The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VIII, Issue 26 - August 17, 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 #26 - August 17, 2009
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2009
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again bocce fans,

I'm making slow and steady progress on the 3rd edition of The Joy of Bocce. I want to "put it to bed" by the end of September in the hopes of getting it into bookstores by a print-on-demand outfit for the holiday season. There have been snags. I'm waiting for photos from contributors (you know who you are) and AuthorHouse (the previous edition's publisher) has changed some policies and pricing.

These print-on-demand companies are basically self-publishing outfits that use modern technology to print books ONLY when they are ordered. The author pays for everything. AuthorHouse's new policy is to charge for every photograph they insert. I want to include about 150 high resolution photos, so, I'm looking around at other less costly print-on-demand companies while considering looking for a traditional publisher too.

Conventional publishing houses pay for everything, keep most of the money earned by the book, and pay periodic royalties to the author. This approach will certainly slow things down, to say nothing of the fact that it is extremely difficult to land a publisher in the first place. I had modest success with traditional publishers. My first book on education was a McGraw-Hill BOMC selection. A book I wrote for Masters Press on softball went through a number of publishers (as smaller houses got swallowed up by larger ones) and stayed in print for about 15 years. Another book I wrote for Avery Press got glowing reviews and quickly went out of print. Unless you are a celebrity, professional athlete or extremely talented individual, writing is a tough way to make a buck. Stay tuned.

Reminder: 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.

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Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

Sons of Italy - St. Augustine, Florida...

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

Luca Fontana (Stockton, California) chimes in on the proposed new book cover...

"The book cover looks great! I am sure you'll have detractors who will criticize your choice of the individuals depicted in it; however, it makes perfect sense to promote the game among the younger generation rather than solely target those who already know and play bocce.

That image conveys a very vibrant and colorful feel and a sensation of spontaneous and genuine fun. If priced affordably, I am sure the casual bookstore browser may be inspired to pick up a copy and share it with friends or purchase it as a gift.

Great job as usual."


Dr. Cordano sends a blurb for the new edition...

"A must read from the most respected voice in bocce, for anyone who loves, or is interested in the sport of all ages."

P.S. In South America bocce is called 'El deporte de todas las edades.' (Sport of all ages)

So does Phil Ferrari...

"Your dedication to spreading the word of our great game of bocce is unmatched in this country. From the standpoint of of the World bocce League you truly are the voice of bocce.

Phil Ferrari
America's Mr. Bocce"


Melissa Walrod sends news...

October 23-25 2009-Surprise Arizona- Kokopelli Winery and Bistros Grape Crush festival featuring a Bocce Ball Tournament, Wine stomping competition, wine, beer, and food demonstrations, music, local vendors, kids play area, and art show by Arizona Art Alliance. $20 per 2 person team (part of fee goes to the Chamber of Commerce) Contact Melissa at 623-556-4810 or for more info


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.


Frank Valanzola sends this via Facebook from his recent New Jersey Bocce Invitational...

Subject: Moreno Fruzzetti Performs at Bocce

Please take a moment to view Moreno Fruzzetti performing at the 3rd Annual New Jersey Bocce Invitational for Operation Shoebox and Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey.

Another from Frank via Facebook...

Subject: Viki Wallace Performs at Bocce Invitational

Please take a moment to view Viki Wallace performing "Fallen But Not Forgotten" in honor of Belleville P.O. Kenneth Santucci who lost his life in the line of duty. During the song the rain stopped, the clouds separated and the sun began to shine.
Thank you Viki."

One more from Frank...

Subject: Giada Valenti Performs at Bocce Invitational.


Looks like Pasquale D'Aliesio's November tourney will be in Nevada instead of Arizona as previously posted...


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.

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.

Looking for high resolution photos (300 dpi) of the following:

great looking bocce courts
lawn bowls play
petanque play

Send to along with your name for proper credit and permission to reprint. Thanks.


Debbie Leonardo from Ruby Hill Golf Club (Pleasanton, CA) sends this...

"We just finished our Spring bocce league. Bocce is so popular here we have had to add another league and another night to the season. We are going from 4 leagues w/ 36 teams and 288 player to 5 leagues, 41 teams and over 320 players!

