The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. X, Issue 32 - October 10, 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 #32 - October 10, 2011
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2011
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello bocce friends,

We ran yet another successful charity bocce tourney - The 7th Annual Martignetti Family Charity Tournament raised $29,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. I wish more people would recognize that Bocce is a great way to raise funds for worthy causes. Hats off to the Martignetti Family for their unwavering support of good causes! Check out their business web site at (masonry, hardscape, landscape supplies). You'll get to do business with first rate people who care about their customers and their community. It's Win- Win.

Things are still hopping here in the East. Outings, ribbon-cutting ceremonies and other bocce events. I hope the same is true of bocce in your neck of the woods!

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

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If you didn't get to see the great house and bocce court for sale in San Anselmo, you need to check it out.

You may remember this bocce court was featured in the ezine a couple years ago. The home is absolutely exquisite and the bocce court is just as appealing.

The Arnsteins (owners) 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.}


Al Pecce writes...

"I saw the article about the San Anselmo home and bocce court. I went to David Brewers site. He described three toppings. Oyster shell flour, limestone, and brick dust. We built a court with a 6" base of compacted crush and run, then 5" of compacted stone dust. The court gets rolled often to try and pulverize the larger pieces of stone dust that continue to rise to the surface. We have taken out a few 5 gallon buckets, but we still have some soft areas. Would any of those toppings that they used on the west coast be helpful here on the east coast? We want to get a nice hard surface that will last and be easily maintained. We have talked with people about Har-Tru product, but that is expensive. 50 lb bags of oyster shell flour are under $10.00. Shipping costs are reasonable.

Any help would be great. We enjoy your Joy of Bocce e-mail. Keep it coming."

{There are many courts in the East that feature a fine stone dust (limestone) surface. The problem arises when it isn't FINE enough. Then pebbles and small particles start rising to the top. You can sift them out little by little, but sometimes a finer surface is the answer. Har-Tru is extemely fine, but can be expensive depending on how far it has to be shipped from Virginia. Some bocce court builders mix Har-Tru with the less expensive limestone to reach a happy medium that plays hard and fast.

Another thing to consider is playing on other courts in your neck of the woods. What materials are used for top dressings? Find a court you like and try to duplicate it. Sometimes players tell me that there are materials that are indigenous to an area that work out fine.}


Punta Gorda's George Farruggio wrote about an issue that I have heard of before.

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.

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".

Someone from The Bocce Standards Association wrote us about their "RULE:

Hitting or spocking is permitted. A player must first inform the official referee (or their opponent if there is no official referee) that they intend to go past the pointing foul line to deliver a 'hit' or 'spock' (a hard underhand throw directly at the balls on the court and released before crossing the hitting foul line for the purpose of moving the opponent’s balls or the pallino).

The thrown ball is removed from play if the pallino or another ball is not hit, even if the ball does not hit the backboard."

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


Freeway Lanes of Wickliffe, Ohio has installed 4 world class bocce courts at their ten-pin bowling facility.

Michael Grasser of DaVinci Bocce installed the courts and they are picture perfect. Check out this week's photos to see for yourself. I wish more social clubs and bocce groups would work to raise funds to get these high end polyurethane courts installed at their facilities. They are low maintenance, esthetically pleasing, and practically invite you to play on them.

Freeway Lanes has two tourneys coming up - one for bocce and one that is a combination of bocce and bowling.

November 19 & 20, 2011. Ohio - Wickliffe. Freeway Lanes 1st Inaugural Bocce Tournament. Three-player teams play for $1200 1st prize, $600 2nd, and paying 6 places. Contact Dawn Freed @ 440-585-5800 or . Click for info:

December 10 & 11, 2011 - Ohio - Wickliffe. Freeway Lanes Bowling/Bocce Tournament. 1st prize = $5000. Contact Dawn Freed at 440-585-5800 or . Click here for pdf:


Campo di Bocce and the City of Livermore are getting ready for International Competition

Imagine, up to 30 countries coming to Livermore, CA for an event that is often revered as the perfect past time for family gatherings and sun bathed beach outings!

The World Championships of Bocce will be taking place at Campo di Bocce of Livermore May 19-27, 2012!

The majority of people in the United States have no idea that Bocce is actually a recognized sport by the International Olympic Committee and is a professional sport over seas! Campo di Bocce of Livermore is bringing that professional level of Bocce to the United States for the local, regional, and national audience to experience for themselves!

The selection committee from the governing body of Bocce, the Confederazione Boccistica Internazionale (CBI) visited Livermore, and Campo di Bocce earlier this year, and approved the facility and the community of Livermore. The serenity of Wine Country, The Rodeo of Livermore, and of course the Technological arena of our region, all played a part in securing the World Bocce Championships coming to the Livermore Valley!

