The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IX, Issue 16 - May 17, 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 #16 - May 17, 2010
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2010
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again bocce friends,

I've received quite a few emails with questions about the new edition of my book, so I've written another short update in this week's issue (see "Bocce news and readers' feedback" below).

We held the bocce segment of the Massachusetts Senior Games this weekend and have a charity bocce tourney scheduled for the following weekend. In addition, we are helping to run a 50th wedding anniversary with a bocce theme at the outdoor courts in Boston's North End. Photos to follow.

If you are anywhere near our neck of the woods, come on down and join in the festivities. Send an email to if you need more details.

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

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Bocce news and readers' feedback...
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Logan Update

Great news! Logan DeBrocke is doing wonderfully after his stem cell procedure a couple months ago. You may recall that three-year-old Logan qualified for the specialized procedure in Dusseldorf, Germany and his family and friends mobilized to raise the funds. Of course we used Bocce as the focal point for the fund-raising. The charity tourney drew twenty teams (a huge turn-out for a New England tourney) and raised over $30,000.

The German doctors report that positive results are often seen within three months of the procedure. It's been just about three months and we have noticed a lot more movement and physical activity on Logan's part. But yesterday was a landmark day. Logan sat up on his haunches, something he has never been able to do before. "Look at me, Paggy" he proclaimed proudly (my friends call me Pag, short for Pagnoni. The kids call me Paggy). I can only guess how satisfying it must have been for Logan to gain this new vantage point on the world, a lot different from seeing things from flat on your back on the floor.

Let's hope for continued progress and thanks again to all who contributed to the bocce event that helped make this possible.

If you haven't guessed, that's the good looking young fellow in the photo.


More good news...

While cleaning out my sister's home and garage I came across a 10K gold medallion with the engraving M. Pagnoni (my father, Mario Sr.). On the flip side were the words "Dante Club Bocce Champions - 1951". I was four years old in 1951 and I didn't even know my dad played bocce. He passed away in 1970 after battling health issues for a couple years. I was 22 years old when he died. My parents were 40 years old when I was born and dad got sick when I was in high school, so he and I didn't do a lot of sports together. I don't even remember ever having a catch with him. I do remember him coming to all my baseball and basketball games except when I started playing in college. He and mom, my biggest fan, weren't able to attend those games, but managed to make a lot of summer league games.

I know my dad played football at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), but I suspect he was a lineman, not a so-called "skill position" player. But, the medal verifies what I have long suspected - I am descended from Bocce Champions!

Click here to take a look at the medallion.

and the inscription


Sandro Martignetti sends news of his family's popular and successful charity tournament held each October...

"The Sixth Annual Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament is scheduled for Sunday, October 10 at the Sportszone in Derry, NH. Recipients of this year's proceeds will be the Michael J. Dunleavy Foundation."

About the Foundation:

The Michael J. Dunleavy Foundation was incorporated in the fall of 2002 following the passing if its name sake Michael James Dunleavy, age 8 who succumbed to an inoperable brain tumor which was first diagnosed in the late spring of that year. The Foundation was born out of Michael's own desire to help other children who had cancerous brain tumors or other illnesses. Please visit our 'About me' page to learn more about Michael and watch a video of one conversation that set the wheels in motion. The Michael J. Dunleavy Foundation, Inc. has received tax exemption status under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service. The Foundation is listed as a Public Charity and all contributions are tax deductible.


Peter Di Turi, Founder/Webmaster of the Auburn Bocce Club (WA) keeps us in the loop...

"A new update of the Puget Sound Bocce News Web cast for May is now available on the Puget Sound Bocce Web channel. It is located just under the video presentation in the 'Latest Videos' section – just click on the picture above the 'Puget Sound Bocce News – May 2010' text.


And more from Pete...

"We’re FINALLY getting the sunny, warm weather of the season! I hope that you have dusted off the bocce balls and started practicing for the many tournaments that will take place over the next several months!

The 7th Annual Washington State Championships will happen on Saturday, June 26, at Auburn’s Les Gove Park. This is one of the premier bocce events in the Pacific Northwest, ushering in the summertime on Auburn’s great courts! Besides the food and great play known at the tournament, there will be a bean-bag toss competition, featuring the original cornhole boards developed 20 years ago for the first Italian Community Picnic events. Check out the club Web site’s Bocce News for the links to the invite, info and registration form for the tournament. The deadline for registration is June 20.

