The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. X, Issue 3 - January 17, 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 #3 - January 17, 2011
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2011
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello Bocce Faithful,

My son and I are dabbling in video, trying to create some brief but helpful YouTube-based answers to bocce questions. Well, I'm the one who is "dabbling". My son Jim actually knows what he's doing.

We're working on a video that answers some questions about bocce balls, which is probably the number one query we get from beginners. We'll talk about the different sizes and weights and various manufacturers and suppliers (and suggest the international standards). If you want to suggest any points we ought to cover, shoot us an email.

Also, if you want to suggest other video topics, please REPLY.

The video we did on the Clubhawk Gold Accu-Arm got over 535 views in two weeks. It' not 5 million views, but it's a start.

If you missed the ClubHawk video, check it out here:

Also, don't miss another EXCLUSIVE OFFER from Playaboule just for Joy of Bocce Weekly subscribers. Check it out below under "Bocce news and readers' feedback."

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

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Dante Club Bocce - West Springfield, Massachusetts...

Bocce news and readers' feedback...
{Publisher's comments in brackets}

Pacifico Palumbo has written to ask that I help get the word out on his website/blog, bocce painting and other art work. Details below - click the photo for a better view.

"An Italian Story"

Being an Italian born in Park Slope Brooklyn N.Y.

From a series of old photographs Artist Pacifico Palumbo captures what it was like for his parents, grand parents, and himself to have been brought up and raised in Park Slope Brooklyn N.Y.

Visit his website at

{I love the caption for the bocce painting which reads ""Bocce Ball Painting from old photograph. A true Italian story becomes a work of art."}


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As long as supplies last Playaboule will offer the Speckled Perfetta Club Pro Sets for a total of $100 INCLUDING shipping. This is an unheard of price and I expect many readers will jump at the offer. Again, this offer is only for the Speckled Perfetta Sets.

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California's Chris Bond has been in Massachusetts for a while and has played a little bocce with our bocce posse. He sent the picture to the right and this comment (Click the link to see the photo - ).

"Here is a picture of the progress at East Portal Bocce Club, East Sac, California. They are switching from oyster shell to some kind of carpet."



Important info from Volo Superstar Benji Tosi (USBF Populous Director, Western Sector) re: preparing for the World Championships in Volo play...

"As we all know, it is a world championship year and the men's 34th World Bocce Championships in Feltre, Italy, September 4th-11th, 2011 will occur in less than 9 months!

The results of the 2011 US National Bocce Championships at Campo di Bocce Livermore in June will determine the Men's US National Bocce Team, to compete at these 2011 World Bocce Championships in Feltre.

In preparation for the US Volo Nationals at Campo di Bocce Livermore, there are 5 preliminary tournaments on the USBF Western Sector Calendar. These tournaments will only feature the events of Singles, Combination, and Precision Throw; which are the three individual events to be held at the US Nationals in Livermore.

Please see the following link and send it to your bocce friends to get complete information, such as rules and entry forms for the tournaments. All the listed tournaments are for men and women.

We look forward to your support and participation.

Here is also a link to the 2011 World Bocce Championships in Feltre, Italy: "


Bill Fletcher sends this...

"In our Round Robin Tournaments, we normally have up to 80 players. We have 10 teams of 6 to 8 in each team. We divide these into 2 Divisions, 'A' and 'B', with the winning team of each division playing a final game. To avoid one team winning every tournament, we want to start some form of handicap system of players or teams. I would like your advice, and note of any 'Back Issues'
dealing with this subject."

{We've had this question before in the ezine and I recall Mike Conti and Phil Ferrari telling me about the system they used at the Alpine Club. I've looked through some back issues but couldn't quickly locate the articles, so I am posting this and asking for readers' help.

First off you have to have a system in place for determining the handicaps. If you play with the same group of players over a long period of time, you know who the top players are, who the second tier players are, etc. At the Alpine Club a top rated player would have a handicap of zero and a weaker player might be a 2 or 3 or 4. If I'm rated at 3 and I play a top rated player the score starts out at 3 for me and 0 for my opponent. For the handicapping system to work you'd have to standardize the score that you play to. In other words, a spot of 3 to nothing gives me a chance to beat a top player in a game of 12, but gives me an unfair advantage in a game to say, 8 points.

Ferarri tells me now that his club now ranks players A, B, C, and D and they try to play four-player tournaments by balancing the teams. Ideally, each team would be comprised of one A, B, C, and D player.

Can anyone help with more details or other ideas for a handicapping system for bocce? Please REPLY.}


I'm looking for suggestions on what brief bocce topics we might cover with YouTube videos. Currently working on one on bocce balls, which is the most frequent query we get from beginning players. Other suggestions? Please REPLY.


