The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IX, Issue 1 - January 11, 2010 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   On the Up side...
•   2009 in Review
•   Joy of Bocce 3rd Edition
•   Same Old - Same Old
•   Tournament update
Notes from the publisher
The weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 9, Issue #1 - January 11, 2010
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2010
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hi gang and Happy New Year,

Time once again to reflect…on the ezine, on bocce and its progress.

Every January when I review the previous year’s issues I find all the typos (and cringe!) that I didn’t notice when I was working under deadline.

This issue begins our ninth year of publication. Nine years - who would-a-thunk it? When first launched in 2002, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to manage a weekly. One reader, a newsletter publisher himself, cautioned me about how ambitious an undertaking a weekly would become. He was right, but it has been a labor of love.

In 2009 I managed to get 43 issues to press. One year I managed to get 52 consecutive weeklies out. That’s the gold standard. I had hoped to get there again in 2010, but got sidetracked last week (and didn't publish) when an important bocce fund-raiser had to be put together on short notice.

A three-year-old with cerebral palsy (my friend Logan Debrocke) was accepted into a stem cell treatment program in Dusseldorf, Germany in February. So, we quickly mobilized to try to raise funds to defray the considerable cost incurred by the family. So, please forgive me as I was unable to launch the ezine last week. On the plus side, we set up a bocce fund-raiser for 1/23/10 and solicited donations and sold advance raffle tickets (for a set of Perfetta donated by yours truly) and managed to generate about $4000 in the first week. More on this in next week's issue...

The primary goal for the newsletter has always been to promote the game and to be a voice for unifying it.

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

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Riverfront Park - Haverhill, MA...

2009 in Review
Each year it is difficult to assess the game’s growth. We never seem to be able to get hold of empirical data…how many sets of balls sold nationwide, how many people playing our game, etc. {Although I have a plan in mind....well, more of an idea, about how to collect that data - more to follow in 2010 if my idea works out}.

This paragraph from past years’ “Year in Review” hold true once again…

"The past year saw a steady increase in newspaper, magazine and television pieces on our game. As always, writers and interviewers compare the game to shuffleboard or horseshoes. These comparisons are valid I guess, but bocce has a cerebral aspect that horseshoes does not and shuffleboard only approximates. Those other games are fine. I like them. But they can't hold a candle to our game."

One of the better print articles we saw locally was from Merrimack Valley Magazine, a bi-monthly glossy. We've been interviewed for many bocce articles over the years. Even though some of them print inaccuracies and misstatements about bocce, we always figure that any publicity is good publicity. This one is "spot on". The young pup (author Chris Markuns) can turn a phrase, and his treatment of local bocce happenings is the best I've read. Kevin Harkins' great photos complement the piece perfectly. Check it out here...


People who ran good programs in the past continued to do so in 2009...forgive me as I mention just a few...

Frank Valanzola's annual New Jersey Bocce Invitational benefiting Operation Shoebox and other charities...

Wayne Farinacci...Cleveland International Challenge Cup Of Bocce...

Gino Latessa...Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce and Italian Festival...

The ever-popular World Series of Bocce in Rome, NY...

Ben Musolf and the Campo di Bocce...

United States Bocce Federation Championships included Men's Singles, Women's Singles, Under 21 Singles, Precision Shooting and Lagging Competition, and an Open Invitational hosted by Campo di Bocce prior to the National Championships.

For complete results view .

One eye-opener was in the Open A Tourney where Bella Bocce (composed of four outstanding female players) bested Florida One (composed of 4 equally outstanding male players).


Michael Grasser's Pallino d'Oro at Michigan's Palazzo di Bocce...




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: . or REGISTER/RENEW ON LINE AT . }

Perfetta in stock at Playaboule!

Same Old - Same Old
A lot of the same complaints as in previous years...

There's still not much bocce in the schools. Only a handful of club teams that I know of.

Most important: still no big time TV exposure for the game.

We still need more courts in the public domain – more publicity debunking the stereotype of old Italian men playing the game - getting the message out about how the game brings families together – that all ages can play – that it is not only a game of skill but one with a cerebral element as well.

A MUST is increased recognition for the United States Bocce Federation. We need to get a wider acceptance and respect for the USBF as the governing body of bocce in America. With many thousands of registered members, advertisers will be more likely to take an interest.

