The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. X, Issue 14 - April 18, 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 #14 - April 18, 2011
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2011
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again my bocce friends,

This week under Bocce news I've written about the weight of bocce balls. I hope you will read it, and, if you have info to add, will REPLY. My son and I are hoping to finish our bocce ball video for YouTube soon. We have trouble getting the time to work on it as he is almost as involved in projects as I am. But, we will persevere.

Hope to see you in June at Campo di Bocce Los Gatos and/or Livermore.

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

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Bocce news and readers' feedback...
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As my son and I have been working on a video on bocce balls, we've noticed a great disparity in weight from one 107 mm ball to the next.

Here's how things look to me. If you have other info that our readers should know about, please REPLY.

I'm not recommending one ball over another, just bringing some info to light. Of course, I prefer the standards of 107 mm and 920 g, but, you make the call!

I used a standard postal scale labeled "DYMO by Pelouze". It has a capacity of 5 lb / 2.2 kg. First I set the scale for metric weight, then place a washer in the center. It weighs in at 33 g every time. Next I hit a button that zeroes out the scale with the washer on it (basically subtracts the 33 g). Next I place a bocce ball on the washer and read the weight.

How accurate is this scale? I suspect it is about as accurate as we might need for this kind of experiment.

It appears that more and more retailers are narrowing in on selling 107 mm balls. Like in basketball or baseball, people tend to want to purchase the "standard" or accepted size.

All the balls I weighed purported to be 107mm, but the weights varied.

First I weighed the high end Italian made balls from Perfetta and SuperMartel and even a couple of old Cast balls. These came in "spot on" at 920 g. One set that I have played with more than the others came in at 921 or 922 g (maybe they picked up a gram or two of dirt along the way).

Remember, these are the sets of 4 that retail for $200 or more - usually with a carry bag being an extra. Perfetta does include a pallino.

Playaboule refers to these as the One Team 4 Ball sets -"These sets are ALL precision ground and calibrated to be exactly 107mm dia and 920gms - per the rules, the ONLY official size and weight for international competition play." These four ball sets retail from $195 to $285. Visit .

SuperMartel sets are available from Michael Grasser at . Again, these are four-ball sets, no carry bag included, no pallino. Current retail prices are from $200 to $245 per four-ball set. From Grasser's website, "Super Martel Bocce Balls are made of the highest grade plastics available and formulated specifically for bocce play. They are calibrated to be perfectly round and balanced. In pointing, they start straight and finish straight. When shooting, they have the anti-rebound characteristics that the professionals demand. Get the best, Buy Super Martel."

Next I weighed the Club Pro set from Playaboule. These are a recreation set of 4 red, 4 green, pallino, and carry bag. They are 107 mm and the eight balls weighed in at 932, 934, 934, 937, 939, 939, 943, 944. The twelve to 24 g difference would probably not be noticeable to anyone except for the most avid of players, if at all.

The recreation set from SuperMartel (no longer available at came in a tad heavier but pretty consistent at 950, 950, 950, 951, 951, 951, 952, 952 g. Set also comes with carry bag and pallino.

Next I weighed the American made 8-ball sets from EPCO and St. Pierre.

The EPCO eight came in at 995, 999, 1004, 1006, 1006, 1012, 1020, 1032. Retails at and on-line for $120 to $150.

The St. Pierre set (in a wooden box) came in at 1009, 1009, 1010, 1011, 1012, 1012, 1013, 1014. Retails at for $139.99.

Next I checked the weight of the blue and gold balls in the set from They're the guys with the all in one bag of bocce goodies including the balls, scoreboard, measuring device, and portable court. They're also the ones with the bocce app mentioned a few issues back (already over a million downloads). Bocce in a bag retails for $139.

The balls weighed in at 950, 956, 961, 962, 966, 972, 972, and 973g. Retails at for $139.

Finally, I weighed a set of Eddie Bauer that comes in a briefcase-like carry bag. The balls came in at 1208, 1213, 1217, 1218, 1219, 1225, and a surprising 1273 and 1281. These had the biggest variation in weights. Carrying the balls in the carry case seems like it could be a hernia inducing event. I believe these balls are made in China and have extra filler and a hardening agent added. Most of the balls that you might find for sale in sporting goods stores or at places like say, Target will probably have been made inexpensively in China, then marked up for sale in the states.

