The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IX, Issue 41 - December 27, 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 #41 - December 27, 2010
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2010
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hi gang - I hope your holiday spirits are still going strong! I suspect that 2011 will bring much growth to our sport. Let's all do our part and take bocce to new heights of popularity.

Better late than can still purchase 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.

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

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Bocce at the Grella Bocce Compound - Methuen, Mass...

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


The recent book signing at the Sons of Italy in Lawrence, Mass. was great fun and a success. The local paper promoted it and I was on the radio on the afternoon of the signing. Lots of supporters showed up. Players from various local bocce leagues attended as did a good sampling of the softball and basketball players who participate in the senior sports programs that I run.

To all who attended - I really appreciate your support.
I'll try to post some photos of the event soon.

Note: photo right - I took one of the signs from a previous Barnes & Noble book signing and pasted "Sons of Italy Lodge #902" over the B & N. Hey, a guy's gotta do what a guy's gotta do.


Mike Delucchi who devised the Bocce Caddy ( ) writes...

"I recently joined the Kiwanis Club and they immediately put me on the board of directors, something about wanting new blood!?. I brought up the subject of a Bocce Tournament for the sake of fund raising and they now expect me to present the details at the next meeting. I read the book that you sent me but do not recall any detailed mention of fund raising tournaments. I will be bringing this up with the I.A.C. in the near future.

I was wondering if you could offer any advice based on your fist hand experience with such events i.e. things to incorporate, things to avoid, what to expect, etc., etc., etc. Hopefully you have responded to similar requests in the past and can forward me some existing information that will help make this a reality and success."

{Bocce is a natural for fund-raising. Allow me to ramble on for a while...

It is reasonably easy to make what I call "small money". For example, we often get high school sports teams that want to make $1000 or so to purchase equipment. We can do that pretty easily by getting the parents to enter teams and we are always able to attract other teams from the area.

To make "big money" is another matter. To make the big bucks you need those associated with the charity to do a lot of the ground work. We can offer the platform - the bocce program, equipment, referees, etc., but someone else has to "hustle" to bring in the sponsors.

You can bring in bucks by...

* attracting as many teams as possible

What you will charge per person depends on what the participants will get for their money. In charity events, most people are fine with having a fun day of bocce, helping the cause, and maybe getting an inexpensive prize if they happen to win.

In a recent fund-raiser they had teams of 4 players paying $25 each. The players got a continental breakfast and a very nice lunch, but no prizes and everyone knew the money was going to charity. Still. I would have charged $40 or $50 per person. You'll also have to see "what the going rate" is in your area for bocce tourneys. Our annual Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament raises more than $30,000 each year during a one-day event. Players pay $100 per person to play on a team. Visit .

* selling sponsorships (signage) for each court in use (e.g. "Team Yankees and Red Sox report to the Dunkin Donuts court.")

* getting a large donor to underwrite the entire event - the problem with this is that you almost always have to be an IRS 501-C3 non-profit to get the big bucks (tax write-off). My non-profit group is a 501-C4 which means contributions are not tax deductible. The person who was going to donate a couple hundred bucks might still do so, but the one who was going to spring for $5000 or more won't.

* running a closest to the pallino contest

* offering traditional fund-raising ideas like auctions, silent auctions, raffles, etc.

Experienced fund-raisers try to identify say, two people who might make a contribution of $5000, five who might make a contribution of $2500, ten who might give $1000 and etc. down the line until they hit their fund-raising goal. This is an ambitious task - in this economy an extremely ambitious task.

One of the very smart things the Martignetti family does is to invite relatives of the person for whom the charity is named to appear at the event, maybe even play in the tourney, and speak to the players about how the foundation operates. Everybody at the event WANTS to be a part of it because they know how IMPORTANT it is and what a GOOD and DECENT thing it is to be a part of. So many of the same faces show up year in and year out.

Don't forget - there are expenses too, like facility rental, lunch, awards, signage, etc.

Can any readers add info or tips on raising funds with a bocce event? Please REPLY.}


Ralph Bagarella's "Cut-throat" bocce scoreboard made a hit in last week's ezine. Ralph writes "The place that made the bocce scoreboard is Hatch Designs Salem, NH - 603-898-7434 e-mail / . Then, my neighbor, Billy Burns, did the frame and added the finishing touches."


Dave Leveton still looking for a bocce court builder...

"I have your book and read it and enjoyed it very much. I live in Gainesville, VA not too far from Washington DC. Our bocce court needs repair and we also have an opportunity to possibly construct a second court.

I need some bocce contractors in the area. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks in advance for your help."

{Any builders in that area with some expertise? Contact }


Larry Harris brings up a familiar problem...

