The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VIII, Issue 18 - June 22, 2009 
•   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 8, Issue #18 - June 22, 2009
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2009
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Bocce Pals,

I hope I'll be able to get an issue out next week. It might be tough since I'll be at the Campo di Bocce collecting a lot of photos and stories, but I'm not sure about compiling them into an ezine in time.

I mentioned last issue that I'd be attending and participating in the PRV nationals at Campo di Bocce of Livermore at the end of the month. I'm happy to report that quite a few JOB Weekly readers from that part of the country wrote to say "Let's hook up when you're in town." If you will be in the neighborhood, please come by and say hello.

I thought I was going to be on my own, but three of my friends have signed on to take the trip and compete in the PRV. This is a stretch for all of us since I'm the only one who has played this game (and just sparingly) while the other three are taking some crash course lessons from me (God help them!). Anyway, it's great to have traveling companions and friends to hang out with. We will be in town from Wednesday June 24 through Sunday, June 28. So, if any JOB Weekly readers out there want to meet and discuss all things bocce... well, what better place to meet then a venue like the Campo di Bocce?

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

East Portal Park - Sacramento, CA...

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

Ben Tosi sends the photo to the right and a link to a recent associated article on the 11th annual Battle of the Bay Bocce Tourney held at Campo di Bocce of Livermore. This event, hosted by former NFL coaches Steve Mariucci and John Madden, has raised $3 million over the years for Bay Area charities. Click the link below for the article, the photo to the right for a better view of the boys.


Bocce Guy headed to the nationals...

I'm headed out to play in the nationals (PRV) at Campo di Bocce of Livermore this week (June 24 - 28).

I'm looking forward to meeting some of the bocce lovers I've been corresponding with over the years via the newsletter. Please, if you are going to be in the neighborhood, seek me out and say hello. If you have some excellent high resolution photos for the new edition of the book, bring them along too.

Hope to see you at the Campo di Bocce of Livermore, June 24 - 28, 2009. There will actually be 4 of us from my group attending and playing in the PRV. Look for us - we'll be the guys sporting the Joy of Bocce shirts and caps.

I've received lots of encouraging emails from readers like this one from Lou Ures...

"Excited for you with your Western swing. I think you'll find the Livermore Nationals interesting and rewarding. A fine group of people you'll find. I hope the weather is brilliant and your bocce play likewise. Us Westerners are lucky to have the noted author in our midst. You have done and are doing so much to promote our beloved addiction and we thank you so much for it. Your Bocce News is a great connect and all your hard, but I'm sure, pleasant work is greatly appreciated. Well, with that, I wish you safe travels, and the best in your trip."

{"Our beloved addiction" - ya gotta love that!}


A couple recent softball happenings have reminded me of why I'm gravitating to bocce more and more...

In a co-ed softball league (adult men and women playing together), there were runners on first and second with no outs. A sharp ground ball was hit to the guy playing third base. He stepped on third then threw to second but hit the runner in the face (a young woman who was running from 2nd to 3rd). She suffered a pretty good injury requiring stitches but no dental problems. It didn't even surprise me when the third sacker was unconcerned about the woman's injury. In fact, he argued with the umpire that the woman was in his way and she should be penalized for interference!

In a youth league (girls 10 and under) the finals ended up with the coaches from each team in a fist fight.

In another girls' league one coach was arguing calls with the umpire and got ejected. The "powers that be" who run the league, in an act of "industrial strength stupidity" had the UMPIRE replaced for the remainder of the game (they didn't like that the umpire told the coach he didn't know caca). They want to penalize the UMPIRE, not the COACH (who ought to be ashamed of himself for being ejected from a kids' game - can you spell R O L E M O D E L?). I see a lot of this kind of thing in youth sports. You get these mostly really nice people, well meaning adults who volunteer their time to run leagues. They have full time jobs but still manage to raise the funds, put together a schedule, and do all the things necessary to keep a league operating. The problem is that they have no real concept of sports and how competition is about CHARACTER. They're not experienced athletes who have played at a high level. They're not former college players; they don't really get the big picture about running programs and THEY DON'T KNOW ENOUGH TO DEFER TO OTHERS WHO HAVE THAT KIND OF EXPERIENCE.

