The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IX, Issue 14 - April 26, 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 #14 - April 26, 2010
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2010
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hi bocce gang,

Sorry I missed my ezine deadline last week. I had to close the deal for my new book with the publishing house. I spent a lot of time evaluating different print-on-demand outfits and had narrowed it down to two. In order to get the book in bookstores by July, I had to make a decision, so I spent a great deal of time on the phone and sending and receiving emails. In the end I chose to stay with AuthorHouse, the publisher for my second edition. They do some things that I really like and they do some other things that I'm not too crazy about. But I figured "the devil you know is better than the devil you don't know".

Next up I have to submit the text and photos by the end of April and they say they'll turn it around in 60 days. Technology is a wonderful thing...sometimes.

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}

Pat Perry sends news from Aiken, South Carolina...

"Just wanted to update you on a bocce fundraiser we held on April 17th. We had 9 teams play in the tournament, which I think was pretty good considering this was the first year we have held the tournament. I have attached a news article on the tournament as well as some pictures. We plan on making this tournament an annual event and hopefully we'll spread the game of bocce and contribute to a great cause."

{Great news! Click the photo for more info...}


Sean Krezenski of Oxford, Michigan comments on an issue I wrote about recently...

"Thank you for your piece on respecting those that take the time to organize and run our leagues. I couldn't agree with you more. This said, I would like to share the views of a 'chronic complainer', namely me, with the bocce community. Having run several events from golf outings to regular poker tournaments, I have received my fair share of criticism. This is what I learned:

1) Establish a clear structure and complete rules.
2) Enforce the rules.
3) Listen to the suggestions of others, but do not take immediate action. (your change today may be unfair to the person that followed the rules yesterday)
4) Make improvements to the next event.

These are simple concepts, but they seem to get lost quickly. The second I see this happen I am the first to raise my hand and let my opinions be known. Nothing is more frustrating to me as a player than the moment an 'exception' is made during a league/tournament or there is a breakdown from the intended structure. Here is an example:

We recently completed our winter league. Our league consisted of 12 teams, made up of four players. Several teams had regular substitutes to ensure a full team was available to play. In addition, the house had a list of players that may be available to substitute in an emergency. During the final weeks of the league, my team was working to move into first place. With three weeks to go, we were in second place and set to play the sixth place team. Unfortunately, the four main members of the sixth place team decided to take a vacation so we were forced to play a full team of substitutes that was put together by the league director. Upon arrival to the court, I learned of the situation and immediately discussed my frustration with the league director. That night we lost and our first place hopes were turned into a third place finish. Put simply, no one contemplated the possibility of an entire team not being able to attend, so there were no provisions in the rules for how to handle this situation. We accepted the situation at hand (with some grumbling and groaning) and the league director plans to adjust the substitution rules for future leagues. Ultimately, a fair result for everyone in my opinion.

What is the point of my rambling you ask? It is simply that criticism can be productive."

{An interesting turn of events. Sometimes we make rules and then things happen that we didn't anticipate. That's why we need interpretations by rules clinicians.

In the senior sports leagues that I run (bocce, softball, and basketball) we always allow substitutes in the regular season, but never in the playoffs.

We don't want any forfeits. We want to play, to get a workout. If you show up with only 8 softball players, we'll fill out your roster with players from other teams (who often show up early looking for an opportunity to get an extra game in). We try to find subs who are more or less comparable in talent to the ones you are missing, but this isn't always possible. If both teams are shorthanded, I might even pitch for both teams.

Once in the playoffs, only members of your roster can play. And since all the teams make the playoffs, there is no real advantage for teams using subs to avoid a regular season forfeit. If only a certain number of teams made the playoffs, then the use of subs in the regular season would alter the standings. Even then, I sometimes think "So What? Isn't the point for us to play, get a workout, and have some fun competing against athletes roughly our own age?"}


Every so often I get a question like this from Jerry Cailotto...

"Could refer me software that would handle league play & standings for Bocce?"

