The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IX, Issue 10 - March 22, 2010 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news and 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 9, Issue #10 - March 22, 2010
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2010
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello bocce friends,

Sorry I missed you last week. I was on a pretty good roll, faithfully getting the ezine out each week. Then, we had three days of wind and rain that knocked out phones and cable and the Internet. The Spicket River, a small tributary of the Merrimack River looked like the Colorado River. Lots of people went to see it - it looked like you could go white water rafting on it. I remember thinking that authorities ought to rope off some of these "viewing areas" because if you fell in, you'd have no chance of getting out.

Anyway, we've dried out, the rivers have receded, the power is back on and we're back in print. For this week's photos, Elizabeth Jade Fontana has sent some great pics and a write-up on her recent Ruby Raffa Classic. Enjoy!

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

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

George Farruggio of the Punta Gorda Bocce Club (Punta Gorda, Florida) got a vote of thanks from the Special Olympics bocce folks...

"We had our Special Olympics Luncheon Saturday 3/6/10. We gave out ribbons to all the athletes of Special Olympics. They just love Bocce. We practice every Saturday getting ready for the finals at Cape Coral of which 3 other counties participate. They gave me a plaque showing their appreciation. I was very grateful. I have been working with Special Olympics Bocce for the last 5 years, and it is very rewarding. Love every bit of it. Remember, the name of the game is BOCCE."

{Farruggio is one of the "good guys" of bocce, promoting the game and volunteering for good causes. Click the photo to get a better look at his well deserved plaque.}


And a question from Punta Gorda's Farruggio...

"A couple of my league players are complaining about some players shooting. When they shoot they lob the ball over the center line. Is this a foul or a house rule in open bocce? I ruled it a dead ball. Am I right or should we have a meeting and vote on it? Again the name of the game is BOCCE, not BOCCE BALL."

{Well, my take on this is that your "house rules" would apply. A shot that crosses the center line on the fly is basically a volo. Do you allow volo in your leagues? I know some places do not because they think the high lofting shots will create ruts in the court surface. Others cite insurance or safety risks. It's unfortunate that some places outlaw the volo. It's one of the neatest shots in the game, and one that requires a good deal of skill. Still, it's your league. You might want to get together with the troops and clarify your house rules.}


Feline Frustrations

Here's an interesting problem I hadn't heard of before...

John Malady of Mechanicsburg, PA (near Harrisburg) writes...

"Can you direct me to someone that can assist me regarding cats? Neighbor cats seem to enjoy the really large and convenient Litter Box that we built in our yard.

How do you prevent them from using it?"

{Has any reader dealt with this problem? Please REPLY so we can get the word out here.}


David Canclini sends an announcement...

"The Italian Athletic Club in Stockton, CA will be starting its spring Punto, Raffa, Volo League on Tuesday, March 30, 2010. Any players wishing to participate in this league should attend a pre-league meeting on Tuesday, March 23rd at 6:30 p.m. or contact David Canclini at 209- 957-3314."


Vern Cooper sends an entry form for the East Portal Bocce Club's April 3rd Tournament.


Bob Arserio is familiar with the Milford, Connecticut beach that I wrote about in a recent issue...

"I saw your note on playing on the beach in Milford. I grew up in Milford and left to go in the Air Force in 1968.

Now living in Deerfield Beach, FL and trying to get as many people playing as I can. Sent players back to CT, WY, OR, HI, SC, Panama and Costa Rica."

{I grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball (and I have the jump shot to prove it - well, more of a set shot nowadays). We vacationed in Milford, CT every summer and have fond memories of those trips with family to the beach.

There were great sandbars to play bocce and wiffle ball on. Also, you could (at low tide) walk out to an island - a strange geological feature. One summer I almost got caught out there because the tide was coming in and I hadn't learned how to swim yet. Just made it back in time!

Bob told me that he "Almost got caught on the walk out to Charles Island a few times myself and being a nonswimmer even ankle deep water was scary."}


Aiken, South Carolina's Pat Perry sends this...

