The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VII, Issue 9 - March 3, 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 #9 - March 3, 2008
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2008
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Say Hey, Bocce Gang,

Wasn't sure I'd get an issue out this week since my bocce posse and I ran a corporate outing in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, 2/29 and got back to Logan at midnight on 3/1. I was able to get some work done on my laptop on the plane and in the airports, so...I got the job done!

Two things to get excited about...
1) I have some great photos and info on the Florida outing to share.
2) It's March. People start thinking seriously about bocce in March.

Keep your first roll in front of the target ball...

Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

Check out Louis Sclafini's court in Kenwood, CA...

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

George Danner sends news of his group's version of "Kiss the Fanny" after a shutout...

"Read your article on the 'Kiss the Fanny' popular in France. In Griffin, Georgia, we have the
'S - - T Rock" version. The team or teams that do not win a game during the tournament must set on the S - - T rock and get their photo taken. Everyone rolling on my courts knows the punishment."

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Mike Scerra chiming in with the "Rome, NY way"...

"As I stated previously we play games up to 16. Our facility (the Toccolana Club, home of the World Series of Bocce) has fifteen 60-foot courts (6 inside and 9 outside) that have a stone dust surface.

We currently play where anything goes (off backboards etc.) and the backboards range anywhere from lively (a ball comes off 2 - 3 feet) to 'dead' (the ball stays where it hits). When a player shoots he may use either the side boards or backboard to aid in his shot. I know that many of these rules have become somewhat antiquated throughout the country and hopefully we will start to incorporate more open bocce rules. However, this has been the standard of play here for a while (forever, I would presume!) and I don't see many changes coming any time soon. Whether we ever make changes to the style of our game, it still remains a great game and a fun way to play and I rarely hear complaints about our methods when out-of-towners are here for the World Series of Bocce.

If I can remember, I'll bring my camera this Wednesday when I play in my league and take some pictures of the facilities (indoor) and maybe some league action."

{A player after my own heart - he sends info re: bocce in his neck of the woods and promises photos - great!}

I asked about their technique for measuring for point with a standard tape and he responded...

"We measure by touching the end of the tape to the middle of the balls in question and then read the measurement over the top of the middle of the pallino. This is very effective for most measurements, however, when it gets real close (1/8th or 16th of an inch) we will go for the more accurate inside measurement if both teams cannot agree upon the reading of the tape. For the most part, we only use inside measurements during tournaments since they are not readily available during league play or pick-up games. In those cases, if it is too close to call with the tape measure (after acquiring several opinions) it is ruled a tie. If the measurement was for the only point of the frame then neither team gets a point and if it was for the second, third, or fourth point for one of the teams this last "tie" point does not count but all other points that were closer do."

{I hear from quite a few recreational players who measure from one ball to the top center of the pallino or from the pallino to the top center of the ball being measured. This works in most cases, but involves estimating where the center of the ball is - proves troublesome with very close measurements - hence the inside measure for those.}

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Marilena Cugini of Powell, Ohio announces...

"The First Annual Co-ed Youth Bocce Tournament will be held Sunday June 22nd from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. It will take place at the Abruzzi club located at 8397 Cleveland Ave NW (street also known as Hanawalt) in Westerville, Ohio 43081. Children varying from ages 5 to 16 will compete together with a grandparent or parent in a mini bocce tournament.

Cost is $15.00 per team for members and $20.00 for non members and it covers the court fee, participation medals, awards for the children and adults as well as prizes for the winning teams. Pre-registration is required and the deadline is June 18, 2008. Playing times and team sizes will be determined after registration forms are received.

For more info, contact Marilena Cugini at 740-549-0076 or by email at cuginim@aol.com or Lisa Solazzo at 614-890-1945. We look forward to an event where children of Italian and non-Italian descent can savor the traditions of the wonderful game of bocce.

{I love the idea of the children teaming up with parents or grandparents. We do something similar on the grounds of our local library. Participants are mostly middle school kids with a smattering of adult relatives mixed in. The librarians tell me that it is the most eagerly anticipated event of the summer.}

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Peter Rabito writes...

"I would like to ask you all to take a minute and visit this link:
http://www.firstgiving.com/anthonytrapani

Anthony Trapani is a USBF member and an assistant coach in my Special Olympics New York Bocce Training program.

