The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IX, Issue 7 - February 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 #7 - February 22, 2010
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2010
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Bocce friends,

Update on Logan Debrocke - he'll be back in the states by the time you get this ezine. The procedure went very well in Germany and we are hoping for positive results in the near future.

I'm hard at work on the new edition of the bocce book. It is starting to feel like a prison sentence hanging over me, but I am going to keep on keeping on until it's wrapped up. More info below under Bocce news...

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}




There has been a little confusion over Bede Kortegast's fabulous offer of free bocce merchandise to people who help evaluate Playaboule's revised web site.

First off, some people thought they were to evaluate the Joy of Bocce web site. Wrong! Evaluate the Playaboule web site according to the comments below and be in a drawing to win some great products.

Bede tells me that there was only a small number who responded, so, if you jump in this week you will have a decent chance of your name being picked in one of the random draws.

Here are the details once again...

Playaboule's Bede Kortegast has revised his web site, wants feedback from web surfers, and will put your name in for a drawing for free bocce merchandise.

Here are the prizes...

A free set of the Club Pro Solid or Deluxe Lighted Bocce set.

A free 4 color Bocce set.

A free Premier Measure.

"To be in the drawing the readers must send an email to with their comments, good or bad about the look and feel of the site, navigation, things they would like to see, is the checkout easy, even what do they think of the prices, etc.

I’ll also offer a free set of Perfetta club pros to the most detailed response.

So, the total 'prize' values including the shipping costs for the mainland USA only is approx $400!

We will reserve the right to use the responses but will not post any contact details.

Of course, I want those that do enter the 'competition' to look at several pages of the site. To make sure that this is done, I will need at least a few comments from those that want to be in the drawing and they must also put the price of the M6 series balls and the Premier Measurer in their comment/entry for the drawing. This will show me that they have at least looked at a few pages to find those prices."

{Hey, how tough is that? Just surf around a bit, give some feedback on what you like or don't like. Put the listed price of the items to show that you were paying attention and be eligible for the drawings.

This reminds me of when I was teaching high school. There were quite a few scholarships that didn't get applied for because the applicant had to write an essay on some subject. I remember cajoling a student of mine into completing the essay, telling her "You'll probably be the only one in the running if you finish the essay." Reluctantly she complied and later thanked me vociferously when she collected the $500 scholarship.

Go tool around the site for a while, give some honest feedback. You'll be helping Playaboule refine its web site and you'll have a shot at some great prizes. Visit NOW.}


Joy of Bocce 3rd edition update

There’s a new wrinkle in the sage of the 3rd edition. There’s a publisher that has expressed an interest in the book. I’ve sent along a proposal and now we wait and see if the Massachusetts based outfit decides to offer me a contract.

All of this is good news and bad news. On the positive side it means that we’ll have editors and publishing-savvy people taking the project under their wings to help make the book a success. It has been my experience that virtually everything that I’ve written that was edited by professionals has turned out better. The one exception was a freelance piece I wrote for The Boston Globe on the day before the opening of schools one September. The humorous article poked fun at public school education and raised quite a few eyebrows on that opening day for teachers and administrators. I remember some of my colleagues smiling at me and slapping me on the back in admiration while others were afraid to be seen associating with me. The small problem with the article was that the powers that be at the newspaper deleted a section because of space limitations. That was OK except that it kind of interrupted the flow of the piece, but that's the way it goes in the newspaper business.

Besides editors and graphic artists to help shape the book, I’ll also save a few bucks because the publisher will pay all production and marketing costs. Print-on-demand outfits like AuthorHouse bill the author for any costs associated with the book’s production.

On the down side the book will take a lot longer to get to bookstore shelves…probably a year from the time I submit the final manuscript. The print-on-demand guys can get the book out in a couple months.

Another item on the negative side is that I’ll lose full editorial control. Those print-on-demand companies will print whatever you submit and pay for, no matter how bad, no matter how many typos and errors. But you are in control of the final product.