We absolutely NEED to get Open Rules bocce to the Senior Games.

Although basketball, softball, and track and field are national sports (you qualify one year and play in the nationals the next), there aren't yet enough states playing senior bocce to make it a national event.

When we get there, there will be qualifying teams from around the USA. We could broaden their horizons by putting on demonstrations of Punto Raffa Volo international style play.

Send a correspondence and help us lobby:

Ray Hoyt
Director of National Games and Athlete Relations
National Senior Games Association
PO Box 82059
Baton Rouge, LA 70844-2059

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."


The Joy of Bocce Weekly is still struggling with email deliverability problems.

Lots of spam filters are in place and, in some cases, wanted material gets filtered out with the unwanted. We get hundreds of “bounced” emails every week.

If you have experienced intermittent reception of Joy of Bocce Weekly, one thing you can do (if you haven’t already) is CONFIRM your subscription – at the bottom of each ezine is a Confirm link – Click to Confirm that you do indeed want to receive mail from - this will make it more likely that the ezine will avoid your spam folder.

Another thing you can do is to add the FROM address that’s attached to the ezine ( ) to your address book.

Also, I've taken to archiving each ezine right after I launch it. So, even if the newsletter doesn't show up in your in-box on Monday morning, you're able to go to, click on Back Issues, and open up the current issue. Note: you’ll have to scroll down through 8 years worth of back issues.

Joy of Bocce merchandise...

On the Up side...
We're seeing a lot more bocce presence on the web and on YouTube...

Ace bocce promoter Elizabeth Wong Fontana sent this...

"I hope that this bocce forum that I created at Yahoo Groups will help to get bocce news, information, tournament results posted by you-the subscribers/readers/bocce players.

Italy has a wonderful forum for their players at . But it's all written in Italian, and not very easy to subscribe to if you are not able to read Italian. I was hoping to find a bocce forum website here in the USA that was easy for readers to find. Since that was not the case, here is the birth of BocceUSAforum at Yahoo Groups:

All postings will be publicized within minutes of receipt. I will try to set it up so different topics are easy to find. I will be reporting twice daily from Bevagna Italy during the Women's International Bocce Raffa/Volo Championships during March 29 - April 5."

Here's link to a little PR the USA women's team received...

Elizabeth also sent this...

"The latest video coverage of bocce in the USA of the Sutter Creek Italian Picnic Bocce Tournament 2009 introducing some of California's top Open players, and interviews of who's new on the scene."

{I got into the video creation mode too - am now working on creating some helpful bocce videos. Check out the progress here: .}

New bocce sites... (not to be confused with which is the one promoted by the late Bocce Bob Whitlow in Illinois).

New site for NE Ohio bocce.


Congratulations to Benji Tosi who won bronze by placing 3rd at the Pan American Bocce Championship in Lima, Peru! Tosi become the first male American to claim an international bocce medal.



We helped run another successful charity bocce tourney with the Martignetti family, raising $37,400 for the First Lieutenant Michael J. Cleary Memorial Fund. Lieutenant Cleary's parents were in attendance and they shared with the players how the funds are put to good use helping families who have lost sons and daughters serving our country. It was a very moving experience and one that made me and my bocce posse proud to have helped with this event.


Bocce keeps moving into restaurants and pubs...


Revised Open Rules...

Dr. Cordano has been working with a committee of USBF members who have worked to revise and update the Open Rules. The results should be finalized soon. According to Dr. C...

"The idea behind the effort of improved Open Rules is that hopefully they will be accepted by most of the USA or at least used as a reference tool. Behind the concepts are the experiences of players and Board members that have participated in many events throughout the US.

In the areas of New York state and Ohio as well as Pennsylvania, there are several large money events with participation of several hundreds of players. Many of these tournaments are played on 60 ft courts with players using one ball each. Many of these events have large participation from Canadian teams as well as surrounding areas of the US. The quality of the games in the final rounds is impressive to say the least. For that reason alone there is great need for the pointing and shooting lines to become standardized. In closing, even though the Committee members could NOT AGREE 100% on all the items in the final version, they were able to reach a majority approval. The most difficult situation is trying to please everyone and yet accept that there are so many different ways that Open is played in the US. The Committee feels their interpretation represents the most balanced way for Open to be played."

Visit the USBF's updated web site...