On March 8th, Anthony will be participating in the 'Special Olympics Polar Plunge' - an annual event committed to raising funds for the continuation of Special Olympics training programs.

Anthony is highly committed to Special Olympics and to prove this - on March 8th, he and several other dedicated individuals will plunge into the icy waters off of Bar Beach in Port Washington, NY.

Please join me in supporting Anthony's endeavor and to wish him luck!

PS: I'll be sure to get Anthony's 2008 membership dues before his plunge!"

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Frank Valanzola sends background info about his New Jersey Bocce Invitational

"Hundreds of amateur and professional bocce players are expected to compete in the second annual Bocce Invitational tournament at Colonial Park in Somerset, N.J., a statewide cultural and sporting event that will benefit two deserving charities that work to make a difference in the lives of thousands of New Jersey residents and their families.

Operation Shoebox New Jersey and the Embrace Kids Foundation, which helps to fund the educational and non-medical needs of pediatric cancer patients and their families at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, are the beneficiaries of the May 17 event which will feature matches in both amateur and professional categories.

The event was given a big boost recently when UNICO National, an Italian-American service and fraternal organization which contributes to the well-being of local communities by making significant donations to deserving local and national charities, pledged $50,000 to sponsor the tournament through the V Foundation for pediatric cancer research.

Operation Shoebox New Jersey will host a packing event in conjunction with the tournament, providing an opportunity for all guests to pack a box of personal care items that will be sent overseas to U.S. troops – many of them soldiers, Marines and sailors from New Jersey – who are now deployed in Iraq, Afghanistan and other Mideast locations.

Visit the website – http://www.newjerseybocceinvitational.com – to register a team or to find out about sponsorship opportunities.

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Thought you might be interested in the site of our recent corporate bocce outing in Ft. Lauderdale...

"Nestled in a small pocket of Fort Lauderdale on the South Side of the New River is a very unique home with an infamous past to match. Our site for Bocce and dinner will be the Futuristic Fortress, designed by renowned architect Donald Singer in 1982 for Mr. Howard Brody, a notorious drug lord in the 1980’s.

The home was taken from Mr. Brody as one of the first homes seized by the U.S .Government during the RICO Act -- this Act was partially created due to Howard Brody. Brody had fled the country with $50 million in drug money and paid two FBI Agents $5 million each to join him in South America. Eventually, the Federal Agents turned themselves in as well as Brody. President Clinton gave Brody a pardon after paying the $50 million back to the government.

This house is at the edge of a 4.5-acre site -- the lush property is like a private park with many palm and shade trees, some dating over two centuries. The structure is placed on two horizontal axes, which define the spaces that were most important to Mr. Brody - the living room and the main bedroom - in relation to two discreet views of the busy waterway. The 'Gun Room' located at the corner of the house has direct views of the gates of the estate and is indicative of the paranoia that one would expect of a person with such a large illegal operation. If you were not a welcomed guest, you were made very aware of this fact in no time! Another interesting design aspect of the house is the interior stairs that represents a vertical axis which leads to a roof deck, which when owned by Mr. Brody served as a private heliport over the bedroom. The spaces are organized sculpturally to provide a strong sense of the house as a place away from the world around it.

We invite you to enjoy the game of Bocce and dinner at one the most unique homes located in Fort Lauderdale.

In keeping with our Italian afternoon, following Bocce and just before dinner, please join us for an Olive Oil Tasting and cocktails near the pool area."

{I had asked the event planner to see if she could get the lawn cut a tad lower for the event so that the target balls wouldn't get obscured in the grass. I hear that zoysia grass can be pretty sturdy and tough to roll on.

The event planner then wrote...

"Can you be specific in a height for the lawn requirements as there is a concern when I expressed low? Can you give us a specific height you would like the grass cut to? This is a key element to our event and everyone wants to make sure it is perfect."

So, I sent the following email to old friend and turf expert Dr. Joe DeFrank in Hawaii.

"Is there any good way to answer this question? Is there any precaution we should follow so as not to harm the turf, or is that zoysia pretty hardy?"

He answered this way...

"I am forwarding my response to your question regarding turf height to our Turf Science Specialist Dr. James Brosnan. I'm sure he can add some additional information. We have a zoysia turf on one of our bocce links with the cultivar name of 'Emerald' (a hybrid between Zoysia japonica and Z. matrella). We try to keep it at 1/2 to 3/4 inch height for tournament play. Zoysias can handle this low mowing if they have been conditioned over a period of 4-8 weeks. If the current height is 2-4 inches or more taking it down too fast will leave the site looking scalped with recovery to full green taking 2-3 weeks if the turf is actively growing or longer with slow growth.

