The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. X, Issue 24 - August 8, 2011 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news and readers' feedback...
•   Photos of the week
•   Tournament update
Notes from the publisher
The weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 10, Issue #24 - August 8, 2011
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2011
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Bocce Faithful Friends,

Don't forget National Bocce Day coming up on August 13, 2011.

Our group is honoring our late friend Bill Hadley by running an August 13th bocce tourney and fund-raiser for his favorite charity - the Marines Wounded Warrior Regiment. I hope your group will think about using bocce to raise funds for your charity of choice. If you run an event, send us the results to post.

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}

Robert Battaile, Founder of the Santa Rosa Bocce League sends news of the world premier of a new bocce game...

"In honor of National Bocce Day on Aug 13, and my birthday on Aug. 14...

I'd like to give the world a new game. It's called 'Bocce Battaile.'

It's bocce with hazards. You play it on a Miniature Golf Course!

Play the same way. Score the same. For the next frame, you move on to the next hole.
Ball in the hole, leave it lay. Probably no dead balls. (There may be some nuances to work out.)"

{Keep us posted. Maybe you could call it Bolf or Gocce.

Click the image to visit the Santa Rosa Bocce website.}


Joy of Bocce published by Mountain Lion Inc. will be released in September.

I landed a publisher for the Joy of Bocce (no easy task nowadays), so I am hoping to clear the inventory of a couple cases of the 3rd edition. If you'd like "such a deal" on a copy or multiple copies, shoot me an email - . Copies can be purchased for as little as $10 per copy plus shipping.

News about the new edition coming to this ezine soon.


Don't forget August 13 - National Bocce Day. It's a great time to run a charity event. Ours is in honor of our late friend Bill Hadley and will raise money for the Marines Wounded Warrior Regiment. Details under Tourney news below.

Liz Edmunds from sends this...

"We're so thrilled that you'll be celebrating National Bocce Day in Boston, and I've attached our press release template to this e-mail. The highlighted sections are those that specify your events unique details, and if you fill it out I can send it to national and local media outlets for you. Also, I'd love a brief quote from you about National Bocce Day, or bocce in general, seeing as you're the premiere authority on bocce. We'd love to have a 'sound bite' from you on our site so that everyone who visits is exposed to the richness of the bocce community (particularly Joy of Bocce)."

{If you are running an August 13th event, contact Liz at 561-983-6990 or .}


Jeane Brown of the Sonoma County Bocce Federation is on board with National Bocce Day...

Contact: Jeanne Brown
Director of Development
Villanova Preparatory School

Bocce for Books Tournament Chair
Office: 805-646-1464 ext. 126

August 13th is the first annual National Bocce Day

Villanova Preparatory School takes part to support student scholarships

Ojai, California (August 1st, 2011) --- On Saturday, August 13th, the first annual National Bocce Day will be celebrated with nationwide events sponsored by National Bocce Day and benefitting the student scholarship fund of Villanova Preparatory School of Ojai, California.

Villanova Prep will host a morning event called Beginner’s Bocce Day to introduce the fun and easy-to-learn sport to family and friends. Participants will receive group instruction to learn to play and get ready for the Bocce for Books tournament set for October 8th. The October tournament will fund scholarships for local area day students.

Beginner’s Bocce Day will run from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m., with a $5 entry fee per person that will include group bocce instruction. A delicious “Bon Appetit” catered luncheon will be available for purchase after your lesson! RSVP online at, or call 805-646-1464 ext. 126.

“Villanova is committed to admitting all qualified students, regardless of income, and assisting them in meeting the financial responsibilities of a private Catholic education,” says Fr. Greg Heidenblut, O.S.A. “We are pleased to introduce the sport of Bocce to Villanova particularly because it can be played by all ages and abilities and at little cost.” Heidenblut is Villanova’s president and the captain of the Holy Rollers Bocce team that will be competing in the tournament.

Additionally, National Bocce Day events will be hosted across the nation by the general public as well as the bocce industry’s leading enthusiasts, manufacturers, facilities and leagues.

For more information about Villanova Preparatory School contact or call 805-646-1464, ext. 126. For more information on National Bocce Day, email or call 561.983.6990.


Regarding last week's SC question...

Can any reader help with this request?

"Do you know of any official Bocce Leagues in the Charleston, SC area?"

Chattanooga's Frank H. Knight has the answer...

"If the person in Charleston would simply Google search: 'bocce in Charleston, SC', he/she would get 70,000 hits. The first two pages alone indicate considerable bocce activity in that area."


Here's Joe Quartarone's YouTube channel with more bocce video...


Sonya Robinson poses a common question...

"Would like info on the rules of bocce."

{The problem is that you can go on line and search for rules or leagues that post their rules and you'll get a bewildering array of regulations. People play by all kinds of different rules, but they are having fun, so what's the big deal?

If you want a discussion of rules, a good place to start is here: . The United States Bocce Federation's Open Rules are posted at .

Some argue convincingly for the unification of the rules so that the game will grow, but other's argue just as hard that they'd like to play the way they've been playing for years. Other's, like me, are fascinated by hearing about the variations of play around the country. I think it's a testament to the "staying power" of the game. Our game is flourishing right now no matter how people are playing.

Once I played in North Carolina where we played four vs. four with each player rolling one ball and all eight players walked back and forth. This is a style that we see occasionally (the World Series of Bocce in Rome, NY is run this way). But in NC the balls were indelibly marked 1, 2, 3, and 4. Before the start of the game the captain had to identify who would roll ball 1, 2, 3, and 4. You could never deviate. So, if I was to roll the second ball, I had to roll the second ball for my team the entire match.

