The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IX, Issue 12 - April 5, 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 #12 - April 5, 2010
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2010
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again my bocce friends,

I'm in the home stretch with the new edition of The Joy of Bocce. {I know, you've heard that before, but this time I really mean it.} I'm just scrambling to get all the photographs in order so I can submit the entire package to the publisher in a couple weeks. It will be a relief to have this project finally "put to bed."

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}

Beach Bocce Fund-Raiser Planned for July

I've been contacted by the Rumney Marsh Restoration Committee fom Revere, Massachusetts. They want to run a bocce fund-raiser for the Rumney Marsh Burial Ground, one of the oldest burial grounds in Massachusetts (established 1693). They'll hold the event on the beach at low tide. So, I checked the tide tables and made a visit to the location and found that it was perfect for beach bocce - no sand bars, but a wide and long, flat area well out from the shore where you could set up an almost unlimited number of Chris Pfeiffer's Backyard Bocce Courts. The photo above right is of the proposed event area at low tide. Click on it to view photos of Rumney Marsh Burial Ground.

The tentative date for the event is July 31, 2010 and we'll keep you posted here for two reasons. Maybe you can come and participate in the event or maybe you might want to follow the model of how such and event can work for a charity in your neck of the woods. Stay tuned.



(From Robert Della Croce)

"It’s time to register for the United States Bocce Federation National Tournament! The tournament, which will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, is scheduled for June 21-27. The registration deadline is May 8, 2010. No matter what your skill level, there is a game for you. In order to register for the tournament, get forms at or .

In addition to medals and money, however, winning teams in the Punto Raffa Volo category will be awarded the honor of representing the United States against Canada in the 2010 North American Championship and Club PRV winner in the World Tournament.

This will be the fifth time the Italia-America Bocce Club in St. Louis has hosted the national tournament. The club, founded in 1975, has been in its present quarters since 1994. The club facilities are among the very best. Five tournament-caliber bocce courts, surfaced by Italian artisans, are surrounded by plexiglass for safety. There is a conveniently located full-service bar, as well as a full kitchen and an elegant area for dining and dancing.

One of the main attractions of the club is its location in the heart of 'The Hill', the City’s traditional Italian Neighborhood. And it really is a neighborhood. There are dozens of restaurants to choose from – Italian and otherwise – many of them within easy walking distance of the Club. Located within only a few blocks of the club are several Italian grocery stores, bakeries and delis -- even a gelateria/coffee shop. St. Ambrose Catholic Church is only one block away.

Additionally, only a short drive away, the City offers visitors the world-class Missouri Botanical Garden and the St. Louis Zoo, with rhinos on the Riverwalk, and its new Puffin and Penguin area. Entry to the Zoo is free – as is entry to the St. Louis Art Museum. Both the Zoo and the Art Museum are located in Forest Park, which is also home to 36 holes of golf, boating for children and adults alike, several restaurants and The Muny. The Muny is a large outdoor theater in the park which presents a new production weekly.

Lumiere Place is a grand downtown casino with all the amenities. And when you win big, the shopping in St. Louis is topnotch. It’s all here – from Macy’s to Nieman-Marcus.

The USBF Tournament will open on June 21 with a Welcome Reception. The tournament will include both Open Bocce and Punto Raffa Volo.

Two Open Bocce tournaments will be played at the same time on June 22 and 23: the USBF Open Championship and the St. Louis Money Tournament. The USBF Open Championship will have one division only. Participating teams must have four members (men, women or mixed) and team members need not belong to the same club. Medals will be awarded to the first, second and third-place teams. The entry fee for this tournament is $60.00 per player.

The St. Louis Money Tournament will also have only one division and will require four-member teams (men, women or mixed). Again, team members do not have to belong to the same club. At this time, the club anticipates that a minimum of $4,000.00 will be awarded as prize money to the top four teams. Entry fee for the Money Tournament is $75.00 per person.

