The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IX, Issue 37 - November 29, 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 #37 - November 29, 2010
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2010
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again bocce faithful,

I just received word from the Martignetti family on the final total for the 6th Annual Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament. Says Sandro and Kelly Martignetti, "We were thrilled and proud to have raised over $31,000 for the Michael J. Dunleavy Foundation."

Chalk up another outstanding effort by the Martignetti family for yet another outstanding cause. More from the Martignetti family under "Bocce news and readers' feedback" below.

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:

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}


As noted above, I just received word from the Martignetti family on the final total raised in our 6th Annual Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament. Sandro and Kelly Martignetti write "We were thrilled and proud to have raised over $31,000 for the Michael J. Dunleavy Foundation. Thank you so much for your help in that endeavor! It was such a wonderful day, and we are so grateful you were a part of it."

{The Martignetti letter is so well written it should serve as a model to others sending follow-up, thank-yous to those who participated. I've reprinted most of it here...}

It was so wonderful to have the whole Dunleavy Family and Michael's karate teacher there, playing bocce and honoring Michael's memory.

{Sandro and Kelly's daughter Maya took the lead running this year's tourney. They say...}

"Maya made us so proud by choosing to remember her dear preschool friend by dedicating the Bocce Tournament to him. Michael was a very special, very lively, intelligent, athletic and fun little boy. We all lost a bright light when he passed away. We hope and pray that our donations from this Bocce Tournament will help somehow find a cure for pediatric brain tumors so that other children and parents will never have to experience this loss.

Thank you again so much! You helped make the day very successful! We'll let you know the details of the Seventh Annual Bocce Tournament once we start planning. But save the date - it will be held once again the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend. Hope to see you next year!

Kelly & Sandro
The Martignetti Family

{Note: It's never too late to make a contribution. Click the photo above right to learn more about the foundation's the season of giving...consider making a contribution.}


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 with the details - the sooner the better.


John Ross sent a clarification about last issue's discussion of international play's sequence of Triples, Singles, and Doubles matches.

The discussion went something like this...

A three-player 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 clarified 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).

{John Ross wrote this week to further clarify that Singles and Doubles are only played simultaneously in the finals. Says John, "The gold medal match usually has the singles and doubles played at the same time. The preliminary matches are played in the order of triples, singles, and then doubles."}


Phil Ferrari told us last week about the pointing competition held at the Peppermill tourney.

There is a kind of "bull's eye" like a Target logo 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).

I'd like to implement this in some of our charity fund-raisers. It would be great if the bulls-eye were painted right onto the surface - e.g. on the carpet. I had seen a square piece of plastic with a target for this purpose that sits on top of the surface, but that doesn't seem to be the best way to go. Do any readers have experience with this? Is there a set-up that could be used on carpet, clay or stone dust or other surfaces? Please REPLY. This seems like a great way for participants to have some fun while generating some extra cash for the charity.


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.


Peter Di Turi of Puget Sound Bocce keeps everyone in the loop...

"Well, you probably want to know how our Puget Sound Bocce players did in this year’s Peppermill Casino tournament back on November 11-13! So with an excellent report from Bob Sheffels of Woodland Park BC and great followup from Chris Henry of the Westside four, here’s what happened:

The Paccinos - Paul Gessner, Chris Henry, Tony Pizzello, and Chuck Just - were the Northwest stars of the tournament. They finished 14th out of 53 teams, earning prize money of $62.50 each. They made it through the first day's competition with three victories over some very tough teams and one defeat. They were eliminated on the second day by the Sopranos, who finished 5th overall in the tournament. Paul, Chris, Tony, and Chuck are all members of the Woodland Park Bocce Club.

Westside - Pat Henry, Scott Henry, Greg Singleton, and Bob Sheffels - won two games and lost two to finish just out of the money. Back to back victories by large margins in the first two games were followed by an 8-12 loss to the Gamblers, a very strong team that has won this tournament multiple times. This year the Gamblers finished sixth. Westside was then knocked out 7-12 by Team Pro, which finished ninth in the tournament.

