The Joy of Bocce Weekly
 In This Issue: Vol. II, Issue 24 - June 16, 2003 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Photos of the week
•   Har-Tru surface material
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Tournament update
 Notes from the publisher
The FREE weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 2, Issue #24 June 16, 2003
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 Har-Tru surface material
I am finally confident that I can recommend the Har-Tru surface material for bocce courts without reservation. Manufactured by Lee Tennis, the substance is what is called American clay – actually pulverized granite with a binder.

It plays fast and true when installed correctly (see Court Top Dressing at I was a little concerned about drainage, but recently we had a heavy rainfall on Sunday and were able to play our regular Monday morning league as usual. This was the final test I was awaiting.

I’ve put up a Quote Request Form on my web site (navigation button Har-Tru) where you can input the length and width of your court and the number of inches of Har-Tru required (usually one or two). I can get a quote to you (including shipping) in a day or two (no obligation to purchase on your part).

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 Bocce product of the week
Backyard Bocce’s two-inch wide vinyl portable boundary court

Featuring a two-inch vinyl line ($59.99), the court is heavy duty vinyl, 60’ by 12’, pre-measured and pre-connected, with bungee cords, flags, and hand winder for easy set-up, take-down, and storage. Green and red foul line markers are sewn into the vinyl ten feet from each end. Sets up in minutes – no tools required.

This wider, two-inch vinyl boundary line makes for a better visual than the one-inch version. For the $20 difference in the price of owning your own court, I recommend the two-incher. Shipping is $10 per court.

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 Photos of the week
The US Bocce Championships held on June 8-15, 2003 at the Highwood Bocce Courts, Highwood, IL included the International volo style play. I visited, I photographed, I wrote about it (played a little too, not very well I might add).

This was the first time I saw this game. It is very appealing to me, and I am anxious to begin practicing so that I might compete next year. It is not very widely played in this country and that is a shame, because it is a wonderful style of play that just needs some exposure.

Details follow...

The Highwood courts have a fast-playing synthetic surface that might have been damaged by volo shooting (volo entails tossing brass bocce balls into the air in an attempt to displace an opponent’s ball or the pallino). If you want to hit a ball, you must first call your shot, then strike it with a volo attempt – no raffa, or fast rolling hitting is allowed.

The tournament directors put down a temporary carpet to protect the synthetic surface. This inevitably produced a few surface bubbles as well as some complaints from participants, but the event was extremely well-run and the carpet necessary for the venue to safely host this event.

Each end of the court is marked with three white lines. From the back wall these measured .5 meter, 2.5 meters, and 7.5 meters. Any ball that passes the ½ meter mark is “dead” no matter how it gets there. To begin a frame, the pallino must come to rest between the 2.5 and the 7.5 meter lines. Also, the 7.5 meter mark is the foul line for both pointing and hitting.

It is a little easier to “zone in” for pointing in this game since the object ball is always within a couple meters of the same place. In Open Rules, for example, you could place the pallino anywhere from mid court to the back wall – a big variation if you are playing on a long court.

Some Volo rules to consider.

When pointing, your foot must be completely behind foul line (as opposed to the other international game - Punto, Raffa, Volo - where your foot may be on the line).

The side walls are dead (court surface is canted at both sides to minimize chances of this happening).

If the pallino touches the boards the frame is over.

Every hit must be a Volo, whereas in (Punto, Raffa, Volo) a fast-rolling hit can be employed.

When you call a shot, the referee scribes a 50 cm arc in front of the target ball. Your ball must land within this arc to be a valid hit, otherwise the Rule of Advantage applies.

Rule of Advantage, as in Punto, Raffa, Volo play, means that the offended team can take the result of the play or “burn” the illegally tossed ball and replace all displaced balls to their previous positions.

If a rolled ball results in the displacement of any object a distance equal to or greater than the length of the referee’s stick (50 cm) the opposing team may burn the ball and return the moved balls to their previous positions.

Note: the positions of all balls are marked.

After rolling or shooting you must go to the other end so as not to interfere with the next player’s roll.

Some Volo points…

The brass volo balls are a tad smaller than the traditional 107 mm plastic balls and some contain a special rubber material in the core that absorbs bounce. So, you can hit just in front of the target and, instead of bouncing over, your shot is likely to strike its intended target.

When pointing, you don’t have to worry so much about displacing balls 50 cm, as their composition is such that they don’t roll too far after being struck, even on fast surfaces.

Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish one team’s bocce balls from another’s (colors are similar), but distinctive lines etched on the balls’ surface make for easy identification on closer inspection.

Variation in the size and weight of balls is allowed within certain parameters.

Games are long – this event played matches to a set number of points (13 or 15) or a time limit (1 ¼ hours to 1 ½ hours) whichever came first.

{Singles play – 4 balls each = 8 balls in play
Doubles = 3 balls each = 12 balls in play
Triples = 2 balls each = 12 balls in play}

See pictorial of volo style international play

 Non bocce product of the week
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 Tournament update
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June 27-29 - American Legion - Farrell, PA - Bob Churko Memorial Tournament - 4 person and a women’s div. - great prize money! (approx. $2000 for first place) contact 724-342-7112.