I will never regret all the baseball and basketball I played right through college and all those semi-pro leagues, but I'm sticking with bocce nowadays. There are occasional problems, but if someone hits me with a bocce ball, they'll apologize. I doubt we'll see two coaches square off any time soon. And if a coach gets out of line, we certainly won't punish the referee.


Elizabeth Jade Wong Fontana sends this...

"The latest video coverage of bocce in the USA of the Sutter Creek Italian Picnic Bocce Tournament 2009 introducing some of California's top Open players, and interviews of who's new on the scene."

Don't forget this bocce event in Wyoming...


Sam, from Four Sams Concrete Generations
( ) has a pretty good idea...

"I spoke to you about a concrete statue a month back. I was looking at the old label for bocce wine. The theme is great food, great friends, great wine and the joy of bocce.

Why not a concrete bench with a carved out bocce scene? I spoke to the artist, and it is something I can handle. Once the original carving is made, the mold is made
and BAM - a beautiful, affordable concrete court, or garden bench inspired by the joy of bocce.

The artist is going to get me some drawings of what it will look like."

{Great! Let's run a couple pictures in the Joy of Bocce Weekly and sort of "run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes it." Stay tuned...}


Blast from the past...

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

Volume #4, Issue #29 - August 8, 2005

We got some pretty good ink for our sport in the Boston Globe last week {actually in 2005) Globe Correspondent Joyce Pellino Crane interviewed me by phone and attended our bocce group's last practice session. You can read the well crafted article at



We should all be card carrying members. Every club should be affiliated. For the sport to gain the attention it needs we need to boast of many thousands of members. Download a USBF Membership Application here: . }

No Boys Allowed Bocce...

Photos of the week
This week’s photos come courtesy of Kevin Fletcher of Zone 8 Landscape LLC. Check his web site out at .

Says Fletcher “Attached are a few pics of a court that we installed in Mercer Island, WA. The client also wanted a Pizza Oven and that is in some of the shots."

The 50' by 7' court is nestled neatly and expertly into the available space and features the Rain Country Blend top dressing from .

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Bocce Court Maintenance Tools

I’ve seen all kinds of home-made court maintenance brushes and scrapers. Two things have always struck me about them. 1 – they look like they are home-made and 2 – they tend to be HEAVY.

7' Drag Brush

Manufactured by Lee Tennis (makers of the Har-Tru surface material), this court maintenance tool created for tennis courts works exceptionally well for bocce courts. The 7-foot drag brush is light-weight and, even if you have a 13- or 14-foot wide court, you can smooth it over with just two passes. This is quick enough to do between games without keeping players waiting very long.

Bristles are 4 ˝ inches of synthetic fibers and the strong but light-weight frame is aluminum. Retails for $169.95 plus shipping.


This strangely named 30” wide device is actually two implements in one. It is an all-aluminum combination tool for scarifying, leveling, and removing loose court material.

Strong and sturdy, the tool is light enough to handle with ease and is excellent for spreading new material during top-dressing. The concave shape of the 30” wide blade allows the tool to “float” along the surface without digging in. Use the serrated edge to scrape material from high spots, then flip the tool over to rake and smooth that spot and drag the loose material to fill in a lower point. Retails for $63.95 plus shipping.

Besides a heavy roller, the lute/scarifier and 7-foot drag brush should be all the maintenance tools a bocce court owner needs.

Click to go to merchandise order...then scroll to bottom of page.

Non bocce product of the week - Outdoor Furnishings Specialty Shop

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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.


June 22 - 24, 2009 - California - Campo di Bocce Livermore. Open Invitational Tournament. Contact Ben Musolf @ or 408-857-0074.


June 22 - 27, 2009. California - Campo di Bocce Livermore. US NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074.


June 26, 2009 - Pennsylvania - Ellwood City. 2-player teams. Contact Mike Harper @ 724-494-6735.


July 4, 2009 - California - Martinez. OPEN - 2 players. Contact Jeremy Calhoun @ 510-450-2545.


July 10, 2009. Pennsylvania - Koppel. 4-player teams. Contact 724-847-4488.


July 10, 2009 - Pennsylvania - Farrell. Farrell Italian Home. 4-player teams. Contact 724-346-6931.


July 11, 2009 - California - San Rafael - Marin. OPEN - 2 men players. Contact Diana Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.


July 11, 2009 - Washington - Auburn Bocce Club. OPEN - 4 players. Contact Salvatore Gascon @ 253-939-3502.