Zoysia conditioned for sport turf activities needs to be mowed with a reel mower as opposed to a rotary mower. The rotary mowers will leave swirls in the turf.

The image below {sorry, couldn't get the photo in the ezine} has the main rolling surface at 1/2 to 3/4 inch with rough areas at 2-4 inches. To make the site super cherry for bocce they should also consider top dressing the bocce playing area with enough sand to fill in the low spots. I hope this information helps with your site preparation. Feel free to forward this email and image or have site conditioners contact me or Dr. Jim Brosnan directly. Good luck with your event."

Dr. DeFrank's colleague chipped in too...

"Joe pretty much hit the nail on the head here. The important thing is to never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf tissue with any single mowing. Thus, if you are currently at 2-4 inches, to step it down to ½” will take some time. Note that zoysiagrasses are very slow to recuperate from stress. You will not be able to grow out of a 'scalp' by the end of February. Also, make sure that your mower blades are sharp. Mowing will dull blades bruises leaf tissues and gives the turf a ragged appearance.

A few other tips to improve aesthetic and functional quality. Many of the practices used on golf course putting greens could be adapted to your situation in bocce.

1. Make a foliar application of chelated iron 2-3 days prior to the event. This will allow the plant to develop a darker green color without a lush of shoot growth.

2. If you are not doing this already, light, frequent applications of sand topdressing will help reduce the thatch that builds with zoysiagrass. It will also help improve ball roll. Most golf course putting greens are topdressed bi-weekly.

3. Applications of plant growth regulators [trinexepac-ethyl (Marketed as 'Primo Maxx' or 'T-nex'), paclobutrazol ('Trimmit'), etc.] are used on golf course putting greens to increase greens speed. Always check the label for turfgrass tolerance and application rates before applying a plant growth regulator.

4. The number one technique used to improve the speed of sand-based golf course putting greens is rolling (with a lightweight roller). The more you can do this, the faster the surface will play."

Jim Brosnan, Ph.D.
Assistant Specialist-Turfgrass Management
University of Hawaii at Manoa

{Yikes! What a complicated mess I created with my simple question about grass height. My guess is that most people like me are pretty ignorant about this stuff.
But it's fascinating and quite satisfying to know that our bocce reach has extended so far as to secure expert information on such short notice.}

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Don't forget Jason Schriml's big Special Olympics event on March 8 - 10 in Linthicum, MD. Jason is looking for help to run a Tactics and Strategy teaching session (coaches/clinicians needed). Contact Jason @ 1-800-541-7544 ext 118, schriml@comcast.net, or jschriml@somd.org.

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BLAST FROM THE PAST

Volume #1 Issue #2 January 14, 2002

Quirks of the Game

Besides the names for the object ball mentioned last week, Mark Harris of Idaho tells me his fellow Idahoans called it the "mark" which makes sense.

George Farruggio of Punta Gorda, FL says that Sparta is the term they use to hit an opponent's ball. "SPARTA which means in Italian to bang the ball hard. Another term used quite often is CORTA which in Italian means SHORT."

Rich Mazzulla from Elmwood Park, IL learned to play bocce from his grandfather. "Gramps was from Italy and was an excellent player. We played to 21 points, however 3 balls closest to the polin counted as 6 points and 4 balls closest counted as 8 points. {publisher's note: if you scored 3 or 4 points you got a "bonus." You doubled up your score. Three points got you six and four points got you eight.} {Publisher's second note: if you want to play this way, it's a good idea to play to 21}

"Gramps had a trick shot where he placed the polin atop a bocce ball {Publisher's note: used dirt to form a perch for the object ball}, and from about 30 feet, he would hit the bocce ball just right and the polin would drop straight down to the ground."

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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 will be my main focus for 2008. Please help.

No carpet for your temporary court - no problem...

Photos of the week
This week's photos were taken by yours truly this past weekend during a side trip after running a corporate outing in Fort Lauderdale (photos from the outing next week).

The pictures are of Jefferson Park in Hollywood, Florida. The locals were playing league matches while I visited and I was able to ask questions about how they play in this neck of the woods. Dr. Cordano, who was one of the referees for the outing, served as our guide on the trip to view several Florida bocce venues.