The top Bocce countries in the World, from 6 of the 7 continents, will be converging on the Livermore Valley next May and we cannot be more excited. With hard work and due diligence, we have built a platform of awareness and created a foundation with the local governing agencies to make sure this event is not only talked about for many years to come, but leaves a sense of remembrance for a lifetime!

Campo di Bocce of Livermore has partnered with the City of Livermore, The Livermore Chamber of Commerce, The Livermore Downtown Association, Coast Radio, and the Independent Times. These in-kind sponsors have already pulled together and have started the much needed grass roots marketing that is needed to create awareness to pull off a successful event of this magnitude!

The potential social and economic impact that this event will bring to the region will be a much needed lift that many corporations and local businesses will benefit from. Campo di Bocce has put many hours of thought into the planning of this event, and the plethora of sponsorship opportunities are plentiful and offers a little bit of something for everyone!

This type of event requires a volunteer force of great magnitude and a foresight of planning that is on the same level as a small Olympic Games. It is with great pleasure to announce that Campo di Bocce will be partnering with the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee (BASOC) to assist in completing the magnitude of necessary items that need to be implemented and executed. BASOC, led by past Olympian Anne Cribbs, is the organization that was responsible for submitting the bid to bring the Olympics to the Bay Area. Their number one goal is to promote SPORT, and bring international flair to our region. With that, we are excited and very very fortunate to have this relationship available to us.

Due to the planning and financial obligations that are required to pull off an event of this magnitude, we are looking for volunteers and sponsors. If you are interested in volunteering (at any capacity), please feel free to email with the word Volunteer in the subject line. I am attaching 2 sponsorship forms as well.

The 2012 World Bocce Championships will have a live stream over the internet that will allow a global viewing audience to watch the event live, the event will also be televised on National (US) television. With the exposure levels expected to rise in the months to come, the opportunities of sponsorship are going to be a hot commodity! The one package we are extremely excited about is the ability to 'Sponsor' a country of your choice (if available). The idea behind this concept is to allow each and every country to have their own 8 passenger van to transport them at will. On the van, your company logo, the country of choice (if available), and the WBC logo will be prominently displayed and the exposure will be huge. Along with the artwork on the Vehicle, your company will get signage inside the facility, a full page color ad in the program, VIP credentials to attend the event, and an ad on the official World Championship Website .

So, as you can see, we have lots to look forward to and we are very excited and blessed to have this opportunity. We look forward to seeing you around the Bocce courts in the near future! Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding the progress or just want to say hello!

Ciao for now!"

Benjamin Musolf
Event Director
2012 World Bocce Championships



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

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Click for a registration form for Pallino D'Oro .




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 were submitted by Tim Janson and Glenn Gable of Freeway Lanes in Wickliffe, Ohio. The ten-pin bowling alley added four international bocce courts with a polyurethane surface installed by ace court builder Michael Grasser of

Says Glenn...

"Finally our courts are ready for play! Attached are pictures of the courts which were masterfully crafted by Mike Grasser of DaVinci and Associates. They are 86 feet in length and are ready for international tournament play. The synthetic surface is manufactured in Italy and was put down with the help of the Italians with Mike. We are very happy how they turned out and the response has been very strong.

Attached are some pictures of the club. We are calling it 'The Bocce Club at Freeway Lanes.' I have also attached our two upcoming tournaments. Our inaugural tournament, and our $11,000 Bowling Bocce Tournament with a guaranteed first place of $5000!"

Visit The Freeway Lanes Bowling Group @

The inaugural Tournament is set for Saturday and Sunday, November 19th and 20th, 2011. A three-player tourney with cash prizes of $1200 for 1st, $600 for 2nd and paying six places. Contact Dawn Freed at 440-585-5800 or

Visit DaVinci Bocce at

{Any social clubs or bocce groups considering new courts should give serious thought about talking to Grasser about installing this type of world class polyurethane court. They are very low maintenance, play beautifully, and as you can see from the photos, Grasser creates a fabulous ambiance that practically invites you to come out and play.}

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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Tournament update
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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 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 19 & 20, 2011. Ohio - Wickliffe. Freeway Lanes 1st Inaugural Bocce Tournament. Three-player teams play for $1200 1st prize, $600 2nd, and paying 6 places. Contact Dawn Freed @ 440-585-5800 or . Click for info:


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.


December 10 & 11, 2011 - Ohio - Wickliffe. Freeway Lanes Bowling/Bocce Tournament. 1st prize = $5000. Contact Dawn Freed at 440-585-5800 or . Click here for pdf:

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