The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VIII, Issue 22 - July 20, 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 #22 - July 20, 2009
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2009
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again bocce faithful,

The first videos I posted prompted quite a few email responses. I'm planning to put up a page on the web site that will list all the YouTube links that I post in the ezine. Maybe that will be a good way to answer some frequent questions. For example, I could film myself briefly answering a common question, then post the link to the answer.

The first videos I did were a little shaky, but I have a tri-pod now, so I just might become dangerous. Next up, I need some video editing software. Can any reader recommend a good one?

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

Il Vagabondo...NYC

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

A younger generation takes up bocce...

Here's the scoop from Click the link or the photo to read the story.


One last comment on bowling. Duckpin and candlepin bowling originated in the East and the alleys are 60 feet long. I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that many bocce courts hereabouts are also a relatively short 60 feet long?


Joy of Bocce - Third Edition

I've started in earnest to get the third edition of The Joy of Bocce to press. I'll be posting some requests in the next few weeks for photos or other information. I hope that the many loyal readers will help shape this edition into the one that will help the game grow to the level that it deserves.

I've got a high powered graphic artist working on some cover ideas. Hope to post them here for comments from readers.

Last week I wrote this...

"I'm trying to secure one, striking cover photo - maybe a young, attractive person playing the game."

One of our bocce posse, Kathy Flynn responded this way...

"Mario, for goodness sakes, if you are advancing the experience of bocce, you need to be broader than 'a young, attractive person playing the game'. You are not presenting an edition of 'People Magazine" .

My thoughts of a cover for your book is a grouping of 3-4 (more might be crowded) images that span those who love and enjoy the game. There could be a dynamic photo of a top player volvo-ing; an 'anyone' player exuberant after a good shot, or in the depths after the very opposite; a very senior player (Bath, ME) juxtaposed with a very young player (Methuen Library)..... You can also have a ghost photo as the background, maybe of a bocce venue you would like to highlight, or maybe a group of spectators cheering, or an arrangement of bocce balls.

Just some ideas to keep your very active mind more active. Please drift away from the 'young, attractive person playing the game' cover. Dynamics, possibility, accessibility and interaction are magnets for all ages. Bocce is more than just a young, attractive person."

{OK readers, what do YOU think? Please REPLY.


The Bocce Guy on Video

I’m starting to get the hang of my new toy - Flip HD video device. And now I have a tri-pod. Look for more videos as I get more comfortable with the medium.

The first couple I posted last week on YouTube didn't get that many views, so I'm posting the links again this week. One is of Margaret Shindellis’ outstanding performance in the Raffa Shoot-out at Campo di Bocce.

A second, short video shows Michigan’s Michael Constantini hitting a raffa in the USBF shoot-out and a nifty volo in the trick shoot-out run by World Bocce Association’s Phil Ferrari.

A third shows young Josh Wenson making a remarkable shot in the trick shooting competition.

Speaking of the nationals at Campo di Bocce Livermore, I got this feedback from participant Jerry South...

"Thanks again for inscribing my Joy of Bocce and also for adding me to your weekly newsletter. I felt your pain regarding the outside courts at Livermore. The inside and outside courts are classic examples of what I call 'courts dominating' and 'courts neutral'. Inside they are neutral and permit the skill of the giocatori to decide games. Outside, they are dominating and anything can happen. Lately, the Italians have gone inside primarily with synthetic surfaces (al Livermore inside) so that skill is paramount. But regardless, courts are like people: each has a unique personality and it's up to us to figure them out and win the game.

This Saturday in San Rafael, we are having a men's doubles tournament. All the big shooters will be there.....a real testosterone day.....wish you could join us! Someday, why not plan a long trip in the Western Sector? We can make the rounds.....Stockton IAC, Sutter Creek, East Portal, South San Francisco, San Rafael and several wineries in the Napa Valley that have courts. You could write a novel!"

{Sounds good to me, except for the novel part. I have all I can do to get the ezine to press.}


The 13th Annual Cedarburg Bocce Classic (in Cedarburg, WI) will be taking place on August 15th, 2009. 32 participants from across the country will gather in a single-player format (adapted rules that we made up 13 years ago as 17-year-old kids who didn't really know what bocce was) to decide the Grand Champion. Of course, there will be t-shirts and trophies...

Photos and video can be found on


A.J. (Tony) Coco sends news and a humorous story...

"My Sons of Italy lodge in Orange County, California asked me to negotiate with the City of Tustin for some park space to set up for bocce once a month.

We got permission to use Peppertree Park as long as we dismantled the court after each session. With help from your Joy of Bocce Weekly, I ordered the court vinyl boundary lines and the 7 foot drag brush you recommend.

They arrived in good order, and our first session will be Sunday, July 26. Thank you for your help.