Anyway, there's no guarantee the interested publisher will accept the book, so let's continue as planned earlier.

My revised goal is to put this project “to bed” by the end of March. Then maybe we’ll have the book in hand by the summer bocce season (assuming a print-on-demand publishing house).

The problem I'm having is sifting through myriads of photos in an attempt to select just the right ones to complement the text.

As I go through this process I could use a little help with some photographs. They must be high resolution and must be accompanied by your permission to reprint.

The following are what I am looking for and hoping that Joy of Bocce Weekly readers can contribute and help shape the new edition. I am trying to stage some of these photos myself, but the lack of suitable indoor venues in my area hampers my efforts.

Some readers have agreed to start searching their photo archives, bit only a few photos have shown up in my in box so far.

A good shot or two of people playing bocce on the beach, either at low tide or high or both;

People playing Petanque;

People playing Lawn bowls;

People measuring for point with different devices and with different styles (e.g. they run a tape from the pallino to the top center of the ball and estimate the center of the ball – or inside measurement, etc.);

People playing on the lawn;

People playing on hilly terrain;

Young people playing, especially high school, middle school, and elementary school age if possible.

Again, I'm hoping that readers can help shape the new edition, which I have promised myself to wrap up in the next couple months so it can be released in the summer.

Please REPLY if you can. Many thanks in advance.

Also...does anyone have a suggestion about who might write a foreword for the book? I've contacted one pretty high profile person, but received no response.


Artist and bocce lover Frank Ansley of St. Helena, California sends a kind offer…

“Bocce Guy- I'd like to offer you the use of one or more images from my bocce painting series for your upcoming 3rd edition. I do have a good one of measuring from the pallino to the closest ball if that would work for you. If you'd like to see all the paintings let me know and I'll send you a bunch of images. Also you can see a few at my website: and more at (scroll down center of page to my name and images ).”

{Excellent! I’m checking them out to see if they might be appropriate to include.}



Rockman president Mike Esposito is none other than the BC running back with all the rushing records and a stint in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons.

With Esposito on board we’ll TACKLE any job. Call for a no-risk quote. Mike can BLOCK any objection. If you need to see schematics, we can set up a DRAW PLAY. We’ll help you pick the best location on your property for the bocce LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. We’re very concerned with maintaining the integrity of your lawn and yard area. We’ll minimize the use of heavy machinery, replacing it with man-power to minimize any ENCROACHMENT on your property.

No one wants a construction crew on site for weeks on end, so there will be no DELAY OF GAME. We’ll BLITZ through the construction, getting in and out of the job site in record time. Mike has experience in CONTROLLING THE GAME CLOCK, and can even add DOUBLE COVERAGE or HURRY-UP OFFENSE if necessary to finish the job on schedule. Says Mike, “I want my crew to get DOWN AND IN quickly and DOWN AND OUT just as fast.

As an added bonus, the Bocce Guy will make frequent visits to the work site, taking photos for The Joy of Bocce and helping to make sure that the crew continues to make FORWARD PROGRESS. Make no mistake though, Mike is the FRANCHISE player. He’s the SIGNAL CALLER, running the show right from the opening KICKOFF, making sure you are happy with the finished product.

Call the Bocce Guy at 978-686-8679 or email and we’ll set a no risk appointment to look at your potential job site.


Interesting news. Italy is now down to just two competition non metal ball bocce manufacturers. Salf is out of business, so its just Perfetta and Super Martel left.


{Anyone have any experience with this? - if so, please REPLY. I've reprinted their press release below.}

Have you heard of Rollors Lawn Game (Similiar to Bocce)?

New Popular Rollors Lawn Game Rolls Along Across the Country

Innovative Outdoor Game Combines the Skill of Bocce, Horseshoes and Bowling

MINNEAPOLIS – January 7, 2010 – An outdoor lawn game created by Minneapolis-native Matt Butler is quickly becoming the hottest new item for family fun. Rollors combines the skill of bocce, horseshoes and bowling all in one game that is perfect for all ages. Played by hand rolling small wood disks towards a color-coded goal, the game creates some great fun in the sun.

