The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. X, Issue 29 - September 19, 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 #29 - September 19, 2011
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2011
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again faithful readers,

Fall is closing in on us but our group will not let that limit our bocce play. We're gearing up to move indoors beginning mid-October. We've made arrangements to rent a large greenhouse that will accommodate four carpeted 80' by 11' courts for the months of October through March. Then, in the spring, we hope that our new Methuen Sons of Italy building will be complete. It will house four international courts with that polyurethane surface that has caused my group so much trouble learning to point on.

Once the courts are in and we get the hang of pointing, we hope to compete a lot better than we have in the past. We hit OK as long as we remember to loft the ball over the raffa line and we are even learning to volo. We're hope to be "triple threats" in punto, raffa, and volo. Time will tell.

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}

I received a slew of congratulations via email about the release of the new edition of the Joy of Bocce. It's a little unusual because the 3rd edition just came out last year. But, it was the chance to land an excellent publisher with a strong marketing arm. It was, in the end, a no-brainer as they say.

You should be aware of the fact that the 4th edition is almost identical to the third with only a few changes. The best thing about it, besides its hoped for wide distribution, is that it is printed on a bright white paper stock which enhances the photos a great deal.

Here are a couple of the emails I received...

This from the West Coast...

"If congratulations are appropriate, here they are! Thanks for all your hard work for the sport - I hope to help in some way, some day. Just ask if you are back here in Central California."

Dave Wilson and the gang in Scotts Valley.

This from the East Coast...

"We love what you do, and wish you the best with the new book. Looking forward to it for all our players (20).

September 24, 2011 - The Season Finals of the Nantucket Bocce Association (NBA). Home court of Hickey/O’Gara in Sconset, MA, with four teams in contention. Traveling trophy of Italian Horns will pass from last year’s winner to the player that has amassed the most points through the season this year. Ladders for the 2012 season will also be developed with limited space for those interested in participating and hosting events. Contact Kevin Hickey"

This one a variation of what I received from many from around the USA...

"Just keep at it. Your efforts are bound to get the game to the next level."

In case you missed it, here's a brief recap from last week:

1) The Joy of Bocce's 4th edition is published by Mountain Lion Inc. and was released on September 15, 2011.

2) The first edition of The Joy of Bocce was with Masters Press, an outfit that would take a chance on a title that might be a tad outside of the mainstream.

3) When Masters Press got swallowed up by a Big Dog publisher I began searching for a new publisher. In the end I kept the book in print by locating a short-run printer who would create a few hundred books for me at a time.

4) Eventually I began researching print on demand publishers like AuthorHouse. I made a deal for the Joy of Bocce 2nd edition, adding a lot of info that had previously appeared in my weekly newsletters.

5) Eventually I realized that the book needed to be refined and streamlined to be made more accessible for the average person. It needed a great cover image and it needed to be shorter and most of all it needed high resolution images. It begged for photos of young people playing and people of varying ethnicities.

6) I believe we accomplished all of these goals with the Joy of Bocce 3rd edition. But still, it was with a self-publishing outfit. Bookstores are reluctant and in some cases just won't offer a book signing if the book doesn't have a legitimate publisher.

7) When I held the third edition in my hands I knew that it was good and should stay in print for quite a while. I sent a copy to John Monteleone who was the book packager for a book I wrote on Softball many years ago. John liked the bocce book and asked me to send one to his distributor at The Cardinal Publishing Group. They liked it too. So, I got a contract with Mountain Lion Inc. with distribution by Cardinal. They printed the book on fine, white paper which helps the photos stand out a bit more than they do on the 3rd edition. Otherwise, the 4th edition is almost identical to the 3rd (the USBF Open Rules were revised and reprinted with permission).

8) The new book has a retail price of $15 as opposed to the $18.45 price tag on the 3rd.

9) Hopefully, this edition will be an important step for the growth of bocce. Only time will tell.


Michael Grasser send news of the 2011 United States & North American Pallino D'Oro Championships...

The events will be held at Michigan's Palazzo di Bocce on October 28 (US Pallino D'Oro) and October 29 (North American Pallino D'Oro). Entry fee is $100 U.S. dollars for each event. Prize money is $1200, $800, $600 and $400 for each of 1st through 4th places in both events. For more info contact Mike Grasser at 248-505-4744 or . Click for a registration form: .


