The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IX, Issue 30 - October 4, 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 #30 - October 4, 2010
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2010
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again my bocce friends,

Hereabouts we are finishing up our outdoor bocce season and gearing up for the Fall indoor session. If you are in "our neighborhood" and able to play Monday mornings, give us a shout out by email ( ). We'd love to have you join us.

Our Sixth Annual Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament is set for Sunday, October 10, 2010. We could use a hand officiating the matches and there is always time to send a contribution to this worthwhile charity. This year the funds benefit the Michael J. Dunleavy Foundation.

Shoot me an email if you want to help out by entering a team, sending a contribution, or donating a raffle item. The Martignetti family does outstanding work in the community, raising funds for worthwhile causes. They can't do it alone. Please REPLY if you are able to help in any way.

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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This Sunday (10/10/10) will be our sixth annual charity tourney with the Martignetti Family. Proceeds benefit the Michael Dunleavy Foundation - click the logo to the right for info on the Michael Dunleavy and the charity in his name.

If you are local, we could use help...

We need referees and volunteer helpers
We always accept donations to the charity
We love contributions of raffle prizes

The Martignettis consistently do good work in the community. They can't do it alone. Please help this great cause if you can.

Contact if you can help.



Guy De Santis announces his indoor bocce league - sometimes it's interesting to see how different groups run their leagues...


A league meeting will be held at the club on October 20, 2010 @8:00 PM. Teams will be officially registered and the entry fee of $85 per player ($5 per week) must be paid in full. No exceptions. Rules will be read and questions regarding the league will be answered.

The league will be played on Wednesday nights starting November 3, 2010.

The league will consist of 8 teams. (first come first serve)Individual players without a team will be combined to form team(s).

The league will run for 19 weeks which includes 2 off weeks, Thanksgiving and Christmas. After the first cycle where every team has played each other once there will be a position night (8th week) 1st vs. 2nd, 3rd vs. 4th and so on. At the end of the second cycle weeks 16th and 17th will also be position nights.

Each team will have 3 players on their roster. Two players will play in a game; the 3rd player can come in and play the next game or replace a player during a game (only at the end of a frame). If only 2 players are present they can play all 3 games. If only one player is present he can play all 3 games but will penalized 1 ball. If a team has no players present at the scheduled game time and a 10 minute grace period expires, that game will be a 12-0 forfeit. Cancellation of a night's play will be rescheduled for a later date. Teams cannot ask for postponements.

There will be two time slots 7:30PM and 9:00PM

Every team will play an equal amount of matches in each time slot.

Each team will play the opposing 7 teams twice (3 game series) for a total of 6 games.

A win will be worth 3 points and 1 point will be awarded to the team that scores the most total points in the 3 game series. A Total of 10 points will awarded per night.

Standings will be posted every week at the courts and will be e-mailed to all members.

USBF rules will be applied.

Contact info = 914-310-8814 or e-mail .


Pat Pezzin sends this...

"I'm forwarding everyone on behalf of Ciociaro Bocciofila their Annual Nino D'Aversa Doubles tournament taking place on October 23rd weekend.

Hope to see most of you guys there. If you require information on the event I believe Santino DiPalma would be the best contact. His name and number on application."



Bea Petosa saw this link we listed last week about some good PR for Bocce and Phil Ferrari...

...and it prompted her to write this note to Ferrari...

"Congratulations on the wonderful article in the Benton Evening News about you and the sport of bocce. Thank you for sharing the web link so I could read it. I like what you said about perfect practice. I know that you must practice a lot just like a musician would. I think that you are the Frank Sinatra of bocce and I hope that you get to practice and play for many years to come."


This interesting info from ace correspondent Elizabeth Jade Wong Fontana...

Saturday morning on the bus ride over to the Rome bocciodromo where the semi-finals and finale were held, I happened to be sitting in front of Renato Scacchioli, the Italian team coach. My grand-daughter Tatyana is a great ice-breaker, and we all know how fond the Italians are of children. He started to play around with her, and it opened a door to have a relaxed conversation with this gentleman.

