The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. X, Issue 34 - October 31, 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 #34 - October 31, 2011
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2011
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello bocce readers,

Our Fall indoor bocce leagues are now in full swing. We've set up four courts on carpet in a 260 foot long greenhouse with heat, lights, and all the amenities.

We have leagues running in the morning as well as Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings with a Tuesday league in the works. Most leagues have eight to sixteen four-player teams and most are co-ed.

In addition, we are looking into running a Friday night high school bocce instructional program that will teach high schoolers the game and double as a very inexpensive "date night". We'll keep you posted.

Besides all this activity we are gearing up for big tourneys in Providence, Rhode Island, corporate outings in the Big Apple and Florida. I've been retired for ten years and I don't think anyone has a better retirement plan than I do.

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

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Bocce on the Brooklyn, NY bar/pub scene...

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

Carlo writes all the way from his Italian Club in East Rand, South Africa (which I believe is part of the Greater Johannesburg metropolitan area)...

"Thank you for the newsletter. I am intrigued with your explanation about moving indoors for your winter months and setting up temporary carpet courts.

Can you let me know when you talk about carpet court, what type of ‘material’ is it?

In order to cushion the bounce when throwing a raffa shot, do you place the carpet over some other type of foam type material?"

{We use whatever kind of carpet we can get and afford. Sometimes we set up on AstroTurf or Field Turf, like in an indoor soccer arena. Other times we put down carpet with a suitable backing. Most of our leagues are not high level players with lots of hard throwing raffas and high flying volo shots.

Currently we are in a greenhouse playing on four 11' by 80' courts set on about $7000 worth of new carpeting.}

Check out the great looking club by clicking below or the photo to the right:


Slotteo Ruggiero sends the kind of email we receive all the time...

"We play a lot of Bocci here in Florida. In our park we only have 3 courts, and they are always full. A friend told me about your magazine. Looks like it may be interesting."

{One of the fastest ways the ezine grows in subscriptions is by word of mouth. Please help get the word out to your bocce friends.}


Found this interesting description/review for my book on Amazon...

Publication Date: September 1, 2011

The Joy of Bocce, 4th Edition is the authority on America's greatest and simplest recreational pastime.

Bocce is a game that can be played by anyone almost anywhere, requires less space and equipment than its many assorted recreational rivals such as softball, volleyball and badminton. It is safer than tossing quoits or horseshoes and more fun than a backyard Super Soaker water gun fight!

Bocce is growing in popularity. It is played in many forms worldwide, and is an official event of the Special Olympics. Bocce is thriving in all areas of the United States, especially in warm-weather locales and draws many players of all stripes to its local, regional and national tournaments.

Illustrated with approximately 120 photographs and diagrams The Joy of Bocce is the one and only most trusted source of information on this classic game.

{Not too shabby an endorsement for the book and the game.}


Speaking of my book, here is another common email we receive...

"I have a question about your book(s). I do not have any of them but see now you are offering a 4th Edition.

Which book am I best off getting? Are materials different in say the 2nd in comparison to the 4th?"

{The 3rd and 4th editions are almost identical. After putting the 3rd edition into print with a self-publishing outfit, I landed a publisher (Mountain Lion) who I worked with before on another sports book. Mountain Lion loved the book, put it into print using a bright white paper that helps the photos really stand out. I think it will stay in print for a long time. The third edition will be out of print soon, but the 2nd will stay around for a while longer.

The 2nd edition is longer, has low res photos as opposed to the 3rd and 4th. Also, the 2nd edition has chapters on Organizing A League/Promoting The Game as well as a chapter on Bocce & The Special Olympics.

There are e-books as well - 2nd edition = sells for $4.95 no shipping - you download it -

The other paperbacks are available on my web site.}


Frank Cervo sends news of the RAINBOW CREEK ANNUAL TOURNAMENT to be held November 26 & 27, 2011.

Over $6,000 prize money guaranteed, with 1st place $3,000. Location: 8141 Martin Grove Rd.
Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada. Contact Frank Cervo for more information at 905-851-1522 / 416-434-6005 or


Want to Referee the World Games?

Heather Veon from Campo di Bocce writes...


All interested individuals whether certified or not are welcome to submit this application and can attain USBF certification through successful completion of this program. A CBI Rules certification class and a refresher seminar will be offered as part of the program.

Applicants will be required to referee a designated number of games in the presence of a selection committee member. The evaluator will provide feedback and instruction to assist the individual in meeting the established performance standards.

Please indicate your anticipated availability (including participation in Opening Ceremonies) and submit the application form to:

Ron Jacobs
9445 Blackswain Place
Stockton, CA 95219
(209) 483-1855




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 bocce at Corona Queens, NY...

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

Photos of the week
This week's photos first appeared in this ezine back in Volume I #21 on May 27, 2002. Those were the days when I used to post the photos for a week, then delete them to make room for the following week's.

They show off some courts in the public domain in Old Lyme, Connecticut and are now permanently posted on Bocce Venues of the Joy of Bocce website.

Click to view this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
Precision Bocce Measures

Choose the Clubhawk Gold, Henselite Bowls, or Premier Boule Measure. You can't go wrong with any of the three choices. Once a bocce aficionado has a set of bocce balls and my book, the next logical acquisition is a first-rate measure.

Each retails for $26.95 plus $6.00 shipping and will be shipped US Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope.

Click the photo for more info, pictures, etc.

OR check out

Click to go to merchandise order...then scroll down a bit...

Non bocce product of the week...
Well, maybe not so non-bocce...a firepit comes in quite handy in cooler weather.

FREE Shipping on Everything - Use Code EB-4374

Check out the firepit selection...

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.


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.


November 26 & 27, 2011 - Canada - Woodbridge, Ontario. RAINBOW CREEK ANNUAL TOURNAMENT. Over $6,000 prize money guaranteed, with 1st place $3,000. 8141 Martin Grove Rd. Contact Frank Cervo @ or 905-851-1522 / 416-434-6005.


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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