"Always enjoy your newsletter. I've attached a file for a bocce tournament fundraiser I'm putting together in Aiken, SC for our Leadership Aiken class. Please let me know if you have any ideas I could use for the tournament. I'll send pictures when I have them."

Check out the flyer here:

{Sometimes it's difficult to find bocce clip art and I often see artwork like the one in the flier above. It's actually of a lawn bowls player. You can tell because it's obviously a lawn bowl in his hand and he has one foot on the mat which is a lawn bowls rule. Once, at a pretty good size bocce tourney, I noticed that the tourney organizer (who should have known better) handed out lawn bowls medals to the winning teams. I think I was the only one who noticed. The sport needs to get more entrenched in the mainstream so that bocce medals and clip art are readily available.

Check out the Martignetti Family Charity Tournament for additional charity tourney ideas. }



Rockman president Mike Esposito is none other than the BC running back with all the rushing records and a stint in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons.

With Esposito on board we’ll TACKLE any job. Call for a no-risk quote. Mike can BLOCK any objection. If you need to see schematics, we can set up a DRAW PLAY. We’ll help you pick the best location on your property for the bocce LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. We’re very concerned with maintaining the integrity of your lawn and yard area. We’ll minimize the use of heavy machinery, replacing it with man-power to minimize any ENCROACHMENT on your property.

No one wants a construction crew on site for weeks on end, so there will be no DELAY OF GAME. We’ll BLITZ through the construction, getting in and out of the job site in record time.

As an added bonus, the Bocce Guy will make frequent visits to the work site, taking photos for The Joy of Bocce and helping to make sure that the crew continues to make FORWARD PROGRESS. Make no mistake though, Mike is the FRANCHISE player. He’s the SIGNAL CALLER, running the show right from the opening KICKOFF, making sure you are happy with the finished product.

Call the Bocce Guy at 978-686-8679 or email and we’ll set a no risk appointment to look at your potential job site.


Dr. Cordano gives us an update on the recent Cape Coral tournament...

"The tournament ended up on Sunday at 2 PM because a huge storm forced water in one of the courts and only 3 courts were available on the first day of the competition.

The result was anticipated because the favorite team was made up of Jorge Moreno and Fabio (two internationally known, exceptional players) and Rosario Cavalli, a good local player. However, they lost a couple of games because there was good competition.

There was participation of 21 teams (Triples) and players came from Chicago, Conn., DL, Canada and other areas of the country.

Local organizers from the Cape Coral Bocce Association did a superb job and special accolades go to Skinny Battista, Lawrence Bennett and George Furlan (who guaranteed the prizes).

The winner team took $6,000, 2nd place $2,000, 3rd $1000, 4th $750 and 5th and 6th $500.

The USBF presented membership cards to the first 3 teams."




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 HTTP://WWW.BOCCE.COM}

Photos of the week
Looks like Elizabeth Jade Fontana pulled off her PRV tourney (Ruby Raffa Classic) with flying colors. She sends the following write-up and a slew of excellent photos...

“I wanted to do a women's tournament like I have seen and participated in Italy. Where teams are pretty evenly matched because they are made up of women one from each Category A, B, and C. Especially with the Italian women's tournaments, they find sponsors and donors for their raffles or drawings.

The conception of any dream is the easy part, it's being able to deliver that is the toughest part. Finding players who would participate and support the concept, there will be some doubts and doubters, ‘While we strongly support expanding the ranks of US women raffa players, we do not think the ideas/format under consideration will accomplish that goal.’ When this happens, you press on with the 90% who do support you.

{There are always detractors. People who are Do-ers always get criticized by the Talk-ers. Some people see other people's success as their failure...a sad commentary on human nature.}

How to find donors and sponsors? First and foremost, you look to your friends, supporters of bocce, and be one yourself. Competitive raffa players owned their own set of beautiful balls. With the growth of raffa, there are more sales of balls and bocce accessories. Mike Grasser of DaVinci Bocce has always been a contributor to this sport in America from providing the seasoned players with the best assortment of bocce apparel, the beautiful colors of Super Martel bocce balls, and with his organization of the annual North American Pallino d'Oro tournaments. Mike provided our tournament with a beautiful bocce set of Super Martel ‘Geos’ with matching bag, and 6 ball cloths to give away.