The locals argued that this negated a great player's advantage. For example, one of my teammates was Rico Daniele. Rico's a great player. He points, he hits, he volos, he thinks the game. But, we couldn't say "OK Rico you take this shot because you are better at it than we are." He had to roll the 4th ball of the frame, no deviations.

A very interesting way to play!


News from Tournament Director Wayne Farinacci...

"The 2011 Marshall Superstore Cleveland International Challenge Cup of Bocce is August 19-20-21, 2011.
We hope you will again join us for this great tournament. Marshall Superstore, the Mayfield Holiday Inn, and the City of Mayfield Heights have been great partners in assisting Club Molisani's effort to put on a first-class bocce tournament.

The Club Molisani Bocce Tournament Committee has been busy making sure all aspects of the tournament are first-class. We have included a Program Ad form in the event you or your business are interested in taking out an ad in our tournament program. Also attached is a Tournament Sponsor form if you would like to be included as a 'Team Sponsor' or a 'Court Sponsor'.

All the information, with cut-off dates, is attached for your convenience. Please forward this e-mail to anyone you feel may be interested in participating. We appreciate your help in getting the word out.
Looking forward to seeing many long-standing friends in August."

{Visit to download forms mentioned above .}


The Yonkers/ Mount Vernon Bocce club is proudly hosting their annual summer tournament on Saturday, August 27.
This will be a 4 player per team tournament, $120.00 per team. We can only accommodate a maximum of 16 teams and we are accepting reservations on a 1st come 1st served basis. If interested please respond to or to Guy De Santis @914-310-8814.




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


Emergency water fix for bocce...

Photos of the week
This week's photos come from Todd Dickman and were actually first posted, then removed, back in 2004. I am re-posting them (permanently) as part of the Joy of Bocce website's Bocce Venues.

Todd says "Here are some pictures of our courts and play in the City of Riverview, Michigan, under the Recreation Department. The courts were constructed in the fall of 2003 by the city's Department of Public Works."

The courts are located at City Hall, are 76' by 10' and surfaced with Har-Tru. The Recreation Department maintains the courts and built the scoreboards.

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

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 ˝ 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.

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.


August 13, 2011 - Massachusetts - Lawrence Sons of Italy Lodge #902. Memorial tourney honoring the memory of William Hadley and the Wounded Warrior Regiment (Marines) Fund. Contact Mario Pagnoni @ 978-686-8679 or .


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


August 13 - 14, 2011. Vermont - Burlington - Oakledge Park. VT Senior Games: August 13 (singles), August 14 (doubles) Contact Zander Ponzo at 802-658-0240, or


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


August 19 - 21, 2011 - Ohio - Mayfield Heights. CLUB MOLISANI, 5th Annual CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE CUP OF BOCCE sponsored by MARSHALL SUPERSTORE. $175 per team entry. Distinguished Awards for Champion and second place finishers; paying top 12 places in Open Division. Women’s Tournament (Sat. & Sun.), at $150 per team entry. Both Divisions: Four person teams (plus one sub) and double elimination. Open Division prize pool is guaranteed; Women's Division prize pool is based on 16 teams. Tournament t-shirts for ALL participants. Gambling Casino, rides/games for kids, live entertainment, and Saturday Night Fireworks are all on grounds. Tours of our new Club Molisani facility with three synthetic bocce courts will be available. Contact Wayne Farinacci, Tournament Director ( or 216-509-4353. Download tournament forms at .


August 25 - 27, 2011. Oregon - Portland. Festa Italiana Portland. Visit .


August 26 - 28, 2011 - Ohio - Wickliffe. WICKLIFFE ITALIAN-AMERICAN CLUB. 28th Annual CLEVELAND CHALLENGE CUP OF BOCCE sponsored by PAT O'BRIEN CHEVROLET. $5,500 first prize, $16,000 in total prize money – GUARANTEED. $175 per team entry. Trophy’s and medals for Champion and second place finishers and tournament t-shirts for ALL participants. We are also hosting a Women’s Tournament – DOUBLE ELIMINATION – $100 per team entry – all money paid out in top three prizes - Both Tournaments: Four person teams (plus one sub) Contact Gino Latessa ( @ 216-789-6393 for more info. Applications and info online @


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


August 27, 2011 - New York - Yonkers. The Yonkers/ Mount Vernon Bocce club is proudly hosting their annual summer tournament on Saturday, August 27.
This will be a 4 player per team tournament, $120.00 per team. We can only accommodate a maximum of 16 teams and we are accepting reservations on a 1st come 1st served basis. If interested please respond to or to Guy De Santis @914-310-8814.


September 2-4, 2011. Pennsylvania - Koppel. IMBS 2 on 2. Contact Joe @ 724-462-6179.


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


September 17 - 18, 2011 - Vermont - Burlington - Oakledge Park. Burlington Bocce Championship (singles), September 18 (doubles). Contact Zander Ponzo at 802-658-0240, or


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 Alessandro Bettucchi @ 650-697-7202.


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


October 7-9, 2011 - Ohio - Struthers. St. Anthony Society 4 on 4. Contact Nick @ 330-720-6358.


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


October 9 - 16, 2011. Brazil - 2011 World Club Championships. Palazzo di Bocce will represent the USA and Toronto 777 Bocce Club will represent Canada.


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.


November 25-27, 2011. Ohio - Struthers. St. Anthony Society 3 on 3. Contact Nick @ 330-720-6358.


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

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