The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IX, Issue 9 - March 8, 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 #9 - March 8, 2010
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2010
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello bocce gang,

Things are getting pretty hectic for me as my non-profit group is busy...

finishing up its basketball playoffs;
planning to enjoy a "break-up" party where the hoopers play bocce;
getting organized for the coming softball season;
continuing its winter bocce season;
planning to host the Mass. Senior Games in both Bocce and Softball.

And here I am trying to finish up the next edition of the Joy of Bocce (while attempting to get an ezine out every week). It's good to be busy. Please send some soothing vibes my way when you have a free moment.

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

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Lynnfield, Massachusetts Bocce...

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

Bob and Nicole Licare of Massachusetts had a table model bocce court built that fits over a dining room table. The balls are a little more than 40 mm (like the international size pallino). The Licare family says the table game is a big hit with all who play on it. Click the photo for a better view.


**** Playaboule website review contest winners ****

Bede Kortegast got some good feedback on the Playaboule web design even though the number of people who responded was relatively small.

Nancy Halverstadt was the winner of the most detailed site review and has been sent a set of Perfetta Club Pros.

Says Bede..."For things that I got negative feedback from 2 or more people I made the changes. Overall most people liked the new site. Most also said that they found it very easy to navigate. All liked the multiple pics. Everyone thought the prices were good or better than elsewhere and the selection was tops. There was really good feedback about the Sports info and that it is not just a site that sells bocce things. It was suggested several times that I add some video which I will do as we get more into the season. The 'what's a bocce ball made of' page was a real hit.

I also added a couple of days a go a click-able map that show shows locations of bocce courts in the USA. It's a work in progress. But will allow folks traveling to find courts along their ride or destinations and others places that they didn't know of in their own neck of the woods.

Added a few other items to the Sports info drop down.

The other winners by random drawing are...

Cathy and Tracy Trumbell - Choice of Perfetta Club Pro or Deluxe lighted set.

Ralph Ritchie - Premier Measurer

Michael Constantini - Original design Glo Bocce set

I decided to add a few more trinkets to the list of giveaways so by random drawing...

Matt Simons
Mike Malley
Gary Carlson

Will each get a Limited Edition Club Hawk pro comparator."

{This seemed to work out relatively well despite the rather small sampling of respondents. Playaboule is an excellent outfit that we need to support in order to keep their outstanding products available in the states.}


Here's the latest "Santa Rosa Bocce League" News

{A good model to follow as is the one below from the Auburn Bocce Club}

Press Release - For immediate release
Contact: Robert Battaile

Bocce League rolls into second year - adds Saturday games and more.

The Santa Rosa Bocce League rolls into its second year with an ambitious schedule that begins with three FREE Basic Bocce Workshops at 1:00 Saturday, March 13, 27 and April 10. These clinics take place at Juilliard Park in downtown Santa Rosa and are open to the public. Learn how to play and consider joining a team.

The League, which is Co-Sponsored by the Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks Department has teams playing on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 5:30 pm, and on Saturday mornings at 11:00 am. The season starts on April 20 - sign-up now at the website

"Saturday mornings could be our most popular time," says Founder and President, Robert Battaile. "Many people can't play during the week due to school, job and family issues. Some people don't want to drive after dark."

The League finished the Fall season with 12 teams, had a rousing Play-off and a Regional Exhibition Match with teams from Sonoma, San Rafael, Martinez and the winning "Yountvillains."

"This year, we've also added a Doubles Tournament on Sunday, May 16 at noon. And, once again we'll have a Singles Tourney on Sunday, June 13 at noon. The top eight players from the Singles Tournament become the "Allstars" that play in the Regional Exhibition Match," continues Battaile.

The League Championship Playoffs are on Saturday, July 10 and the Regional Exhibition Match is on Saturday, July 24. The cost is $25 per person for adults, and $15 per person under age 16. Teams are 7-15 players. Smaller teams mean you play more often, but larger teams give you more flexibility. We play three games and the season lasts ten weeks. It's a friendly competition. You're outdoors and meeting new people. Pot luck food and refreshments combined with some sport and exercise make for a great entertainment value.

Bocce is deceptively simple and easy. "It will simultaneously astound and confound you" maintains Battaile. Two teams of four people play on a 90' court, with two from each team at each end. The game is played with four balls per team with the object to get your balls closer to the one small target ball (pallino) than your opponent.

Team A throws the pallino and follows with its first ball (red or green). Team B rolls until one of their balls is closer. If Team B gets closer, then Team A rolls until they get closer, etc. You get one point for each ball that's closer. Games are usually played to 12 points.