There will also be two Punto Raffa Volo tournaments played concurrently: the USBF Club Punto Raffa Volo Championship and the USBF Women’s Team Punto Raffa Volo Championship. These tournaments will be played on June 24-26 and will be continued on June 27 if necessary.

In the USBF Punto Raffa Volo Championship, a team may have either three or four players. A team may be composed of all men, or men and women. All players on a team must belong to the same club. The entry fee for this tournament is $60.00 per person.

Teams in the USBF Women’s Team Punto Raffa Volo Championship may consist of three or four women. Mixed teams are not permitted. Team members, however, do not have to belong to the same club. The entry fee is $60.00 per person.

The first and second place Punto Raffa Volo teams in the USBF Club Championship and the Women’s Team Championship will represent the USA against Canada in the North American Championship which will also be held at St. Louis’s Italia-America Bocce Club, October 7-10, 2010. The USBF Club Punto Raffa Volo Champions will also represent the United States at the World Tournament at a site to be determined.

The National Tournament in St. Louis will conclude with an Awards Banquet on June 26, 2010. The cost of the banquet is $35.00 and tickets should be purchased at the time of registration, since only a limited number of tickets will be available the week of the tournament.

Anyone participating in the USBF National Tournament must have a current USBF membership card. Again, registration forms are available at or"

{I'm lining up teammates who will make the trip to St. Louis with me. Hope to see you there. Come over and say hello. I'll be the portly guy sporting the Joy of Bocce cap - the one trying desperately to figure out how to point on these extremely fast courts.}


Peter Di Turi, Webmaster, Auburn Bocce Club...

"Thanks for the piece in the Joy of Bocce about the Webcast. Although it may have been late in posting, I am greatly appreciative that you posted the notice nonetheless!

Based upon the significant feedback that I have received on the first Puget Sound Bocce Webcast, I have gone one step further and have created a Puget Sound Bocce channel on I am not only posting the broadcasts of the tournament and latest Puget Sound Bocce News, but I am currently taking non-copyrighted videos related to bocce from YouTube and other sites and are putting them in the programming for the channel, so a variety loop is played all the time, 24/7.

Over time, I would expect there will be more Puget Sound Bocce content to mix with the videos. I am going to broadcast the Bellingham Bay tournament live later this month, so live events would also be part of the channel, too.

I want to be able to post your videos as part of the programming loop, since they fit really well with the concept of the Puget Sound Bocce channel. I’m not making ANY money on this, but if I can help spread the promotion of bocce and let people know of the bocce experience, I know that our game will get stronger attention. Please let me know if I can post any uncopyrighted or copyrighted videos that are made by you or the Joy of Bocce. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about the new Puget Sound Bocce channel.

Thanks for your time and support of bocce!"

{Sure thing, Pete, post away. I know exactly what you are talking about when you say you aren't "...making ANY money on this." My wife and I have this conversation all the time. Still, we're helping the game we love grow, little by little.

I only wish I had the energy to learn all this high tech stuff. There's just so much coming at you at once, streaming video, Facebook, Twitter, etc., etc., etc. I'm so busy playing senior softball, basketball, and bocce, getting a weekly ezine to press, and completing the Joy of Bocce 3rd Edition. You can't expect a guy to give up his bocce matches to learn streaming video, now can you?}


Carl Matricardi asks...

"Do you know of any Bocce clubs in the Atlanta, Georgia area?"

{I always refers these "Southern" questions to Frank Knight who seems to have his finger on the pulse of bocce in the South. I've emailed him for help. Can any other reader respond to Carl at ?}


Vern Cooper sends tourney news..

"Attached you will find the entry form for May 22nd Raffa."


Dave Canclini does too...

Saturday, May 8, 2010. Stockton-Waterloo Gun and Bocci Club. Open Rules Bocce Tournament - Four Players per Team.


Fran Abbott writes...

"We are having a benefit bocce tournament -- a true 'first' for our area -- on May 22, hosted by the Napa Bocce Association. We're looking for outfits such as yours that could benefit from the exposure to the literally thousands of bocce players around here. Please contact me if you would like to see our plans and discuss possibilities."