He told me that he is from the region of Abruzzo, the name of the little town escapes my memory. He has been playing for Morrovalle Macerata the same club as Dante D'Alessandro, in fact he has been Dante's doubles partner for the past 30 years. Wow, if Dante wants to be your wingman he must really have confidence in him! In fact at the Bocceitalia forum, they put a question out who the Italian players thought were the best dynamic duo for the past decades. Hands down the responses were overwhelmingly in favor of D'alessandro-Scacchioli.

Here is a little history on the two of them...


1988 LUGANO Campione del Mondo Individuale - D’ALESSANDRO DANTE.

1988 VERONA Campioni d’Europa - D’ALESSANDRO DANTE, Bagnoli Andrea, Bartoli Dario, Zovadelli Pietro.

1988 SONDRIO Coppa Italia per Comitati -
SCACCHIOLI R. - MICHINI C. - DI CLEMENTE MICHELE. 1° classificato Teramo D.T. De Antoniis Romolo.

1989 MILANO Campioni del Mondo a squadre - D’ALESSANDRO DANTE, Bagnoli Andrea, Mussini Maurizio,SCACCHIOLI RENATO.

1989 CHIETI Campione Italiano lnd.le/A - D’ALESSANDRO DANTE.

1989 MONTECATINI TERME Coppa Italia per Comitati -
D’ALESSANDRO O. - MALATESTA D. - SCACCHIOLI RENATO. 1° classificato Teramo D.T. Di Paolo Orlando.

1990 ASCOLI PICENO Coppa Italia per Comitati -
CALVARESI N. - D’ALESSANDRO OSVALDO. 1° classificato Teramo - D.T. Di Paolo Orlando.

1991 LUGANO Campioni del Mondo a squadre - D’ALESSANDRO DANTE, Bagnoli Andrea, Odorico Riccardo, Zovadelli Pietro.

1992 BUDAPEST Campioni d’Europa - D’ALESSANDRO DANTE, Bartoletti Cherubino, Odorico Riccardo, Ricci Claudio.

1992 PESARO Coppa Italia per Comitati –
DE JULIIS L. - FORMICONE G. - GATTIANI F. 1° classificato Teramo - D.T. Di Paolo Orlando.

1993 MONTREAL Campione del Mondo Indiv. - D’ALESSANDRO DANTE.

1996 HIGHWOOD (USA) Campionato Mondiale di Club - 1° classificato - De Merolis.

1997 SAN MARINO Campione del Mondo lnd.le - D’ALESSANDRO DANTE.

So what did he have to say that was so important? He said that most likely the 2012 World Bocce Championship will be held in California. The request has been made to the International committee this past week. What world team would want to pass up an opportunity to visit the Golden State: San Francisco, Hollywood, Yosemite National Park, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, and Schwarzenegger. Ok, Arnold will be out by then but his name will be the only name of any governor that the world will remember, besides 'Bedtime for Bonzo' Reagan.

Now, I can be anyone's guess as to which facility will host this prominent event. One would naturally assume that it is Campo di Bocce in Livermore with it's eight courts and its proximity from the SFO.

My bet is on my own hometown of Stockton at the Italian Athletic Club because of the recent bocce tour of Italy that executive board members (Wagstaff, Canclini, and Jacobs) took with the United States Bocce Federation president Danny Passaglia. There has been recent buzz about the IAC wanting to add more courts for the Nationals, this would get their board to move favorably in adding more courts because it would be the Internationals! The World stage!

Since I do not work for any affiliations, this story is written with only my opinions, and not with the permission of any organization."

{Great job Elizabeth - thanks for keeping us posted on your bocce travels. You bring us news and information that can't be obtained anywhere else.}


Some links from Elizabeth Jade Wong Fontana...she also reminds us to check out


For news from the World Championships, John Ross sends this...

"I would like to let you and your readers know about a direct link they can use to go directly to the web for all the information about the World Punto, Raffa, Volo Championships that start on Tuesday, September 28, 2010. This site is found on the Italian Bocce
Federation site at .

It takes some effort to find this page so I recommend that your readers copy and paste this address into their web browser:

This will make it easy to follow the results, see the countries' rosters, look at photos etc. and you can click on a direct link from this page to live video streaming of the games."


