Joy of Bocce

Joy of Bocce

by Mario Pagnoni

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The Joy of Bocce, 5th Edition is the authority on Americas greatest and simplest recreational pastime. Bocce is a game that can be played by anyone almost anywhere, requires less space and equipment than its many assorted recreational rivals. It is safer than tossing quoits or horseshoes and more fun than a backyard Super Soaker water gun fight!

Illustrated with more than 100 photographs and diagrams The Joy of Bocce is the one and only most trusted source of information on this classic game. Readers will learn the history of the game, how to play it, mastering technique and strategy, and playing on a variety of surfaces. You can even learn how to build your own Bocce court. 

This book gets the word out on what is the best-kept secret in sports bocce! The Joy of Bocce is fun to read and literally the first of many joys in taking up the game. 

Bocce is growing in popularity. It is played in many forms worldwide, and is an official event of the Special Olympics. Bocce is thriving in all areas of the United States and has been rightfully crowned the recreational sport for all the family. The Joy of Bocce seeks to dispel the many misconceptions about bocce and promotes it as a backyard game that is an ideal recreational activity for family cookouts, picnics and other get-togethers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780578190600
Publisher: Stirker Publications
Publication date: 08/01/2017
Edition description: Fifth Edition
Pages: 120
Sales rank: 478,447
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Mario Pagnoni, The Bocce Guy, has traveled from coast to coast for the past 40 years, spreading the gospel and joy of playing bocce.  He is the author of several books and written for the Boston Globe, Referee magazine and other magazines.  He publishes the Joy of Bocce Weekly, an ezine connecting bocce aficionados everywhere.  A retired public school teacher and coach, he runs bocce tournaments, bocce fund raising events, corporate outings and parties with bocce as the focal point. 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Preface xv

Chapter 1 A Brief History Lesson 1

Taking the Game on the Road 3

Nailed Boules - Nineteenth Century France 6

A Word About Bowls (Lawn Bowling) 9

A Word About Boules (Pétanque) 10

Kissing the Fanny 10

A Classic Case of One-Upmanship 11

Chapter 2 The Game 13

Bocce's Appeal 13

Getting Down to Basics 14

Order of Play Within a Team 18

The Playing Surface 19

Measuring for Point 20

Some Pointers on Measuring for Point 23

Play Ball! 24

A Dozen Steps to the Joy of Bocce 24

Chapter 3 The Terminology 29

Random Thoughts on Bocce Jargon 38

Chapter 4 The Game, a Closer Look 41

Bocce's Attraction Today 42

Recreational Bocce 44

The Bocce Shots - Punto, Raffa, and Volo 44

The Punto Shot - Pointing 45

Some Pointers on Pointing 48

Suggestions for Practicing Pointing 50

To Step or Not to Step When Pointing 50

The Raffa 51

Tie Raffa Technique 52

Speed Versus Accuracy 53

Key Points to Emphasize for the Raffa 53

Some Suggestions for Practicing the Raffa 54

The Volo 56

The Volo Technique 58

Compete at Your Own Level 59

Chapter 5 The Game as Played on Courts 63

Initial Toss of the Pallino 65

Foul Lines 66

Pre-Game Warm-Ups 67

Playing the Game 67

Shot Selection 69

Thinking Ahead 70

Playing Bank Shots 70

Moving the Pallino to Gain Advantage 70

Courting Bocce 71

Bocce Etiquette 72

Variations of Play 72

Forty-five Degree Angle Boards 74

Mercy/Slaughter/Skunk Rule 74

Backboard Dead 76

Chapter 6 The Equipment 79

Bocce Balls 80

Bocce Ball Dealers 80

Italian-Made Bocce Balls 81

A Word About the Playing Rules that Accompany Your Purchase 82

Bocce Carry Bag 82

Measuring Devices 82

Measuring Via Geometry 83

Premier Boule Measure 84

Clubhawk Gold Bowls Measure 85

Henselite Bowls Measure 86

Scoreboards 86

Court Maintenance Tools 89

Drag Brush 89

Lute/Scarifier 89

Aussie Clean Sweep 90

Portable Bocce Courts 90

Other Paraphernalia and Novelty Items 92

Chapter 7 Strategy and Tactics 93

Pre-Game Strategy 93

The Lineup Card 95

Shot Selection 95

Court Surface 96

Placing the Pallino 96

The First Roll - Initial Point 98

Subsequent Rolls 99

Moving the Pallino to Gain Advantage 99

"Reading the Green" 100

Taking a Chance vs. Playing Safe 101

"Selling" the Point 102

Taking a Stand 102

Tactical Bocce - Blocking 103

Hit Early, Point Late 104

Not Only What, But Who? 105

The Polaroid Approach and Positive Mental Imaging 105

Chapter 8 Building a Backyard Court 107

The Building Site 107

The Dimensions 108

How Long? 109

How Wide? 109

Another Trade-Off 110

Initial Grading 110

Sideboards, Squaring the Court, Leveling the Boards 111

The Sub-Surface Materials 113

Choosing the Surface Material 114

Stone Dust 116

Crushed Oyster Shell 116

Clay (Har-Tru, Baseball Infield/Warning Track Clay) 117

The Surface 119

Leveling the Surface 119

Swingboard Construction 121

Extra Height at the Ends 121

Tools and Materials Needed 121

Court Markings 122

Top Dressing Technique 123

Some Interesting Options 127

Portable Courts 128

Lighting 128

Court Maintenance 129

Court Construction Synopsis 130

Chapter 9 Bocce Courts We've Known and Loved 135

Chapter 10 Tournament Play and USBF Open Rules 153

A Tale of Open Rules 155

Suggestions for Anyone Running a Tournament 156

United States Bocce Federation OPEN BOCCE Regulations 156

Chapter 11 International Play 163

A Summary of the PUNTO RAFFA VOLO REGULATIONS of the Confederation Boccistica Internationale 165

A Punto Raffa Volo Rules Recap 169

Some Rules and Points of Emphasis 173

Some Stickier Points 175

A Summary of the VOLO REGULATIONS of the Federation International de Boules 176

A Volo Rules Recap 179

Some Final Volo Points 181

Special Events (Precision Shooting - Rapid Progressive Shooting - Combination Event) 182

Chapter 12 The Best of The Joy of Bocce Weekly 187

Background 187

Bocce Quotes of the Week 189

Readers' Feedback 192

What People are Saying About This

Rico Daniele

Finally, a book that takes drill and instruction to the same level as that of basketball, baseball, and other sports. Destined to become the bocce player's bible. (Rico Daniele, President - Wonderful World of Bocce Association)

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