The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IX, Issue 34 - November 1, 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 #34 - November 1, 2010
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2010
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Greetings bocce friends,

Last week I wrote a bit about my 45th high school reunion in Springfield, Massachusetts.

If you recall, I wrote about how high powered my classmates were. I wrote "MDs and PhDs were everywhere in attendance. There were Watergate attorneys, West Point and Naval Academy grads, airline pilots, singers and musicians who performed at the Met, and a woman who practically runs the Smithsonian. It was a high achievers festival. And then there was me. There was déjà vu all over the place. I could almost hear Mrs. Cobb saying 'Mr. Pagnoni, use your time wisely for study.' I should have listened."

It was the kind of self deprecating humor I have become so fond of over the years. It's a defense mechanism. Make fun or yourself before someone else does. A few people wrote to tell me things about their reunions and about how they got a kick out of what I wrote. But Jim McLaughlin of Altamonte Springs, Florida responded with one of the kindest emails I've every received.

“Mario, we as readers of your weekly news & reviews of Bocce believe you are number one on our list of people who do great things for the enjoyment of others. For all of the others at your class reunion can't say they touch as many lives as you have. Thank you for your work that makes this ezine so enjoyable."

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

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Boston's North End Bocce...

Bocce news and readers' feedback...
{Publisher's comments in brackets}

Mike Grasser has revised and updated his website and it is LOOKING GOOOOOD!

On the site you'll hear soft background music and view Super Martel bocce products, pallinos, nylon bags, accessories, and "Traditional Bocce Paintings by Emilio Rissone."

From Grasser's promotional flier... "The recipient of numerous awards, Emilio is considered the premier bocce artist in Europe. One of Emilio's pieces would be the perfect addition to the collection of any bocce aficionado."

Check the site out by clicking the DaVinci logo to the right or the link below...


Frank Cervo reminds us of his upcoming Rainbow Creek Tournament.



Date: November 13th & 14th

* 3 person teams
* double elimination
* entry fee: $150 per team
* entry deadline: November 10th
* games to 16 points
* IBA &/or in-house rules in force - no direct backboard contact
* prize money ALL GUARANTEED - total: $6550. 1st place $3500. Paying up to 8th place
* hotel: Monte Carlo Inns - 705 Appleton Cres. 905-761-7170. For discount mention bocce code: ONTA 10

Contact: Frank Cervo - 905-851-1522 / 416-434-6005


Last week David Wuori told us of a variation of bocce play with three players and I wrote about "cut-throat" bocce but left out a thing or two...

I wrote...

"Another way to engage three players is 'cut-throat'. Each player rolls three balls (you'll need three different color balls). First you decide who rolls first, second and third in the first frame by choosing up or flipping coins. After the first three balls, whoever is 'away' rolls the next ball. After all balls are rolled, score 3 points for the closest, 2 for second closest, and 1 for third closest. One player can score all six points. Two or even all three players may score in the same frame. The player with the 3-point ball rolls the pallino in the next frame. Game goes to 21 points or even 30 or more."

I left out a tidbit or two. These are our own made up rules - there is nothing "official" about them.

We always give the pallino in each frame to the player who rolled the "three-ball" - the one that counted three points. Sometimes one player gets the three-ball and a second player gets the two and the one for a total of three points. Still, the three-ball scorer gets the pallino advantage.

Also, after the first ball in the frame is rolled, we go in order of descending point total. You scored three last frame so you go first. I scored two so I play second. The other player scored one so he plays last. Once the first three balls are played in the frame, we proceed by deciding who is "away". That person rolls next. If, after his roll, he is still away, he rolls again.

It's an interesting way to play and I think it is also a kind of an "equalizer" for talent. There is a little more luck involved and tactics change as sometimes a player is more concerned with keeping one player from scoring (the leader) than he is in scoring himself. He may opt to concede the points to a third player rather than allow the leader to score. It gets interesting. Try it, you might like it.


Special Edition News...

I'm attempting to get copies of The Joy of Bocce 3rd edition into as many bocce clubs, groups or organizations as possible as there is a definite time lag in getting them into the bookstores. Many people responded by email to the offer.

The idea is that groups can purchase at discount by the case (36 per case) and retail at the full price. This will I hope get some "Buzz" going about the book and the sport that might catch on with the bocce community at large.

I've worked hard to make this edition the one that will help this game grow - now starts the tough part - the marketing! Please help if you can. Call me at 978-686-8679 or email for more details.


Got this email recently from a Columbia University grad student of journalism...

