The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. X, Issue 1 - January 3, 2011 
•   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 10, Issue #1 - January 3, 2011
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2011
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Happy New Year Bocce Gang,

This issue of the Joy of Bocce Weekly kicks off our 10th year of publishing the ezine. If you go to the Joy of Bocce website and click on Back Issues, you'll see nine years worth of them archived there. Time flies when you're having bocce!

At this time of year I usually do an issue that serves as a kind of Year in Review, but I've decided to forego that this time around and just say that things are still progressing, with the game still growing at a constant pace. On the other hand - still no big time TV coverage. We'll see what 2011 brings.

I've spent some time working on video with my son James who has considerable expertise in that arena. Check out the photos of the week which also include a short YouTube video describing a new measuring device. I think you might like it!

Fasten your seatbelts for Joy of Bocce Weekly year #10!

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}

First item on the agenda - you gotta check out the two-minute video my son James and I created and posted on YouTube. It shows how a new measuring device retailed by Playaboule works. I had no idea how much work was involved in producing such a short video. Thank heaven for offspring with hi-tech savvy! Thanks Jim!


Bocce Guy's Plans for 2011

I'm just gonna keep at it. My dad used to say "If you hit the nail on the head enough times, sooner or later it goes into the wood." I'm gonna keep swinging with the weekly ezine, the web site, more videos, maybe get more active on Facebook/Twitter, etc.

In addition, I think my book is the game's best promotion tool available today. I need to put a lot more effort into getting it into bookstores, gift shops, sporting goods stores, etc. I wonder if any bocce ball retailers would consider including it with each set of balls sold?

Also, I need to focus on getting an article about the sport published in a major market magazine. I used to do a lot of freelance writing years ago. When I got away from it I quickly lost all my contacts, so getting a foot in the door is not as easy as it once was. It'll take a lot more swings of the hammer.

Anyway, this is a labor of love as they say. I love this game. I love it in the backyard on the lawn, on fast courts, slow courts, carpeted courts, polyurethane resin surfaces...whatever. I love open rules with whatever rule variations you want to play by. I love punto raffa volo too and, if I ever learn how to point on those courts at the Palazzo and Campo di Bocce, I might even be dangerous.

I've been retired for 10 years, playing softball, basketball, and bocce, running bocce events everywhere and basically living life large. All my friends want my lifestyle. Still, if someone opened a quality bocce facility hereabouts and wanted to hire me as "Director of Bocce Operations" - that would be the only job I'd ever consider. Imagine going to work, teaching newbies how to play, running leagues, parties and outings, playing bocce every day, schmoozing with everybody who walks through the door (I'm a world class schmoozer - there's nobody better!). Now that's a job!


New York's Guy DeSantis sends this...

"This year the Yonkers/Mount Vernon Bocce Club is planning more tournaments than ever. Our first tournament is our Winter Classic on Saturday, January 29th starting at 8:00 AM. This is a 4 person team, double elimination event.

Due to time restriction I can ONLY accept the first 12 teams to register.

This is a USBF sanctioned tournament. Every participant must be a registered 2011 USBF member.

Participants without a membership card MUST register prior to the start of the tournament.

The cost for first time members is $5.00 and $15.00 for returning members (this is a separate charge and does NOT include the entrance fee for the tournament).

The entrance fee for the tournament is $30.00 per person and includes food and beverage.

Please respond ASAP with your team or individual information." Contact .


Last issue Mike Delucchi who devised the Bocce Caddy ( ) wrote asking for help with charity bocce events...

{I responded...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.}

Mitchie from added this from his experience...

"Here is some information that you may want to pass on to Mike Delucchi for fundraising a bocce tournament. For my first Special Olympics tournament last year I wrote to the local professional teams for items to give away in a silent auction. They usually always send one item. I ran a 50/50 at each qualifying bracket and the championship bracket. I also did the sign sponsorship and had 20 local businesses represented for a $100 donation. The signs were placed all around the courts. I also had one major sponsor and charged him $1000. His sign was very large and visible at the event. Mr. Delucchi can also collect prizes from the local retailers to present to the winners instead of trophies or used at the silent auction.

This year the tournament will be held at the Croatians club indoor bocce facility. They have food and beverages and are going to donate a percentage of sales to the Special Olympics.

I would love to have you attend the event to play and bring some books to sign."

{Hey Mitch - I'm IN! See you in June. Any other readers with good ideas for fundraising with bocce please REPLY.}


Fielded a couple questions about protecting bocce courts from the elements. Check this page out that is posted on the Joy of Bocce under Bocce Tidbits -

If that doesn't do the trick, check out this one, also posted under Bocce Tidbits -


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







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
I've posted some photos of the product of the week which is decribed below and my son and I have created a short video which is posted on YouTube. Click the photo to the right to see the photos of the week and the link at the bottom to view the YouTube video.

The product is a measuring device imported and retailed by Playaboule that adds a new wrinkle on measuring - the Clubhawk Gold Accu-arm.

View this week's YouTube video...

Bocce product of the week

Playaboule is retailing an interesting measure that I have been playing around with and evaluating. It's a variation of the Clubhawk Gold measure that is so popular with lawn bowls players. The standard Clubhawk Gold Measure is for inside measure (the most accurate) and has a string that extends to touch the ball you are measuring. It's got calipers for the close ones and a belt clip.

The new variation is includes a rocker arm called the "Accu-arm" which makes for an interesting wrinkle on measuring accuracy.

This rocker arm is designed to eliminate moving the target ball during measuring. According to "It is repeatably accurate to 5-6 thousandths of an inch (less than 2 hair widths!!) and due to the 'no load lever' will not push a ball away even on a smooth surface."

There are three lines on top of the Accu-arm that will line up when the arm is touching the pallino and in the proper place to begin measuring. This can easily be seen from above, which is simpler than bending over, kneeling down, etc. to get a decent vantage point. Once the black lines align (see photos by clicking the image above right), you depress the "brake" to extend the string for measuring. Then repeat the process to measure other balls in contention. String extends to 9 feet.

{WATCH A TWO MINUTE VIDEO DEMO ON YOUTUBE: } says "The Accu-Arm method of measuring is to transfer the target ball readings to the top of the measure where it is easiest to read.

This device can handle target balls from 1 inch to 2.5 inches which is the complete range for, Petanque, Bocce and Lawn Bowls.

Extending up to 9ft in length, this measuring device is great for measuring even those longer shots.

ClubHawk measure is Imported by Playaboule from England. The USA designed Accu-Arm is precision manufactured and fitted in the USA."

Click to ORDER or view more of the Accu-arm at

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'm giving eBay a whirl.

Some item links to eBay below - for others bookmark StrikerPag...

The Most Mickeys On My Mantle by Neil Robert Sakow


Sterling Silver Selfeed Fob Pencil


Sterling Silver Medical Brooch/Pin

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.


January 29, 2011 - New York - Yonkers. Yonkers/Mount Vernon Bocce Club Winter Classic. Four-person team, double elimination. ONLY accepting the first 12 teams to register. USBF sanctioned tournament. Every participant must be a registered 2011 USBF member. Participants without a membership card MUST register prior to the start of the tournament. The cost for first time members is $5.00 and $15.00 for returning members. The entrance fee for the tournament is $30.00 per person and includes food and beverage. Contact .


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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