The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. X, Issue 35 - November 7, 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 #35 - November 7, 2011
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2011
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again bocce faithful,

Things are still hopping here in New England Bocce - Wise. I've met with the good people at The Providence, Rhode Island Civic Center and they want to run some pretty interesting bocce events. One is a charity tourney for the Boys and Girls Clubs and another is a money tournament with a significant cash prize - on the order of ten or twelve thousand dollars. Some details are listed below under "Bocce news and readers' feedback."

In addition, it seems that every week someone is calling or emailing about an event they want us to help organize and run. Bocce rules!

We are hoping to run 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 as things develop.

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}


I've been meeting with a group at the Providence, Rhode Island Civic Center - actually the Dunkin Donuts Center - and they want to me to run some bocce programs for them.

I'll run some corporate outings, charity events and one BIG money tourney.

I'm not so crazy about running big money tourneys, although I can do it. I've run a bunch of smaller events and the concept is the same. The only problem with big money is some people "kill" for 5 bucks - imagine what they'd do for 5000 of those suckers.

I much prefer running charity events and spreading the game to more and more people. But heck, I can run a money event.

Their first idea, because of scheduling conflicts, was to run a charity tournament for the Boys and Girls Clubs that would run one Thursday evening (four players team team) in March followed by a one day money tourney on Friday (four players per team). For the Friday event they will post ten (maybe even twelve) thousand dollars in guaranteed prize money.

I've contacted some of the guys who run big cash tourneys around the country and they think Friday might be a killer in terms of getting teams to Rhode Island. On the other hand, there will be 14 ten by sixty foot courts set up on carpet and I'm not sure how many teams you could reasonably handle anyway. I think 36 to 40 teams depending on the format would probably be the max for one day.


Some questions I'd like to pose to readers - and to tournament organizers. Please REPLY if you have an opinion or comment. We're just in the planning stages.

Do you think we could get 30 to 40 teams to play on a Friday in March or maybe April? I know from past experience that when you offer $5K players come from everywhere, but will they come for a one-day event on a Friday?

Participants would have to come in on Thursday night and start early Friday morning.

Or should this be moved to a Friday charity and Saturday money tourney?

Or should I try to get the powers that be to fit in a two-day money event and run the charity event on another date? More teams (like 75 or 80) means more people coming to visit Providence...

The $10K prize money could be something like $5000 for first place, $3000 for second, perhaps $1000 and $1000 for 3rd and 4th or some such arrangement. The third place game could be played during the final match or they could just take the money and watch the finals.

There never has been a major money tourney in Rhode Island or Massachusetts that I know of and the Civic Center folks want to run this annually.

During the day there would shuttles to a nearby casino for anyone interested (or already eliminated).

Providence is a great destination city. It's Little Italy won "Best Little Italy in the USA" in a recent magazine poll. The Dunkin Donuts Center is fabulous. They host The Providence College Friars, Providence Bruins, Disney on Ice, Harlem Globetrotters, Circus events, Tradeshows, Concerts, etc.

Do readers have ideas on how to divvy up prize money - say 10K or 12K paying so many places? I kind of like bigger cash amounts and paying maybe 4 or 6 places - heck - who wants to break even?

How does this sound for a one-day money event?

Limit 35 teams who play in pools of 5 teams - 7 pools of 5 teams. You play each of the 4 teams in your pool starting at 8:00 AM. games go to 12 points. We take 2 teams from each pool (14 teams) who advance to a single elimination bracket with games to 16 points. We pay top four places. We use tie-breakers to select the top two from each pool (win/loss record, head-to-head, etc.).

Everybody plays four games - 14 teams play at least one more game, etc.

Anyone with experience in running big money events please REPLY and let me know things I need to watch out for or things I should be aware of.

Suggestions on formats or events that should go along with the tourney - like banquets, etc. would be great for me to consider.

Also, let me know if you would be willing to come to Rhode Island in either March or April (maybe even May) of 2012. In a couple of weeks I'll have dates and prices, hotel rates, etc. and we'll see how this thing plays out.



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December 3 & 4, 2011. New York - Phoenix. Lock 1 Club Inaugural Open Doubles Tourney. Four games guaranteed - 20 team maximum. Contact Gabe at 315-317-6566 or click for flyer: .


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




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Visit The Marine Park Bocce Club - Brooklyn, NY...

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

Photos of the week
This week's photos were submitted by Christopher and Margot Sprague at their gala ribbon cutting ceremony in Dublin, New Hampshire. I attended and taught some newbies the game. It looks like the game will spread throughout the Dublin area if this event was any indication. The court is nestled neatly into the hillside with a fabulous view of Mount Monadnock in the distance.

Says Christopher..."Again it was a pleasure to have you as the man in charge. This article does a good job of conveying why you are the 'bocce guy'."

October 20, 2011

Dublin, NH

In the shadow of Mount Monadnock, Mario Pagnoni - global ambassador of the game led a ribbon cutting for a group of 25 people. While few of them had any previous knowledge of the game, they left the event fully briefed on the history of the game, advanced bocce techniques and other key pointers.

His demonstration highlighted different game situations and what the best techniques were for a variety of situations. Armed with this knowledge, he refereed two rounds of play. With four players at each end of the court, the competition became quite heated. Mr. Pagnoni participated himself demonstrating the “volo method”. When an exceptional roll was made, he proudly presented the player with an elegant Bocce pin. And the winning teams wore “Awesome” prize ribbons for the day to remind others of their success.

As dreamer and owner of this court, we could not imagine a more appropriate way to christen a court. The event created quite a stir and there is a lot of bocce to be played by this newly created bocce community. The ribbon cutting under Mr. Pagnoni’s watchful eye and expertise was the perfect event. While weeks have passed, people still remind us of how much they enjoyed him and his always humorous antics. He is the “bocce guy”.

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Bocce product of the week
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Non bocce product of the week...
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Tournament update
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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 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 3 & 4, 2011. New York - Phoenix. Lock 1 Club Inaugural Open Doubles Tourney. Four games guaranteed - 20 team maximum. Contact Gabe at 315-317-6566 or click for flyer: .


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:

April 21, 2012. Washington - Bellingham. 10th Annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament. Contact .

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