The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VII, Issue 42 - December 8, 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 #42 - December 8, 2008
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2008
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello my bocce friends,

The article I wrote a couple weeks ago about my youth coach is still generating comments from readers. So, I've reprinted another piece on sports that first appeared in a book I wrote in 1982. It's about the importance of confidence and the proper mental approach to sports. I hope you like it. Find it below in Bocce News.

Happy holiday season to you all. And don't forget to get your 2009 tournament dates to me ASAP so we can get the word out EARLY in the ezine.

Stay close and always be up front,
Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

Joe Sandri Sr.'s court in Columbus, GA

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

You liked my sports story of a few issue's past (Federico Factor), so I am including another that I wrote for a book I published back in 1982.

It might help you with the all important confidence factor in sports and in life...that's me in the photo. I was a young pup then playing baseball at American International College. In those days we were a Division II team that competed in the very competitive ECAC (Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference).

"During the summers of my college years, I played baseball in a league that featured the area's top college players. My teammate one summer was a fellow who didn't have a great deal of talent but who had nevertheless distinguished himself as a ballplayer. His play was fundamentally sound. His skills were only adequate. But he was a fierce competitor who always helped the team. Describing him, opponents would say, "He can't do much - just beat you."

At season's end he was named the league's outstanding college player. Over the course of the season we had become good friends but, though he had played well and deserved the award, I was jealous. What bothered me was that (like others in the league) I could out-hit, out-run, and out-throw him. He knew it too. "I wish I had your talent," he'd say. "I wish I had your award" was my retort.

I never could fathom what made him excel despite his lack of natural talent. During one playoff game I found out. He was batting second in the line-up and I third. Our team had the winning run on base in the last inning. My friend and I talked in the on-deck circle. I remember thinking to myself, "God, I hope someone gets a hit to win this game before I get up." His attitude was so different. "Looks like I'm going to get a chance to win this one," he said excitedly. He wanted to bat. I didn't. I had all I could do to settle the butterflies in my stomach. A minute later he drilled a game-ending base hit. Elated, I helped carry him off the field. Watching this episode unfold made things clear to me. That's why he's the outstanding college player. He believes in himself and gets the most out of the talent he has.

I haven't seen or heard from my "talentless" friend for decades, but even if I did I couldn't thank him enough for the lesson he taught me. It came a little late for my ballplaying career, but not too late for my life. I know how to believe in myself now."


Dr. Cordano sends results from the Pan American games...

"By now our players must be already back in the states and you may already you know the final results. However since I just got the information, here it is :


1st) Daniel Catilao (Cile) 36 out of 44
2) Valetti (Brasil) 21 hits
3) Villar (Peru) 20
4) Tosi (USA) 17


1st) Backes (Brasil) World single Raffa champion 2007 with 21 pts
2) Montemerlo (Argentina) 14
3) Venezuela 12
4) Saletti (Peru) 9

RAPID SHOOTING DOUBLES 2 ½ minutes per player (the most spectacular of the volo competitions)

1st) Montemerlo (Argentina) 23 out of 24
2) Cile
3) Brasil - Venezuela


1st) Bavestrello (Cile)
2) Argentina
3) Brasil
4) Uruguay


1st) Argentina
2) Brasil
3) Cile/Venezuela


1st) Saletti (Peru) “my nephew” who barely survived the challenge by our Marco in the second round of the tournament.
2nd) Brasil
3rd) Cile

BEST PLAYERS of the tournament: Montemerlo from Argentina and our well known Raffa world singles champion Backes from Brasil.

P.S. Our player Tosi gave a speech at the closing / gala ceremony that was very much applauded.


Eric Marttila sent a correction to recent posting...

"In reading your ezine, I realized that I committed a typo in my description of the 'infield mix' -- it is 10% clay, 20% silt, and 70% sand (not 30% sand as I originally wrote). My apologies.

{I should have done the math and found the error. My apologies. I've made the correction to the web site photos which can be viewed here:


Homagni sends this - does anyone recognize it?

"Hoping you can help in the ball game world. I remember playing this game, not sure if it was made up. The game can be played with 8 people. I would need 8 different colored balls. After the small wooden ball is thrown, each person tries to get the closest. After everyone has thrown, the wooden ball is tossed again further on into the distance. It's a great game for a
large number of people and it can take you around a park."

{Almost sounds like an "every man for himself" game of bocce, with 8 players in a "cutthroat" format.}


Blast from the past...

It's fun to look at back issues to see where we were and where we might be headed.

Volume #3, Issue #41 - November 8, 2004

Regarding last week's {Actually from November 1, 2004} Eliminating the coin toss feature {view that web page here: }, Willie Itzkowitz, Marine Park Bocce Club - Brooklyn, New York writes about an interesting variation...

"For years my bocce club has been using playing cards to determine which team goes first. Before each game the players pick cards. There are four red cards and four black cards. After everyone picks a card, the four reds are on one team and the four blacks are on the opposing team. Red goes first and rolls the red balls, black uses the green balls.

To play you must put your name on a list we keep on a courtside clipboard. After a game is over, the four winners can stay on. The first four names on the list are called to make eight players. If the losers want to play again they draw cards to determine the order their names will go on the list. If less than four are waiting, the losers can draw to fill the vacant spots.

When we have eight players - two from each team stay at either end and roll two balls each. If we have six players each team has one player at one end rolling four balls a frame, and two at the other end rolling two balls each per frame."


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 shots. In addition, I’m asking readers to submit new pics – 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 will be my main focus for 2008 & 2009. Please help.

View the evolution of our setup/breakdown courts...

Photos of the week
This week's photos come courtesy of one of our own Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit bocce posse, Kathy Flynn. Kathy was thoughtful enough to take a couple photos of bocce courts on her travels to Maine and New Hampshire.

One court is at Allison's Orchard in Walpole, NH. Says Kathy "A great venue, visitors can 'point and pick' all during one visit."

The second court belongs to Sherm Stanley, Monhegan Island, Maine.

{Please follow Kathy's lead and send photos of courts you encounter in your travels.}

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Holiday gift ideas for the bocce lover in your life...

I've had some special items in my office for about 6 months now that I never put on the web site or in the ezine. Hey, I never said I was a good businessman.

Anyway, I've added them recently and listed them in order of price, so you can decide how much you want to spend and then maybe pick an item.

Two things I've never posted before are bocce ball bags with the Joy of Bocce embroidered logo and chamois (bocce towels) also with the embroidered logo.

Of course, I think an autographed copy of The Joy of Bocce would be a great gift. Make sure to think up a really cool inscription for me to include.

Click the link below to view the items...

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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}


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Tournament update
{chronological order}


Don't let the West Coast players hog all the space!


Please - anyone running a tournament - do me a favor - put a notice near your tourney bracket board informing players that they can go to 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.


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.


March 12 - 15, 2009 - Florida - Cape Coral. World Series Bocce Invitational. $6000 first place guaranteed. New Veterans Park Bocce Courts. 3-player teams - round robin. Contact George Furlan @ 239-275-9968.


March 30 - April 5, 2009. Italy - Bavena. Women's Raffa World Championship. Details TBA.

June 20, 2009 - New Jersey - Franklin Twp. 3rd Annual Bocce Invitational at Colonial Park. Proceeds will support Operation Shoebox New Jersey and Boys & Girls Clubs of New Jersey.

Joy of bocce t-shirts, mugs, buttons, magnets, etc.

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