“I wanted to create a fun game that gets families out of the house and enjoying some quality time together in the sunshine,” said Matt Butler, creator of the game. “This is a game that kids, parents, cousins and even grandparents can all enjoy together.”

Butler came up with the concept for the game while serving our country overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. During the down time while serving in the Gulf War, he had time to sketch the pieces, devise the rules and even brainstorm his own business selling the game.

“By the time I came back off of active duty I had the entire game ready to go,” Butler said. “What really amazed me is how fast the game really caught on.”

The game has taken the Florida Panhandle by storm and now orders are pouring from all over the country for the new hit game.

“People are enjoying it all over the country,” Butler said. “It makes a perfect family outdoor gift for the first day of Spring on March 20.”

Rollors is available online at the company’s website for $85.35, which includes $10.35 for shipping and handling. Each game features elegant hand crafted wood pieces and the company is a Veteran owned business that supports the employment of other United States Veterans.

For more information about Rollors, or to order a game for your family’s fun in the sun, please visit them on the web at or call 478-501-2003.




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}

Photos of the week
This week's photos come courtesy of Kansas resident Fred Wilburn.

"I have been wanting to send/show you my homemade Bocce court photos for sometime, but continually put it off. Here are six photos of my backyard International size court (91' x 13' or 27.7 meters by 3.9 meters).

Court construction was gleaned from Internet sources. The surface is crushed limestone from our local quarry here in Johnson County Kansas.

I've debated on whether to top the court with either red clay or the Har-Tru material. In either case shipping from either coast areas make the cost questionable for the resulting improvement of surface. If the court is slightly damp like a clay court would be, then the action on the court is near perfect, but I don't have any experience on the other two mentioned surfaces to compare.

I'm new to the game, but have an avid interest and it is a great retirement activity to keep me busy grooming the court. Anyway, do as you wish with the pictures of Buzzard Hollow International Bocce Court, probably the only one in the state of Kansas other than a couple of municipal courts in the southeast Kansas area where there are some Italian communities."

{Great shots of a great court. Fred is right about the shipping charges often being cost prohibitive, depending on how far you are from the source. That's a problem for bocce court builders all over the USA.

Fred gives permission to use the photos, so I will likely include one in the new book. There is still time to get yours included. Send your best high resolution shots to me at .}

View this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week



Bede Kortegast offers this great promotion after much discussion in previous week's ezines on bocce for the color blind:

"I thought that as a favor to your readers we would offer a discount of $50 a set off our pro balls.

This would be a one time deal and be available for only till we place our big order with Perfetta.

"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."


Click to take advantage of this great limited time offer...

Non bocce product of the week - Outdoor Furnishings Specialty Shop

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.


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.


April 24, 2010 - Washington - Bellingham. 8th annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament. Contact Tom McNutt @ . Visit


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.


July 24, 2010 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 1 MAN 1 WOMAN. Contact Bob Kennedy @ 209-570-7500.


July 31, 2010 - California - Campo di Bocce Los Gatos. RAFFA - 1 MAN 1 WOMAN. "The Little Johnny" - Contact John Ross @ 408-354-0625.


August 7, 2010 - California - Marin San Rafael - OPEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.


August 14, 2010 - California - IACC South City. OPEN 4 PLAYERS - Western Sector Champ. Contact to be named later.


August 21, 2010 - California - Campo Los Gatos. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408-379-9409.


August 28, 2010 - California - Sacramento - East Portal. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-961-2404.


September 18, 2010 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 1 MAN 1 WOMAN. Contact Roy Ramacciotti @ 209-369-2389.


September 19, 2010 - California - PIASC - San Mateo. OPEN 4 PLAYERS (at least 1 Woman). Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.


October 23, 2010 - California - Marin - San Rafael. OPEN 4 PLAYERS Novato Rotary Fall Classic. Contact Frank Bruno @ 415-798-0668.

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