View the Ruby Hill bocce courts here:

We love the 'Joy of Bocce' and I share it with the players in the league. Now it’s my turn to share something with you.

A dear friend of mine has a customizable jewelry business and they make the absolute cutest 'BOCCE' gifts. I have included a picture of the necklace called 'Bocce Chick'. Visit ."

View the Bocce Chick here:


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.


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 #37 - October 3, 2005

Things that confuse me in sports...

I see newspaper and magazine articles on bocce where the spelling is boccie or bocci. When they mention my book or some organization that uses the spelling BOCCE, they include some kind of disclaimer that this is that person's or group's preferred spelling (like we are clueless).

Why is it that venues are called Campo di BOCCE and Palazzo di BOCCE? Why are organizations titled the United States BOCCE Federation and the Seattle BOCCE Club?

If the entire bocce community favors the spelling BOCCE, why would writers latch on to some obscure source that claims another spelling is proper?

In baseball we used to say things like Mickey Mantle got 4 RBIs. Nowadays we have to say Derek Jeter got 4 RBI - no plural because the R stands for Runs. OK, I can live with that - they want to be precise. Well then, how come when a guy pitches two and two-thirds innings (8 outs) they list it as 2.2? That's two and a two-tenths innings. Why don't they list it as 2.66 or 2.67?

And how about hoops? Why do they cut the net down after they win March Madness? Don't they know that it comes off those little hooks on the rim? Heck, you could take it down carefully and put it back up on a hoop over a waste paper basket in your office. Then you could shoot crumpled paper balls through it, fondly remembering that championship game.



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: . }

Port Charlotte Beach Complex (Florida)...

Photos of the week
This week's pics come courtesy of Joy of Bocce faithful Michael Grasser. They originally were the photos of the week in Volume II, Issue 41 on October 13, 2003 and then subsequently deleted by yours truly. Now I've re-posted them permanently on the Joy of Bocce web site under Bocce Tidbits.

Mike Grasser sends photos from his trip to Chiasso, Switzerland where he coached the USA team to a very respectable 8th place finish in the World Bocce Championships.

The venue is close to the border between Italy and Switzerland and the Italian language is popular there. This worked out well for our mostly Italian speaking entourage of Mike Conti, Dr. Angel Cordano, Dan Passaglia, Pierino Guglielmetti, and Mario Massa.

The games were played in the Malpensa Athletic Facility (which also hosts hockey, soccer, volleyball, basketball).

Photos highlight the facility while showing the ball racks, swing boards, and Plexiglas safety barriers at the court ends. There is a shot of Emiliano Benedetti, who, according to Grasser, is "The best Italian player and probably the best player in the world."

One photo provides a fabulous view of Lake Lugano from Hotel Serpiano where our USA athletes were housed - a 20-30 minute drive from the bocce complex. The host country (this year, Switzerland) picks up the athletes' expenses (including cars and a guide) during their stay.

The courts can be dismantled to make room for more bleachers or to change sports. These are multi-use athletic areas (basketball, hockey, volleyball, soccer, etc.). Workers employ hydraulics in moving the flooring components to convert the arena from one sport to the next.

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Precision Bocce Measures

Choose the Clubhawk Gold, Henselite Bowls, or Premier Boule Measure. You can't go wrong with any of the three choices. Once a bocce aficionado has a set of bocce balls and my book, the next logical acquisition is a first-rate measure.

Each retails for $26.95 plus $5.00 shipping and will be shipped US Priority Mail.

Click the photo for more info, pictures, etc.

Click to go to merchandise order...then scroll down a bit...

Non bocce product of the week
{Hey, bocce's great, but I'm always on the look-out for all kinds of good products for my readers}

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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 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 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.


September 27, 2009 - California - I.A.C.C. - South City. RAFFA - 3 PLAYERS. 24th Ital.-Amer. Games. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.


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 A. 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 23-25, 2009. Arizona - Surprise - Kokopelli Winery & Bistros Grape Crush Festival featuring a Bocce Tournament, Wine stomping competition, wine, beer, & food demonstrations, music, local vendors, kids play area, & art show by Arizona Art Alliance. $20 per 2-person team (part of fee goes to the Chamber of Commerce). Contact Melissa at 623-556-4810 or .


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. Nevada - Las Vegas 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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