The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IX, Issue 4 - February 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 #4 - February 1, 2010
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2010
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Greetings bocce faithful,

We're still basking in the glow of the great job we did with Logan Debrocke's Bocce Bash, raising $25,000 for his stem cell procedure later this month in Dusseldorf, Germany. The local newspapers are doing stories and a Boston TV station is considering running a segment too. We'll keep you posted.

Lots of readers wrote in to say they especially liked my comment about charity bocce tourneys - "What a bonus when we can use the game we love to help the people we love."

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}

Playaboule’s Bede Kortegast is very knowledgeable on all things bocce. He weighs in on our recent discussion of bocce for the color blind…

My initial question to Bede was this…

“We've had some questions about bocce for color blind players. Does Playaboule have yellow sets for sale? Or, do you know of other colors that are appropriate for color blind players?”

Bede's detailed answer...

“Most buyers in North America are stuck on the idea that bocce balls must be red and green or they are not ‘real’ bocce balls. Odd really when most of the rest of the world of bocce has long ago moved on to personalized colors that are bright, yellows, blues, pinks, oranges etc. and yes greens and reds. But even those new greens and reds are far from the burgundy red and forest greens that a 'traditional' bocce set is expected to be.

So why are bocce balls red and green, for no other reason than those where the choices for dye colors other than brown or black and due to the setting properties of that early plastic. Way back when bocce balls were made from hard woods, nails whacked into hard woods or even from marble or other stone. Then one of the early forms of modern plastics came along. Thermo Plastics were known by trade names such as Bakelite and those that are old enough will recognize that product and its uses and that it was a precursor to the proliferation of modern plastics. For those that don't, it was used in making the cases for everything from Cameras to Televisions to Toasters. Those products, were almost always black or brown and for the really bold, dark red and dark green.

Unfortunately for those that are color blind ( 1 in 12 ) the most common form is the inability to see reds and greens or to distinguish between them. A far less common form is the inability to distinguish yellows and blues. As it happens yellows and blues are some of the best contrasts for those with the more common form of color blindness.

We did try a couple of series of brighter colored sets but they were very hard to sell as everyone wants reds and greens. Even with our most popular sets the Perfetta Club Pro the solid color outsells the speckled red and greens 10 to 1. This will make you laugh. Even though we are a web based business we still take a lot of orders via the phone and when a customer considers the speckled version there is usually hesitation. But those that do take that option its literally their response that they throw caution to the wind and make the choice to be a little different, almost risqué!

So what we would like to do is see if we can have Perfetta make a special series of balls for us that are bright blues and yellows. Or if those color blind players out there would like to weigh in for what they think would be the best then we look at those color options as well.

For the rest of the bocce community its OK to expand their color options. Our cousins in the bowling world did and it added pizzazz to that sport. It's also long past the time that bocce is seen as purely traditional as it's holding the sport back in the USA."

{Wow! The man of which he speaks. After checking with Perfetta he sent the following email.}

"More to your question of other colors for the color blind.

I did get an answer from Perfetta.

The plastic resin in colors other than Red, Green and Black is 3 times the price of those colors. The molding time for the balls is also longer so more expensive.

Se we can have a special run of Blues and Yellows made but they will be close to $200 for a set of 8 balls. Or easier to understand 4 yellow balls $100 and 4 blue balls $100. But these will be with the color all the way through and NOT just the skin and be covered by our 10 year warranty against breaking.

The plastic resin used by Perfetta is NOT made from a colored bondo fill type material. Read, like food coloring in bread dough. Yes those other balls seen on the web can come in attractive polished yellows and blues and more at a cheap price but you scratch the surface and underneath is white. This is just one common complaint we hear from the players, they use them a few times on an abrasive surface or even oyster shell and the skin rubs off leaving both sets of balls looking 'whitish' so they can't be told apart. The other is that the balls don't run true, little wonder when you see what is inside them. Remember the debacle at the NY Parks Dept bocce champs 3 years ago, we fixed the problem by replacing the final tournament balls with Perfettas and have been supplying ALL the balls since. No more complaints!

Sadly bocce buyers for the most part believe that all balls are equal. That Perfetta sets are more expensive only because they are made in Italy so carry that mystique of coming from the home of the game. That's true but a small part of the price. Perfetta Club Pros have a 10 year warranty against breakage and NOT the vague 1 year 'workmanship and material' warranty that ALL others offer. The plastic used in Perfetta Club Pro sets is ALL the way through not just the skin and certainly not made from BondoFill. Perfetta balls roll true. Last but not least the Euro US dollar exchange rate is lousy, the Chinese Yuan not so bad. With all of this we should be charging twice the price and sets would still be the best deal!"

