The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IX, Issue 35 - November 15, 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 #35 - November 15, 2010
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2010
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again bocce faithful,

Sorry I missed last week's issue. I had some "computer issues" and I was busy getting our senior basketball season off and running (now in its tenth season since 9/11/01). I'm closing in on age 63 and still trying to play with the "young pups" - those fifty year-olds nowadays really are young pups. At this age, the most we can hope for is what I refer to as "flashes of the old brilliance." They are few and far between as the years go by, but they are welcome nonetheless and put a spring in our step and bring a smile to the face. And they give us a little incentive to work out during the week to get ready for that Sunday afternoon game. I only wish all that cardio work would improve my bocce game.

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}

Brian Polantz sent an update about the North American Championship...

"In October, the North American Championship took place in St. Louis (hosted by Italia-America Bocce Club) with Canada's top 3 and US's top 3 teams.

1st Place (pictured in black and white from left to right) went to Palazzo di Bocce from Michigan: Chuck Weeden, Jose Botto, Lio Gionetti (coach), Brian Polantz, Jason Wisniewski. {Click the photo for a better look at the good looking crew.}

L'Acadie from Montreal, Canada finished in 2nd Place.

It consisted of 3 days of spirited competition involving some of the best players from Canada and the United States. International rules (Raffa) were used in Round Robin format where teams competed in matches that consisted of triples, singles, and doubles games. To win the match, a team must win two of the three games. In the finals, L'Acadie won the triples and Palazzo di Bocce won singles, causing doubles to be the deciding game. To win the doubles, Palazzo di Bocce's Jason Wisniewski voloed his own ball to the end of the court to win 15-14 in exciting fashion.

The Italia-America Club and Bob DelCroce did the most amazing job hosting. The members of the club provided transportation, hospitality and the most amazing food. If ever in St. Louis, the Italia-America Club is a must see in the heart of ‘The Hill’, St. Louis' Little Italy."

{I understand that international play is often a singles, doubles, and triples affair, and that no one player may participate in more that two of the three matches. I'd imagine that if you had a three-player team, your best player would play in the triples and singles. I wonder if you had a fourth player on the team if the best player could play in the singles and the doubles. That way he would roll 100% of the team's balls in singles and 50% of the balls in doubles. Can anyone REPLY with "the skinny" on this?}


Elizabeth Jade Wong Fontana has a new dog that she rescued from a shelter and says that "Of the three tournaments that I plan to organize for 2011, one will be an animal shelter fund-raiser, the Bocce Bow Wow.

I hope that all of you animal lovers will be able to participate."

{Another first for Bocce - first fund-raiser for an animal shelter. You Go Girl!)


Sean Krezenski sends this...

"I recently picked up the new Call of Duty: Black Ops game for my PS3. One of the game maps features a typical white picket fence American neighborhood circa 1950s. In the backyard of one of the homes is a fenced in bocce court!

I found myself wishing I could take a break from the online combat to challenge one of my opponents to a quick game to 12. I love that bocce is becoming popular enough to find its way into pop culture."

{Great Find - Sean. Way to go! We're getting there, little by little.}


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.


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.


Last issue I posted this...

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

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

Then I got this email from a reader who wrote...

"Dear Bocce lover;

I always read your weekly news and enjoy it very much. I have an official open court w/lime stone surface in my property with 15 members named 'Bella Vita Bocce Club' in beautiful Sycamore, IL.

But with sadness I have to tell that I'm very disappointed about you posting a request for political support from Tim Ashe State Senator of Chittenden County.

As any sport we should be totally non political, non religious and race free. Shame on this politician with disregard of a healthy sport, he should know better than that. Keep with your good work."

I responded this way...

"Thanks for the email. I wasn't requesting support for Tim Ashe. I don't even know who he is. I just thought it was interesting that he would use bocce to get 'a foot in the door' so to speak. I'm not even sure how he got my email address, although he may be connected with the Burlington, Vermont bocce gang who we play with once in a while. Maybe he got the email list of bocce guys from Burlington and I was on that list since I played in their state tournament last year. Anyway, I launched the email on Wednesday - too late for readers to vote in the election.

I wonder how he did in the election anyway. Maybe next time he could make a campaign promise to build bocce courts in the public domain, that would likely get him votes from the bocce crowd."


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


Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce...

Photos of the week
This week's photos highlight the good work done by the Lawrence, Massachusetts Sons of Italy Lodge #902 in raising funds to defray Daniel Santana's trip to Greece next summer when he will play bocce representing the USA at the Special Olympics World Games. {That's the young man in the center of the photo to the right - listening to the tourney director. Daniel played in the SOI bocce tourney too - and pretty well I might add.}

Tournament director Jim Tsouprakakis did yeoman's work to pull the twelve-team double elimination event off without a hitch. Good bocce play, great food, and a great cause. Bravo!

I officiated bocce in a couple of SO World Games and I can tell you that they are among the biggest events on the planet every four years. I worked the 1995 games in West Haven, Connecticut and the 1999 games in Raleigh Durham, North Carolina (where Billy Crystal was the M.C.). His best line, making jokes about Duke basketball went something like this..."Not too many people know this but Coach Krzyzewski's name is worth 100,000 points in Scrabble."

In 2003 the SO World Games were held in Dublin, Ireland and the "powers that be" had their own referees and I wasn't needed. In 2007 it was Beijing, China. Next up is Greece. It's a great program and I have great memories of the two SO World Games that I took part in.}

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...

Cat Lover's Delight - 5 feline brooches


7 Unique Tie Clasps/Tie Clips


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.


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...

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