Ben Musolf sends advance notice for the 2011United States Bocce Championships.

I have also put together a Bocce Series call the 'Raffa Showdown Series." It will entail weekly tournaments either singles or doubles, single elimination style. I have also attached the entry forms for this event. If anybody ever asks how to promote Raffa, please feel free to recommend this."








Gary Carlson sent this question and I thought I'd post it for others who might be interested in the subject.

"Hello Mario, thanks for all you do for this fun sport. I have a question that has to do with the metal balls that seem to be used in Volo. Do you know where I might purchase a set? I do know that they are usually measured to fit your grip also, and they seem to be imported. We do have a very small Volo league in Martinez, CA. I thought of trying the game next year."

{I wrote back that "I bought a really good volo set from Ben Tosi ( ). He's pretty expert about the game. You could also try Bede Kortegast at Playaboule ( ). He travels all over the place making deals with manufacturers and retails excellent products.

You might also try Rico Daniele at ( ) or 413-732-8941 during work hours (Eastern Time). I think he has a few sets of 4 in the bocce corner of his Italian Deli in Massachusetts.

Volo is a pretty athletic game. They toss those suckers pretty far on the fly. I'm OK on the short ones, but pretty bad at the long ones. Good luck and keep me posted."}


Now that the Joy of Bocce 3rd edition is hitting the bookstores, I could use a few reviews (positive ones, he said, hopefully) and a host of resellers (who want to purchase in quantity at wholesale and sell at retail - contact me at ).


In case you missed it - you just HAVE to see this shot...


Robert L. Agnelly sends a reminder...

"Come join us in New Orleans the week-end of October 15-17 for an exciting Bocce Tournament. If you have never visited our Bocce Club in Metairie, Louisiana, please visit our web site at to get a good look at our indoor, air conditioned club and courts. We are located approximately 5 miles from New Orleans International Airport (MSY) and a short ride to the French Quarter. Lodging is available at the Days Hotel across the street from the Bocce Club at the special rate of $65 a night. Our tournament will be limited to 20 teams, so every team will play several games over the week-end."


Pete Di Turi is still at it...and it looks like he has a future as a color commentator or play-by-play analyst.

"Hello, Puget Sound Bocce players and fans!

What a great weekend for bocce in the Seattle area, as the 23rd annual Seattle Festa Italiana Bocce Tournament was played at the Seattle Center Pavilion!

The 17-team Masters Division played their matches on Sunday, 09/26. There were a number of first-round lopsided games, but that changed quickly as players became accustomed to the well-known undulations in the Seattle Center Pavilion carpeted surface.

A record was broken in the first elimination game of the tournament, when the Auburn Bocce Club knocked out Team 20/20, 12-11. The match set a Puget Sound Bocce tournament game of record by taking 93 minutes to play, eclipsing a 92-minute singles match a year ago in the Woodland Park-Auburn Bocce Club challenge match at Les Gove Park.

The play became more intense in the early evening, starting with the Bocce Masters-Club Paisano elimination game. The Oregon club didn't play their best this tournament but took an early lead on the Bocce Masters, but the Masters came back from a 6-4 deficit and took 5 points over the next 3 frames and held on to win their game, 12-7, putting Club Paisano in 4th place.

Bocce Masters then played Team Passo, and took a commanding lead 8-3, with a grand-slam in the 5th frame. Two frames later, Club Passo paid back and got a quattrobocce of their own to tie the game at crazy 8's. Club Passo then ticked two 1's before Bocce Masters came back with a 1-2 punch and held a slim 11-10 lead. In frame 12, Bocce Masters misplayed their lead bocce and it set up Club Passo to gain the initiative, score two points and squeak a 12-11 victory, putting the Bocce Masters team in third place.

The championship game now pitted Club Passo against the Front Rollers. Front Rollers took the winners bracket by beating Tacoma Elks, (12-1) Club Paisano (12-9), Bocce Masters (12-7), and then - you guessed it, Team Passo (12-2). Club Passo started smartly by defeating Team 20/20 (12-4), Finissimo (12-7) and Christopher Columbus (12-8) before their loss to Front Rollers and then their win over the Bocce Masters.

