The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IX, Issue 39 - December 13, 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 #39 - December 13, 2010
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2010
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Season's Greetings!

I hope that readers here in my neck of the woods will make an effort to attend my Book Signing and Free Bocce Play on Tuesday, December 21st from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. The event will be held at the Sons of Italy at 155 Marston St. in Lawrence, Mass.

I always think...what if you had a book signing and nobody showed? Heaven forbid!

So, come on down, roll a couple bocce balls on the three newly refurbished, carpeted courts, have a little holiday cheer, and help support our efforts to promote the game we love!

Also, check out the special offer from Playaboule exclusively for Joy of Bocce Weekly subscribers that runs only until Christmas. See the details below under "Bocce news and readers' feedback."

Finally, 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}

Exclusive Promotion for Joy of Bocce Weekly Readers

Playaboule's Bede Kortegast offers...

"The brand new V3 Glo bocce set only to your readers.
That deal is they buy 2 of these and the second set they get 50% off. Our existing sets have been extremely popular and I know that this is going to be a hit as well. 90% of our sales are word of mouth so the more we get out there the more we sell.

I designed these with all these new features:

1) Water resistant;

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3) Screwless quick change battery compartment. No screw to lose and batteries can be changed 'in the field' in seconds;

4) New 50mm white ball (pallina) with both flashing and non flashing built in. We've actually sold the smaller 40mm size to a number of people as a spare part to go with their regular bocce set so they have a bright target to aim for at dusk and beyond. This new ball can be
purchased by itself here

5) Added a plastic tab between the batteries so now the test ones that we leave in can't be bumped on during shipping;

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{What a great deal for our subscribers! I've tried the set and these bocce balls are absolutely fabulous. Once you activate the balls for play it's just a matter of tapping a recessed button once to get the ball flashing and twice to keep it illuminated (a third tap shuts it back off). This set is highly recommended.

It's a great set for tossing on the beach on a warm summer night after dark or anywhere where there is a relatively soft landing place (not concrete or crushed stone). But they can be rolled along the ground as well.

Check it out at Playaboule - order 2 sets and use the code santamario (all lower case) to get the special Joy of Bocce subscriber discounted price... }



If you are in my neighborhood, please come on down Tuesday, December 21st to the Sons of Italy at 155 Marston St. in Lawrence, Mass. I'm doing a book signing and we're offering Open Bocce to all on the three newly refurbished, carpeted courts.

From 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM we'll have some spirited bocce play, perhaps a little Christmas cheer, and you'll have the opportunity to purchase an autographed copy of the Joy of Bocce 3rd Edition, or other bocce items.

And there will be FREE bocce lessons if you never played before.

I sometimes think, "What if you did a book signing and nobody showed?" Hey, come on down, play a little bocce and maybe pick up a specially autographed copy of the new edition of the Joy of Bocce. One Christmas season a few years back we did something like this at a local Barnes and Nobles bookstore and it was extremely successful. Heck, everybody knows someone who plays bocce, and the book is an inexpensive holiday gift. Hope to see you there.


Send Us Your 2011 Tourney Dates...

The listing 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.


Puget Sound Bocce's Peter Di Turi keeps the troops informed...

"Neither rain, nor more rain, nor EVEN MORE rain and high water could keep Puget Sound Bocce's best from missing a historic event in area history!

The Inaugural Tacoma Elks Bocce Alley tournament took place this past Saturday, as the 50-year old pinewood became plywood and carpet, pins gave way to pallinos, gutters became side walls and 16-pound Ebonites and Brunswicks turned into 3-pound Perfettas. A dedicated indoor bocce facility had taken shape, and although one of the four 70' x 10' courts was not yet completed, the other 3 courts set the stage for 5 teams making the trip from Seattle, Portland and points between to take on the home team, the Tacoma Elks.

In the opening game, the In Front team (representing Seattle's Woodland Park BC) won their play-in game against the Paisanos (representing Gresham, OR's Club Paisano), 12-2. In Front then won the right to play the Sopranos team and defeated them 12-6 to advance to the winner's bracket final. On the other part of the bracket, the Alley Cats, led by Sal Cascone, took an amazing 11-7 lead against the home team Tacoma Elks. But the magic of courtkeeper Tony Riconosciuto came through, as the Elks scored 5 unanswered points in 4 frames to rally over the Cats, 12-11, in a 45-minute game.

The Winners Bracket showdown was a close match up until 4-4, when the Elks scored a breakaway 6 points and then held on to beat In Front 12-7 to take the winners bracket.

Kicking off the elimination bracket, the Paisanos took on the Alley Cats and they sure didn't want to drive the 2 1/2 hours back home so soon. So they played hard and won their game 12-8 to defeat the Alley Cats. Then they took a commanding 7-1 early edge over the Sopranos and won easily, 12-4, setting up their rematch with In Front. In Front lived up to their name once again, going up 6-1 and maintaining their lead to eliminate the Paisanos, 12-4, giving the Paisanos 3rd place.

The Elks, not playing in almost two hours, were rusty in their no-lose championship game. It was In Front once again going up (once again) 6-1, and while Elks fought back to 8-7, the visitors took 5 points in the last two to win 12-7, ending the game with a definitive quattrobocce and setting up the replay for the championship.