The two courts (78' by 15') were built by the city and are maintained by the local bocce posse. The surface is a 70/30 percent mix of clay and Har-Tru.

The pallino must pass the white line at mid court, but may not past a red line beyond the pointing/hitting line at the opposite end of the court. This keeps the pallino from being played too close to the back wall.

As in international punta, raffa, volo, they play the backboard and sideboards dead. But they don't mark each ball's position and don't employ all the elements of that game. This adaptation of international rules is referred to as "mezza regola" (half rules).

The locals tell me that this style of play is popular in Canada (lots of Canadians relocating or wintering in Florida). We rolled a couple games using mezza regola. If the pallino was near the side board you had to be extra careful not to brush up against the side rail. If you did, the ball was "burned" (declared dead and out of play for the frame) and any disturbed balls were placed back in their approximate previous positions. This style of play increases the need for skill and reduces the element of luck.

{These photos are now a permanent part of the Joy of Bocce web site at Bocce Venues.}

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
BoHo Bocce Special
for
Joy of Bocce subscribers...

This product I first described last October - issue 29 in 2007. The company, "Outside In", is bringing outdoor games indoors safely.

At that time I wrote...

"As I frequent antique shops in search of old bocce balls (especially nailed boules from France) I see a great many decorative bocce ball-like spheres for sale. These Boho Bocce mimic those but are made of tennis ball-like material instead of polished stone or plastic. So, you can put these on display on your coffee table and then take them in hand to roll a game when the spirit moves you.

I like the idea. You're playing bocce indoors safely with what are essentially oversized tennis balls."

The smartly packaged set includes:

four purple balls and four green balls (about 4 oz. & 3 ½ inches in diameter)
smaller white pallino (balls handmade in Nepal with 100 percent solid wool and Swiss dyes – machine washable).
Choice of baskets: pewter wire, twig, rattan spaghetti weave, small wire mesh, large wire mesh
Carry bag
Measuring string
Instruction booklet

From Outside In's promotional material...

"Enjoy your beloved game of Bocce, rain or shine, with this unique indoor version, which doubles as a beautiful home décor piece. Hand crafted in Nepal, these solid felt balls are furniture-safe so you can use your entire home as a playing field. No court required."

Click the photo or the link below and use this special promotion code for Joy of Bocce subscribers – DSC225 for a 20% discount on BoHo Bocce.

Click for info - don't forget the promotion code DSC225

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}

Barware

Tournament update
{chronological order}

WHY ISN'T YOUR TOURNEY LISTED HERE?

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

SEND INFO - WE'LL POST - NO CHARGE

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 8 - 10, 2008. Maryland - Linthicum. Special Olympics Coaches and Officials school. Volunteers/coaches/clinicians needed (especially for Tactics and Strategy teaching session on Sunday morning). Contact Jason Schriml, Sr. Director of Coaches Education and Training - Special Olympics Maryland.
1-800 541-7544 ext 118, schriml@comcast.net, jschriml@somd.org

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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 21, 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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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 5, 2008 – California - Stockton. Waterloo Gun and Bocci Club - OPEN, 4 players, including at least 2 women. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.

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April 12, 2008 – California - San Francisco - Aquatic Park Bocce Club. VOLO, Men’s U.S. Volo Championships, Progressive Throw and Precision Throw. Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-238-7995.

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April 13, 2008 – California - Martinez. Left Coast Bocce Club, RAFFA, doubles, 1 woman and 1 man. Contact Maria Narayan @ 415-454-7853.

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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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April 19, 2008 – California - Fairfield. Fairfield Bocce Federation. OPEN, 4 women players. Contact Nancy Scocci @ 707-428-4471.

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April 26, 2008 – California - South San Francisco. Italian American Citizen’s Club - OPEN, 3 players. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.

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May 3, 2008 – California - San Mateo. Beresford Park. Peninsula Italian American Social Club. OPEN, 4 women players. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.

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May 3, 2008 – California - San Mateo. Peninsula Italian American Social Club. RAFFA, 3 players. Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.

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May 3, 2008 - Florida - St. Augustine. "Bocce on the Beach"- Open Rules - $20 per person. Barbeque lunch. First, Second, and Third place cash prizes. Contact Guy Tomasello @ 904-824-7043.