"I fell in love with the game of Bocce three years ago when I visited my girlfriend's family in Michigan. The problem I have is that I have ordered bocce balls, made a court in my backyard (out of grass) - not the best - but we do not have a venue to play at. So, I have purchased some property next to the local softball field and would like too build one there. The problem is I am not comfortable about what is the best court to build. It gets hot here in Albany, GA, so I will probably need to build one indoors. I have been trying to get some good ideas from your articles and other websites, but am still not comfortable to undertake this big project yet. But I want to start a league and start the young people to catch the bocce bug. Can you help me soon?"

{Larry, I like your style. We have the same problem here in Massachusetts. All the great venues are in California, Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Canada, anyplace but near us. I hope the economy gets moving in the near future so that maybe someone will consider such a venue in New England.

As far as starting a league, getting the young people playing, that's a tad simpler. If you have a "bocce posse", have everybody keep their eyes open for a place where you could set up some kind of temporary courts. We've set up courts for years at places like indoor baseball, softball, and soccer facilities. We set up the courts on the Astroturf of Field Turf, then break them down and stack them when we are done playing. See pictures here:

Can any reader offer more help to Larry at ?}


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





Peter Di Turi of Puget Sound Bocce...

"Happy Holidays, Puget Sound Bocce players and fans!

Start out 2011 by playing in the January Tacoma Elks Bocce Alley tournament on January 8th! The tournament will begin at 10:00 am, $80.00 per team of four players, lunch and beverage included, with coffee and donuts in am. Contact Tony or Fran at (253) 564-3310 or e-mail .

Don't forget that winter practice at Bocce Alley is at 4:00 pm on Wednesdays, with a buffet dinner available after practice at $10.00! There is also Saturday practice at 1:00 pm. 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.

The Auburn Bocce Club's Annual Meeting is on 01/21/11, 6-9 pm, at the Les Gove Park Multi-Purpose Room. Club members who plan to attend this annual dinner event, please contact Sal at or call 253.939.3502.

This week, I received a nice e-mail from Lou Ures of Florence, OR, who built quite a nice backyard bocce court featured on the Joy of Bocce Web site. Lou is planning to make the rounds around the great Pacific Northwest starting this coming spring and traveling through fall in his 28-foot fifth-wheel! So, Lou's interested in playing with the best bocce players in Puget Sound (that means the rest of us, of course), and he'll be getting this newsletter - so he'll be watching out for our tournaments in 2011! Come on up, Lou!

Last week, I had a great phone chat with Ben Musolf, the chief operating officer of Campo di Bocce and their two awesome bocce restaurants in Livermore and Los Gatos, CA. Ben's facilities will be the site of the US National Championships this coming June, and the World Bocce Championship in 2012. Seeing the photos and video of these facilities is quite fascinating. I am considering Ben's invitation to come down and see these revered bocce showcases - I think that it will be quite a sight!

Finally, I have a holiday gift to share with all of you weary of the cold, icy, snowy, rainy, windy weather that the Puget Sound experienced this winter. It's your chance to play bocce on a tropic island - well, a VIRTUAL one, anyway! Play Loving Foods' Coconut Bocce game with the family for Christmas (you need to have the FREE Adobe Flash Player v9 or above to play)!

Until next time, once again, Happy Holidays to you all, buon gioco and happy bocce to all!"

{Folks in the Puget Sound area are lucky to have such a passionate guy promoting the game. The fact that he's got a good deal of high-tech savvy makes him double effective!}




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Photos of the week
Bocce at Floyd, New York.

This week's photos come courtesy of Matthew Kells. They show off bocce at Floyd's which the NY Post characterized this way..."This doesn't sound like your typical New York bar, but that is the charm of Floyd, NY."

Matthew says "The bar's name is Floyd in downtown Brooklyn, NY."

Courts in the NY bars tend to be narrow and short too - this one is 40 feet long surfaced with red clay. They bring to mind the table shuffleboard games that used to be so popular in the 1960's. Check out the website: - Check out the names for bocce teams posted there. I like Rollin' With the Homies, Veni Vidi Bocce, Arthur Boccerelli & The Happy Days, If You Want My Bocce, and Do These Droids Speak Bocce? The last one refers to a line in Star Wars where a character looking for a droid actually inquires if it speaks Bocce (Baci, or some sound alike).

I've posted the photos permanently on the Joy of Bocce website under Bocce Tidbits. Please follow Matthew's lead and send pics of bocce happenings in your area.

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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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...

Vintage Blue Line Bus Badge - attaches to cap


Congress Playing Cards 2 decks original box cel-u-tone


William Mark Young Etching "The Christmas Ship" Signed

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).

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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 3, 4, 5, 2011. Pennsylvania - Bessemer. The 2nd Annual 4 Person Tournament for The Special Olympics will be held at the Bessemer Croatian Club. More information will be posted @ . This will be the highest pay-out tournament in Pennsylvania."


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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