July 11-13, 2003 Bocce Classic IX Tournament, John Pirelli Lodge, 2625 County Line Road, Dayton Ohio, contact

July 13, 2003 - Tempo Italiano Heritage Day Bocce Tournament - Villa Tempo Italiano, 440 Northampton St., Easton, PA, 18042 - Contact Tempo Italiano at 610-559-5570. $500.00 to First Place Team, $300.00 for Second Place and $200.00 for Third Place.

July 18 – 20, 2003 - World Series of Bocce held in Rome, NY. Big event played on 15 courts - 6 Indoor and 9 Outdoor. Close to $15,000 in prize money. First place around $5,000. Contact Dave Hilts @

July 19, 2003 - St. Edwards State Park, Kenmore, WA @ 10:30 AM. This is an open course bocce event conducted by the Open and Closed Course Bocce Association. Info at

July 25-27 Italian Home - Farrell, PA - 4 person - 724-346-6931.

July 26, 2003 - 1st annual Backyard Bocce/ Italian Community Center Bocce Tournament - McKinley Park, Milwaukee. The entrance fee = $80 per team (or $20 per team member). 64 teams. All proceeds go to Special Olympics Wisconsin. Contact Chris Pfeiffer at fife13@aol - 262-797-0320.

August 9 2003 - Mich. State Bocce Championship, Sylvan Lake, Michigan 3 players per team 2 bocce balls each. Round robin format. $200.00 per team. 1 alternate recommended. Open rules. $2000.00 in prize money, trophies and medals. Contact Mike Grasser at 248-505-4744 or

Aug 15-17 American Legion - Farrell, PA - 2 person - 724-342-7112

August 22-24, 2003 – 19th annual Wickliffe Italian American Club (Wickliffe, OH (east of Cleveland) Tournament. Contact Tony Continenza at 440-585-4600 or email

August 23, 2003 - USBF Western Sector Raffa Championships, Los Gatos, CA, Campo di Bocce - Raffa Rules. Contact John Ross (408) 354-0625 or

August 24, 2003 - 6th Annual Tempo Italiano Celebration Bocce Tournament – Villa Tempo Italiano, 440 Northampton St., Easton, PA, 18042 - Contact Tempo Italiano at 610-559-5570. $500.00 to First Place Team, $300.00 for Second Place and $200.00 for Third Place.

Sept 5-7 - St. Anthony's - Struthers, OH – 4 person - 330-755-0077

Sept 12-14 Farrell Lion's Club - Farrell, PA - 4 person - 724-342-5919

September 15-21, 2003 - World Bocce Championship, Chiasso, Switzerland, CBI International Bocce Tournament, Raffa. You must win the United States Bocce Federation, National Tournament to be held in Highwood IL in June, 2003. For more information see or contact Mike Conti (847) 692-6223 /

September 20, 2003 - Le Phare Des Alps bocce tournament – Valdese, North Carolina - $40 per four-person team. Contact T.R. Robinson at

September 21, 2003 – Sunshine Village Universal Bocce Bowl, Szot Park, Chicopee, Mass. Four player teams - $200 entry fee – includes t-shirt, lunch & dinner. Limited # of teams – 1st place = $600, 2nd place = $300, 3rd place = $200. Contact Rico Daniele @ 1-800-BOCCE54.

September 21, 2003 - Bruno Freschet Memorial Tournament, Peninsula Social Club, San Mateo, California, Open, 4 Players, contact Adriano Undorte at (650) 591-3318.

Oct 3-5 Farrell VFW - Farrell, PA - 4 person - 724-981-1020

October 4, 2003 - USBF Western Sector Open Championships, Los Gatos, CA Campo di Bocce, Open (Four Person). Contact John Ross (408) 354-0625 or

October 7-12, 2003 - Volo World Championship, Nice, France, Federation International De Boules, International Volo Tournament. You must qualify at the United States Bocce Federation National Championship, held in Highwood, IL in June in order to qualify. Contact Mike Conti 847-692-6223 or

October 11, 2003 - Fall Open Tournament, Marin Bocce Federation, San Rafael, California, Open, 4 Players, contact Diana Pellegrini at (415) 454-4483.

October 25, 2003 - Raffa Tournament, Campo di Bocce, Los Gatos Bocce Club, Raffa, 3 Players, contact Bill Schlaefer at (408) 379-9409.

October 26, 2003 - 3rd Annual Tempo Italiano Fall Classic Bocce Tournament - Villa Tempo Italiano, 440 Northampton St., Easton, PA, 18042 - Contact Tempo Italiano at 610-559-5570. $500.00 to First Place Team, $300.00 for Second Place and $200.00 for Third Place.

November 1st, 2003 - Third Annual Big Ben Invitational - 2 person Punto, Raffa, Volo - International rules, two person teams - three balls each. Price not yet determined, big money potential. Contact Ben Musolf - Campo di Bocce 408.395.7650.

Nov 14-16 Bessemer Croatian Club - Bessemer, PA - 4 person - 724-667-8997


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