Playaboule has an interesting explanation of how the balls are made here:


It appears that the only way to get balls that are 107 mm and 920 g is to purchase one of two sets of Italian made balls that are currently available in the states. You could purchase a set of 4 Perfetta from . You could also purchase a set of 4 SuperMartel ( ).

Now if you use these balls on carpet and or polyurethane courts like at the Palazzo di Bocce or Campo di Bocce they'll keep their luster for a long time. But if you use them on stone dust, granite fines, Har-Tru, oyster shell, etc. they'll eventually lose their beautiful shine.

Another option then would be to purchase the recreation set of 8 balls, carry bag and pallino from Playaboule. Currently they retail for $129 and, at about an average weight of 938, they are only 18 grams over the international standard which is "in the ball park", so to speak. It's a trade-off - $129 for the full set vs. $200 plus for the set of 4.

If you prefer American made balls, my EPCO set came in at an average weight of 1009 and the St. Pierre came in at 1011. Both are about 90 g over, but again, it's a trade off at just 3 oz. over.

Finally, the Boccenation set gets you "All In" for the purchase price and an average weight of 964 g (44 g over the 920).

Please REPLY with any additional info on this weighty subject.


Yonkers Bocce News From Guy DeSantis...

"Saturday, May 21 starting at 8 AM the Mount Vernon Bocce Club will host its annual Spring Tournament.

This is a USBF sanctioned tournament. Every participant must be a registered 2011 USBF member. This will be a 4 player per team tournament.

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."


One of the salespeople at asks...

"I have a customer I can’t help, but maybe you could get me to the right outlet. He is looking for the traditional stone balls, and I can’t seem to find them anywhere. (I also want to get a set for myself.) Anywhere you can point me to help this bocce fan?"

{I don't think bocce balls were ever made of stone. They'd be all different weights.

They were wood, they were wood with nails driven into them, they were metal, and they were phenolic resin/plastic, but I don't think they were ever made of stone.

In this country the market is for an inexpensive set of balls. But championship events around the world are played with bocce balls that cost over $200 US for a set of 4 (usually no pallino, no bag). But they are constructed of high grade plastic - precision weight and spherical - precisely 920 g and 107 mm.}


Bocce News from David Canclini

I.A.C. Tuesday Night Raffa League

The League will begin on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. If interested in playing, contact David Canclini at (209) 957-3314. (Full teams or individuals.)

Dave sends a couple tourney pdf or doc files for your info...


Video update

My son and I are working on another video on bocce balls, but it is slow going as he and I both have so many projects going on at the same time. We want it to be something useful and helpful to people, so we keep on making changes. Hope to have it posted on YouTube soon. Patience is a virtue!



My group is running the Massachusetts Senior Games Bocce once again (I'm on the Mass. Senior Games Board of Directors). We'll host it this year at the Sons of Italy Lodge #902 at 155 Marston St. in Lawrence, Massachusetts. See the listing below under Tourneys on April 30, 2011.

Our non-profit group is the Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit, Inc. We're named after my friend Ken Waldie who was on one of the flights that hit the WTC on 9/11. We play senior sports (age 50 and up) in bocce, basketball, and softball. Ken was the only guy in the history of the Naval Academy to be elected president of his class all four years - a remarkable accomplishment! Learn more about Ken here: .

If you'd like to make a contribution to our organization that keeps Ken's name alive and provides healthy physical activities for seniors, click here and know that it will be appreciated and put to good use.

And come and join us for bocce if you will be in the neighborhood on Saturday, April 30. You'll have a great time on three carpeted courts, dine on fine Italian food, enjoy spirited bocce play and vie for CMBBR (Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bocce Bragging Rights!).


Western Sector Championships

2011 Western Sector Championships on June 11, 2011 hosted by Campo di Bocce of Livermore.

Click for the registration form.



Ed Porto, FPUSA National Sport Director forwards this petanque news from Greg Lapp...