This year, the Championships also have two concurring events. One is the opening of the park’s new barrier-free sensory playground, giving children with disabilities greater access to play equipment. The other is a classic car show that will take up a large portion of the park grounds. Parking is still expected to be available early in the lots, but many classics will be rolling in and out of the main lot and could cause some traffic. I advise you to park in the east gravel lot, off 9th and L Streets SE, which is actually closer to the courts. Needless to say, June 26 will be a lively day at Les Gove Park!

If you need practice for the Championships, and you missed out on Tacoma Elks Spring and Bellingham Bay events, you’re still in luck! There are two tournaments in early June. The Sons of Italy tournament is taking place on June 5 and the Seattle Grand tournament is taking place a week later on June 12. Contact info for these events are available on the club’s Web Site under 'Where/When We Play'. Click on the hyperlinks in the text or PDF calendar for e-mail contacts.

Puget Sound Bocce plans to cover all three tournaments on, with early-round updates and switching to full live coverage in the later rounds.

It’s your turn to play, so come on out to the courts!"


Joy of Bocce 3rd Edition Update

Sifting through and evaluating the many hundreds of photographs for inclusion in the new edition was a daunting task for me. The photos had to convey what we were after, and they also had to be high resolution. Some great shots made the cut and some equally great ones just didn't quite make it.

I was surprised at how many photos showed players wearing their baseball caps backwards. This is kind of a pet peeve for me. I'm "old school."

If you play baseball beyond high school and American Legion, you learn that these high level players are very concerned with the appearance of their uniform. The uniform pants have to be worn just so. The stirrups at just the right height. And you would NEVER wear your cap backwards. To do so would be to disrespect the game, and almost by extension, to disrespect America. Hey, when Ken Burns does documentaries about America he doesn't study football or basketball. He chronicles the Civil War, Jazz and BASEBALL.

I had a couple good photos of guys with their hats on backwards. I brought them into Photoshop and tried to flip their caps around, but I'm not talented enough to do that, so I "bit the bullet" and used a couple of them anyway. Heck, the world is changing. I even saw Ken Griffey Jr. (and others) wearing his cap backwards one year during the MLB's all-star home run derby contest.


David Canclini is running the USBF's Western Sector Raffa Championship...

The United States Bocce Federation’s Western Sector Team Raffa Championship will be held on June 12, 2010 at the Italian Athletic Club, 3541 N. Cherryland Avenue, Stockton, CA 95215.

Time: Play will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Entry Fee: $30.00 per player or $90.00 for a three person team. Teams may have alternates @ $30.00 per person. All players must reside in the Western Sector.

Awards: Players on the Championship team will receive jackets, bragging rights for the year, and have their names placed on the Perpetual Trophy. Second and third place winners will receive medals.

Balls: Balls will be provided; however, players may use their own balls if they are the official size and weight. 107 mm and 920 grams. (Women may play with balls that are 106 mm and 900 grams.)

Last year’s winners were: Dario Bernardi, Joey Bernardi, and Luca Fontana!

* Coffee and Doughnuts in a.m. and lunch at noon included in entry fee.

* Double Elimination/Round Robin to be determined by the number of entries

For info, call David at 209-957-3314 or e-mail

Registration form here:


Peter Rabito sends this reminder...

"Just reminding everyone that the USBF has a Facebook page and I encourage everyone to make use of this social networking web site. Registering is free.

Go to and search United States Bocce Federation."





MAY 29, 2010 (ONE DAY ONLY)




CALL MIKE ROSSETTI AFTER 7:30 PM @ 315-856-6373

Registration form here:


Ohio's Ron Perkins shows us his bocce dilemma...


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.




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}

Herrin Illinois' Youth Movement...

Photos of the week
I got a great report from Paul DiCicco about the big tourney in Wickliffe, Ohio. I had a little trouble with the photos Paul sent, so I am posting a link to their site where they can be more easily viewed.

Says Paul...

"The Wickliffe Italian-American Club and Pat O’Brien Chevrolet has hosted the Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce for over two decades and we are in our 27th year of the tournament's existence. Our 2009 tournament was a great success. We hosted 93 teams from Ohio, NY, PA, Michigan, West Virginia, Florida, and several teams from Canada (Toronto Area). The winners, 'Maxi Valley 777' were from Toronto Canada.

The grand prize last year was $5,000 for the winner which included, trophies, and medals for each team member along with a team trophy and their name forever engraved on the Tournament Trophy. Second place went to 'Rochester NY' from where else…Rochester NY. Last year’s runner-up and two-time champion, Rochester NY took home $3,000, a team trophy and individual medals and said this is one of their favorite tournaments in which they participate every year. The Club paid out the first 16 spots for a record $15,000 in total prize money.

