The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VIII, Issue 8 - March 2, 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 #8 - March 2, 2009
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2008
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hi again bocce faithful,

It's hard for us New Englanders to feel like the outdoor bocce season is just around the corner when we're shoveling yet another foot of snow from a March Nor'easter. But hope springs eternal.

My group is again hosting the bocce segment of the Mass. Senior Games on May 16, 2009. If you are going to be in the neighborhood, please consider entering a team.

We need to start a serious effort to get bocce recognized as a national event in the Senior Olympics and I am asking you to send an email supporting this effort. The details are listed below under "Bocce news".

Thanks for helping us make this important step for the growth of the game in America.

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

Bocce in Boston's North End...

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

John Ross sends another photo of Benji Tosi who won bronze by placing 3rd at the Pan American Bocce Championship (Volo) in Lima, Peru.

"The gentlemen on the left and right are officials from Peru and the gentleman second from the right is A. Lagier-Bruno, the president of the FIB, the world governing body for volo."

{Click the photo for a better view and click this link for a peek at Ben Tosi's site: }


Benjamin Musolf sends this...

"The departure date is fast approaching and the USA women's PUNTO, RAFFA, VOLO and VOLO teams are ready to go represent the USA at the 2009 Women's World Bocce Championships is Bevagna, Italy! This is your chance to see the country's best women bocce players and support them as they make this historical journey.

On St. Patrick's Day this year, March 17, 2009 Campo di Bocce of Livermore will be hosting a sponsorship dinner for all eight of these women. Come on down to Campo di bocce and celebrate St. Patty's day Italian style! There will be a Corned beef and Cabbage all you can eat buffet with beer and wine specials all night long!

We will have bocce demonstrations from both Women's teams as well as a raffle with a multitude of great prizes. The cost is $25.00 per person and this is an event you will not want to miss. Mark it on your calendar and be sure to come down and support team USA!

The attached flyer has all of the necessary information for the event! I hope to see you there!"

{Click for the pdf file: }


More from Ben Musolf and the Campo di Bocce...

The registration forms for the 2009 United States Bocce National Championships and 2009 Campo di Bocce
invitational are attached. The dates have been set and the preferred hotel has been chosen.

The events this year for the United States Bocce Federation Championships are as follows:

1. Men's Singles
2. Women's Singles
3. Under 21 Singles (As long as the entrant turns 21 in 2009 he is eligible)
4. Precision Shooting and Lagging Competition

There will also be an Open Invitational hosted by Campo di Bocce prior to the National Championships. There will be an A and B division, some rules and stipulations will apply, please see entry form for details.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding the upcoming Championships and Invitational." - 408-857-0074


Daniel Klinedinst is president of the Mid-Florida-Lakes Bocce Club and asks about strategies and playing tips for new players.

I always recommend that new players sign up for the ezine. There are sometimes tips on strategy. There is also a chapter in my book on strategy and tactics. The e-book version can be downloaded from the publisher for $4.95 here:

Daniel promises to send photos and more info about his bocce operations.


Tourney date change/correction...

The 4-player Open rules tourney originally listed for the East Portal Bocce Club in Sacramento on March 21, 2009 will be played on MARCH 14, 2009. Contact Vern Cooper at 916-961-2404.



A message from USBF President Danny Passaglia...

"As the governing body for Bocce in America, the USBF is responsible for promoting, teaching, and also sending players to represent the USA in International and World events. Founded more than 30 years ago by an Italian tailor in Colorado, Mr. Chris Gerrardo, the Federation has established a solid support group throughout the USA.

As a not for profit organization, the USBF is recognized by the AAU, FIB, CBI and several Special Olympic organizations. Membership accounts for almost 60% of our funds and each year the USBF sanctions a National Tournament which is often used to select the players or Teams that will represent the USA abroad. It is through participation in the USBF that we are able to continue to support local area youth groups, senior citizen facilities and almost anywhere Bocce is played. One of our Honorary Directors is Mr. Steve Mariucci 'Coach'. Mr. Mariucci has been extremely helpful in promoting Bocce and even conducts an Annual Charity Tournament along with Mr. John Madden.

Membership is tax deductible and the USBF is currently working on many additional benefits for the card members in the immediate future. I hope that you will consider being part of our organization and fill out the application by clicking the link below."

{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: . }


We need to get Open Rules bocce into the Senior Olympics. This would go a long way to get increased exposure nationwide.

