce
http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/hawaiianrulesbocce_historyandplay_jdefrank110503.pdf

Click here for Tournament Rules (Hawaiian)
http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/HRBocceTournRulesApril2002.pdf

On another note, I wanted to solicit the collective knowledge of the Bocce Nation regarding some old bocce balls that I found in my grandfather's basement in 2005. My grandfather (Rosolino Finazzo) was born in the town of Carini, Sicily near Palermo. The balls are wooden and some have 1-2 nail heads with what looks to be remnants of leather beneath them. I'm not sure where these balls came from but my grandfather emigrated to America through Ellis Island and lived in South Jersey. I wanted to restore these balls to some sort or original condition but was warned not to alter them until I got more information on what ‘Restored’ really means. I have attached some images of these balls and would like to have them published in your e-zine with the following questions:

1) Can anybody describe the proper method to restore these balls to their original condition?
2) Should they be altered at all?
3) What is the purpose of the nail heads?
4) Should the nail heads be retained in any restoration effort?

I look forward to comments from the Bocce Nation regarding any of the items mentioned here. Also, on Jan. 23, 2008 I will be hosting Ralph Richie for some Hawaiian Rules Bocce on our links facility. He read about our game at the Joy of Bocce and wanted to check it out. Anyone else in the Bocce Nation is welcomed to tour the links and play a game, for FREE.

Mario, keep up the good work and good luck in 2008.”

{I added the photos of the mystery bocce to the Hawaiian Bocce pics on Bocce Venues: http://www.joyofbocce.com/hawaii.ivnu - scroll to bottom of the other Hawaiian bocce photos. Contact the good doctor here: defrenk@hawaii.edu
URL: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~defrenk/ }

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Wayne Farinacci sends news of his big tourney in Ohio…

Marshall Ford Cleveland International Challenge Cup of Bocce
August 22 - 24, 2008
Mayfield Heights City Park, Mayfield Heights, Ohio
Sponsored by Marshall Ford, Club Molisani, and City of Mayfield Heights
Wayne Farinacci, Tournament Director (initiated this tournament in 1984)
Open and Women's divisions, 4 person teams (plus one sub)
Entry Fee is $150 per team, Prize money to be determined.

Participant family pool passes provided, team permit parking, participant t-shirts provided, on-site casino, wide selection of food and beverages, rides for kids, Saturday night fireworks, two bands and much more will be available on the tournament grounds. Venue includes eight covered courts, which will maximize tournament play.

Contact Wayne at 216-509-4353 or mrnach23@sbcglobal.net

{See this week’s Photos of the Week for 2007 tourney action.}

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Joe DeStadio asks a question that I have been pondering and wrestling with for a while...

"I am a new reader of your Ezine and I certainly enjoy it. My grandfather is one of the founding members of an Italian Club named The Buccinese Society in Altoona, Pennsylvania. We have two bocce courts, one outside and one inside. Both courts are covered by Har-Tru surface. Due to the amount of dust that gets transported throughout our club, we are interested in covering the inside court with an artificial surface. Can you recommend any web sites with the right product for our needs? We are not looking for any cheap indoor/outdoor carpeting but an artificial athletic surface. Also, I remember a recent issue of your Ezine that referenced a liquid product that could be poured on top of the court. I would appreciate any suggestions you might have."

{I'm trying to get more info and will answer via the newsletter in the next issue or two. The poured surface is the best way to go, but it is expensive. On the other hand there is virtually no maintenance. Pallazo di Bocce in Michigan, Campo di Bocce Livermore, and Pinstripes (Northbrook, IL) feature that excellent surface. The fellow who installed those courts is Americo, a bocce lover from Windsor, Ontario. He'll accept inquiries regarding the process on his cell phone: 519-980-0172.