But the Elks turned the tables BIG TIME. The first five went 2-1-2-2-2, and it was 9-0 before In Front could catch their breath. The Elks allowed In Front to play catchup with a 7-2 run over the next 7 frames. But on lucky frame 13, the Elks took the initiative and got the good play to win their own event, 12-7, and giving In Front the second place medals.

Tony got to hear 'Happy Brithday' from the bocce crowd and a cake to celebrate his 76th birthday. But he was all smiles with the opening of Bocce Alley - and a Tacoma Elks team victory to boot!

The new courts were met with cheers from all, and nobody minded a couple of tiny lumps of raised nails on court one. Luncheon is always a festive event at the Elks, but a climate-controlled setting in December, made it worth the day.

The only thing that didn't go well was Puget Sound Bocce Web coverage, which was intermittent in Bocce Alley despite the present of two WiFi stations upstairs, so the end games were not broadcast. The Elks plan to run an Internet connection down to the alleys, and hopefully this will be done before the next tournament.

The next monthly Bocce Alley tournament is January 8th, then February 12th, March 12th and finally April 9th - or, the second Saturday of each month December through April. The tournaments will begin at 10:00 am, $80.00 per team of four players, lunch and beverage included, coffee/donuts in am. Contact Tony or Fran at (253) 564-3310 or e-mail . Bocce Alley is available for birthday and other parties as well - it's the same contact info!

Winter practice is at 4:00pm Wednesday, with a buffet dinner is available at $10.00 on Wednesdays, too! There is also Saturday practice at 1:00pm. Practice cost is only $1 for non-Elks members, and all proceeds go to Elks Charities. Bocce players from out-of-town, please contact Tony before you come down to play.

Sal Cascone wants to pass along 2011 dates of interest regarding Auburn Bocce Club-sponsored activities and events, so get your calendars out and make your time for bocce in 2011. All events are held at Auburn's Les Gove Park:

Auburn Bocce Club Annual Meeting, 01/21/11, 6-9 pm (Multi-Purpose Room).
Auburn Bocce Club FREE Practices, Tuesdays and Thursdays 03/15/11-10/13/11, 3-6 pm (weather permitting).
Auburn Doubles Championship, 05/28/11, 9 am.
8th Annual Washington State Bocce Championship, 06/25/11, 9 am.
4th of July Festival, 07/04/11, 11 am.
Auburn Bocce Club Picnic/Tournament, 08/22/11, 9 am.
4th Annual Auburn BC - Woodland Park BC Challenge Match, 09/18/11, 9 am.

For more information on these and other Auburn Bocce Club events, contact Sal at or call 253.939.3502 or visit .

Also, the Grand Lodge Northwest Sons of Italy tournament has been scheduled for Saturday, 06/04. More details on this and other bocce events in 2011 will follow. Bocce organizers, please let me know when you have your events on your schedule.

Until next time, buon gioco and happy holiday bocce to all!"


Heather Veon, Club Relations at Campo di Bocce of Livermore sends this...

Campo di Bocce of Livermore is hosting a Singles OPEN Tournament (Round Robin Format) on January 16, 2011.


Contact - view the pdf here: }


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.


Paul English writes...

"I am wondering if you would want to post this. Brooklyn has a thriving bocce league in Park Slope. We have just completed our thirteenth season. We have a Saturday, Sunday and Monday division with a total of 37 teams.

We each play an 11 game schedule and then have a combined playoff and championship match. This season, my team, Abbiamo Palle, won for its first championship. I just think it would be nice to shine a little light on our league. We are always looking for more teams and individuals. I am including our team picture."

{Check out the good looking winning team here...


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

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.





Can any reader help with this...from Karen Mascho?

"I am an Adapted PE teacher in Kilgore, TX. I am beginning to teach bocce to my APE class. I have Special Olympians and para-athletes in my class. I am looking into bocce as a way of combining both groups into one activity. I would like to plug my kids into a Bocce League for lifetime participation. I have looked on the Internet and have not found any venues in Northeast Texas.

What are the closest ones you know of? I would like to take my kids on a field trip or at least have videos to show youth tournaments."




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 Michael Grasser who ran this year's United States & North American Pallino D'Oro Championships at Ontario, Canada's Ciociaro Club.

I'm sure Mike was running around like crazy running the event. We didn't get any action photos but these pictures show the participants, the winners, and one very interesting trophy - pictured to the right. It is the first place trophy for winning the North American Pallino D'Oro. It's the Bronze Dragon with Arizona Turquoise 100 mm ball. It has a mahogany and black granite base. Grasser says "Jose Botto took it home."

{A very frequent winner at all levels of play, Jose is awfully tough to beat. Congratulations to Jose and, as a bonus, he'll have one heck of a conversation starter with that fabulous and unique trophy on display.}

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...

Millefiori Glasswork Glass Paperweight


Fabulous Brooch Marked "SYMMETALIC STERLING+14K"


Gorgeous "HAND MADE STERLING" Floral Brooch

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.


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...

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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