If you want to help lobby for this, send an email supporting bocce as an event at the National Senior Games.

Send it to:

Philip Godfrey, President and CEO

Send a cc to Mark Zeug, NSGA Chairman

2010 is a qualifying year for the National Games which are scheduled for Houston, TX in 2011 (you qualify one year and represent your state the following year). This from the Senior Games 2011 web site:

"Competitive events will include: archery, badminton, basketball, bowling, cycling, golf, horseshoes, race walk, racquetball, road race, shuffleboard, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field, triathlon and volleyball. In addition, there is the possibility of adding additional sports for 2011."


Frank Valanzola sends more info and a reminder about his June 20, 2009 3rd Annual New Jersey Bocce Invitational benefitting OperationShoebox New Jersey and Boys & Girls Clubs in New Jersey.

The"Italian Chicks" will entertain with their unique sytle of humor and song. Please take a moment to view their site.

Also, if you haven't already done so, please take a moment to view the "Fallen But Not Forgotten" video on the Dolce website. The song was written by Ray Boltz of Indiana and is a tribute to all heroes, i.e. police, soldiers and firefighters.

Viki Wallace, a singer/songwriter who has performed throughout the country has graciously offered to perform as well as her soldier tribute "When Will I See You". Our law enforcement are our soldiers on the home front and this year, due to the untimely passing of Belleville Police Officer Kenneth Santucci, we will offer CD's whereby all proceeds will benefit the Santucci Scholarship Fund established by the Belleville PBA Local #28.

View the site by clicking below:

To offer support, contact Frank Valanzola at, 908.400.0851 or visit .

Click here to view a pdf file.


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 #17 - May 2, 2005

Bob Whitlow of Bocce USA responds to last week's question about determining the proper angle for bank shots...

"We had the same problem here at Bocce USA. Our side walls are 4x6 timbers. At any angle when the ball would strike the rail it would just follow down the rail producing no rebound at all. Our side rails were no challenge to anyone.

To correct this problem, I experimented with many different types of rubber/foam compounds. I settled on a 3/4 inch thick medium density foam used in insulating commercial refrigeration units. I purchased a roll of this material at our local recycling plant. Using a saber saw with a knife blade I cut this foam into 5 1/2 inch wide strips. I used liquid nails to secure this to my 12 foot 1x6's. Then I screwed the finished product to my 4x6 rails, recessing the screws completely thru the foam. The foam compensates for the give in the bare rails. Now the balls come off the foam rails perfectly. The players really like it. If their rolling path is blocked by other balls, they now come of the rail to the pollina for point."


Joy of Bocce 3rd Edition - Photos Needed

I’ve decided to do a third edition, re-doing almost all the photographs. I’ve got a great new digital camera and can re-take many of the shots. In addition, I’m asking readers to submit new pics – at least 300 dpi is the goal. I'm asking you and my friends like court builders David Brewer, Mike Grasser, and Tom McNutt to re-submit photos of their best courts. The new edition will probably not be much different in terms of text (although I may tighten it a bit – friends of mine say to me…”Leave it to you to write a book this thick on bocce”).

I'll need your help with this effort. Please submit high quality (300 dpi) pics (and permission to reprint) of bocce in your neck of the woods. This project will be my main focus for 2009. Please help.

Bocce after a thunderstorm...

Photos of the week
This week's photos and write-up come courtesy of Jeff O'Heir...

"The Yonkers Bocce Club hosted the Winter Bocce Open, one of the first United States Bocce Federation-sanctioned tournaments in southern New York. Fifteen three-man teams, supported by dozens of spectators, competed on the two indoor courts at Hartley Park in Mount Vernon, which borders Yonkers, for a combined purse of more than $1,000.

The tournament started about 9 a.m. Saturday, following opening remarks by Mount Vernon's mayor Clinton Young, and lasted until 1 a.m. Sunday. The length of the tournament represented the quality of players – ranging in ages from 15 to 88, with several traveling from as far as Upstate New York and even San Diego, Calif. – who pushed many games to an 11-11 breaking point.

"It's so important to promote the sport and to introduce it to a younger generation with a tournament like this," said Guy DeSantis, president of the Yonkers Bocce Club and the USBF's Eastern Sector president, who organized the event with help from Yonkers Bocce Club members and USBF vice president Pete Rabito.

"We really want to make the community, surrounding towns and the state aware of bocce, whether it's the simple joy of playing a relaxed game or the competitive thrill of playing in quality tournaments."