Joy of Bocce 3rd Edition
I didn't make much progress on the new edition in 2009. I dragged my feet, but am getting my act together and hope to send it to the publisher by the end of March 2010. I'm shooting for a Spring 2010 launch.

I'm not rushing as I figure that, if I do a good job, this edition might be the one that really helps the sport grow.

I'll continue the arduous task of landing a traditional publisher, something I am less than anxious to undertake (been there, done that, got frustrated a lot).

The more detailed and comprehensive 2nd edition will probably 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 edition will feature only high resolution photos - (I'll be sending requests for photos from subscribers soon).

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

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Tournament update
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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.


January 23, 2010 - Arizona - Phoenix. Arizona American Italian Club (AAIC) is hosting an 8 team tournament. For information and/or registration forms call Frank McCune at 602-957-8720.


January 23, 2010 - New Hampshire - Hampstead. "Stem the Tide of Cerebral Palsy" charity tourney. Four-player teams. Proceeds help send 3-year-old Logan Debrocke to Dusseldorf, Germany for a stem cell treatment procedure that is experiencing phenomenal results. Contact Mario Pagnoni @ 978-686-8679 or .


January 30, 2010 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS. Contact Mike Crocce @ 209-466-0541.


February 20, 2010 - California - Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. OPEN - 2 MEN 2 WOMEN. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074.


February 27, 2010 - California - IAC Stockton. Maureen Albanese Valentines Tournament. OPEN - 2 MEN 2 WOMEN. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.


March 6, 2010 - California - Stockton - Elkhorn. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS MIXED. Contact Elizabeth Wong @ 209-688-0595.


March 11 - 14, 2010. Florida - Cape Coral. World Series Bocce Invitational of Cape Coral. 3-PLAYER TEAMS. 1st place $6000 guaranteed. Contact George Furlan @ 239-275-9968.


March 27, 2010 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA - 3 PLAYERS, 2 Men & 1 Woman. Contact Romano Lotti @209-951-8256.


April 3, 2010 - California - Sacramento - East Portal. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-961-2404.


April 10, 2010 - California - Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos - OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408- 379-9409.


April 10, 2010. California - IAC Womens Aux. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Shirley Croce @ 209-466-0541.


April 17, 2010 - California - IACC South City. OPEN - 3 PLAYERS. Contact Aldo Peruzzi @ 650-583-8904.


May 1, 2010 - California - San Mateo PIASC. RAFFA 3 MEN PLAYERS. Contact Adriano Undorte at 650-591-3318.


May 1, 2010 - California - San Mateo PIASC. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.


May 8, 2010 - California - Stockton Waterloo. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.


May 15, 2010 - California - Fairfield. OPEN, 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Wayne Little @ 707-864-1023.


May 15, 2010 - California - Aquatic Park. VOLO, 3 PLAYERS. Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-238-2995.


May 22, 2010 - California - Sacramento. East Portal. RAFFA, 3 PLAYERS. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-961-2404.


May 29, 2010 - California - Carmel Valley. OPEN, 4 PLAYERS. Contact Giovanni Napoli @ 831-521-5092.


June 4 - 6, 2010. Pennsylvania - New Castle. 1st Annual 4 Man Bocce Tournament - Cascade Park Bocce Facilities. $4000 1st. Place. Contact Mitchie @ 724-333-6385. More Info at


June 5, 2010 - California - IACC South City. RAFFA, 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Ginger Hanley @ 650-271-6009.


June 6, 2010 - California - IBS Sutter Creek. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. At Least 1 Woman. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.


June 12, 2010 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA - 3 PLAYERS. Western Sector Championship. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.


June 19, 2010 - California - IACC South City. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Gene Semenza @ 650-872-0192.


June 21 -23, 2010. Missouri - St. Louis IABC. USBF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - OPEN - contact Robert Della Croce @ 314-351-9895.


June 24 -26, 2010 - Missouri - St. Louis IABC. USBF NATIONAL PRV CHAMPIONSHIP. Contact Robert Della Croce @ 314-351-9895.


July 10, 2010. California - San Rafael - Marin. OPEN - 2 MEN PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.


July 11, 2010 - Oregon - Paesano Club. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Larry Cereghino at 503-201-4585.


July 17, 2010 - California - Fairfield. John Magnetti Memorial. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. . Contact Wayne Little at 707-864-1023.

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