Next, some if not most bocce players drink. From a lowly beer Miller's Genuine Draft to a bottle of California's best wines, a way to wind down from that competitive high or to celebrate that winning frame, bocce players aren't tea drinkers. A friend of mine, Billy Shawver of ‘Hula Girl’ tropical rum beverages supplied us with almost 200 assorted bottles of this island paradise drink.

Twenty-five years ago, I used to do wedding videography before I became a teacher. One of my clients, Rima Barkett of Massa Carrera, Italy has now published an excellent Italian cookbook, ‘Cooking Dinner - Simple Italian Family Recipes that Everyone Can Make’. She donated one of her cookbooks and gave a humorous, yet insightful presentation at the tournament luncheon. ‘The funny thing is that when I came to this country I noticed that people ate in the car, not an ice cream but a WHOLE meal! And I did not know what the holes in the car were for (cup holders) or why people needed to be drinking tubs of whatever at their desks all day long. As you know, in Italy we eat and drink only at meal time, not all day long.’

We were able to have a drawing for her 'ready to prepare' Focaccia mixes. { }

Because Stockton is located in the heart of California's agricultural region, we are fortunate to have the freshest of cherries, tomatoes, peaches, walnuts, and our very own celebrated Asparagus Festival. Richard Bozzano, a farmer in the field and our friend on the bocce courts, donated 3 crates of asparagus to our players.

Another drinking buddy of mine, Don Lovecchio, has the largest produce warehouse in Stockton, so he generously offered three gift boxes of an assortment of fruits for our tournament giveaway.

Jerry South, the USBF Western Sector vice-president, donated $30 for the ‘South of the Border’ drawing to a lucky player coming from the East Bay. Several men volunteered many hours to referee the matches and provided other support services: Vern Cooper, Jack Woo, Manny Romo, Albert Leonardi, and Ron Jacobs.

And last, not least, my dearest friend and biggest bocce supporter is of course Rino Nencini, my 88 year old bocce coach from Firenze Italia. He is still a Category A player on and off of the courts. He gave me 16 new Firenze Bocce team club shirts and a deluxe bocce bag for the tournament drawing.

This tournament theme was Hawaiian since it is named after my mother who lives in Hawaii. I brought back Hawaiian charms for all of the players, and 6 Hawaiian beach bags for the giveaway. But the most sought-after prizes of this tournament were the six 18 kt. gold Italian bocce medals that I purchased in Viareggio, Italy.

The excitement of this tournament encouraged new women to practice the raffa style of bocce. Some were even practicing on Sunday after church. We even had 8 men to help fill out the formation of the entry-level teams. Many of the women brought wonderful baked items and decorations to show their spirit and enthusiasm. I couldn't have done it without them.

After a whole day of Punto Raffa Volo bocce with 16 teams of 40 women and 8 men, the winner of the those Super Martel ‘Geos’ was Lena Vasconcellos. Ida Queirolo won the large Firenze Bocce team bag which many people have offered to buy from her."

{Just goes to show how one person with some people skills and organizational skills can put together a program that brings enjoyment to a lot of people while promoting our game. Congratulations to Elizabeth for a job well done!}

Ruby Raffa Women's Mixed Categories
Winners of the Gold Medals: Bocce Girls - Debbie O'Sullivan, Doris Perez, Ida Queirolo

2nd Place: Team Pink - Margaret Shindelus, Jean Godin, and Barbara Heisler.