DeSantis mentioned that several of the young players and their friends expressed interest in weekly play, as well as training for future open and international tournaments. Based on the success of the tournament, Desantis plans to host four a year, with the next slated for this spring.

DeSantis also used the tournament to promote the USBF. The $40 entrance fee for each player included a USBF membership card, along with an all-you-could-eat buffet catered by PIEzano's Pizza and Pasta of Yonkers.
The winning teams needed that nourishment to fuel them deep into the night and give the strength to haul away the four-foot trophies.

First-place trophies and the $400 purse went to Dino Vitti, Jack Bilancia, and Gabe Franco. William Bica, Bob Bohdan and Tony Pompa took second place and $300. Gregor Sayet-Bone, Peter Sayet and J.T. Puryear captured third and $200. Dan Piselli, Robert Piselli and Andy Hart slugged it out for fourth and $120.

"Events like this are important to both the federation and local communities because it introduces the federation and the game to a broader audience," Rabito said. "This also introduces the game to local politicians, who can act as a catalyst in helping to develop youth and senior bocce programs, which provide an inexpensive form of recreation."

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 ½ 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.

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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.


March 12 - 15, 2009 - Florida - Cape Coral. World Series Bocce Invitational. $6000 first place guaranteed. New Veterans Park Bocce Courts. 3-player teams - round robin. Contact George Furlan @ 239-275-9968.


March 14, 2009 - California - Sacramento - East Portal Bocce Club. OPEN - 4 players. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-961-2404.


March 28, 2009 - California - Stockton. I.A.C. RAFFA - 3 Players. At least 1 woman player. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.


March 30 - April 5, 2009. Italy - Bavena. Women's Raffa World Championship. Details TBA.


April 4, 2009 - California -South City - I.A.C.C. OPEN - 3 Players. Contact Rudy Bertolozzi @ 650-583-9936.


April 18, 2009 - California - Los Gatos. OPEN - 4 Players. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408-379-9409.


April 25, 2009 - California - Stockton, Waterloo. OPEN - 4 Players. At least two women players. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.


April 25, 2009 - Washington - Bellingham. The 7th Annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament. Proceeds benefit the Bellingham Food Bank. Contact Tom McNutt @ .


May 2, 2009 - California - San Mateo (P.I.A.S.C.). RAFFA - 3 players. Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.


May 2, 2009 - California - San Mateo (P.I.A.S.C.). OPEN -4 women players. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.


May 9, 2009 - California - Sacramento (East Portal). RAFFA - 3 players. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-961-2404.


May 16, 2009 - New Hampshire - Hampstead. Massachusetts Senior Games. Triples - 3 players per team, men, women, or mixed play in one division. All participants must be at least 50 years of age. Contact or 978-686-8679.


May 16, 2009 - California - Fairfield. OPEN - 4 women players. Contact Vergie Trammell @ 707-425-5301.


May 22, 2009 - Illinois - Herrin. HerrinFesta Italiana Corporate Bocce Tournament. More info at & .


May 23, 2009 - California - Carmel Valley A. C. OPEN - 4 players. Contact Giovanni Napoli @ 831-521-5092.


May 23, 2009 - Illinois - Herrin. HerrinFesta Italiana Adult/Child Tournament. More info at & .


May 24, 2009 - Illinois - Herrin. HerrinFesta Italiana International Tournament. More info at .


May 30, 2009 - California - I.A.C.C. - South City. RAFFA -2 women players. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.


May 31, 2009 - WESTERN SECTOR MEETING - I.A.C. - Stockton. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-961-2404.


June 6, 2009 - California - Stockton I.A.C. RAFFA - 3 players. Western Sector Championship. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.


June 7, 2009 - California - Sutter Creek. I.B.S. OPEN - 4 players. At least one woman. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.


June 13, 2009 - California - Martinez. RAFFA - 2 players. Contact Jeremy Calhoun @ 510-450-2545.


June 20, 2009 - New Jersey - Franklin Twp. 3rd Annual Bocce Invitational at Colonial Park. Proceeds will support Operation Shoebox New Jersey and Boys & Girls Clubs of New Jersey. View pdf here:


June 20, 2009. California - South City. I.A.C.C. OPEN - 2 men and 2 women players. Contact Rudy Bertolozzi @ 650-583-9936.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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. At least two women. 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.

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