The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VIII, Issue 32 - September 28, 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 #32 - September 28, 2009
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2009
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again bocce faithful,

At the recent corporate outing at the outdoor courts in Boston's North End, I "schmoozed" with editors, marketing people, etc. from Pearson Education. Pearson is a major textbook publishing outfit, but I worked the crowd anyway, trying to tap into their connections, hoping to find a home for the 3rd edition of The Joy of Bocce. It was a sly and shameless act of self promotion, but a bocce guy has to do what a bocce guy has to do!

One of the cover design artists really liked the proposed new cover, while some editorial people gave me good suggestions. And a high powered marketing person handed me an important lead for a potential publisher. So, we promoted the game to 72 employees of Pearson Education, making sure they had a great experience with bocce, and at the same time I was able to snare a few tips that could help with my book's next edition. It was win-win. If you missed last week's photos, click here .

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. This is a great event that has raised money for great 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...}


Mike Grasser ( ) sends this...

"Check out the different bocce I have collected: 107 mm, 125 mm, and 140 mm. The 125 mm balls were made by CAST and sold to clubs in Argentina. The 140 mm balls were used in northern Italy and is an old style form of the game seldom played any more. Imagine voloing a ball at the end of the court with the 140 mm ball!"

{There is an amazing array of sizes and weights of bocce balls for sale in the USA. The international standard of 107 mm and 920 g is what most serious players recommend. Click the photo for a better view.}


Bill Vanore asks a question I've been trying to answer for a while...

"If someone was thinking about building a Bocce Club like Palazzo di Bocce here in New Jersey, how would they go about proving that it's a marketable idea to lenders? How would they prove a want for it? It is a dream of mine to have my own facility here, but how do I prove the numbers? Any ideas?"

{I've been pondering this for some time now. My hope is that someone else will build one here in the East. Boston, MA or Providence, RI would be good choices. Maybe there will be a Palazzo di Bocce East, or Campo di Bocce, or Pinstripes someday. Can any reader with experience in the world of high finance offer any suggestions for dreamers like Bill and me? Please REPLY.}


Bocce lover George Danner (Griffin, Georgia) sent this a while back and it almost slipped through the publishing cracks.

"Mario, thought I would share this with you and your readers.

I've just recently returned from Patras, Greece with the USA National Deaf Men's Soccer Team. Patras was host to the 1st World Deaf Football Championship. Ken McDonald (head coach) and I were looking for a place to possibly roll bocce. The beach where we stayed (Achaia Beach Hotel) was too rocky, so we played a make shift version using the soccer balls on a sprint turf surface after a training session. I was disappointed that I could not find any bocce courts in Patras.

The USA finished 4th in the world! We defeated the Netherlands 2-0, lost to France 3-0 (ranked 2nd in world), beat China 2-1 (ranked 10th in world) and moved to the quarter final round. We faced Italy (ranked 3rd in world) and the famous Italian defense...the USA had a 1 goal lead in the 86th minute when Italy tied the game forcing extra time of 30 minutes. Italy scored in the second 15 minutes and the USA tied with 3 minutes left. We beat them in a shoot-out 3-2 to head to the semi finals. One of the greatest coaching moments of my coaching career... We then played Turkey and had our chances to score in regulation time and extra time (total of 120 minutes), but lost in a shoot-out 4-2. We then played France for the bronze medal and lost 2-0. Germany beat Turkey to win the World Cup. 15 countries competed on the men's side, 5 on the women's side... This is the farthest ever for the Men's USA team. Ken was an assistant with the deaf women's team which defeated Russia in the 2005 Deaf Olympics in Australia for the gold medal. He was later promoted to head the men's team and had to rebuild the team that was ranked 9th in the world. I've been on his staff for three years."

Here's a picture of the USA National Deaf Team:

Here's a picture of George and coach Ken at the opening ceremonies at Pampelloponisian Stadium:

George also says that " our official web site."

{I like it when bocce players play a second sport. I'm working hard with my non-profit group to get the basketball, softball, and bocce players who are "specialists" to give another sport a whirl."}


Looking for oyster shell courts in the East?

Rock Gunnoe of Tucson, Arizona sends this...

"The Courts at DogfishHead Brewery in Milton, Delaware were oyster shell. They took them down for the expansion of their warehouse but should have them put back in by late October."


Oregon's Lou Ures talks bocce and offers "...please take my 'mental' theories with a grain of salt."