Don't forgert the 2011 United States 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


Visit Playaboule for Perfetta Italian Imported Bocce...

Photos of the week
As you may recall, I used to change the photos of the week each week, replacing last week's pictures with this week's. A couple years ago I changed that policy and started to repost some of the old photos (on the Joy of Bocce web site) where they'll remain permanently.

This week I've reposted some pics (Under Bocce Tidbits) that I took in 2002 when I attended a bocce court dedication/ribbon cutting ceremony at the A.J. Hendrickson Park in the Village of Valley Stream, New York.

The park is a showpiece and a testament to how good local government can improve its citizens' quality of life. When I visited, the 42-acre park had a lake, diving pool, water park for children, infant pool, Olympic size swimming pool, basketball hoops, and had plans for a privately run miniature golf course and a skate park.

Their bocce court is 64' by 12' with a Har-Tru surface over a base of 17 inches of gravel for drainage. It features beautiful cobblestone construction and a brick walkway all around. Deputy Village Clerk Robert Fumagalli was largely responsible for the court construction. For this event he put some publicity out, invited players and press, and got the mayor to roll out the first ball.

Fumagalli says the court was built with cooperation and funding from the recreation and public works departments. Parks are a big part of a community according to Fumagalli. "You lose your parks," he says, "and you lose your quality of life."

This is a terrific set-up, getting this great game out of the private sector and into the public! Hats off to Valley Stream's Mayor, Trustees, Village Clerks, Recreation and Public Works Departments!

{Our readers LOVE seeing bocce in other parts of the world. Please send photos of bocce in your neck of the woods!}

View this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week

Playaboule is retailing an interesting measure that I have been playing around with and evaluating. It's a variation of the Clubhawk Gold measure that is so popular with lawn bowls players. The standard Clubhawk Gold Measure is for inside measure (the most accurate) and has a string that extends to touch the ball you are measuring. It's got calipers for the close ones and a belt clip.

The new variation is includes a rocker arm called the "Accu-arm" which makes for an interesting wrinkle on measuring accuracy.

This rocker arm is designed to eliminate moving the target ball during measuring. According to "It is repeatably accurate to 5-6 thousandths of an inch (less than 2 hair widths!!) and due to the 'no load lever' will not push a ball away even on a smooth surface."

There are three lines on top of the Accu-arm that will line up when the arm is touching the pallino and in the proper place to begin measuring. This can easily be seen from above, which is simpler than bending over, kneeling down, etc. to get a decent vantage point. Once the black lines align (see photos by clicking the image above right), you depress the "brake" to extend the string for measuring. Then repeat the process to measure other balls in contention. String extends to 9 feet.

{WATCH A TWO MINUTE VIDEO DEMO ON YOUTUBE: } says "The Accu-Arm method of measuring is to transfer the target ball readings to the top of the measure where it is easiest to read.

This device can handle target balls from 1 inch to 2.5 inches which is the complete range for, Petanque, Bocce and Lawn Bowls.

Extending up to 9ft in length, this measuring device is great for measuring even those longer shots.

ClubHawk measure is Imported by Playaboule from England. The USA designed Accu-Arm is precision manufactured and fitted in the USA."

Click to ORDER or view more of the Accu-arm at

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...

Vintage Hook Fast Belt Buckle - Salesman Sample?


Sterling Brooch Signed TC - 103 Mexico 925


Silver Color Football Charm Marked "STG JMF"

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.


January 29, 2011 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS. Contact Mike Croce @ 209-466-0541.


January 29, 2011 - New York - Yonkers. Yonkers/Mount Vernon Bocce Club Winter Classic. Four-person team, double elimination. ONLY accepting the first 12 teams to register. USBF sanctioned tournament. Every participant must be a registered 2011 USBF member. 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. The entrance fee for the tournament is $30.00 per person and includes food and beverage. Contact .


February 5, 2011 - California - Aquatic Park. VOLO COMBINATION 1 PLAYER. Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-238-7995.


February 12, 2011 - California - Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. Maureen Albanese Valentines Tournament. OPEN 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074.


February 26, 2011 - California - IAC Stockton. OPEN 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.


March 5, 2011 - California - Aquatic Park - VOLO COMBINATION - 1 PLAYER. Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-238-7995.


March 19, 2011 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS - 2 Men 1 Woman. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.


April 3, 2011 - California - Downey Bocce Club. Contact Don Gaggiano @ 949-855-8554 or .


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


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 - New Jersey - 4th Annual New Jersey Bocce Invitational benefiting Operation Shoebox New Jersey and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Contact Frank Valanzola @ 908-400-0851 ( ) or visit .


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


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


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