The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. X, Issue 30 - September 26, 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 #30 - September 26, 2011
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2011
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again bocce friends,

There is still quite a bit of bocce activity here in the Northeast, which is a little unusual as things normally tend to slow down in late September early October. But I'm getting lots of calls and emails for events, fund-raisers, leagues, courts to build, etc. When the East kicks bocce into high gear, that has to be a sign that the game is advancing toward the mainstream.

Let's all just keep at it. Remember what my dad used to say - "If you hit the nail on the head enough times, sooner or later it goes into the wood."

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}

Some sad news for our bocce family about New Jersey Invitational Bocce Tourney organizer Frank Valanzola. Frank was a wonderful man, a great friend of bocce and an even greater friend of charity work. I reprint his wife's email below for any who would like to send condolences.

"It comes with deep regret that I must inform you of my husband's passing.

On Saturday, September 24th at 2:15 AM Frank lost his long fighting battle with cancer.

He was not in pain and he died peacefully in my arms while we slept together for the last time.

The funeral arrangements are as follows:

Tuesday 9/27 2PM - 4PM 7PM -9PM

Wednesday 9/28 2PM – 4PM 7PM - 9PM

908 879-3090

The mass will be at St. Jude Thaddeus
17 Mount Olive Rd
Budd Lake, NJ 07828
Thursday, September 29th at 10 AM

The burial is at Gates of Heaven
225 Ridgedale Ave.
E. Hanover, NJ 07936
973 887 0286

Forever, his loving wife and best friend,
Debbie Valanzola"

{Condolences to Debbie via email: .}


This news from Pat Pezzin...

"I was asked by Santino DiPalma (sports director of Ciociaro Social Club) to pass on this application to all my fellow bocce email contacts.

The tournament will take place on October 21st - 23rd. Please see attached application for tournament details.

3 person teams
entry fee $120/team (lunch included on Saturday)
double elimination
open rules with back board dead
$2500 1st Place with $5600 Guaranteed Prize Pool

If you have any questions please call Santino DiPalma at 416-743-2335 or Ciociaro Social Club at 905-851-6905.

Click to download:


Heather Veon of Campo di Bocce sends this...

"Need a way to kick off your Halloween weekend, then we sure have a treat for you?

Campo di Bocce of Livermore is hosting The Triple Crown of Bocce Tournament (Volo, Punto Raffa Volo & Petanque) on Saturday, October 29, 2011.

8am start time with a 7am check in

$30.00 per player (One Event Limit)

Punto Raffa Volo: 24 Double Teams (Pool Play)

Volo: 16 Individual Players (Barrage)

Petanque 16 Double Teams (Barrage)

Number of entrants will determine the cash prize money

All eight courts (indoor and outdoor will be used)

Entry fee includes a Continental Breakfast"

{Click for registration form... }


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: .


A common question...

"I wanted to order a speckled set from your site, but realized I couldn't find anywhere the ball weight. Is it the 920-gram that you recommend? We're just finishing a court here in wine country, and want to be able to start 'rolling' when the contractor drives away."

{The Perfetta Club Pro sets are actually about 930 to 940g. To get 920g you'd have to order the high end balls from Perfetta (a set of 4 for $200 or more) or a set from Super Martel ($200 or more).

For most people the 20 g don't make much of an impact - most can hardly tell the difference in weight.

Contact Bede at Playaboule - or Mike Grasser @ - for more info.}


David Chapman asks a common question...

"Where should I go to get a current set of rules for Bocce?"

{There are so many different sets of rules for bocce in the USA. A good place to start is at which is the United States Bocce Federation's website. Click on the link for Open Rules. }




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


Perfetta Club Pro set of 4 red, 4 green, pallino, carry bag...

Photos of the week
This past weekend I took a drive to Falmouth, Massachusetts to check out the 4th Annual Upper Cape Bocce Festival. It was a well run event that was held on the grounds of Falmouth Academy and featured 30 four-player teams.

The tourney raised a good deal of money for the Samaritans on Cap Cod and the Islands. This is a "...non-denominational, non-profit volunteer organization: our mission is to prevent suicide by befriending those in crisis." Check out .

Everyone attending had a great time, played at least four bocce matches and had an excellent catered lunch. This popular event raises about 10% of the organization's annual budget.

I'm always delighted to see so many volunteers and supporters who will flock to help a good cause. And they got to play bocce to boot!

The event was very well run, but I suggested a similar format that was taught to me by Gotcha Bocce's Bob Valvano (Louisville, KY). You can read about it here:

Click to 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.

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.


October 2, 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 Livermore. Triple Crown of Bocce. PRV, Volo, Petanque. Contact Heather @ 925- 249-9800 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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