Club Paesano - Larry Cereghino, Benedetto Mititiero, Paul Barasch, and Nick Rossi - had a tough tournament with two losses to tough teams, including the same Sopranos team that eliminated the Paccinos.

Team 20-20 - Dr. Robert Glaze, Bre Zitzka, Dave Gordon, and Mark Reed - also lost their first two games of the tournament, but bounced back to finish 1-1 in the consolation tournament, including an exciting 10-9 win in the first match. Bre Zitzka make a clutch shot at the end of that game to secure the victory. Team 20-20 was then eliminated in the next game by Cucidatta, which won the consolation tournament.

I sense that Bob will be back next year! 'Everyone had a good time', he said, 'with much socializing and forming of gaming consortia to try and beat the craps table and slot machines! In the end, these systems also were only mildly successful.'

Chris adds, 'we were very happy with our placing, especially this being my first time down (each of his teammates’ second). It was even more reassuring knowing that we should have won that last game very easily but made too many mistakes and got a bit unlucky. We felt as if we could have competed with anyone there. Hopefully we'll all have a better showing for the northwest next year, possibly even bring down a few more teams as well.'

That’s a great comment, Chris. Now that the winter is hitting us hard and early, we’ll tend to forget about bocce until the spring. But maybe we shouldn’t. It takes all players, even the good players, to hit our stride in later spring before we play our best. They don’t have that problem in California, since it’s year-around play. With the loss of the Muckleshoot Casino winter tournament this year, there wasn’t a fallback to keep our skills and interest, so Puget Sound Bocce players are losing our edge."


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

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


Bill Kintana of the Martinez Bocce Federation writes...

"Victor Delpine has been categorizing and making our website a truly great one for sure. You can access this site by going to

This will give you an example of how far we have come this past year in actually making a history of record on all our special occasions, and to help keep the memories alive as well, from our inception now some 37 years ago. He will most likely be sending you special photos and events from time to time."

{Excellent - keep the photos coming. Readers, check out the website at .




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 Eugene Jack Gianforti. They show off two courts at Stewart Park on Rt. 13 in Ithaca, New York. They first appeared in Volume V, Issue 30 on August 21, 2006. They are now a permanent part of The Joy of Bocce website under Bocce Venues. (In the good old days I used to post the photos, then delete them the following week, replacing them with new pictures. Now I'm busy trying to repost many of the old photos of the week.)

Says Gianforti, "I think they (the courts) are about 60' long, no swingboards. They are, I believe, a concrete bed covered with gravel.

There are two things I love about these courts: The imprints and ball trails are left so, like the fossil record, you can see some of the styles of other bocce players in the area (even if you haven't met them)... Bocce Detectives! Also, the courts are uncovered, so all it takes is a hard rain or quick sweep to smooth them out again.

I've played on courts that are a pure clay surface with no gravel or loose dirt dusting, and found that the imprints left on these courts are deeper, more permanent (especially on covered courts) and affect play more.

{In 2006 Gianforti added this...}

I would also like to direct readers to my newly formed Finger Lakes Bocce Association yahoo group.

This group is starting with the humblest of roots, but we are hoping to meet and add bocce players of all types and levels in the area as well as increase interest in the Finger Lakes community. We are playing almost every night in Stewart Park. Come find us!"

{Please follow Eugene's lead by sending photos of bocce in your area. Sharing the pictures will benefit our readers and will also help promote your program.}

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.

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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...

From my private collection - own a piece of our game's history:

Polished Steel Boule/Bocce ball roundhead nails - Rare!


Beautiful Goldtone Trifari Necklace Signed "TRIFARI"


Vintage Sterling Silver Chain Twist signed 925 MEX MC47

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 4, 2011 - New Jersey - 4th Annual New Jersey Bocce Invitational benefiting Operation Shoebox New Jersey and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Contact Frank Valanzola @ 908-400-0851 ( ) or visit .


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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