"Hello Fellow Boulistes,

Attached is all of the information you need for the National Mixed, Men's, and Women's Doublette Tournaments in Fresno, California on May 14 & 15.

Attached are:

FPUSA forms for each tournament

An Information Sheet outlining a number of Affiliated Activities for the weekend.
An order form for all tournaments and Affiliated Activities
Directions to each of the activities and basic information about hotels in the area.

If you have any questions, please contact me here. I'll do what I can to help.

We look forward to seeing you in Fresno.

Greg Lapp
President and Tournament Director
Fresno Petanque Club"


News from Campo di Bocce's ben Musolf...

June 4, 2011 Two Man Punto, Raffa, Volo Tournament

On June 4, 2011 Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos will be hosting a men's only two man raffa tournament. This is an exciting event because there are not many two man, round robin Raffa tournaments that take place. It will be a money tournament and the entry fee is $50 per player.

Since this is 3 weeks before the 2011 United States Bocce Championships, I am certain that there will be a ton of teams that will be signing up to prepare for the upcoming Championships!

The format is going to be the same as the doubles portion of Match play, each team will have 4 balls, with each teammate rolling two balls. Each team can have an alternate if they so choose. Alternates pay the same as a rostered player.


Western Sector, Punto, Raffa, Volo Championships
June 11, 2011, Campo di Bocce of Livermore

Fasten your seatbelts everyone, this event brings out all the heavy hitters every year! The best of the best will come out to compete for the title of Western Sector Bocce Champions, June 11, 2011.

Campo di Bocce of Livermore is excited to be the host of this coveted annual event. And since this year, the 2011 United States Bocce Championships are only two weeks following, everyone will be doing their fine tuning so that they can compete at the highest level!

Play will begin at 8AM with registration at 7AM. It will be a round robin format, with the top two teams from each division advancing to the playoffs. I am not certain how many teams will be allowed to enter, so enter soon that you do not get left out.

A continental breakfast and Buffet lunch will be served. Tell your family and friends all about it and let's pack the house!


2011 United States Bocce Championships.






Hosted by the Ashtabula S.O.I. and EAC

Saturday, August 6, 2011 - Qualifiers

Sunday, August 7, 2011 - Finals

First Place = $1,200.00

Four Person Teams

Entry $150.00 per team

Contact Mark Andrews at: .

If sending an email, please identify the subject matter as WGA Bocce.




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


Glo Boules / Bocce...

Photos of the week
I'm continuing to permanently re-post some of the old photos of the week. These are now part of Bocce Venues on the Joy of Bocce website. This week's entries were originally posted back in Volume 1 - Issue 14 on April 8, 2002.

The courts belong to the Mt. Carmel Society in the south end of Springfield, Massachusetts. For our sport to grow, we need to get more courts in the public sector. Although these courts are private, members and guests can use them as long as league action is not in progress.

The two courts are 10' by 76'. These dimensions are widely promoted by Western Mass. Bocce Guru Rico Daniele. The courts are right around the corner from his family business, Mom & Rico's Specialty Market. If you are in the neighborhood, you can visit the Basketball Hall of Fame which is close to the Market and you can peruse all the bocce paraphernalia that Rico retails in a corner of the store.

In the photos you should note the gradually increasing height of the boards near the ends. Western Mass. players tend to be hard hitters and balls (especially the pallino) occasionally deflect into the stands. The added height is for safety and to keep balls in play.

Note also the clock-face scoreboard. Games go to a score of 12. When a team reaches eleven, players often refer to it as "Eleven o'clock." Note too the swing board - Western Mass. players tend to keep the ball live if it hits the backboard even if it hit no other ball first.

The courts feature spectator seating and overhead lights for night-time play.

{Please send bocce photos from your bocce travels. I'd love to post them here. And our readers LOVE seeing courts from other parts of the country/world.}

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.

Click to go to merchandise order...then scroll down to bottom of page.

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...

Hand Made Wood Jewelry Box - 3 drawer - etched art work


Enameled Long Eared Dog Brooch Pin Signed ART


Beautiful Marble Book Ends with Goldtone Figure & Doves

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.