The other way to go is Astroturf or some other kind of field turf. I have some engineers looking into what the best subsurface should be for a carpeted bocce court. Will post in the ezine when I learn more. We're trying to get the best roll with minimum bounce off the carpet. Stay tuned.}

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Joy of Bocce 3rd Edition - Photos Needed

I’ve decided to do a third edition, re-doing almost all the photographs. I’ve got a great new digital camera and can re-take many of the shorts. In addition, I’m asking readers to submit new shots – at least 300 dpi is the goal. I'm asking you and my friends like court builders David Brewer, Mike Grasser, and Tom McNutt to re-submit photos of their best courts. The new edition will probably not be much different in terms of text (although I may tighten it a bit – friends of mine say to me…”Leave it to you to write a book this thick on bocce”).

I'll need your help with this effort. Please submit high quality (300 dpi) pics (and permission to reprint) of bocce in your neck of the woods. This project is my main focus for 2008. Please help.

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Drive to get Bocce to the Senior Games in 2009

Bocce is a senior game event in many states (i.e. 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.

Protecting courts from the elements...

Photos of the week
This week's photos come courtesy of Wayne Farinacci who runs the annual Cleveland International Challenge Cup of Bocce.

Details:

Marshall Ford Cleveland International Challenge Cup of Bocce. August 22 - 24, 2008. Mayfield Heights City Park, Mayfield Heights, Ohio.

Sponsored by Marshall Ford, Club Molisani, and City of Mayfield Heights - Wayne Farinacci, Tournament Director (initiated this tournament in 1984).

Open and Women's divisions, 4 person teams (plus one sub). Entry Fee is $150 per team, Prize money to be determined.

Participant family pool passes provided, team permit parking, participant t-shirts provided, on-site casino, wide selection of food and beverages, rides for kids, Saturday night fireworks, two bands and much more will be available on the tournament grounds. Venue includes eight covered courts, which will maximize tournament play. Contact Wayne at 216-509-4353 or mrnach23@sbcglobal.net.

Says Farinacci..."The Mayfield Heights City Park is located right behind Marshall Ford on Mayfield Road.
The tournament will be played eight courts. Each court is 12' x 60' and is made out of a crushed limestone compostion surrounded by railroad ties. The point line is at 4' and the spock line is at 10". The courts are covered for the tournament and well lit."

{These photos will become a permanent part of the Joy of Bocce web site (Bocce Tidbits). Please follow Wayne's lead and send pictures of bocce in your area.}

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Bocce Court Maintenance Tools

I’ve seen all kinds of home-made court maintenance brushes and scrapers. Two things have always struck me about them. 1 – they look like they are home-made and 2 – they tend to be HEAVY.

7' Drag Brush

Manufactured by Lee Tennis (makers of the Har-Tru surface material), this court maintenance tool created for tennis courts works exceptionally well for bocce courts. The 7-foot drag brush is light-weight and, even if you have a 13- or 14-foot wide court, you can smooth it over with just two passes. This is quick enough to do between games without keeping players waiting very long.

Bristles are 4 ½ inches of synthetic fibers and the strong but light-weight frame is aluminum. Retails for $159.95 plus shipping.

Lute/scarifier

This strangely named 30” wide device is actually two implements in one. It is an all-aluminum combination tool for scarifying, leveling, and removing loose court material.

Strong and sturdy, the tool is light enough to handle with ease and is excellent for spreading new material during top-dressing. The concave shape of the 30” wide blade allows the tool to “float” along the surface without digging in. Use the serrated edge to scrape material from high spots, then flip the tool over to rake and smooth that spot and drag the loose material to fill in a lower point. Retails for $59.95 plus shipping.

Besides a heavy roller, the lute/scarifier and 7-foot drag brush should be all the maintenance tools a bocce court owner needs.

Click to go to merchandise order...then scroll to bottom of page.

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}

Powerful Antioxidant in Isotonic form from Market America...OPC-3

I discovered this wonderful product after my first couple of knee surgeries while seeking relief from inflammation in my arthritic joints. I wasn't disappointed.

As an added bonus, I learned that the anti-oxidant also improves circulation and boosts immunity.