Bocce is a game of finesse and skill with a nice dollop of luck. Everyone gets some great throws. Fortunes turn often. The game favors neither sex nor size nor strength. Practice seems to help.

The Santa Rosa Bocce League is an unincorporated non-profit association with over a hundred members and a nine person Board of Directors. For more information - email 707-965-9568

Rake 'n roll.


Pete DiTuri sends a pdf of his Auburn Bocce Club newsletter (March 2010)...

He says..."Attached please find the ABCs March 2010 Newsletter, which contains news from the January annual meeting, plus upcoming events for the 2010 Puget Sound Bocce season!"

The excellent newsletter is posted here:


Vern Cooper sends an entry form for the East Portal Bocce Club's April 3rd Tournament.


Joy of Bocce 3rd edition update

Got another quick answer from a publisher who had expressed an interest in the new bocce book...

"Dear Mario:

You certainly have a great book and you should continue to sell it. It does not fit our programs, however."

The following photos I am still looking for and hoping that Joy of Bocce Weekly readers can contribute and help shape the new edition.

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.


Rob Sacchetti responds to the recently mentioned Bocce and Golf event...

"I saw that Jerry Cailotto was having a Golf/Bocce Event. What we have been doing here in Weymouth to close the Bocce season the past 2 years was have an all day event called the BBG. Bocce Bowling and Golf. We have 16 players and split the teams by age, Old vs. Young. We have a scoring system that makes each event worth 36 points. There a 3 events for a total 108 points. The first team to 55 points win. This year we were all tied up 18-18 after the first event, 9 holes of golf. The old guys dominated the second event Bowling by a score of 25 - 11, Making the total score going into Bocce 43-29 Old guys. Although the odds seemed insurmountable, the young guys won the final 3 bocce matches consecutively and took home the grand prize. What was the prize? The losing team had to pay for the catered dinner that evening. The true prize was taking pictures of the old guys (especially Rob DiAngelo) breaking out their wallets to pay for the dinner.

I have attached the rules and scoring sheet that we use for the event.

Take Care,
Rob Sacchetti - BBG Champion"

{Great idea for a multi-sport event. I've posted Sacchetti's rules here: }



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 well 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. Well help you pick the best location on your property for the bocce LINE OF SCRIMMAGE. Were very concerned with maintaining the integrity of your lawn and yard area. Well 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. Well 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. Hes 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 well set a no risk appointment to look at your potential job site.




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 Scotts Valley, California's Dave Wilson.

Dave says "We are in Florida for a while and I have some pictures for you. Here are a few pictures I've taken over the years on the beach, near Daytona Beach. There are two different years shown and two different beach conditions.

Our first and most difficult task is finding someplace that has hard sand and is relatively flat and parallel to the surf. We groom that area a little with a leaf rake and dig a border all around to catch the balls just in case. Sometimes we play a 'one way' game with our backs to the surf. This usually happens when there is a slight grade heading down into the water, too much to play parallel, but not enough to not be able to throw the balls 'uphill', so to speak, and have them stick. The last three pictures are of that 'one way' game. Oops! It looks like I've revealed that sangria plays a part in our tourneys.

Yesterday, the sand was so hard it was like playing on asphalt, but we found a nice big flat spot. It doesn't matter. We play.

One of the best aspects of playing on the beach is how much you can talk about the game with those who are walking by. Some even ask for a lesson(!) and turn out the next time they see us out there. If my wife Jeanie and I go out by ourselves, it doesn't take more than half an hour to get six or more folks down, into the game and having a great time. In yesterday's outing (we played about three hours), we met some folks who came down from their condo. They introduced themselves as having watched us last year. They had gone out and bought a light-weight set and were trying to learn the game. We had a great time meeting some new folks and encouraging them regarding the sport.

Thanks so much for putting the newsletter together. I forward it to our California friends and those who are here in FL. Cheers!"

{Bocce on the beach continues to draw a crowd. I remember when I was just a kid playing on the beach in Milford, Connecticut. It seemed like my friends and I were the only guys playing. Nowadays you can't walk 30 or 40 yards on just about any beach without bumping into a bocce game.

Please follow Dave's lead and send photos from bocce in your neck of the woods.}

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
Spring is Coming - Think Grilling & Bocce!

Pre-Season Sale - Save Up to 40% On Select Grills!

Porch Swings Sale...

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.


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.


September 25, 2010 - California - IACC South City. RAFFA 3 PERSON. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.


October 2, 2010 - California - IBS Sutter Creek. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.


October 9, 2010 - California - San Rafael - Marin. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.


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

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