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May 10, 2008 – California - Sacramento. East Portal Bocce Club. RAFFA, 3 players. Contact Vernon Cooper @ 916-961-2404.

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May, 10, 2008 - Massachusetts - North Andover. Massachusetts Senior Games. 4-player teams may be male, female or co-ed. Players must be at least 50 years of age. Great food, fun, and competition. Contact Mario Pagnoni @ 978-686-8679 or BocceGuy@JoyofBocce.com.

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May 17, 2008 – California - South San Francisco. Italian American Citizen’s Club - OPEN, 4 players, 2 women and 2 men. Contact Susan Botti @ 650-589-4356.

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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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May 24, 2008 – California - Carmel Valley. Carmel Valley Athletic Club. OPEN, 4 players, 2 women and 2 men. Contact Giovanni Napoli @ 831-521-5092.

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May 31, 2008 – California - South San Francisco. Italian American Citizen’s Club, RAFFA, women’s doubles. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.

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June 1, 2008 – California - Sutter Creek. Italian Benevolent Society. OPEN, 4 players including at least 1 woman. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.

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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 7, 2008 - New York - West Albany. Italian benevolent Society, 50 Exchange St. Outdoors under a pavilon with six bocce courts. Men's and Women's divisions. Contact Gloria Pacella @ 518-438-8545 or luglo15@yahoo.com.

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June 16 - 17, 2008 – Illinois - Highwood. (Monday - Tuesday). Highwood Bocce Club. United States National Open Championships. OPEN, 4 players. “A” Division and “B” Division. Contact John Ross @ 408-892-2983.

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June 18 - 21, 2008 – Illinois - Highwood. Highwood Bocce Club. United States National Punto, Raffa, Volo Championships. RAFFA 4 players, (3 player teams are also acceptable). Match Play (triples, singles, doubles). Women’s Team Division and Men’s Team Division. Contact John Ross @ 408-892-2983.

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June 22, 2008 - Ohio - Westerville. Co-ed Youth Bocce Tournament. The Abruzzi Club, 8397 Cleveland Ave NW. Children ages 5 to 16 together with grandparent/parent. Pre-registration required. Deadline June 18. Contact Marilena Cugini @ 740-549-0076 or email cuginim@aol.com or Lisa Solazzo @ 614-890-1945.

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June 28, 2008 – California - Antioch. Antioch Bocce Federation. OPEN, 4 women players. Contact Lydia Romo @ 925-754-4890.

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July 4, 2008 – California - Martinez. Martinez Bocce Federation. OPEN, 2 players. Contact Gene Rittburg @ 925-370-0633.

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July 12, 2008 - California, San Rafael. Marin Bocce Federation - Open - Men's Doubles. Contact Diana Pellegrini @ 415-485-5583

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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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July 19, 2008 – California - Fairfield. Fairfield Bocce Federation. John Magnetti Memorial Tournament. OPEN, 4 players. Contact Nancy Scocci @ 707-428-4471.

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July 26, 2008 – California - Martinez. Martinez Bocce Federation. Nor – Cal Championships, OPEN, 4 players. Contact Donna Allen @ 925-229-2644.

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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, 2008 - Michigan - Coloma. Giardiniera Cup Championship. Round robin seeding followed by double elimination for the top 8 teams. Great food & comaraderie. Contact Paul Cozzi @ pauljcozzi@gmail.com

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August 9, 2008 - California, San Rafael - Marin Bocce Federation - Open - Women's Doubles. Contact Diana Pellegrini @ 415-485-5583.

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August 16, 2008 – California - Antioch. Antioch Bocce Federation. OPEN, 4 players, 2 women and 2 men. Contact Manny Romo @ 925-754-4890.

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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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August 23, 2008 – California - Los Gatos. Shady Oak Cellars “Little Johnny Tournament”. RAFFA, doubles, 1 woman and 1 man. Contact John Ross @ 408-354-0625.

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August 30, 2008 – California - Stockton. Italian Athletic Club. RAFFA, 3 players including at least 1 woman. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.

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September 13, 2008 – California - South San Francisco. 23rd Annual Italian American Games. Italian American Citizen’s Club - RAFFA, 3 players. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.

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Sept 27, 2008 - California, San Rafael - Marin Bocce Federation - Open - 4 players. Contact Diana Pellegrini @ 415-485-5583.

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