The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VIII, Issue 25 - August 10, 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 #25 - August 10, 2009
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2009
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello bocce faithful,

Our 5th Annual Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament is set for Sunday, October 11, 2009 at the SportsZone in Derry, NH. This year the proceeds will benefit the Michael J. Cleary Fund.

The Fund honors First Lieutenant Michael J. Cleary, a U.S. military munitions expert who was killed during valorous service in Iraq in 2005. More details below - for now, please mark your calendar and join us if you can. This is a great event that has raised money for excellent causes like The Jimmy Fund, Joey Fund, Alzheimer's research, and kidney disease research.

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Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

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

Some initial reactions to the proposed new book cover...

"I like the book cover; it's colorful and embraces common people playing an outdoor sport. Although, the cover could be misleading given the technical information you have about the sport. Maybe a split/combo cover depicting common play as illustrated along with a more professional approach depicting, i.e. a Raffa shot. This would appeal to a broader range of players interested in a 'catch all' book."

Michael J. Constantini


"The best picture I've taken is a picture of a group of men all standing around in a circle all bent over looking down at the pallino and bocce balls trying to determine who has the point.

Now, isn't that what bocce is all about? Men and women of all ages and from all walks in life, whether one being a CEO or a truck driver or just someone who is a house wife staring at a 'Little' ball called the pallino and wondering, 'Who has the point or who is closer for the point?'

Mario give that some thought for I feel 'ALL' bocce players would agree that who has the point is the most important part of our most wonderful game."

Tom Belluomini
San Bruno, California...member of the IACCC.

And by the way Mario we started playing bocce a few months ago with a few Members of the San Mateo Elks Club, six to be exact. I taught them the game of bocce. Well, word got out and more and more started coming to a public park in San Mateo with four courts.

Well, just a few months from that first meeting we now average between 36 and 40 players each Monday morning. More and more new players just keep on coming.

Help! We need more bocce courts!


"I love that the new edition is going to have the USBF Open Rules, but how is it still 'the definitive guide to the sport' if it's a bit over half the size?"

Mike Malley

{A good point, but being the definitive guide doesn't have to be about how much you write, but about what you write and how well you write it. I'm confident that the book will still be the definitive guide.}


Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tourney set for 10/11/09...

Our popular charity bocce tourney in New England is set for the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend. This year the proceeds will benefit the Michael J. Cleary Fund. The event and Fund honor First Lieutenant Michael J. Cleary who was killed during valorous service in Iraq in 2005.

A trained Sapper and United States military munitions expert, he lost his life at the hands of an insurgent bomb along a roadside in Iraq just weeks before he was expected home to be married. The goals of the Fund include but are not limited to supporting causes in the community that he gave his life supporting, aiding wounded veterans, helping families of our fallen heroes and supporting other organizations which support OUR U.S. veterans.

Details to follow - for now, please save the date - Sunday, October 11, 2009. The SportsZone in Derry, NH.

Visit for updates or for photos of past events.


Elizabeth Jade Fontana sends links...

"You all probably know that the 2009 World Games took place in Taiwan last week. The results for the Raffa Doubles competition is at this link

Of course we all know which country got the gold medals for raffa, but Brazil amazingly beat the Chinese women 15-14 in the semifinals.

Elizabeth sent this one too...

"I came across and edited this footage from the Trick Shot Volo competition that Phil Ferrari organized at the Campo di Bocce (2007). I only show the contestants (Dr. Cordano, Rick Taormina, Alberico Leonardi, Jorge Moreno, John Dine, and some others) who actually scored during this informal competition. More bocce footage to come!"


Marco Cignarale sends results from this year's World Series of Bocce in Rome, NY...

"In the open division, the Son’s of Italy No. 21 squad with members mainly from Derby, Conn. outlasted the field of 79 competitors to claim its first World Series title.
Sons of Italy also had to defeat their competition, team Rainbow Creek No. 4 from Toronto, Canada, twice by coming out of the losers' bracket.

Team members Ciro Ronzone, Luigi 'Gino' Marulli, Marco Cignarale, all from Derby, along with Peter Russo, of Amsterdam, were playing for the first time in World Series play as a team for the Sons of Italy No. 21 squad. But they came together in the championship finals as they won convincingly in each game to take the title and finish with a tournament record of 9-1 overall.

Cignarale, formerly of Rome, said it was nice to come back to the area to see family members and to finally win the tournament after competing in it for over 20 years.