{I personally don't have the need for such a program because the programs are not really big enough involving so many teams and so many games. I can usually figure them out without to much effort and I kind of like doing it. But, you can find such programs on-line and I know that Playaboule has such a program that you can find here:


Ben Tosi sends this...

"Here is the link to an upcoming triples Volo tournament at Aquatic Park Bocce Club:


David Junga has a new bocce game called Boccini.

He sent it to me to check out and it looks interesting. He says...

"Keep in mind that Boccini can be played indoors as well as outdoors. There are directions and additional games that can be played included inside the bag.

To see some fun Boccini videos, please follow this link:

Join our Facebook page:

Have fun with Boccini and have a great day!"

Boccini, LLC
7365 Main Street, Suite 316
Stratford, CT 06614

{This 90 second promotional video on YouTube gives a pretty good look at the product... }


A reminder about The 14th Annual Cedarburg Bocce Classic (Wisconsin) to be held on August 14, 2010. Cedar Creek Park.


Check out video of the winning shot from last year's event.


Peter Di Turi (Founder/Webmaster, Auburn Bocce Club, WA) keeps us informed...

"his has been an exciting period for the Auburn Bocce Club (ABC)! Back on March 28, the Tacoma Elks Spring Tournament served as the site for a pilot Web-based broadcast. The event was broadcast over an 8-hour period on, with the last 3 hours of the event recorded for future playback.

Response to this pilot broadcast has been almost overwhelming! By the end of the Webcast there were 16 viewers viewing the broadcast, with many of them only knowing of the broadcast from players at the event. Viewers as far away as Italy watched the event, and several other viewers were watching play on their Smartphones.

This has led to the quick development of a dedicated 24/7 Web channel on called Puget Sound Bocce. The current programming schedule features the action of the Tacoma Elks event, a monthly show called 'Puget Sound Bocce News', and various videos of interest surrounding the world of bocce. There has been no known video broadcast medium that has ever been dedicated solely to the game of bocce – until now.

There are a lot of improvements that will be done on Puget Sound Bocce over time, particularly in the broadcasting of live events, and requests for rebroadcast for copyrighted videos have been done to avoid legal issues.

All viewers are welcome to comment on and submit videos that they have created about bocce if they want them as part of our programming. Since this channel is for all audiences, the videos must be in good taste and must promote the history, education, competition and enjoyment of our game.

On Saturday, April 24, there will be a Webcast on the Puget Sound Bocce channel covering the Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament. Webcast coverage will begin at 9 am PDT with updates during the day on tournament action, and then will switch to full LIVE coverage of the later playoff games and championship match. You can access the action from either via the link at . From any of the ABC Web site pages, you can click on the new link at the bottom of the page to get at the Puget Sound Bocce channel feed.

The ABC Web site, Puget Sound Bocce facebook group and PugetSoundBocce twitter feed will continue to be maintained as additional avenues of notification to the public about Webcasts and bocce events in the greater Puget Sound area.

I hope that you will let your family and friends know about this new resource devoted to bocce, and I thank you for your continued feedback and support of Puget Sound Bocce on, and for supporting the Auburn Bocce Club."




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}

2009 USBF Championships...

Photos of the week
This week's photos first appeared in Vol. II, Issue 10, on March 10, 2003. They are now a permanent part of The Joy of Bocce web site under Bocce Tidbits.

The photos were submitted by Michael Grasser who took them while on vacation in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic at the Breezes Resort.

Said Mike, "Every day at 10 AM the resort organizes a bocce tournament. Anyone is welcome to participate, The courts are about 6 foot by 42 foot." {And it looks like palm trees mark the side and end boards.}

All games are played to 10 points. To point or shoot you need to volo. Great fun and by the end of the week your volo shots are second nature. The pallino is a tennis ball because a real pallino will get lost under the sand."

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}


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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.


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 22, 2010 - New Hampshire - Hampstead. Charity Bocce Tourney benefitting Salem Caregivers. USBF Open rules - four-player teams. Open and Novice divisions. Contact Mario Pagnoni at or 978-686-8679.


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.


November 11 - 13, 2010. Nevada - Reno. Peppermill Casino. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Dana Shores @ 800-648-6992.

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