"I'm writing a story about the rising popularity of Bocce Ball in New York City, and I was wondering if you could fill me in on how this sport might be considered 'international' in its nature.

To your knowledge, do any international bocce clubs compete in the US (particularly in New York)?

What are some connections Bocce might have to the world outside the US?

Although I think bocce is fascinating as it is, my editor insists I make it a more 'worldly' story about Bocce and international groups.

James Plunkett,

{I answered this way and offered help. If you have ideas, send James a note at his Columbia email address listed above.

Well, there is an international style of play that is very different than most bocce played in the USA. Most other countries play international style bocce - there is a section on my web site explaining how it is played. There is no luck in the game. The referee marks the position of balls on the court's surface and you actually call your shots and balls can be put back to their original positions if you hit the wrong one.

Most of the international style bocce played in the states is out west - California at the Campo di Bocce and Michigan at the Palazzo di Bocce and in Canada at the Ciociaro Club.

The USBF qualifies teams and individuals to play internationally - just recently competed in Italy.

You should call me so we can chat. Also, I'll give you
names and numbers of folks you can interview.}


Joy of Bocce Weekly now in html and text formats

For the last few years I have been launching the weekly ezine only in html form. The techies at Topica, the list managing outfit, tell me that this is one reason some ezines don't make it to their intended destination. So, I changed to sending it as "multi-part" which means you might get it as html or text depending on how you are signed up. If your newsletter is still coming in html you'll notice no difference, but if it arrives in text only form you'll know. We've had a lot fewer bounces the last three issues, so I guess it's working.

The techies at Topica tell me you can go to the bottom of your weekly ezine and click on "Profile". There you can select "html" or "text" for your weekly newsletter format.


Here's a rather unusual "political" email from Vermont...

Hi Everyone - Hope you're all doing well on this decidedly un-bocce day.

Most of you know that I serve in the State Senate. I do my very best to keep politics very far from the bocce courts!

But please forgive this one appeal to you to support me on Tuesday. I have a whopping FIFTEEN opponents, so I can use all the help I can get.

Thanks, and see you next season...


Tim Ashe
State Senator
Chittenden County

{Wow! Maybe someday politicos everywhere will be scurrying around trying to figure out how to curry favor with the Bocce Voters!}


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

He also writes a compelling piece soliciting sponsorship. Please forward this to any individual or company who might benefit from the exposure derived from these high profile bocce events.

Ben says "I went through all of my contacts and hand selected the individuals that I feel would benefit the most by advertising at Campo di Bocce of Livermore, Los Gatos, or both for the 2011 United States Bocce Championships.

All of the businesses that associate with Campo di Bocce have such diversity, ranging from Wineries, Construction, High Tech, Education, Non-Profit Organizations, Clothing and Apparel, Food and Beverage, Beer and Wine, and so many more. The beauty of the wonderful game of Bocce is that it truly is one of the only sports that is able to cater to such a diverse group of industries and individuals.

My goal for the 2011 United States Bocce Championships is to have the final match televised and viewed LIVE on local Television, and the Internet. Using social media tools like Facebook and Twitter, along with radio advertising, I am certain that the exposure of the 2011 United States Bocce Championships will be so large that this will be the most successful and well attended Nationals ever.

Please consider helping to promote next year's National Championships. The more exposure we are able to give the sport, the bigger it will become. Wouldn’t it be awesome if Bocce was on television with the likes of bowling, darts, billiards, and golf?

It is such an honor to have the opportunity to host such a prestigious event. Attached you will find a press package, advertising form, registration forms, schedule of events, and the 2011 Press Release.

If this is something that you or your company are not interested in but may know someone or another company that you feel it will benefit, please feel free to forward this on.

Thank you again for your consideration. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly by phone or e-mail if you have any questions. I truly look forward to hearing from you.

One last thing- Campo di Bocce of Livermore is going to be the Host of the 2012 World Bocce Championships. The more we can promote the wonderful game of Bocce on the National level, the bigger and better it will be on the World Level!

Benjamin Musolf
Campo di Bocce
408-857-0074 Cellular

Proud Host of:
2011 United States National Bocce Championships
2012 World Bocce Championships





The 2010 United States & North American
Pallino D’Oro Championships Presented by Da Vinci Bocce L.L.C.

