The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. X, Issue 25 - August 15, 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 #25 - August 15, 2011
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2011
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Dear Bocce Friends,

I hope you were involved in a National Bocce Day event.

Ours was a great success honoring our late friend Bill Hadley while raising $1500 for the Marines Wounded Warrior Regiment. Read more under Photos of the week below...

We're catching our breath and then running another event this weekend (August 20), this time raising funds for the Rumney Marsh Memorial Burial Grounds in Revere, Massachusetts. We'll run a tourney on the beach at low tide with 24 teams participating. It's always a challenge trying to beat the oncoming high tide.

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}

Fred Wilburn writes with some very interesting news...

"Hello from Buzzard Hollow Int'l Bocce court in long lost Kansas. My friend and I have been enduring the summer heat out here playing a bit of Bocce. Our competition is good as we challenge each other, but our eye on the disputes and measuring device, a two meter metric tape, leaves the precision distances a little uncertain at times.

My AA working pilot friend - I'm a retired AA pilot - offered me a nice little gift as he really enjoys driving across Kansas City to play on my court and sharing cool drinks and dining fun too.

He purchased a Bosch DLR130 K Laser Distance Measurer to use on the court. It has a range of 130 feet or 30 meters. We can get the balls a little closer to the Pallino than those maximum distances on the 27 meter International court however. But for the less than a meter or out a little further on shots that spread the balls away from the Pallino, this little device is fast and accurate down to millimeter measurements. You just have to be careful where you spot the laser on the ball in question to be fair and accurate. It can be used from the played ball to the Pallino or away from the Pallino to the balls in question. The slight drawback is crouching low enough to see the red laser dot on the ball, but that really isn't a serious issue using the device as it can also sight a little higher if used on its side position.

It's a real hoot when we get down to millimeters to decide a point! Of course really close distances inside the length of the device have to be measured in another manner perhaps.

I've included pictures that you can use as you wish should you care to inform the fans about this little measuring gem. Certainly we can play without the latest and greatest technology, but it sure is simple and fun to operate. So we have Bocce Apps for the iphone or iPod, now if we could just put an overhead tracking 'court cam' on the court connected to a computer and sound system to measure and call out who is closest and tally the score by checking the ball colors... wow that would be downtown Silicon Valley ...or would that be Roma? ...molto furbo Italiano forse?"

Happy Bocce,
Fred Wilburn
Buzzard Hollow Kansas

{Fascinating! Look carefully at the photo. Can you see the dot of light on the bocce ball? Then a readout appears on the device indicating the distance with great accuracy.}


BOCCE on ESPN?...we now advertise on the local ESPN website....

Wickliffe I&A Screen Grab

Larry from the Wickliffe bocce gang sends this...

"Our web banner is up at (WKNR). Chris Condit sent a picture of it below. Hope you can see it. It rotates periodically on their website with some other ads, so it's not stationary 24/7 in case you go on-line and look for it. You'll have to stay on the site for a bit, and it should come up eventually. Refresh works too....

{Check it out... }


John from San Clemente, California asks...

"What is the rule in Bocce when two balls are the same distance from the palino?"

{You can play by any rules you want, but the most accepted rule is that no points are scored. The team that had the pallino in the frame gets to toss it again in the next frame. Check Open Rules at the United States Bocce Federation's 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.


Speaking of the Fall...

Jason W. from the Palazzo di Bocce sends news...

"Greetings bocce players and fans. The Fall league is right around the corner. September will be here before you know it. The Fall league will begin the week of September 12 and will run for 10 weeks. The league ending tournament is tentatively set for Sunday, November 20. I have hopes of getting a sponsor for the tournament again."

{ Reply to jasonw@palazzodibocce }


Joe Quartarone sends this link to a 300 player league in Naples where he spends a lot of his time...


Got this email from a beach player without a place to play...

"I played bocce at Salisbury Beach one year at low tide and loved it. It would be great to have more people involved in this area, but where can someone play if they want to? I see all the photos of private Bocce courts people have in their back yards for their use. Where can I play Bocce if I want to? All this great information, but no place to play the game. It's just not available for people."

{Yes, that can be a problem in some areas. Sometimes you have to try and get the word out by asking people you see around town about where you can play. Once you make the right connections, you could be set.

If you can't get connected, try going to a public park with a set of bocce to play on the lawn. You could start a "grass" roots campaign - bad pun intended.}




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


Eliminating the pre-game coin toss...

Photos of the week
This week's photos show how we ran our 2011 National Bocce Day charity tourney that raised funds for the Wounded Warrior Regiment (Marines) in the name of our late friend Bill Hadley.

Bill was a great guy who life reminds me of a scene in Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" where George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart) gets to see how the world would have turned out had he never been born.

When George was a child, he pulled his brother from the icy water in a winter sledding accident. In a terrific movie scene, Bailey's guardian angel, Clarence Odbody, takes him to the graveyard where he views the gravestone of his brother who had indeed drowned.

Clarence says "Your brother Harry Bailey, broke through the ice and was drowned at the age of nine."

George: "That's a lie! Harry Bailey went to war! He got the Congressional Medal of Honor. He saved the lives of every man on that transport."

Clarence: "Every man on that transport died. Harry wasn't to save them because you weren't there to save Harry."

A look of startled disbelief and an awareness of what transpired slowly works its way across George's face.

The Clarence delivers the wonderful line...

"You see George, one man's life touches so many others. When you aren't there it leaves an awfully big hole."

Bill Hadley left our group with an awfully big hole. He had a wonderful life and just might have been the richest man in town!

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 $189.95 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.

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Tournament update
{chronological order}


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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 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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