'When I was 15, I played in the championship game at the old Rome Bowling Center, and we lost to a team from Rochester, and it’s taken me 24 years to get back here, and it feels great to have finally won it,' Cignarale said.

Fittingly, Cignarale made the last shot to win the match and he said that it was a long time coming.

'To be honest they were the easiest games we played all tournament because we were just so relaxed to be playing in the championship game,' he added. 'We had to beat them twice and we were the underdogs, but we just played great together and I couldn’t be happier.'

Rainbow Creek No. 4 took $2,000 for their second place finish, while Genco Machine finished third and took the cash prize of $1,000 for their finish.

2008 winners Phil’s Hairstyling took eighth place. Pettinelli Associates was the top Rome finisher, placing fourth, while Mellace’s Legal Eagles of Rome was sixth and Franklin Hotel of Rome finished seventh."

{Congratulations fellows...check out this photo of the happy winners experiencing the joy of bocce: - { The Sons of Italy No. 21 team of Derby, Conn. celebrate their first World Series of Bocce win in the open division during the 37th annual World Series of Bocce. (Sentinel photo by Lindsay A. Mogle) }


Joy of Bocce - Third Edition Update

The current plan is to keep the 2nd edition in print, while updating and tightening the new edition to make it more helpful to the average player and the person interested in learning the game. Of paramount importance for the new edition are an attractive, high impact cover, high quality images throughout, and simple, easy-to-read chapters for beginners and devotees.

The more detailed and comprehensive 2nd edition will still be available in bookstores and on-line as both a soft cover and e-book (many of the 2nd edition’s low resolution photos are very acceptable in the e-book version…and they are in color).

The new cover has to be high resolution and eye-catching. Click the image above right or the link below to get a better look at a working draft:

Your comments welcome!

Still need a foreword from someone with a pretty high profile – am attempting to contact John Madden and Steve Mariucci regarding this. They are not only high profile, but they love bocce.

Please feel free to comment and help shape the new edition.

Chapter 1 – A Brief History Lesson (3465 words) most is just lore (albeit interesting), so tighten to about 1500 words and maybe move to end of book. Also re-do photos.

Chapter 2 – The Game (4203 words). Tighten to 2500 words. Re-do the photos.

Chapter 3 – The Terminology (3460 words). Tighten and re-do photos.

Chapter 4 – The Game, A Closer Look (7000 words). Tighten to 4000 words and re-do photos.

Chapter 5 – The Game As Played On Courts (4788 words). Tighten to 3500 words & re-do photos.

Chapter 6 – The Equipment (5060 words). Tighten to 3500 words and re-do photos.

Chapter 7 – Strategy & Tactics (5960 words). Tighten to 4000 words and re-do photos.

Chapter 8 – Building A Backyard Court (8116 words). Tighten to 4000 words and re-do photos.

Chapter 9 – Bocce Courts We’ve Known And Loved – A Pictorial (1799 words). Re-do photos.

Chapter 10 – Organizing A League/Promoting The Game (4918 words). Eliminate from 3rd edition. Keep in 2nd edition.

Chapter 11 – Tournament Play & Rules (4537 words). Tighten to 3000 words, re-do photos, and print USBF OPEN RULES (revised 2009).

Chapter 12 – International Play (6662 words). Tighten to 3500 words and re-do photos.

Chapter 13 – Bocce & The Special Olympics (2932 words). Eliminate from 3rd edition. Keep in 2nd edition.

Chapter 14 – The Best Of The Joy Of Bocce Weekly (4559 words). Tighten to 3500 words and re-do photos.

New edition would then be a little more than half the size and be full of high quality photos.

Whatyathink? Please REPLY.

Still looking for "advance praise" - you know, those little blurbs you see on the back cover. They have to be positive, of course, and could be from anyone. If you have an impressive title, like president of this or that bocce association, all the better. Please send to . By the way, if you are concerned that you haven't seen it yet - it will be a much tighter, more streamlined version of the previous edition and it will have high resolution images. Whatever you can say about the last edition should hold true for the next.

{Please REPLY if you can help shape the next edition of the book that may have an impact on the growth of the game we love.}


The Bocce Guy on Video

If you haven't yet seen them, click here:

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.


Big Money Tourney in Worcester, Massachusetts?

We can schedule the potential $ tournament mentioned in a recent issue for November of 2010 instead of August. Is that a better date for people with fewer events scheduled around that time? Do people want to come to Massachusetts in November?