The two top teams played an intense championship game for twelve frames without being no more than 2 points apart. After a Front Rollers early lead, Team Passo took the lead in frame four and held onto it until frame eleven, when Front Rollers took three to claim a 9-8 edge. But in the 12th, Team Passo took advantage of a miscue and took back the three and the lead. Frame 13 was unlucky for the Front Rollers as Team Passo kept the edge and the clinching point for a 12-9 victory, giving Front Rollers their first loss and a forced real-deal rematch for the championship.

It was Rollers' 'Steady' Ed Cerbone's short-court 'corto' play that both endeared and challenged everyone in play, and it would be a used weapon in the final match.

Team Passo started as strong as they finished the prior game, going up 3-0 after two, but Front Rollers came back thanks to a magnificent 4th frame, with Cerbone bagging the quattrobocce as Team Passo struggled with his tactical 'corto' play. It became a see-saw battle until the 7th, when Front Rollers took a two and then two ones for a 10-6 lead, that Team Passo couldn't overcome - could they? Team Passo then roared back with three in the 10th and hard-earned singles the rest of the way to get a well-played 12-10 victory. A classic tournament ending match, with the Front Rollers taking second place and a gutsy Team Passo squad earning the big trophy and the Seattle Festa Italiana Bocce Championship!

The Recreational Division saw action on Saturday, 09/25, with the Christopher Columbus team taking 1st place in the 20-team division with an 11-9 victory over Bocce Boys, who was awarded second-place. Vino Rosso from Portland took third-place honors.

Having this great two-day tournament organized by Patrick Henry and Nello Prissinotti is always a treasure for the Puget Sound Bocce community, as many people visiting Festa Italiana saw the great game at its finest!

What was an unexpected treat was the record-smashing ratings for the Puget Sound Bocce Web channel broadcast! Half-hour updates of the Masters division and then ball-by-ball coverage for the last four games reached a peak of 18 simultaneous on-line viewers, with 16 of them watching the final game of the tournament. In addition, three users from Germany and one from Italy watched some part of the 11 1/2 hours of Web broadcasting!

But even better, you can watch all 3 hours and 20 minutes of those last 4 excellent games in their entirety - on-demand or as part of Puget Sound Bocce's broadcast schedule! Check out the action for yourself!

Next update: Info about the final big event of the year, the Tacoma Elks's Mr. & Ms. Bocce singles tournament! Until then, buon gioco and good bocce to you!"




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


The Ruby Raffa Classic...

Photos of the week
This week's photos were submitted by DaVinciBocce's Mike Grasser. He writes...

"This is a new club in Lisbon, Ohio, The Guilford Lake Grille, 7094 East Lake Drive, Lisbon, Ohio, 44432.

I built four Raffa courts 12'6" X 84' for them. Limestone surface with fine coating of tennis court clay on top. The owner, Richard Sekely asked me to build courts he could host any bocce championship on including a USA or World Championship. I think he got what he asked for. Look for Mr. Sekely to host some nice tournaments in the future.

The restaurant has great food. There are decks in front of the restaurant looking over beautiful Guilford Lake and decks in the rear of the restaurant overlooking the bocce courts. The courts have their own patio, bathroom and bar at court level. A great destination for anyone in the Youngstown, Canton, or Cleveland, Ohio areas to take a nice drive in the country, play bocce and enjoy the scenery."

{Great shots of some great looking courts. Anyone in Mike's area who needs court construction, Grasser is the man! Contact him via his newly revised website at .}

View this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
The RulerRef - A Review

The RulerRef is a well constructed measuring device created by Bronx, New York bocce enthusiast Tony Saccomanno.

According to the RulerRef website, Saccomanno "... loved playing the game but hated arguing with his friends over who won!

A Korean War Army veteran, Tony has always had an entrepreneurial spirit - he started his own metal polishing business in 1963. His shop is still going strong today in his hometown of the Bronx, New York. But his nights and weekends are spent at the bocce court he helped build near his home, or at the well known courts of Pelham Bay Park.

