The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IX, Issue 3 - January 25, 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 #3 - January 25, 2010
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2010
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hi again bocce friends,

I didn't know if I'd be able to get an issue out this week as Logan Debrocke's bocce fund-raiser kept me pretty busy. We had a scheduling SNAFU that forced us to move the event from Saturday to Sunday. As you can imagine, this caused numerous problems not the least of which was that some teams had other commitments on Sunday. Still, we were able to iron out most of the kinks and run an excellent event that generated significant revenue that will go towards Logan's stem cell procedure. And I was somehow able to publish on time.

Enjoy "This week's photos" of the "Stem the Tide of Cerebral Palsy Bocce Tourney" in honor of Logan Debrocke.

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}

Last week’s issue prompted Campo di Bocce’s Ben Musolf to comment on a couple items…

“The St. Helena Bocce league is notorious in California. I modeled my winery league at Campo di Bocce of Livermore after the St. Helena League. Last year we had 8 wineries and this year I am hoping to at least double it. Also - we have color blind people every so often come into the club and we have one set of yellow balls and one set of fluorescent green balls. All is fine."

{Ben reminds me to "Please be sure your readers are aware of Bede Kortegast in Seattle, the owner of Playaboule. He has many options for the recreational player!”

Yes, yes...Playaboule has very high quality products. Check them out by clicking the image above right.}

Also from Ben...

"I love the fact that you are such a supporter of Bocce Fundraisers. My heart goes out to Logan and his family. With that being said we have always been a big believer in special events and fundraising for charitable needs. This year my personal focus for Campo di Bocce is going to be helping raise money for non-profit organizations by making Campo di Bocce more available to non-profit organizations. Listed below are two ways I am moving forward:

Campo di Bocce hosts benefit nights for schools and all non-profits in the surrounding area. I am certain that you are aware how they work, but we have such a different dynamic that it is extremely successful.

How it works:
1. Pick a date (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday) and let us know you will be utilizing your date as a benefit night for your school or non-profit organization.

2. Advertise it internally and tell all of your people to eat and play at Campo di Bocce of Livermore or Los Gatos on that specific date.

3. Tell all of your people to make a reservation for dining and or Bocce

4. Dine in or Take away (Bocce di Go Go)

5. Turn in the guest copy of their bill upon leaving the building

6. We tally all proceeds from your group and in return we will cut you a check for 15% of all expenditures from your group that day.

It is a great way to raise monies for your school or non-profit organization and it takes about five minutes to coordinate!

{This is a variation on a theme. Restaurants hereabouts offer similar programs, but this one includes bocce - could it get any better than that?}

Another way to raise money for your school:

Everyone does a 'Gala' or a golf tournament. Not many people do a Bocce Fundraiser, but those that do, make a ton of money. The expense of putting on a golf tournament or a Gala is very expensive, but for as little as $60 per person you can have Campo di Bocce for an exclusive event.

The benefits of a Bocce fundraiser:

1. EVERYONE can play, men, women, and children, young and old!

a. You can make a day of it with the entire family
b. Not many women play golf in golf tournaments

2. EVERYONE is together the ENTIRE day

a. In a golf tournament, you are with the same 4 people all day

3. Bocce fundraisers are NOT cost prohibitive

4. Keeping it local helps the entire community!

And finally Ben comments on my mention of the need for a bocce video...

"Campo di Bocce has already been in contact with a videographer and will begin shooting in the spring. It will include instruction on:

a. Open rules
b. PRV Rules
c. Technique of:
i. Lagging
ii. Shooting
d. Theory of the game
e. History of the game

{This is great news for two reasons. I don't have to do it, and two...the good people at Campo di Bocce will make sure that it is very well done.}


For our recent charity bocce tourney (see this week's photos) we used six Backyard Bocce template courts in addition to our normal four courts. This prompted an interesting observation from ace referee Kathy Flynn who helped the novice players understand the game.

"I think this morning went really well! Everyone seemed to have a great time and stayed around! AND....I think the 'newbies' to the game would certainly be ready to play again.

An observation: those who had never played did very well on the 'tape courts'. I think that venue is a better initiation than playing on the 'walled courts'. The new player can focus solely on direction, speed and adjustment. The walls introduce the additional, more complex, concept of deflection. I think that most of us would agree that 'deflection' adds a great deal to the skill of rolling and the fun of the game as we play it. But, for the raw beginner, having only direction and speed to focus on allows one to adjust to these two factors much easier. And the beginner can be his/her own coach. The roller immediately knows what went right and what went wrong. There were some great frames played today by the teams made up of brand new players! I had fun watching this development!

Congratulations on organizing another great fundraiser!"

{While on the topic of fund-raising, it's always great to have excellent prizes to raffle. Here are a few that we offered this time around and the winners...

Boston Celtics Tix - Eric Engler
Red Sox Tix (set 1) - James Panas
Red Sox Tix (set 2) - Jen Kline
iPod Shuffle - Eric T from United Rentals
BBQ Grille - Paul Flanigan
Golf Outing at Hopkinton C.C. - Maryanne Barnsley
Pedroia/El Tiante signed Ball - Matt Boyer
Imported Italian Perfetta Bocce Set - Lou DePrizio

It's always a good return when you get the prizes donated, which we did!}


Ben Tosi sends a link for a newly posted video…

“Please enjoy the video of the complete gold medal match between Denis Pautassi (Italy) and Roman Garcia (France) at the 2009 World Bocce Championship.” {32 minutes}


Beverly Dictor sends a message and doesn't mince words...

"I love Bocce."


More video from Elizabeth Jade Fontana...


Petanque News

Here’s some info on a petanque event in Quebec. It’s important to support our “sister sports” like petanque and bowls. There is strength in numbers.


George Farruggio reported this last issue…

“I made a decision Monday morning during our league play. The decision was while measuring for points. The pallino was accidentally moved. I called the frame DEAD and started over again at the same side as before. I got some flack but the frame was DEAD."

{I wrote...These types of problems occur in Open bocce so often because we seldom have referees overseeing the games. It seems to me it would depend on who moved the ball(s). If the person who inadvertently moved the ball(s) was assigned to act as referee, I don’t see why he couldn’t just return the ball to its previous position and go on with the measurement. The referee's decision is final.

If there was no official referee and it was one of the players involved in the game who moved the ball(s), then you have a problem. If the participants can’t agree on where the ball(s) should be placed, killing the frame is one way to go. Care must be taken so that no team gains an advantage and no team is placed at a disadvantage. For example, an unscrupulous player who thinks your ball is IN could pretend to move the ball "accidentally" and get a new effect, a "do-over" - not fair!

John Ross added, "When we inadvertently move a ball during measurement we simply award the point to the other team."

Makes perfect sense to me! It would be, as some kids say today..."My bad."}




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Perfetta in stock at Playaboule!

Photos of the week
Our bocce tourney in honor of three-year-old Logan Debrocke was a huge success. View the photos and feel free to copy the model to run a similar event in your neck of the woods.

There is another photo display on the Joy of Bocce web site showing how to run a charity event here: .

For Logan's event we used the charity tourney format popularized by Gotcha Bocce's Bob Valvano. You can read about it on The Joy of Bocce web site under Back Issues, Volume 4, issue 38 from 2005.

We also color code the teams to streamline things. You can see how to do that here:

The bottom line was this - $25,000 for the charity. Not too shabby. The best thing about it is that we get to use the game we love to help the people we love!

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

Non bocce product of the week...

Tournament update
{chronological order}


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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 Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.


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 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.


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 @ 415-238-7995.


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.

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