The entire vitamin supplement line is in an "isotonic state." By adding a specified amount of water to these powdered vitamins they approximate the composition of your body fluids. There is no need for digestion, the product passing directly into the small intestine and the blood stream. It becomes what nutritionists call bio-available, not like pills and tablets which are poorly assimilated by the body.

Vitamin C
Vitamin B-12
Calcium
Trace Minerals
Multi-Vitamins
Co-Enzyme Q10
OPC-3
Isochrome

Click the link below to get more info...improve your health and maybe even your bocce game too!

Click for more info on anti-oxidants and your health...

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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February 1, 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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February 9, 2008 – California - Los Gatos Campo di Bocce. Maureen Albanese Valentine's Day Tournament. OPEN, 2 women and 2 men players. Contact Teena Marie @ 925-249-9800.

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February 17, 2008 - Illinois - Northbrook Pinstripes Tourney begins at noon. 32 teams of 4 with a buy-in of $25/person. First place is $2500 cash, 2nd place = $500 Pinstripes gift card, and 3rd place = $250 Pinstripes gift card. Contact Janine Bobko @ janine@pinstripes.com or 847-480-2323.

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February 23, 2008 – California - Stockton. Italian Athletic Club. OPEN, 3 players including at least 1 woman. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.

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March 15, 2008 – California - Stockton. Italian Athletic Club. Elkhorn Bocce Club’s Inaugural Tournament. RAFFA, 3 Players. Contact Luca Fontana @ 209-931-4639.

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March 22, 2008 – California - Sacramento. East Portal Bocce Club. OPEN, 4 players. Contact Vernon Cooper @ 916-961-2404.

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March 29, 2008 – California - Los Gatos Campo di Bocce. Twelfth Annual Los Gatos Bocce Club Tournament. OPEN, 4 players. Contact Bill Schlaefer @408-379-9409.

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April 19, 2008 - Washington - Bellingham. 6th annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament - Http://www. bellinghamsportsplex.com . Open rules - 32 four-person teams. Contact Tom @ 360-224-2909 or check the link at http://www.boccemon.com to register.

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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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June 7, 2008 – California - Livermore Campo di Bocce. Western Sector Raffa Championships. RAFFA, 3 Players. Contact Teena Marie @ 925-249-9800.

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June 17 - 18, 2008 – Illinois - Highwood. Highwood Bocce Club. United States National Open Championships. OPEN, 4 players. Contact John Ross @ 408-892-2983.

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June 19 - 21, 2008 – Illinois - Highwood. Highwood Bocce Club. United States National Punto, Raffa, Volo Championships. RAFFA 4 players, (3 player teams also acceptable) - Match Play (triples, singles, doubles). Contact John Ross @ 408-892-2983.

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July 18 - 20, 2008 - New York - Rome. 35th annual World Series of Bocce. 4 person teams - open division and ladies' division. Contact Al Orbinati Jr. at aorbinati@worldseriesofbocce.org or download application at http://worldseriesofbocce.org .

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August 2, 2008 – California - Sacramento. East Portal Bocce Club. Western Sector Open Championships. OPEN, 4 players. Contact Vernon Cooper @ 916-961-2404.

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August 22 - 24, 2008 - Ohio - Mayfield Heights. Marshall Ford Cleveland International Challenge Cup of Bocce. Mayfield Heights City Park. Sponsored by Marshall Ford, Club Molisani, and City of Mayfield Heights. Wayne Farinacci, Tournament Director (initiated this tournament in 1984). Open and Women's divisions, 4 person teams. Entry Fee $150 per team. Prize money to be determined. Contact Wayne @ 216-509-4353 or mrnach23@sbcglobal.net.

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August 22 - 24, 2008 - Ohio - Wickliffe. WICKLIFFE ITALIAN-AMERICAN CLUB. 25th annual CLEVELAND CHALLENGE CUP OF BOCCE sponsored by Pat O'Brien Chevrolet. $5000 first prize, $15,000 in total prize money. Contact Gino Latessa @ 216-789-6393. Applications and info online @ http://www.wickliffeianda.com.

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