Location: Ciociaro Club 3745 N. Talbot Rd. R.R. #1, Oldcastle, Ontario N0R 1L0, Canada

Dates: United States Pallino D’Oro
Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 – 9:00 AM

North American Pallino D’Oro
Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 – 9:00 AM

Entry Fees: United States Pallino D’Oro - $100 (U. S. Dollars)

North American Pallino D’Oro - $100 (U.S. Dollars)

Prizes: United States Pallino D’Oro
1st $1,200 2nd $800 3rd $600 4th $400 (U. S. Dollars)

North American Pallino D’Oro
1st $1,200 2nd $800 3rd $600 4th $400 (U. S. Dollars)

Rules: Singles Play, Punto, Raffa, Volo. International Rules.

Format: United States Pallino D’Oro will be a double elimination tournament. North American Pallino D’Oro will be single elimination group play.

Points: All games to 12 points. Final game in both tournaments will be 15 points.

Hotel: Ramada Inn, 2225 Division Road, Windsor, Ontario. Call (519) 969-7800 and mention “Pallino D’Oro Championship”

Contact: Michael B. Grasser, Owner Da Vinci Bocce LLC
248-505-4744 or




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


Bocce at Old Orchard Beach, Maine...

Photos of the week
David Gilmore sent this week's photos and the following details...

"It was a pleasure to run into your site and to see all the Bocce venues around the country. I wanted to share a venue not yet featured on your photo page. The YMCA of Greater Boston operates a camp on an island on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. There on the Y’s Sandy Island facility are three covered courts, built in large part by my father-in-law, Roger Wall, a former Polaroid engineer from Lexington, MA (now living in Peabody).

They are hard used by many weeks worth of campers every year and are dearly loved by them all. Since I am a Pacific Northwest native and Roger’s daughter settled there with me, I also thought it might be worth mentioning that a local contractor called Boccemon ( ) in Bellingham, WA builds and provides materials for marvelous Bocce courts composed of a ground oyster shell compound. The material's properties make for exquisitely playable surfaces that groom easily and handle water exceptionally well."

{Yes, we in the bocce community are familiar with the Boccemon's Rain Country Blend. Many thanks for the photos. Readers, please follow David's lead by submitting court photos and info from your bocce travels.}

View this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
Precision Bocce Measures

Choose the Clubhawk Gold, Henselite Bowls, or Premier Boule Measure. You can't go wrong with any of the three choices. Once a bocce aficionado has a set of bocce balls and my book, the next logical acquisition is a first-rate measure.

Each retails for $26.95 plus $6.00 shipping and will be shipped US Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope.

Click the photo for more info, pictures, etc.

Click to go to merchandise order...then scroll down a bit...

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...

Blue & Gold Mermaid Tankard/Mug/Stein


Sterling Spoon Marked "The Casino Asbury Park N.J."


Millefiori Glasswork Glass Paperweight

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.


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.


November 13 & 14, 2010 - Canada - Ontario - Woodbridge. 27th annual tournament - RAINBOW CREEK BOCCIOFILA - FATHER ERMANNO BULFON COMMUNITY CENTER, 8141 MARTIN GROVE RD., WOODBRIDGE, ONTARIO L4L 2L1 CANADA

* 3 person teams * double elimination
* entry fee: $150 per team * entry deadline: November 10th
* games to 16 points * IBA &/or in-house rules in force - no direct backboard contact
* prize money ALL GUARANTEED - total: $6550. 1st place $3500. Paying up to 8th place
* hotel: Monte Carlo Inns - 705 Appleton Cres. 905-761-7170 - For discount mention bocce code: ONTA 10
Contact Frank Cervo @ 905-851-1522 / 416-434-6005


Dec. 4, 2010 - Stockton California, Italian Athletic Club - 2 Men & 2 Women Open - USBF Rules - Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223


December 10 and 11, 2010 - Canada - Ciociaro Club 3745 N. Talbot Rd. R.R. #1, Oldcastle, Ontario. The 2010 United States & North American Pallino D’Oro Championships Presented by Da Vinci Bocce L.L.C. Rules: Singles Play, Punto, Raffa, Volo. International Rules. Contact Michael B. Grasser @ 248-505-4744 or .


June 25 - July 2, 2011. California - Campo di Bocce Livermore and Campo di Bocce Los Gatos. United States Bocce Championships. Check this pdf for details and contact info...

Joy of bocce t-shirts, mugs, buttons, magnets, etc.

Merchandise still available at

Check out the first-rate equipment we offer. The finest measuring devices for bocce (made in UK by Prohawk for lawn bowling, petanque, and bocce) - the finest bocce balls in the world (made in Italy by Perfetta) and the number one selling instructional book on bocce in America - Check them out.
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