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Nationals 2009 - Part 2


Here are some photos of my own that show our cast of characters that made the trip, some details on the venue, and some info on the event. Above: referee Vern Cooper is flanked by our friend John Samaritano of NY who edged our own Ralph Bagarella of NH in a great match 12 - 11. {Click the photo to read the newsletter issue about the event - Vol VIII - # 19 - June 29, 2009.}


Tony Ceresoli, a top-flight player from Tampa, FL dealt me my first loss (of many) in singles pool play.


Joy of Bocce guys Ralph Bagarella and Jose Bello flank frequent newsletter contributor Richard Heisler.


Larry Casha (Joy of Bocce shirt) faces off against another excellent player in Roberto Lonardo.


A fabulous venue (I know some of our newsletter readers get upset about reading "Ristorante and Bocce Ball" instead of "Ristorante and Bocce", but we all have to just get over it).


That's my bocce posse entering the venue. Good food, good bocce, and good sportsmanship were the orders of the week. {Click the photo to view CampodiBocce.com.}


A peek at the decor...


I thought that for international play the balls had to be in the rack, but I guess a ball just can't be in a player's hand unless he is rolling. They kept the balls on the heavy duty swing board until they were played.


Note how the swing board is set into the sideboards. Note too that few of these players used the red and green "house balls." Most brought their own or purchased a set from Michael Grasser who was on site with his Super Martel bocce imported from Italy. {Click the photo to view his line at DaVinciBocce.com .}


Most games go to 12, sometimes finals go to 15. The scoreboards are placed at mid-court between two courts, but they are not easily viewed. You have to walk up a ways to get a better vantage point. Also, there are ball markers for the score on both sides (same scoreboard for two courts) and you have to be careful that you are seeing the marker for your court and not the one next to you.


The four outdoor courts have shades over the top that can be drawn for protection from the elements.


Excellent design feature. This could double as a way to get a heavy roller onto the courts, although these are surfaced with a poured, self-leveling polyurethane resin (no need for rolling).


Referee Dave Canclini (CA) controls the action. {The overhead shades are needed for protection from the elements, including UV rays, and because the hotter these court surfaces get, the faster they roll.}


Brackets for men's singles (51 players), women's singles (19 players) and U21 (6 players). The Raffa events were pool play for seeding followed by top finishers entering a single elimination bracket. Previous to the Raffa championships were Open A & B tournaments (15 teams and 6 teams respectively).


Ron Jacobs (Stockton, CA) shows off the brush he uses to erase the chalked court markings (for international play, we mark the positions of all balls on the court, because on some misfired shots they may have to be put back to their original positions).


Former USBF president John Ross (CA) uses a long handled scrub brush for mechanical advantage.


International PRV court dimensions (metric). The B line is for hitting and pointing, the C line for volo shooting, the D line marks where a raffa must pass on the fly before it strikes the court. E is mid-court. Winner of the coin toss goes first, but the pallino is placed on a predetermined spot for the first frame.


The rules were on display for those not familiar with the international game.




The festivities also included a raffa shoot-out where players scored points based on targets (bocce balls and pallinos) set up around the court. {See Legend below.}




There was also a trick shoot-out with 5 parts. For the one above you had to volo the red ball on the fly without touching the green. Click the photo for details in Joy of Bocce Weekly Vol. VIII, No. 20, July 6, 2009.

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