The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IX, Issue 36 - November 22, 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 #36 - November 22, 2010
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2010
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again bocce friends,

We're coming into another holiday season so I hope you will consider purchasing a bocce product or two from the Joy of Bocce website. The new edition of the book is always a good option, as are measures, or any of the embroidered items with the striking Joy of Bocce logo.

Check the choices out here:

Happy Holiday Season to All!

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

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Special Olympics World Games 1999 - Fearrington Village, NC...

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

The Boccemon is promoting our game...

"Many thanks for the seemingly constant effort it takes to put out the newsletter each week. Also for the tremendous time commitment required to revise and edit the 3rd edition of the Joy of Bocce. My volume order of books just arrived and I look forward to adding one to each package I send out to our new clients, which otherwise included a maintenance DVD and some hats. The addition of your book makes it feel like a better value and I am proud to include it when clients buy our Rain Country (oyster shell) Blend.

{What a great idea! I think bocce ball retailers should include a copy too, also anybody else who retails anything bocce related - OK, maybe I'm overdoing it just a bit...}

I have been working on a new ad campaign which I hoped would draw attention to the game itself as well as help generate more business for Boccemon. See attached image of a truck ad that was driving up and down Interstate 5 from Vancouver, British Columbia to San Diego, California.

{Click the photo upper right for a better view.}

Some local boys have patented a mounting system that allows them to mount printed vinyl to canvas and attach to anything from shipping containers to garbage trucks for a fraction of the cost of a billboard ad. I participated in their early R and D work so I hope maybe some of your readers might have seen it on the road. Please email me if you saw our ad on I-5 during September or October of 2010.

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On another note - as the wetter weather sets in owners of courts that get rain and shade will start to grow moss and other undesirable plants. Since we have court surfaces all over the country we have been able to test different products and recommend them to clients. My webmaster and I are currently building a new page to address the issue of moss growth in bocce courts and will discuss both killing and controlling the 'green stuff'. If anyone has a great organic product that works for long term treatment please let us know as this affects owners of all surface types unless their courts get full sun - all year."

Tom 'Boccemon' McNutt


Send Us Your 2011 Tourney Dates...

The listings for tournaments at the end of the ezine tends to get shorter and shorter as the holiday season closes in on us. Please send me your 2011 tourney info ASAP. I keep your listing posted until your tournament is completed, so the sooner you send the info to me the more exposure it will receive.

We get lots of listings from the West Coast, but not nearly as many from around the rest of the country. So, come on, shoot me an email - the sooner the better.


John Ross supplied the answer to last issue's question about international play when a three-player team must play Triples, Doubles and Singles. A team needs to win two of the three contests and no individual player may play in more than two of the three matches.

I wondered if teams could be comprised of three or four players, because if you had just three players your best player would have to play Triples and either Singles or Doubles, but if you had a fourth or alternate player your best player might play Singles and Doubles. I figured that mathematically, he'd roll 100% of his team's balls in Singles and 50% in Doubles, whereas he'd only play 33 1/3% of the balls in Triples.

John Ross clarifies this way. Most teams will travel with a four-player team, but sometimes a team is comprised of just three. The sequence of play is always Triples first, then Singles, then Doubles. And the Singles and Doubles are played at the same time (so much for your best player playing in both). Furthermore, teams must declare their lineup BEFORE the Triples match begins, submitting it in writing to tourney officials. After the Triples, the Singles player must be declared in writing and the competition is a kind of "sudden death" event because... if you win the Triples and the Singles there is no need to play the Doubles match.

So, there is some strategy and sometimes a little "cat and mouse" activity as you don't know for sure which of your opponents will be playing until the last minute. You can't revise your team to adjust to an unusual strategy from your opponent. Let's say you win the Triples and you know that the opponents have a dominating Singles player. You don't think your top player can beat their top player. You may want to put your weakest player up as a kind of "sacrificial lamb", letting him "take one for the team" because you think your best strategy is to try to win the Doubles, thus winning the match (two wins out of three - Triples and Doubles).

Anyway, all of this is pretty fascinating. Do readers have other comments on tactics and gamesmanship in this arena? Please REPLY.


World Bocce League's Phil Ferrari sends this...

"The major club in the Chicago area, the Mazzini Verdi Club is honoring myself as the Man of the Year on December 4, 2010. I am one of the first Italian Americans born in this country in 79 years to receive this award. I am very humbled to receive this honor."

And more news from Ferrari...

"Great news. I was at the Reno tournament at the Peppermill and came in first place in the shoot out and point competition. There is a possible 17 points and I made all 17 points. The next highest participant was 14 points."

{For this event a "bull's eye" like a Target logo is printed on the court's surface. You roll four balls, scoring 3 points for dead center and two points for the next outer ring, and one point for the next ring. Ferrari rolled dead center for 3, then 3 more in the next ring for a total of 9 points (the maximum, as your first ball stays in the center, preventing you from scoring another 3 points).

In the hitting competition you have to hit four stationary targets on each of four balls, scoring two points for each hit. Ferrari hit all four, scoring eight points for a grand total of 17 out of a maximum 17. Not a bad day at the office! Congratulations go out to Mr. Phil Ferrari, the Mazzini Verdi Club's Man of the Year.}


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.


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


Visit Playaboule for Perfetta Italian Imported Bocce...

Photos of the week
This week's photos were submitted by Greg Engstrand of Atoka, Tennesee. Greg shows us a look at his backyard court - calling the views, Before & After.

Says Greg, "Built up on a berm behind our house in Atoka, TN, sowed fescue grass, cut with reel mower, the family loves it and we love your website.

Used a string level and a laser level it (court) is 60' x 12', constructed a screed, used a tiller, shovel, rake, tamper, and a poly roller really was not necessary. Mixed with lime, gypsum, and sand before over planting with fescue grass. Took me about 6 weeks to build, mainly on the weekends Fall '09.

Planted fescue grass because of the excessive shade and it handles traffic real well, cut it with an old time reel mower very short.

My family spends allot of weekend afternoons out there and it's great when relatives and friends want to be outside. Very low maintenance, watering in the hot dry months, drains well. It plays more level with traffic and time.

When the grass gets full, I'll send you another picture if you would like. Thanks for the inquiry. It was fun to build and materials were under $500."

{Please follow Greg's lead and send photos of bocce in your neighborhood or from your travels. Joy of Bocce Weekly readers LOVE viewing other people's courts.}

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.

OR check out

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...

Elephant Planter – Made In Thailand


Sterling Charm Bracelet Signed "wRe" - 5 charms


Sterling Collar Choker Necklace Signed 925 Mexico TO96

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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