{Contact Fran at .)


The USBF's Peter Rabito keeps us posted...

"As a certified Special Olympics coach who runs a SO Bocce training program in New York, I thought this might be of interest to your readers. The message is really a great one!

Special Olympics has launched a brand new public service announcement as a part of their ongoing ‘Be a Fan’ campaign entitled 'Skeleton' that encourages viewers to see the athlete first. The 30-second spot was created by international advertising agency, BBDO Worldwide, and features Mario Ogunbowale, a 21-year-old Special Olympics athlete hailing from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The PSA depicts CG-animated skeletons playing basketball skillfully. As they do, their bodies build up layer by layer—i.e. their organs appear, followed by their nervous system, etc. In closing, the viewer sees that the star basketball player, now fully formed, is actually Ogunbowale, and a super appears: 'see the athlete first'.

Ogunbowale was selected by Special Olympics to showcase his basketball skills in the global PSA after Special Olympics Wisconsin submitted his name for consideration after Mario’s team received the gold medal at the Wisconsin State Special Olympic Games earlier in 2009. Ogunbowale plays on the Milwaukee Blazers Special Olympics basketball team and enthusiastically showcased his personality to his fans after their gold medal win. Ogunbowale started competing with Special Olympics at age 16 and currently competes in basketball, track and bowling. Special Olympics, through sport, has been working to change attitudes about people with intellectual disabilities and help society see their capabilities.

Throughout the world, according to research, the public significantly underestimates the capabilities of people with intellectual disabilities which creates social stigmas and severely limits opportunities for them to participate in society. Due to the great vision of founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympic movement has been working to dispel misunderstanding and build communities of acceptance and respect for all."

The PSA can be viewed on YouTube:


South Carolina SO Bocce news from Sue Maner...

Bocce Ball at The Hall

April 24th

"Don't miss 'Bocce Ball at The Hall' on April 24th at Heathwood Hall in Columbia. Visit to get your registration form. $100 per 4-man team brings you a full day of bocce competition, fun and support for Special Olympics athletes in South Carolina.

This event is hosted by the Richland County Sheriff's Department. Bocce is a game that the entire family can enjoy, bring your family, bring your friends, bring your workmates and join in on the fastest growing (and the most fun) game in the world."




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}

More Yonkers Bocce...

Photos of the week
Dave Wilson (from Scotts Valley, CA and temporarily residing in Ormond Beach, FL) sends more photos...these from his iPhone.

"Here's some more beach bocce pix from Ormond Beach (next to Daytona). Thanks for publishing the last ones I sent you. It is a real conversation starter to mention your website and see folks enjoy a new level of information about my (our) favorite game.

Well, the weather finally warmed up a little and the ocean was kind to the beach - so, BOCCE!

We got some great 'one way' games in this afternoon. The pallino tended to roll back towards us a little, but the balls in play 'stuck'. Occasionally there would be a ball that didn't and it was fun rooting for it to change the point. Actually several frames were determined by balls which went past the pallino and then came back to nestle in next to it. Is there a 'rule' about that?

{Only if you make a rule for it.}

A Great time was had by all and we're finishing off the afternoon with wine and cheese near the beach.

Mondays a lot of the same people travel to a REAL COURT which is located a few miles away at a recreation center in Daytona Beach. How nice it is to be able to play two entirely different styles in the same week and enjoy the company of good friends at both venues."

{Amen. Very well said. And see how easy it was to send these photos from a phone. They are too low resolution for print reproduction, but fine for the Internet. Please follow Dave's excellent example and send pix from your bocce neighborhood.}

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 $179.95 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 $69.95 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
{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.


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 17, 2010 - New York - Yonkers. Yonkers/Mt.Vernon Bocce Club's annual spring tournament. Must be registered United States Bocce Federation member for 2010. Contact Guy De Santis @ .


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.


November 6, 2010 - California - Stockton - Waterloo -OPEN 2 MEN 2 WOMEN. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.

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