Once known as only a bocce tournament, we have added several Italian Food vendors, children’s entertainment and a Cultural Pavilion which hosts, cultural dancing, singing, food demonstrations, and even discussions from local vintner’s about their secrets to making wine. Friday Nights we have brought in an Italian band to play the favorites from our childhood and on Saturday Night we have a more progressive rock band to cater more toward the younger crowd.

In recent years we have acquired sponsors such as local hotels, Coca Cola, Labatt Blue, and Key Bank and this year is no different. With the help of these sponsors and of course our main sponsor, Pat O’Brien Chevrolet, we have been able to add a sound system, new bocce courts (9 total), covers for six of our courts, and handicap accessible restrooms to our clubroom to accommodate the large event crowd. The crowds range anywhere from 10,000 – 15,000 for the entire three day event and the City of Wickliffe has honored our Club with a proclamation for our service to the city, in particular the operation of this event.

The planning of this year’s tournament is well under way. Some exciting news to report is that we have decided to raise the total prize money to $16,000 ($5,500 grand prize) and also include a ladies bracket. Visit our website, ( for ALL the details, including prize payouts, the 'HOUSE RULES', maps, entry forms, and hotel information.

We are blessed to have over 150 club members that volunteer their time to make this one of the best bocce tournaments east of the Mississippi. Our members help with the planning and working of almost every aspect of the tournament. Not one person makes a nickel from this great event. The majority of funds raised goes toward our scholarship fund and the several worthwhile charities we donate to locally each year.

In speaking with several local players and spectators and out-of-towners, the overall feeling about the tournament is that they love the camaraderie, competition, and of course…BOCCE.

This year’s Tournament and Italian Festival is planned for August 27-29. Visit our website for more information and photos of tournaments past…grazie!.

{Paul added the following to this report...}

Mario, last November at the North American Pallino D'Oro in Michigan at Palazzo Di Bocce, a couple of our members, Oliver Markon, Chris Brassell, and myself had the pleasure of meeting you and even playing several games of bocce at that world class facility. On your way through town going home that weekend, you stopped briefly at our club just outside Cleveland. I don’t know if you remember, but our then-president, Gino Latessa, met you there and offered you and the Mrs., three nights stay at a local hotel and a place on one of our club teams for the 2010 tournament. The offer still stands and we would be honored if you would join us this year. You have done so much to put the sport of bocce on the map, we would like to extend this invitation as a small token of our gratitude.

{I'm IN! What a generous invitation! My wife, Carmela (the GOOD bocce player in our family) and I are clearing our schedules and looking forward to the event. We'll be there with camera in tow and hopefully the new bocce book.

If any Joy of Bocce Weekly readers will be in the area, please come by and say hello.}

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.

Click to go to merchandise order...then scroll down to bottom of page.

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!

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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.


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.


May 29, 2010 - New York - Seneca Falls. Doubles Tourney - double elimination. $1000 prize guaranteed. Contact MIKE ROSSETTI AFTER 7:30 PM @ 315-856-6373. Registration form:


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 5, 2010 - Vermont - Burlington. Doubles tourney. Contact Zander Ponzo @


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 19, 2010. Vermont - Burlington. Mixed doubles tourney. Contact Zander Ponzo @


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 10, 2010. Vermont - Burlington. Novice singles tourney. Contact Zander Ponzo @


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 24, 2010. Vermont - Burlington. Novice doubles tourney. Contact Zander Ponzo @


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 14, 2010. Vermont - Burlington. Men's Singles. Contact Zander Ponzo @


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


August 27 - 29, 2010 - Ohio - Wickliffe. WICKLIFFE ITALIAN-AMERICAN CLUB. 27th Annual CLEVELAND CHALLENGE CUP OF BOCCE sponsored by Pat O'Brien Chevrolet. $5,500 first prize, $16,000 in total prize money – GUARANTEED. $175 per team entry. Trophy’s and medals for Champion and second place finishers and tournament t-shirts for all participants. NEW in 2010: Ladies Bracket – $100 per team entry; number of entries limited to 12 teams. 3 prizes paid 60%, 25% and 15% of total pot of entry fees for women’s bracket. Four person teams (plus one sub) Contact Gino Latessa ( @ 216-789-6393. Applications and info online @


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


August 28, 2010. Vermont - Burlington. Women's singles. Contact Zander Ponzo @


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


September 18, 2010. Vermont - Burlington. Vermont State Championship. Singles. Contact Zander Ponzo @


September 19, 2010. Vermont - Burlington. Vermont State Championship. Doubles. Contact Zander Ponzo @


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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