3rd Place: Bocce Babes - Jo Ann Jacobs, Sharon Cooper, and Nancy Martignago

4th Place: 3 Bocce Chicks - Navina Bernardi, Teena Bruzzoni, and Natalina Bernardi

Ruby Raffa Women's Entry-level with 1 Man

Winners of the Gold Medals: Two Ladies and The Kid - Lee Cerri, Judy Canclini, Drew Page

2nd Place: Double Shot - Beverly Wright, Toni Nicholas, and Tony Randazzo

3rd Place: Guess Who - Marilyn Greco, Lydia Traverso, and Norris Googler

4th Place: Two Beauties and a Beast - Pat Ross, Dorothy, and Gerald Gilligan

{More from Elizabeth...}

Tournament Side Notes

1. After organizing this raffa tournament for the women, it has given me a new appreciation for those who have organized tournaments for all of us to enjoy.

2. Lee Cerri, winner of the Italian gold medal was very surprised to find out that the medals came from the city of her birth, Viareggio.

3. A special thanks to Colleen Randazzo for donating a beautiful artisan ceramic salad bowl and platter set to the tournament giveaway.

4. Other suggestions for women's tournaments would be more door prizes for the participants, not just awards for the winners. A ‘White Elephant’ exchange could be done.

5. Category tournaments ensure a diversity of winners.

View this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week




Bede Kortegast offers this great promotion after much discussion in previous week's ezines on bocce for the color blind:

"I thought that as a favor to your readers we would offer a discount of $50 a set off our pro balls.

This would be a one time deal and be available for only till we place our big order with Perfetta.

"The promotional code you can enter is mp40pro - This is done on the checkout page in a box called 'Promotional Code' and will be subtracted from the product cost there.

Delivery for them will be in approx. 10 weeks. Because these will be a special order, payment is upfront and the sets are not returnable or exchangeable."


Click to take advantage of this great limited time offer...

Non bocce product of the week
Spring is Coming - Think Grilling & Bocce!

Pre-Season Sale - Save Up to 40% On Select Grills!

Porch Swings Sale...

Tournament update
{chronological order}


Don't let the West Coast players hog all the space!

SEND INFO - WE'LL POST - NO CHARGE - SEND ME A PDF (File for me to post).

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


April 10, 2010 - California - Women's Aux. - OPEN - 4 Women players. Contact Shirley Croce @ 209- 466-0541.


April 17, 2010 - California - Campo los Gatos.
OPEN - 4 players. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408-379-9409.


April 24, 2010 - California - IACC South City. OPEN - 3 PLAYERS. Contact Aldo Peruzzi @ 650-583-8904.


April 24, 2010 - Washington - Bellingham. 8th annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament. Contact Tom McNutt @ . Visit


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 - New Hampshire - Hampstead. Massachusetts Senior Games. USBF Open rules - four-player teams. Contact Mario Pagnoni at or 978-686-8679.


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 @ 415-238-7995.


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 David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.


June 19, 2010 - California - IACC South City. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact TBA.


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.


July 24, 2010 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 1 MAN 1 WOMAN. Contact Bob Kennedy @ 209-570-7500.


July 31, 2010 - California - Campo di Bocce Los Gatos. RAFFA - 1 MAN 1 WOMAN. "The Little Johnny" - Contact John Ross @ 408-354-0625.


August 7, 2010 - California - Marin San Rafael - OPEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.


August 14, 2010 - California - IACC South City. OPEN 4 PLAYERS - Western Sector Champ. Contact to be named later.


August 21, 2010 - California - Campo Los Gatos. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408-379-9409.


August 28, 2010 - California - Sacramento - East Portal. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-961-2404.


September 18, 2010 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 1 MAN 1 WOMAN. Contact Roy Ramacciotti @ 209-369-2389.


September 19, 2010 - California - PIASC - San Mateo. OPEN 4 PLAYERS (at least 1 Woman). Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.


September 25, 2010 - California - IACC South City. RAFFA 3 PERSON. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.


October 2, 2010 - California - IBS Sutter Creek. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.


October 9, 2010 - California - San Rafael - Marin. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.


October 10, 2020 - California - IACC South City. VOLO - 2 PLAYERS. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-697-7702.


October 16, 2020 - California - Sacramento - East Portal. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-961-2404.


October 23, 2010 - California - Marin - San Rafael. OPEN 4 PLAYERS Novato Rotary Fall Classic. Contact Frank Bruno @ 415-798-0668.

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