April 23, 2011 - California - IACC South City. OPEN 3 PLAYERS. Contact Gene Semenza @ 650-872-0192.


April 30, 2011 - California -East Portal Sacramento. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.


April 30, 2011 - Massachusetts - Lawrence. Massachusetts Senior Games. Four player teams. Sons of Italy, 155 Marston St. Contact Mario Pagnoni @ 978-686-8679 or . $40 per person includes competition, morning coffee and pastry, Senior Games T-Shirt, Borelli's Italian Deli lunch, Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals to 1st, 2nd, 3rd place finishers and Bragging Rights for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts!


May 1, 2011 - California - Hawthorne Bocce Club. Contact Bob Marsella @ 310-978-4455.


May 7, 2011 - California - Aquatic Park. VOLO COMBINATION 1 PLAYER. Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-238-7995.


May 15, 2011 - California - PIASC San Mateo. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact John Bernat @ 650-341-4045.


May 15, 2011 - California - PIASC San Mateo. RAFFA 3 MEN PLAYERS. Contact John Bernat @ 650-341-4045.


May 21, 2011 - California - Waterloo Stockton. OPEN 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.


May 21, 2011 - California - Napa - 2nd Annual Bocce Ball Tournament and Game Day benefiting Puertas Abiertas Community Resource Center. Http:// .


May 28, 2011 - California - East Portal Sacramento. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.


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 – California – Campo di Bocce Los Gatos – Raffa – 2 men players – contact Ben Musolf at 408-857-0074.


June 4, 2011 - California - IACC South City. RAFFA 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Ginger Henley @ 650-271-6009.


June 5, 2011 - California - Downey Bocce Club. Contact Don Gaggiano @ 949-855-8554 or .


June 5, 2011 – California – IBS Sutter Creek – OPEN – 4 players – contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.


June 11, 2011 – California – Campo di Bocce Livermore –Raffa – 3 players (Western Sector Championships) – contact Heather Veon @ 925-249-9800.


June 18, 2011 – California – IAC Stockton - OPEN – 4 players – contact David Canclini at 209-957-3314.


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...


July 8, 2011 - Oregon - Portland. Paesano Club. OPEN 4 PLAYERS - Oregon vs. Washington. Contact Larry Cereghino @ 503-201-4585.


July 9, 2011 - Oregon - Portland - Paesano Club. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. California vs. Oregon & Washington. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-550-2526.


July 10, 2011 - Oregon - Portland. Paesano Club. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Larry Cereghino @ 503-201-4585.


July 10, 2011 - California - Laguna Niquel. Contact Gene Leo @ 949-637-6008.


July 16, 2011 - California - Marin San Rafael. OPEN 2 MEN PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.


July 23, 2011 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 1 MAN, 1 WOMAN. Contact Bob Kennedy @ 209-570-7500.


August 6, 2011 - California - Marin San Rafael. OPEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.


August 6 - 7, 2011. Ohio - Ashtabula. WARREN ANDREWS BOCCE TOURNAMENT Hosted by the Ashtabula S.O.I. and EAC. Four Person Teams. Entry $150.00 per team. Contact Mark Andrews at: .


August 13, 2011 - California - IACC South City. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.


August 20, 2011 - California - Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408-379-9409.


August 27, 2011 - California - East Portal Sacramento. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.


September 17, 2011 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA - 2 PLAYERS. Contact Roy Ramacciotti @ 209-369-2389.


September 18, 2011 - California -PIASC San Mateo. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS, at least 1 woman. Contact John Bernat @ 650-341-4045.


September 24, 2011 - California - IACC South City. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS - Italian American Games - Contact Gene Semenza @ 650-872-0192.


October 1, 2011 - California - IACC South City. VOLO 2 PLAYERS. Conat A. Bettucchi @ 650-697-7202.


October 8, 2011 - California - IBS Sutter Creek. OPEN - 2 MEN - 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.


October 15, 2011 - California - Marin San Rafael. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.


October 29, 2011 - California - Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. RAFFA 2 PLAYERS (Play 3 Balls Each). Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074 or .


November 5, 2011 - California - Waterloo Stockton. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.


December 3, 2011 - California - IAC Stockton. OPEN - 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.

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