The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. X, Issue 31 - October 3, 2011 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news and readers' feedback...
•   The Joy of Bocce 4th Edition
•   Photos of the week
•   Tournament update
Notes from the publisher
The weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 10, Issue #31 - October 3, 2011
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2011
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again my faithful bocce friends,

Things are still hopping here in Massachusetts with bocce happenings all around us. The 7th Annual Martignetti Family Charity Tournament is scheduled for Sunday, October 9th. Proceeds from this year's event will benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Check out the registration flyer here:

Also, we are gearing up for our Fall indoor bocce season and we still have a corporate outing to run in Connecticut. Besides that I'm going to attend a bocce court ribbon cutting ceremony in Dublin, New Hampshire. Finally, we are about to break ground for our new Methuen Sons of Italy building which will house four international polyurethane courts. What could be better?

The fact that there is so much bocce activity in the East HAS to be a sign that the sport is taking off all around the country.

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}

************************* FOR SALE *************************


I got a very interesting call from Gary and Deb Arnstein who are selling their fabulous home in San Anselmo, California. You may remember their bocce court was featured in this ezine a couple years ago. The home is absolutely exquisite and the bocce court is just as appealing.

The Arnsteins are a little concerned that the new owner might want to scrap the bocce court and put a swimming pool in its place. Blasphemy!

Check out the photos by clicking on the image above right. Forward this email to any bocce aficionado you know who might be house hunting in the San Anselmo neighborhood - not a bad neighborhood!

The real estate agent is Danielle Chavanon at 415-296-2224 of Sotheby's International Realty ( ).

Says Gary...

"The house was built in 1959 by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright and remodeled in 1995. The upstairs is currently 1 bedroom and 2 bathrooms. There is a 1 bedroom and 1 bath apartment on the first level. The house is solar powered and the court is 59' x 13' with an adjacent patio. Upstairs is 1900 sq. ft. and 500 sq. ft. down."

(Yikes! I should have been a real estate agent. I hope this ezine goes viral so that a bocce lover finds this most unusual home and court.}


Many apologies for the short notice, but our 7th Annual Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament is scheduled for Sunday, October 9th at the SportsZone in Derry, New Hampshire.

This excellent event raises $30,000 to $40,000 for various charities and has consistently been one of the most successful fund-raisers in the Northeast.

If you can join us, please check out the registration form or call or email me at 978-686-8679 or


Punta Gorda's George Farruggio writes about an issue that I have heard of before. We could use some input from readers on how to resolve it.

Play in George's Florida group feature two lines, one for pointing and one a couple feet further up for hitting. Sometimes a player says he or she is going to hit, uses the hitting line, but the ball is not rolled with enough velocity to make it hit the backboard. So, opponents think that this is gaining an unfair advantage as the person in effect appears to be pointing from the hitting line.

Can any readers share some insight on how to avoid this problem?

My first thought was, why not just go to one line for both hitting and pointing?

Another thought could be, if the ball hits nothing and doesn't reach the back it could be "burned".

Let me know what you think about this interesting situation. Please REPLY.


Guy De Santis sends news of The Yonkers/Mount Vernon Bocce Club's annual Thanksgiving Tournament on Saturday, November 26th starting at 8:00AM.

"This is one of our most popular tournaments. We can only accommodate a maximum of 16 teams on a 1st come 1st served basis.

The cost will be $140.00 per team (4 persons) - it includes food and beverage.

Teams MUST register and PAY in full by November 17th. Payments can be made in person at the Bocce club or sent to:

Yonkers/Mount Vernon Bocce Club
145 Catskill Ave,
Yonkers NY 10704

Please make one payment per team (include team name).

Individuals without a team can contact me at or call 914-310-8814 and we can place you on a team with other individuals."


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:


Tom Belluomini asks a question that we get once in a while...

"How in the world are you doing? Sorry I missed you during the US Championships here. If you are ever down this way again we are in Morgan Hill, California, just 20 miles south of San Jose. Give me a call. I would like you to see our new bocce court.

By the you know who sells the "KISS THE FANNY" plaque?. I've seen one at the Campo di Bocce. Someone must sell that funny item somewhere. Please let me know."

{I love getting invitations to see someone's bocce court!

The only one I know of that might have the Fanny is Playaboule. Try .}


This came to me from Facebook...

"I'm following World Bocce 2012 and think you'll be interested in it as well. To check it out, follow the link below:

I want you to be aware of the blog for the 2012 World Bocce Championships. Please be sure to pass the word for up to the minute updates!"


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

Punto Raffa Volo: 24 Double Teams (Pool Play)

Volo: 16 Individual Players (Barrage)

Petanque 16 Double Teams (Barrage)

{Click for registration form... }


Michael Grasser sends 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: .




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 week's photos and captions were submitted by James Boylan who writes...

"I am a member of the Highwood Bocce Club, Highwood, Illinois and this past weekend we hosted the Interstate Ladies Tournament (Kansas City/St. Louis and Chicago (Highwood) for 'Bragging Rights'. This tournament started in 1985 and each year the ladies meet in Kansas City, St. Louis or, as in this year, Highwood.

As an associate editor/public affairs for Lake County Journals, I took some photos of the tournament and have a little story on the tournament and winning team photo. Let me know if you could use this in the Joy of Bocce Newsletter that I receive weekly."

{But of course! We're always looking for photos of bocce play around the country. many thanks to James for his great photos and text. Please follow his lead and send photos from your area.}

More from James...

"This past weekend the Highwood Bocce Club hosted the three-day Interstate Ladies Bocce Tournament. Organized by Jackie Johnson, Highwood Bocce Club, 21 teams (seven members each) from Chicago (Highwood), Kansas City and St. Louis battling for 'bragging rights' for this year.

Chicago came away the winner in a close battle with St. Louis by a total score of 33 wins with St. Louis coming in at 27 wins and Kansas City with 14.

74 games were played during the three-day event. Chicago, which won last year's tournament in St. Louis, has come out on top 14 times since the inaugural in 1985.

In the end it is not who won or lost but the gathering of kindred souls who love the game and thoroughly look forward to seeing each other yearly. Next year, Kansas City will play host."

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.

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The Joy of Bocce 4th Edition
The latest edition is headed to bookstores near you. If it's not there, please ask them to add it to their book shelves.

Click the photo to learn more...

Click to learn more about the newest edition...

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 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 9, 2011 - New Hampshire held at Derry New Hampshire's SportsZone. 7th Annual Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tourney raising funds for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. This 4-player event is officiated by the Joy of Bocce and Ken Waldie SSC groups. Hope to see you there. Contact or 978-686-8679.


October 15, 2011 - California - Marin San Rafael. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.


October 21 - 23, 2011. Canada - Woodbridge, Ontario's Ciociaro Social Club. 21st Annual Open Bocce Tournament. Click here for pdf file: - contact Santino Di Palma at 416-743-2335.


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.


November 26, 2011 - New York - Yonkers. The Yonkers/Mount Vernon Bocce Club's annual Thanksgiving Tournament. Cost is $140.00 per team (4 persons) & includes food and beverage. Contact Guy De Santis at or call 914-310-8814.


December 3, 2011 - California - IAC Stockton. OPEN - 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.

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