Boccemon Tom McNutt writes...

"My wife checked out a movie the other day and called to inform me that there was a bocce segment in a recent major motion film. The Movie is "Everything Must Go" starring among others Will Ferrell. Came out in theaters last May but recently on Video. Scene 11 of 16 has people playing bocce in the background for a significant portion of the scene."

{Besides people playing bocce, the movie gives a nice view of the Boccemon court surface at Aunt Chilada's in Phoenix, AZ - }.


Donna Smalldon asks...

"We are trying to buy an Italian themed scoreboard or buy one similar to the one we saw in Roche Harbor on the San Juan Island, in Washington State. We are building a small court in our backyard in Portland, Oregon Could you help?"

{Finding a good quality scoreboard at a reasonable price is still tough nowadays. A good place to start is at .}


This news from Ben Musolf about the May 2012 World Games at Campo di Bocce and an invitation to a Volunteer Meeting...

"Hello All! Well the experience in Feltre, Italy at the 2011 World Bocce Championships was definitely an eye opening experience! As you all know, Campo di Bocce of Livermore and the town of Livermore has been chosen to host the 2012 World Bocce Championships next May!

It has become very apparent that the need for communal support is more of a necessity, than a luxury! The volunteer staff in Italy, well exceeded 200 individuals! They had well over 2 years to plan a perfect event, and we have less than 9 months! I know we can do it, as long as we all pull together!

I was approached by the president of the Confederazione de Mondiale de Sport Boules (CMSB) or the President of the World of Bocce, Romolo Rizzoli, and was asked if I would accommodate 30 countries. My first response was that we can accommodate 24 countries, but with the excitement around the world to come to California, I believe 30 countries is a better idea!

The experience I had in Italy was second to none and I am certain that with the expertise and local knowledge of our Bocce community will supersede any and all expectations and make our international guests leave not only with a smile on their face, but yearn for more bocce in the United States!

This is our opportunity to turn the game of Bocce into a SPORT, and we need your help and support! There are not many opportunities in our lifetime to truly transform the awareness of something; we now have that exact opportunity!

Please feel free to contact Heather Veon at Campo di Bocce at or 925-249-9800 if you are interested or know of any other interested individuals. Please pass this information along!

Thank you very much for the time and consideration, and we look forward to seeing you on Monday, September 26 at 5:30PM for appetizers and wine!"

Benjamin Musolf
Event Director, 2012 World 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


Running a charity bocce event...

Photos of the week
The 2011 Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Bocce Tourney held at the Watertown Sons of Italy. {To the right a strong team gets ready to play and puts on their "game face."}

Sons of Italy lodges from around the state gathered in Watertown to play a little bocce, dine on fine Italian food, and meet bocce lovers from around Massachusetts.

There was Men's Division and a Women's with two courts alloted to each one. This made for a long day on the Men's side which fielded 22 teams.

As always, you have to find out what rules will be played at these events. They played the backboard live - the pallino had to pass half court, be at least one foot from the side boards AND one foot from the back wall. If you had the game winning point and still had two balls to roll, you were told to roll them. Hey, we play any way the organizers tell us to, like it or not.

One bit of bad planning on organizers' part. We arrived at 9:00 AM for the tourney start but didn't play our first game until almost 1:00 PM.

Click to view the 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 $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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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 24, 2011 - California - IACC South City. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS - Italian American Games - Contact Alessandro Bettucchi @ 650-697-7202.


September 24, 2011 - Massachusetts - Falmouth. The 4th Annual Upper Cape Bocce Festival held on the grounds of Falmouth Academy - 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


September 24, 2011 - Massachusetts - Nantucket. The Season Finals of the Nantucket Bocce Association (NBA). Home court of Hickey/O’Gara in Sconset, MA, with four teams in contention. Traveling trophy of Italian Horns will pass from last year’s winner to the player that has amassed the most points through the season this year. Ladders for the 2012 season will also be developed with limited space for those interested in participating and hosting events. Contact Kevin Hickey @


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 28 & 29, 2011 - Michigan - Orion. US Pallino D'Oro and North American Pallino D'Oro. US will be double elimination while NA will be single elimination. Contact Mike Grasser @ 248-505-4744 or


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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