Bede finally wrote with this fabulous offer...


"I thought that as a favor to your readers we would offer a discount of $40 a set off our pro balls.

The reason we can do this is that we are about to place a large ocean shipment of our other sets and can save the customers the part of the cost built into the price of the sets they see online. This means that a customer can get a pro set of balls like the Fox for $99 a set, an unheard of price. Or a yellow or blue Eura set for the color blind at $149.

If you think this could fly then we will send you a code you can put in your ezine that the customer can use as a promotional code at checkout for all of our 4 ball pro sets. This would be a one time deal and be available for only the next 3 weeks till we place our big order with Perfetta."

{Yes, let's give it a whirl. A special deal for Joy of Bocce Weekly subscribers - I love it!}

"The promotional code you can enter is mp40pro - This is done on the checkout page in a box called 'Promotional Code' and will be subtracted from the product cost there.

Delivery for them will be in approx. 10 weeks. Because these will be a special order, payment is upfront and the sets are not returnable or exchangeable."


Logan’s Bocce Bash revisited

Our recent fund-raiser for three-year-old Logan Debrocke, afflicted with cerebral palsy, was so successful that it has become the talk of the area. When Logan’s family decided to accept their friends’ offer to run a fund-raising event, they first thought about some kind of entertainment at a large function hall. They quickly decided that there wasn’t enough time to pull that kind of program together. I offered bocce as an option and figured we might raise $5000 in the three weeks lead time that we had. The stem cell procedure was about $37,000 to say nothing of the expense of getting to Germany, staying 10 days, and getting back home.

In the past, my group has joined forces with the Martignetti family (see Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament here: ) to help raise funds for charities such as The Jimmy Fund, Joey Fund, Alzheimer's research, and kidney disease research, but I’ve never seen so many people mobilize in such a short time to help a good cause. When tourney organizer Matt Debrocke (Logan’s uncle) unveiled the mock up of a check in Logan’s name in the amount of $25,000, there was hardly a dry eye in the house. Since then the newspapers have interviewed us and Boston TV is considering doing a segment.

My phone has been ringing off the hook with calls from well-wishers and my inbox is stuffed with emails from attendees extending their congratulations. The most heartwarming ones came from my own group – the gang that sets up the portable courts, referees the games, and cleans up the venue when we’re done.

Here are a couple of examples…they tend to give me credit, but it is truly a group effort.

"I want to commend you for a job well done. That’s really an understatement…..What you have achieved is unbelievable. I feel proud to have participated in such a special event, and my hat is off to you." J.M.W.

"The bocce day was as good as it can get. You did a great job for a great cause. Congratulations again." R.D.

"You continue to offer a venue for this true community spirit to develop. Yes, it is a group effort, and it's a great group! But you have created the means for the group to come together and focus the collective energy. That energy continues to do some terrific things! $25,000 for Logan Debrocke ....amazing and so wonderful." K.F.


Here is a message from Frank Valanzola worth noting...

"My very good friend and very talented singer Giada Valenti has been preparing for her upcoming PBS Special. Giada has participated in the fundraiser I started in 2007 along with Joe Piscopo, actress/ model Marisa Petroro, Viki Wallace, Bobby Valli and a host of fellow entertainers. In addition to her being gifted with a beautiful voice, she is one of the most caring and passionate Italian's I know. Along with Joe, she deeply cares for her fellow Italians, Italian-Americans and people who are less fortunate.

When I approached her about supporting our soldiers, children undergoing cancer treatment as well as children of the Boys & Girls Clubs, she responded without hesitation. During our 3rd annual event in 2009, when the weather made it almost impossible to perform, she did not waiver. Please take a moment to view her short trailer which we all hope will air on PBS soon.

The show will be titled Tribute To Love."




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 REGISTER/RENEW ON LINE AT HTTP://WWW.BOCCE.COM}

Enter Code MP40PRO and save $40 off Perfetta Pro Sets of 4

Photos of the week
This week's photos originally appeared in May of 2004. They are part of my effort to re-post all those photos that were on-line for just one week. These, submitted by Tom Belluomini, show the courts of the Italian American Citizens Club of South San Francisco, California.

According to Belluomini "...there are six courts with two covered with lights included. Our facility includes a clubhouse and picnic tables. We have over 400 members and most do play this great game of ours."