Worcester is located in central Mass. within driving distance of Boston, Springfield (site of the Basketball Hall of Fame), and Providence, RI. The venue would be the DCU Center which has a massive carpeted ballroom which could easily house 10 or more bocce courts.

I thought I'd run this by the readers to see what kind of initial response it generates. To my knowledge there has never been a large prize money bocce tourney in New England. Players could fly into Logan. Worcester is about a 50 minute car ride from Boston.

We could have a reception for the players on Thursday night followed by bocce action on Friday and Saturday and perhaps a closing banquet on Saturday evening. The entry fee would include hotel and other amenities. Hotel check out could be Sunday morning for those who need to get back to work on Monday.

We'd line up other activities for friends and family (trip to Boston, perhaps a bus to one of the Connecticut casinos, etc.).

What do you think? If the prize money was large enough, do you think we could draw enough 4-player teams to make this work? Please REPLY with comments, suggestions, or questions. This is just in the talking/planning stage right now.


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.


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."

{Met with Paul recently and can recommend him to you without reservation. He's spending what should be his retirement years giving back to the community by sharing his cruise earnings with various charities.}


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 #32 - August 29, 2005

"Thanks for the ezines and it was wonderful to see bocce in KY and particularly in Louisville where we have a relatively large family from Vicky's side (2 sisters, brothers-in-law and many nephews and a niece).

Now with the bocce activities it will be another reason to visit and I will love to go and play there as well as to meet Mr. Valvano and exchange ideas for a better future of the sport in the area.

I always say SPORT with capital letters because that's what bocce has to be considered if we are ever to escalate at other levels.

We must try to stimulate as you always do, to have courts of acceptable dimensions (minimum of 75-78 feet by 10-11 if they can't be of 80-86 by 12-13) with protection at the sides and at the end of the court, because a game without shooting Raffa or Volo, will never catch on with the young people (aggressive by definition)."

{Dr. C has played all over the world and probably has forgotten more about bocce than most people will ever learn. He has hinted about writing a book on strategy and tactics which I think would be an instant bocce best-seller.}



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: . }

Las Vegas City Bocce League...

Photos of the week
Debby Bussler sends an addition to last week's photos which I have added to the photo spread...

Josh Heath is rolling a ball with his 8 month-old daughter Paisley in tow.

Says Debby...

"Isn't this just the ultimate example of 'Family Night' in Herrin IL? Hot, sticky August evening with Dad holding his baby girl while throwing the ball.

After reading your article about the younger generation of Bocce.... I just have to respond with information regarding a newly formed league in Herrin, IL. whose popularity is increasing with each passing week.

Herrin Bocce Club member, Jon Maleski conceived the idea this past spring to form a 'Family Night' Bocce league on the Herrin courts which would be alcohol free and would welcome all family members....including young people and even some older children. He had hoped that it would attract some of the younger players as well as older players from the other Herrin leagues and from some of the surrounding towns.

Well, his hopes have been surpassed by the continuing influx of players each week.....just from 'word of mouth'... to the Monday evening event.

Here are a few stats on this new league. In its 7th week, it now boasts 11 teams (which will probably be 12 by the next play night) for a total of at least 44 regular players. Of those players, 21 are over 21 years of age and 23 are under 21 years of age. The league also has 20 other players listed as subs who can be called on to fill in for absentee members. Of those....over half are under the age of 21.

So....Bocce is not just a game for the aging population....but rather a game where old and young can come together to participate in a sport equally loved by all.

Just a footnote...of the two teams who seem to be constantly battling it out, head to head each week for 1st and 2nd place, one is composed of the older members of the league and the other is composed of some of the younger members. The opposition is intense and the camaraderie is unsurpassed!

I have attached some photos taken during league play featuring players from the two teams mentioned above..... the Chittyville Tigers (youth) challenge Be Bocce Lu La in head to head competition. At the moment, Be Bocce Lu La holds the lead, but that could change in any given week!"

{Please follow Debby's lead and send photos and info of bocce in your neck of the woods.}

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
{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.


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 women 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 23, 2009 - California - Downey Open. Four Players - Contact Don Gaggiano @ 949-770-7313.


August 23, 2009 - Oregon - Gresham. Open – Four Players - Contact Larry Cereghino @ .


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 11, 2009 - New Hampshire - Derry. 5th annual Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tourney. Proceeds benefit the Michael J. Cleary Fund. Details .Contact .


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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