He used his knowledge of metal polishing and his connections with the metal-working workforce to construct a tool that will not only stand strong against rough housing and bad weather, but will last for years to come. Tony really 'made it like they used to'."


This device is similar to, but a lot more durable than, the Resolver that Cresskill, New Jersey's Mike Paccione brought to the market a few years back. Paccione's device had a swiveling tape measure set atop a clear acrylic cube that fit over the target ball. Saccomanno's uses the same basic concept but is metallic and a lot more durable.

My bocce posse and I tested the RulerRef during our formal and informal play the last couple weeks and, after a little getting used to, it earned high marks from the gang. Most found it easy to use and quick and accurate for casual, open rules play.

You set the RulerRef over the pallino, extend the tape to one ball being measured, locking the tape into position, then swivel the tape around to compare with the other ball(s) in contention.

You need to be careful when setting the device over the target ball so as not to move the pallino. The device has a metal insert which allows the device to "... perfectly accommodate the two most popular pallino sizes - 50mm and 60mm."

A lot of us prefer the international size pallino (40 mm) but the device accommodates that one as well. Of course, you could argue that if there is too much space between the target ball and the inside rim of the device, that will leave margin for error in your placement (you could be a tad off when centering the device).

We all know that "inside measure" is the most accurate, and high level players are not likely to embrace the RulerRef. Only inside measure will satisfy their taste. But, that's OK because that group is not the target market for this well conceived, well constructed instrument.

This device is for the masses of players across the country who play on the lawn in their backyard or on courts in the public or private domain. That makes up the biggest percentage of bocce players right now.

Still, Saccomanno is likely to have the same problems that Mike Paccione had with his Resolver.

1) It will likely appeal to the average backyard and casual bocce player but not to those who prefer Punto Raffa Volo and those big money open rules tournaments. Although, I do see a lot of money tourneys where they still measure with a standard tape measure, measuring from the pallino to an estimated center of the balls being compared. This device is easily as accurate as that.

2) I remember that Paccione had trouble keeping production costs down so that he could get his device in the hands of players at a reasonable price and still make a buck. The RulerRef is high quality, priced right, and worth all of the $49.95 price tag. I hope it doesn't encounter the same production problems as The Resolver. Inside measures like the Premier Boule Measure conveniently fit in your pocket and sell for just about half the RulerRef price, so time will tell if people will pony up the extra dough. Lots of casual players measure with a tin can with a length of string attached to its bottom center. They'll love this device. I just don't know if the person who measures with an empty can and string will cough up the purchase price for the RulerRef.

When you see the RulerRef up close you don't have to be a rocket scientist to know that it is extremely well made. Those who do fork over the cash for it won't be sorry.

The RulerRef comes in Red, Green, and White (for lawn bowls players). It is suitable for "clay and grass courts."

Check out the device and peruse the RulerRef website which has a short repeating video on how to use the device, some interesting navigation buttons and a Blog which has some interesting entries.

Hats off to Tony Saccomanno and his entrepreneurial spirit. I hope he makes his novel and useful RulerRef a household name in the bocce community.

Check out the Ruler Ref at

Non bocce product of the week
I've come into possession of a great many collectible items. I have all manner of items including costume jewelry, art work, and all kind of curios. So, I thought I'd give eBay a whirl.

Some item links to eBay below - for others bookmark StrikerPag...

Beautiful Millefiori Swirl Style Glass Paperweight


Sterling Silver Spoon marked "Benicia, Cal" and "Str. Solano"


A Trio of Holiday Brooches


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.


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 10, 2010 - New Hampshire - Derry. Sixth Annual Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament at the Sportszone. Recipients of this year's proceeds will be the Michael J. Dunleavy Foundation. Contact Sandro Martignetti @ .


October 15-18, 2010. Louisiana - New Orleans Bocce Tournament. Up to $4,000 in cash prizes based upon 20 teams. Entry fee is $400 per 4 man team. This will be a round robin tournament so every team will play several games. More information at, or contact Bob Agnelly at .


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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