A humorous aside: at last week's lodge meeting, one of our senior lady members had been sitting quietly while a discussion of bah-chee matters was going on. She finally had all she could stand, leaped to her feet, and said 'I'm not going to take part in any kissing matches. It's boh-chee! Get it right!!'

The speakers sheepishly admitted she was right, promised to mend their ways, and gave the rest of us a good laugh."


Bob DiAngelo sends this...

"The bocce boys from Weymouth, MA were in Baltimore, MD at the end of June to catch the Red Sox. While there, they took a stroll through Baltimore’s Little Italy and came across a wonderful old world Italian deli named Isabella’s. Better yet, right next door were two, top notch bocce courts. Of course after the enjoying some great Italian sandwiches, the boys had to play a game. Antonio Sacchetti, Edwardo Marks & Roberto DiAngelo played a little one-on-one with Roberto gaining the honor of being crowned the 'Baltimore Bocce Champ' after coming back from a six point deficit to win the match. Better luck next time Antonio and Edwardo!

If any of you bocce fans are ever in Baltimore, try Isabella’s, the sandwiches & pizza are great - but be sure to ask them if you can use the bocce balls they keep behind the counter."

View the Baltimore courts here:


Herschel & Sandra Gregge send a link to the HerrinFesta 2009...


News from our Pétanque-ing friends...

"We are happy to announce that the 12th Harvard Pétanque Tournament is scheduled for Saturday July 25th 2009, starting at 10 AM, on the Harvard Quad, Longwood Medical Area, Boston.

For those who don’t know much about Pétanque, it is a 'sport' for lazy people that is played a lot in the south of France, similar to 'Bocce Ball'. The Harvard Pétanque Tournament was initiated 12 years ago by Bruno Canard and Bernard Mari (then by Thierry Auperin). It is a good opportunity to relax, meet people (we usually have >70 players) in a nice atmosphere and… play Pétanque.

PETANQUE IS EASY!!! The tournament is open to everyone, especially to beginners, even though you have no idea about the rules or that you have not done sport in tha last 20 years. Last year, a third of the participants never played Pétanque before and one of them (the now feared Ashok Le Grand!) actually made it up all the way to 'La Finale'.

Here is a web page where you’ll find a description of the game:

This year’s registration is FREE! Pétanque teams consist of 3 players.

We are looking forward to yet another enjoyable tournament!"

PS1: Feel free to forward this email

PS2: Tournament is from ~10AM to ~4PM, bring your picnic

PS3: Children are welcome!

PS4: We might have a barbecue/party at night after the tournament

PS5: Hope to see you all soon!


Paul E Cunningham - President, Bocce-at-Sea Club - sends this...

"Perhaps you could tell the players in your tournament about the event that my club is promoting. This will be a lot of fun for those who can take advantage of it."



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: . }

Glow bocce by Playaboule...

Photos of the week
Tom Walsh sends us the photo of the week (singular - one photo - but a really good one!).

Says Tom...

"Just a quick note of thanks for your weekly Joy of Bocce newsletter. I enjoy each and every one!

I have attached a picture of my home bocce court here in Scotts Valley, California.

We have a great rec league here in Scotts Valley and more teams are joining each year. It is so much fun and everyone enjoys themselves."

{This is a really great court - click the photo or the link below to get a better view. And please follow Tom's lead and send photos from your area.}

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Bob and Barb Gross have introduced a new product to the bocce community. "BarbnBob Enterprise" is located in Fayetteville, PA and their new web site can be visited by clicking here

They've created a cleverly conceived and well constructed miniature bocce board for indoor play. The game uses large marbles for bocce balls and a smaller metal pallino. The board is expertly crafted and features a billiard table-like (felt) playing surface. The game includes...

1 - 50" x 13" Standard BocceBoard™
8 - 1 inch bocce balls - 4 red and 4 blue
1 - 9/16th inch chrome pallino
1 - Pocket measuring tape with level
1 - Velour Ball Bag
1 - Bag Hook

It looks like Bob and Barb have thought of everything. There's a bag to store the balls in, a leveling device that includes a tape measure, and even a hook in case you want to conveniently hang and display the game board on your rec room wall.

Note: on the bottom four corners of the board are adjustable knobs that you turn by hand to level the game board before playing.

This nifty product doesn't eliminate our need for indoor bocce venues in cold climes. But it is a pleasant diversion and the best constructed of these type miniature boards that I've yet seen.

Click for more info...

Non bocce product of the week
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Tournament update
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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.


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 15, 2009 - Wisconsin - Cedarburg. The 13th Annual Cedarburg Bocce Classic. 32 participants from across the country - single-player format (adapted rules that we made up 13 years ago as 17-year-old kids who didn't really know what bocce was) to decide the Grand Champion.

Photos and video:


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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