"The connection with bocce this late in life is fascinating. I enjoy golf and am fair at it, and I find them both similar, mind wise. But I strongly feel that bocce is 99% mental and almost 1% physical. I feel so strongly in the function of the brain that as you stay completely focused that the brain records every movement you make and files it in the bocce bank.

On most important lags, and shots, for that matter, I take a physical picture of what I'm attempting to do. That is logged into the brain as a mental picture. Staying in focus, I let the brain do all the work. For me, it's as simple as that. I do not make miracle shots, I just let the brain do what I suggested. The neat thing is that the brain records all of this good stuff and keeps it on hand when needed. Sound screwy? It seems to work very well for me."

{Mental imaging is well accepted in sports. Many college coaches allot some time each practice for this. In baseball, we would have the outfielders close their eyes and picture themselves in the ready position to field a batted ball. Then we'd direct them to watch themselves make a perfect drop step to chase a ball batted over their head. They'd track the little white sphere until it nestled neatly into their outstretched glove. Seeing the perfect play helps you when you attempt to make the perfect play because the body aspires to the images that its mind holds.}


Brooklyn's Eric Silver writes...

"There is a bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn that has two bocce courts inside, called Union Hall. They actually run a bocce league through the bar, and I am a captain of one of the teams, The Schwetty Balls. I play with a rotating roster of about 14 friends (though for each match we can only have the same 4 people per round), and most of us are people who live in the area.

As a team we've grown pretty close, and try to hang out and do a bunch of other activities, like barbecuing or going on field trips, but this season one of my teammates suggested we start a gardening co-op where we each grow vegetables and fruits in our outdoor spaces and then trade them with each other. I've been living at the same apartment for 4 years, with a backyard that started out as mostly dirt, a few trees, and random garbage that had somehow made it in over one of the fences, and though I'd hosted people back there, it has since been overrun with weeds and laid mostly unused.

The gardening co-op idea inspired me, and I decided to redo my outdoor space, so of course one of the ideas I had was a bocce court. We usually play teams of 4 with 2 from each team on each side (so 8 people on the court), but due to the way my court is set up, I think we'll probably just do teams of 2 on only one side, since the back of the court is under a lot of foliage and is not as pleasant to stand around. The state of the current court is that it's just the soil that's there, not really leveled, and the walls are composed of slate rectangle tablets that I found buried two feet under the ground. So the wall is kind of a jagged conglomeration of these stone tablets I found under the ground, though at one point a friend and I had talked to a memorial store and they told us they could get us a deal on headstones that we could use for the court, if we didn't mind them having writing on the back (none of this is a joke!). The new plan, though, is to keep the stone walls and I have a 1'X3' wooden planter that I built for the garden, which is going to make up part of the wall, and then I'll expand with more planters as I go along, although I assume with the Har-Tru that I'll have to have set borders so that it will set right. Anyway, I think the bocce court will really make the yard. Some of the other plans are to have a fire pit and to project movies against the wall in the backyard. I think it will really be something once the whole thing is done."

{Yes, sounds like something we'd like to see pictures of - please send some along.}


Mike Grasser sends notice of the Pallino D'Oro...

"I am going to have the USA Pallino D' Oro at the Palazzo Di Bocce on Friday, November 20, 2009 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. and finishing Saturday morning, November 21. Round robin play - all USBF and Canadian Bocce Federation players welcome.

I am going to also have the North American Pallino D'Oro on Saturday, November 21 starting at noon and finishing Sunday morning. It will be a single elimination tournament. The top16 USA players and the top 16 Canadian players will compete. They will qualify in the USA Pallino D'Oro. Thanks for posting this. I am the contact person - Ph# 246-505-4744. The costs and prizes will follow in a week."


John Luthor (Texas) sends news...

"Here in Austin we have a loose club of about 15 regular players and we use two courts built by a company that operates a mixed use development called the Triangle here. They have two beautiful courts, but I am afraid they were built by the same guys that built the condos and offices at the complex. The owners of the Triangle support bocce and encourage us to play there, but while it is beautiful it has several faults. The surface is Astroturf over a layer of sand. I don't know what the base is made of. They have done no maintenance in two years and the court is bumps and dips where the sand has been moved around. I am the 'leader' of our bocce group and have been meeting with the owners and encouraging them to invest in some improvements so tournaments and league play would be more enjoyable. We could not host out of town teams on this court as it now stands. Hopefully they will follow up on our suggestions, including looking at Har-Tru.