{These photos first appeared in Vol. III, Issue 21, May 24, 2004 and I expect the number of members has increased since then.}

View this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
Bocce Court Maintenance Tools

I’ve seen all kinds of home-made court maintenance brushes and scrapers. Two things have always struck me about them. 1 – they look like they are home-made and 2 – they tend to be HEAVY.

7' Drag Brush

Manufactured by Lee Tennis (makers of the Har-Tru surface material), this court maintenance tool created for tennis courts works exceptionally well for bocce courts. The 7-foot drag brush is light-weight and, even if you have a 13- or 14-foot wide court, you can smooth it over with just two passes. This is quick enough to do between games without keeping players waiting very long.

Bristles are 4 ½ inches of synthetic fibers and the strong but light-weight frame is aluminum. Retails for $179.95 plus shipping.


This strangely named 30” wide device is actually two implements in one. It is an all-aluminum combination tool for scarifying, leveling, and removing loose court material.

Strong and sturdy, the tool is light enough to handle with ease and is excellent for spreading new material during top-dressing. The concave shape of the 30” wide blade allows the tool to “float” along the surface without digging in. Use the serrated edge to scrape material from high spots, then flip the tool over to rake and smooth that spot and drag the loose material to fill in a lower point. Retails for $69.95 plus shipping.

Besides a heavy roller, the lute/scarifier and 7-foot drag brush should be all the maintenance tools a bocce court owner needs.

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Non bocce product of the week

Non bocce product of the week...

Tournament update
{chronological order}


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February 20, 2010 - California - Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. OPEN - 2 MEN 2 WOMEN. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074.


February 27, 2010 - California - IAC Stockton. Maureen Albanese Valentines Tournament. OPEN - 2 MEN 2 WOMEN. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.


March 6, 2010 - California - Stockton - Elkhorn. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS MIXED. Contact Elizabeth Wong @ 209-688-0595.


March 11 - 14, 2010. Florida - Cape Coral. World Series Bocce Invitational of Cape Coral. 3-PLAYER TEAMS. 1st place $6000 guaranteed. Contact George Furlan @ 239-275-9968.


March 27, 2010 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA - 3 PLAYERS, 2 Men & 1 Woman. Contact Romano Lotti @209-951-8256.


April 10, 2010 - California - Women's Aux. - OPEN - 4 Women players. Contact Shirley Croce @ 209- 466-0541.


April 17, 2010 - California - Campo los Gatos.
OPEN - 4 players. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408-379-9409.


April 24, 2010 - California - IACC South City. OPEN - 3 PLAYERS. Contact Aldo Peruzzi @ 650-583-8904.


May 1, 2010 - California - San Mateo PIASC. RAFFA 3 MEN PLAYERS. Contact Adriano Undorte at 650-591-3318.


May 1, 2010 - California - San Mateo PIASC. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.


May 8, 2010 - California - Stockton Waterloo. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.


May 15, 2010 - California - Fairfield. OPEN, 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Wayne Little @ 707-864-1023.


May 15, 2010 - California - Aquatic Park. VOLO, 3 PLAYERS. Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-238-7995.


May 22, 2010 - California - Sacramento. East Portal. RAFFA, 3 PLAYERS. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-961-2404.


May 29, 2010 - California - Carmel Valley. OPEN, 4 PLAYERS. Contact Giovanni Napoli @ 831-521-5092.


June 4 - 6, 2010. Pennsylvania - New Castle. 1st Annual 4 Man Bocce Tournament - Cascade Park Bocce Facilities. $4000 1st. Place. Contact Mitchie @ 724-333-6385. More Info at


June 5, 2010 - California - IACC South City. RAFFA, 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Ginger Hanley @ 650-271-6009.


June 6, 2010 - California - IBS Sutter Creek. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. At Least 1 Woman. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.


June 12, 2010 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA - 3 PLAYERS. Western Sector Championship. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.


June 19, 2010 - California - IACC South City. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact TBA.


June 21 -23, 2010. Missouri - St. Louis IABC. USBF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP - OPEN - contact Robert Della Croce @ 314-351-9895.


June 24 -26, 2010 - Missouri - St. Louis IABC. USBF NATIONAL PRV CHAMPIONSHIP. Contact Robert Della Croce @ 314-351-9895.


July 10, 2010. California - San Rafael - Marin. OPEN - 2 MEN PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.


July 11, 2010 - Oregon - Paesano Club. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Larry Cereghino at 503-201-4585.


July 17, 2010 - California - Fairfield. John Magnetti Memorial. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. . Contact Wayne Little at 707-864-1023.

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