July 17, 2009 - Ohio - Cleveland. Little Italy Bocce Cup. 4-player teams. Contact Michael Cipullo @ 216) 513-4459.


July 18, 2009 - California - Fairfield. OPEN - 4 players. John Magnetti Memorial Tourney. Contact Vergie Trammell @ 707-425-5301.


July 25, 2009 - California - Campo di Bocce Los Gatos. RAFFA - 1 man and 1 woman. Contact John Ross @ 408- 354-0625.


July 25, 2009 - Ohio - Youngstown. 4-player teams. Contact Carmine @ 330-501-3958.


August 1, 2009 - California - San Rafael -Marin. OPEN - 4 players. Western Sector Championships. Contact Diana Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.


August 7, 2009. Pennsylvania - Koppell. Co-ed tourney. Contact 724-847-4488.


August 8, 2009 - California - San Rafael - Marin. OPEN - 2 women players. Contact Diana Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.


August 14, 2009 - Pennsylvania - New Galilee. 4-player teams. Contact Jessie Pomerico @ 724-622-4792.


August 15, 2009 - California - I.A.C.C. South City OPEN - 4 womwn players. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.


August 15, 2009 - Wyoming - Cheyenne. Mia Maria's 4th Annual Bocce Festival. 10 AM to 6 PM at Frontier Park's Indian Village. 2 player teams, food and beverages available. Contact Jeff or Nola Thompson at 307-638-6756.


August 21 - 23, 2009 - Ohio - Mayfield Heights. Club Molisani & the City of Mayfield Heights host the MARSHALL SUPERSTORE CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE CUP OF BOCCE. With 53 teams in our first year and 72 teams last year, Club Molisani is expecting over 90 teams in this year's tournament. $150 entry fee. Tournament t-shirts for all participants. 1st & 2nd place trophies for Men's Division, which pays 12 places with $4500 for first place (all guaranteed). 1st place trophies for Women's Division, which pays four places with $1000 for first place (based on 16 teams that participated last year). Four person teams - double elimination. Free pool passes for out of town teams, gambling casino, fireworks, rides for kids, several bands - all on our grounds. Contact Wayne Farinacci, tournament director, at 216-509-4353 or .


August 22, 2009 - California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce. RAFFA - 3 players. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408- 379-9409.


August 28 - 30, 2009 - Ohio - Wickliffe. WICKLIFFE ITALIAN-AMERICAN CLUB. 26th annual CLEVELAND CHALLENGE CUP OF BOCCE sponsored by Pat O'Brien Chevrolet. $5000 first prize, $15,000 in total prize money – GUARANTEED. $150 per team entry. Trophy’s and medals for Champion and second place finishers and tournament t-shirts for all participants. Four person teams (plus one sub) Contact Gino Latessa ( @ 216-789-6393 for more info. Applications and info online @


August 29, 2009 - California - Sacramento - East Portal. OPEN - 4 players. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-961-2404.


September 12, 2009 - California - I.A.C.C. - South City. RAFFA - 3 PLAYERS. 24th Ital.-Amer. Games. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.


September 19, 2009 - California - I.A.C. - Stockton. RAFFA - 1 MAN AND 1 WOMAN. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.


September 20, 2009 - California - P.I.A.S.C. San Mateo
OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. At least one woman. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.


September 26, 2009 - California - I.B.S. - Sutter Creek. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Gold Country Classic. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.


October 3, 2009 - California - Stockton - Waterloo. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.


October 4, 2009 - California - South City I.A.C.C. VOLO - 2 PLAYERS. Contact Ale Bettucchi @ 650-697-7702.


October 10, 2009 - California - San Rafael - Marin. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Diana Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.


October 17, 2009 - California - Sacramento - East Portal. RAFFA - 3 PLAYERS. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-961-2404.


October 24, 2009 - California - Stockton I.A.C. RAFFA - 3 players. Western Sector Championship. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.


November 12-14, 2009. Nevada - Reno. Peppermill Casino. OPEN - 4 players. Contact Dana Shores @ 800-648-6992.


November 14 - 15, 2009. Arizona - Phoenix. Arizona International Open. 4-player teams - double elimination. Contact Pasquale D'Aliesio @ 602-569-9149 or . More info:


December 5, 2009 - California - Stockton. I. A. C. OPEN – 4 PLAYERS. At least two women players. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.

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