We simply want to bring bocce to central Texas and do it right."

{I like that - bring bocce in and do it right! Keep us posted.}


Don't forget Sandro Martignetti's request for help with this year's charity bocce tourney...

Proceeds from this year’s tournament will be donated to the Michael J. Cleary Fund, which honors First Lieutenant Michael J. Cleary who was killed during valorous service in Iraq in 2005. Michael, a true American hero, lost his life at the hands of a roadside bomb. The goals of the Fund include supporting causes in the community that Michael gave his life supporting, aiding wounded veterans, helping families of our fallen heroes, and supporting other organizations which support OUR U.S. veterans. Plus, we hope to bring awareness to the daily sacrifices made by our servicemen and women in keeping our country safe.

Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to seeing you on October 11. (Details of the event can be found at .)

{If you are going to be in the neighborhood of Derry, New Hampshire and can help, please REPLY to . If you can make a contribution, please send to MFCBT c/o Martignetti Enterprises, 29 High St., Woburn, MA 01801.}


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
kiss the fanny image

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


Lio Giannotti is running a charity event...

"I am heading up a Charity Bocce Tournament at the end of October. It is for a foundation call Italidea. Italidea is a not-for profit organization created in 1995 with the purpose of promoting and expanding the knowledge of Italian language and culture throughout. Working in close relationship with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura and with the Education Office of the Consulate General of Italy, Italidea organizes a variety of private courses and promotes several public and private school programs for the teaching of the Italian language, providing financial support for teachers' salaries as well as instructional materials."

{View the pdf file brochure here: }


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: . }

Glo Boules by Playaboule...

Photos of the week
Elizabeth Jade Fontana always sends great descriptions and photos of her various bocce experiences and the following fits in with our recent discussions of bocce and fine dining vs. bocce and beer and brats.

She played in several tournaments and had some exceptional dining experiences along the way.

“Now, like so many times before, I come to the end of my vacation in Italy, and like always, with many incredible and beautiful memories of my friends and experiences. “

EJ Fontana tells of tournament experiences in Fienile (“The courts at Fienile are made of old style material and were very slow and uneven. One had to 'spinge'/push and find the right course to maneuver through all of the dips and moguls” as well as her play at the invitational women's tournament at the Viareggina.

“This annual tournament always ends with a seafood awards dinner. The antipasto was a tuna mix, and then marinated octopus. The first primo piatto was riso al mare/seafood with rice, then there was a second primo piatto of farfelle con polpe di grancchio/butterly pasta with crab meat. The secondi piatti was grilled fish with zucchini and potatoes. I thought that was going to be it, but it was followed by fritto misto/mixture of fried calamari, little octupus and shrimp. Also contorno of french fries, then salad. We each received a small fruit custard pastry, and gelato and all the wine and prosecco that we would want to drink. This dinner only cost 25 euro.”

Click below to see photos courtesy of Elizabeth, the world traveling bocce star, as well as many culinary delights she encountered along the way.

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}

Thinking about Fall weather yet?

$15 off With Coupon KC-6983 at

Costume Kingdom

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.


October 3, 2009 - New Hampshire - Plaistow. Clambake Bocce Tourney. Join us for a New England Clambake and bocce tourney. We'll put on a team - play begins in the morning, is interupted for the clambake then resumes afterwards with the final match. Menu ($40 pp covers the tourney too) includes 1.5 lb. lobster, steamers, clam chowder, corn, baked potato, Italian sausage and peppers, salad, bread and butter, beverages & dessert. Contact Mario Pagnoni @ 978-686-8679 or .


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


October 3 & 4, 2009. Vermont - Burlington. Vermont state bocce championship. Singles and doubles. Oakledge Park - doubles on Saturday and singles on Sunday. Contact Zander Ponzo @ 802-658-0240 or .


October 3 & 4, 2009 - New York - New York. 15th Annual Citywide Bocce Tourney. Visit


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 & 24, 2009. Illinois - Franklin Park (9230 Belmont Ave.). 4-person teams. Contact Lio Giannotti @ . View pdf file here:


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:


November 20 - 22, 2009. Michigan - Palazzo di Bocce. USA Pallino D' Oro and the North American Pallino D'Oro. Contact Mike Grasser at 246-505-4744.

November 21, 2009 - California - South City I.A.C.C. – RAFFA-2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @


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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