The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. X, Issue 27 - September 5, 2011 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news and readers' feedback...
•   The Bocce Caddy
•   Photos of the week
•   Tournament update
Notes from the publisher
The weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 10, Issue #27 - September 5, 2011
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2011
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again bocce faithful,

We've got some exciting bocce news. Our local Sons of Italy Lodge #902 in Lawrence, Massachusetts sold their property to an auto dealer for a substantial sum of money. The new Sons of Italy will break ground soon in Methuen, Mass. where we hope to have 4 international sized courts of polyurethane resin. If this all comes to fruition, my group may finally figure out how to point on those superfast surfaces. Who knows? We may be able to compete with the gang at Campo di Bocce and Palazzo di Bocce next time around.

I'll keep you posted as things develop. Also, look for the release of the Joy of Bocce 4th edition on September 15th - details to follow soon.

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}

The Perfetta Club Pro bocce sets are back in stock at Playaboule. Click the image to the right to view them and other excellent bocce and petanque products from

The Italian Imported Perfetta Club Pro sets consists of four 107 mm red bocce, four 107 mm green bocce, white pallino, and carry bag. These are an excellent value as they are extremely close to international standards and sell for the same price or less than four international standard size and weight balls (which usually come with pallino or carry bag as extras).


This from Campo di Bocce's Heather Veon...

"As you are all aware our very own Ben Musolf is heading to Italy this week to represent the USA for Volo, along with Benji Tosi, Harrison Beall and Jorge Moreno.

Let's all cheer on USA!"

Harrison Beall adds...

"I would just like everyone to know that I will be writing a blog about the Volo Championship as well my experiences throughout my travels.

Here is the link for all who are interested:

Unfortunately I do not know what the internet availability will be like once we are in Feltre, but I will do my best to keep you all informed.

Take care, and thank you all for the support you have shown for the team."


This from Martha Vaccaro re: Cape Cod tourney...

"The 4th Annual Upper Cape Bocce Festival will be held on the grounds of Falmouth Academy in Falmouth, MA on Saturday, September 24th, 2011 from 11:30 - 3:30 pm.

This fun event will benefit the Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands. The Samaritans is a non-profit organization to those who are lonely, depressed, or suicidal. The games will be played on 'informal' grass courts marked with flags. A free lunch will be provided to participants and there will be a cash bar for beer and wine. For additional information contact the Samaritans Office at 508-548-7999 or ccsamaritans@verizon .net


Joseph G. Kalil, of our local bocce posse wrote a heart-felt poem about our late friend Bill Hadley. Many in the audience at the bocce fund-raiser in Bill's honor have asked to see it in print, it is courtesy of Bill's good friend, Dr. Joe Kalil...

{You may recall that I wrote about Bill being a police officer, a marine, and an engineer who worked on the heat shield for the Space Shuttle. In between all that, he found the time to be a good, kind, and decent man to all who were lucky enough to know him.}

My Friend Bill

Full of laughter, intelligent and analytical.
He had his own opinion, but never political.

A tough Marine with a very big heart,
Common sense solving problems whenever he took part.

No enemies, just friends were all the people he knew,
A likeable man willing to accept your point of view.

A scientific mind that helped send the shuttle into space,
Settled arguments among people with such simple grace.

Service to others was his outstanding trait,
Wounded Warriors, sick and elderly were all on his plate.

He balanced his life between work and play,
Set an example for us to follow each and every day.

Always ready to lend a helping hand,
For the most difficult problems he would find a plan.

He loved to play golf, 45’s his favorite game of cards,
But the sport of Bocce was closest to his heart.

So we dedicate this day to our friend Bill
And for all that he hoped for
We will try to fulfill.


Larry Koval, Media Director for the Wickliffe Italian-American Club sends a tourney re-cap...

"We had another amazing tournament - great weather, great food and friendship, and spirited play. Here is a recap of the semi-final and final games, along with some testimonials that we received from teams and spectators.


Wickliffe, OH……This small, provincial town about 20 miles east of Cleveland was the site of a major sporting event this past weekend that has unfortunately, been under the radar of most of the major media and sports outlets. Yet close to 10,000 spectators were on hand over the course of the weekend to watch some of the top international teams compete at the game of Bocce in a tournament hosted by and held at the Wickliffe Italian-American Club. The 28th Annual Pat O’Brien Chevrolet Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce brought out 96 men’s teams and 10 women’s teams (in a separate division) to compete for over $16,000 in prize money. While many of the teams were from the Ohio and Pennsylvania areas – hotbeds of this sport that continues to grow in popularity – several teams came down from the Toronto area, Rochester, NY, Florida, and even Colorado.

The defending champions – Vandra Brothers # 1 – who won the “triple crown” of bocce last year (Wickliffe, Mayfield, and Rome, NY tournaments), surprisingly got knocked off fairly early on by another group of Mayfield players (Marshall Ford Superstore). That opened things up for another local team – Rampe Le Palle (consisting of players from Mayfield and Euclid) to make a run against two of the tournaments’ perennial powerhouse teams: 6-time winners, Rainbow Creek (Toronto) and 3 time winners, J.J.’s Litehouse (Sharon, Pa.).

{To read the rest of the re-cap, click here: }


Zander Ponzo reminds of the his up-coming Vermont State Championship

"The Vermont State Bocce Championship is Saturday, September 17 (doubles) and Sunday, September 18 (singles). Matches are at the bocce courts in Oakledge Park. They start at 9am, with courtside registration ending at 8:45am. The fee for each event is $15.00 for
BBC members and $25.00 for non-members. For more information: and"


Special Olympics South Carolina has a very active group. They often run sporting events including bocce.

Five Guys $25,000 Challenge for SOSC

Five Guys Burgers and Fries owner Sean Moore (dedicated supporter and SOSC Board of Directors member) has issued his annual challenge to all Special Olympics South Carolina supporters.

Mr. Moore has pledged to match, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000 in contributions to Special Olympics South Carolina!

This promotion lasts from August 29th until September 29th. Double your gift today!!!

Check this link out...


Joy of Bocce published by Mountain Lion Inc. will be released September 15th.

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.




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


Using stickers to color code a bocce event...

Photos of the week
This week's photos show three courts that have sprung up in my area by a group known as Amici di Bocce. After playing in a winter league at the local Sons of Italy, one guy built a court in his backyard for summer play and, soon after, two others followed suit.

Now the group alternates each Tuesday evening, playing bocce, dining, cavorting and rightfully earning the name Amici di Bocce (can anyone fluent in Italian let me know if the translation is accurate or should it be Amici delle Bocce?).

Click to view photos of the week...

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 $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.

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

The Bocce Caddy
Bocce aficionado Michael Delucchi is bringing a great new product to market. The Bocce Caddy can help those of us with bad backs to effortlessly pick up bocce balls. Lightweight yet durable, it can pick up two bocce balls at once.

Click the photo to learn more...

Check out photos and my evaluation of the Bocce Caddy...

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.


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.


September 24, 2011 - The 4th Annual Upper Cape Bocce Festival held on the grounds of Falmouth Academy in Falmouth, MA - 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM. This fun event will benefit the Samaritans on Cape Cod and the Islands. The games will be played on "informal" grass courts marked with flags. A free lunch will be provided to participants and there will be a cash bar. For additional information contact the Samaritans Office at 508-548-7999 or ccsamaritans@verizon .net


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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