The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. X, Issue 36 - November 14, 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 #36 - November 14, 2011
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2011
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again my bocce friends,

The "frenzy" of bocce activity here in the East is still in full swing. Calls and emails for bocce happenings are coming in every day. It's pretty exciting for those of us who are bocce lovers. Now we just need a little high powered TV exposure and things will really explode.

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. The details should be firmed up in the next couple of weeks and we'll start getting the word out about some great New England events. If you've never been to Providence, this would be a great time to visit. It's a world class city with fine restaurants, cultural amenities, and really good people.

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". So far, the schools look like they want us to jump through some hoops first. 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}


Hey, last week's announcement about a cash tourney in Providence caused quite a stir with ezine readers. I found that lots of players want to come to the East and everybody likes the idea of competing for big money.

I got emails from some big money tournament directors and got some valuable feedback.

In the next couple of weeks we should be able to finalize things...

The tourney date looks like it might be late April.

There will be a charity tourney on a Friday night followed by a one-day money tourney on Saturday.

There will be 14 courts (60' by 10') set up on carpet or AstroTurf.

The prize money will be allocated and entry fee and host hotel will be determined.

It looks like we'll have four-player teams.

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

Providence is a great destination city. Its 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.

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) that advance to a single elimination bracket with games to 15 or 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.). Or maybe we take two more teams via tie-breaker and place 16 teams into the elimination round.

Everybody plays four games - 16 teams play at least one more game, etc.

Some readers wrote in that they like the idea of winning some money for coming in at 8th place, etc. Others thought that the money should be skewed toward the top 4, 5, or 6 places.

I heard from one of the bocce leaders in Providence who thought the event would be great if run over two days. I know that there are a lot of very good players in the Providence area. I believe that many people on the West coast have no idea of the number of really good Open Rules players here in the East.

More to follow - I think it will be great fun and great for Bocce. We'll raise some money for an important charity, play some bocce against people from around the USA and Canada, and dine on fine food - what could be better?


Tourney and Bocce Events To Post

Every year at this time our list of tourneys gets shorter and shorter. As soon as your 2012 tourney calendar is set, please forward to me so I can post in the ezine. It would be great if we heard from a wide range of places where bocce is alive and growing.

Whether your event is a big money tourney, a fund-raiser, or just a get-together where you want to get the word out to others, please REPLY with the info.


First California Senior Games Bocce Tourney

The 2012 Bay Area Senior Games will be hosted by Campo di Bocce of Livermore on March 11 - 17. For more info contact or

Click for a pdf file:

{We need to get more states holding Bocce in the Senior Games. It has yet to become a National Senior Games event where you would qualify for the Senior Olympics one year and compete the following. If there is a better suited game for the Senior Games than Bocce, I can't name it.}


Each year in the fall we get emails asking about how to winterize a bocce court. Should a court be covered in the off season?

Some people cover the court with some kind of tarp. A lot depends on the particular area where the court is and how severe winters can get. Still, I suspect that most people don't cover their courts. I'd like to hear from those who do and pass the info along via the ezine.

We have pretty serious winters here in Massachusetts and I leave my Har-Tru surfaced court open to the elements. In the spring it's like opening your pool for the summer season. A little maintenance and you are back in business.

Here is a link that shows how Tom McNutt protects a court in the off season and from rain. McNutt recommends a good product for a cover.




Cash Doubles Tourney Set - Click below for flyer and more info...

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




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 St. James Catholic Parish in Glendale, Arizona...

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

Photos of the week
This week's photos were submitted by Joe Scaletta
who writes...

"Our home is a waterfront home located on Kelley's Island, a Lake Erie Island. We have owned the home for 18 years. I retired (Home Builder) and we sold our home on the mainland to move to this home. We put an addition on the home this summer and went from 3 bedrooms/2 baths to 5 bedrooms, an office and a garage so we could have our 4 kids and 6 grandsons visit at one time.

We winter in Florida on Don Pedro Island which is near Port Charlotte and I'm going to check out their Italian Club and Bocce courts.

I've always wanted to have a Columbus Day party and was able to do so this year since I'm retired and I put in a Bocce court. Approximately 30 neighbors and friends attended this stag party. We started at noon with Italian meats, cheeses, olives, stuffed peppers with sausage and grilled Italian sausage. The beverage of choice was home made Italian wine.

We had a pairs Bocce Ball tournament which lasted about 3 hours and then every one made their own pizza and we cooked it in the wood fired oven my son built this summer. We also had a wood fired oven at our home on the mainland so we have plenty of experience in cooking all types of food in a wood fired oven."

{Sounds like a great event. Check out the photos and, like Joe Scaletta, please send photos of bocce in your neck of the woods.}

Click to view this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week

Sales of the Joy of Bocce 4th edition are brisk and I am anxious to sell out of the 3rd edition copies that I have still in stock.

The 3rd edition is almost identical to the 4th except that...

The 4th edition...

is published by Mountain Lion, Inc.;

is distributed by The Cardinal Publishing group;

is printed on bright white paper which enhances the 200 or so photographs;

has updated USBF Open Rules.

Other than the points listed above, the books are nearly identical. Still, I'd like to let the 3rd edition go quietly out of print and keep the 4th alive for a very long time.

So, the 3rd edition will be available until supplies run out for $10 per copy plus $6.00 shipping via USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope. As many as 3 copies fit in the flat rate envelope for the same $6.00 shipping. If you'd like to order more than 3 copies, shoot me an email - only about 40 copies left in stock.

Great for Christmas gifts - awards for tournaments or company outings!

Offer lasts until November 30 or until supply runs out.

Click the PayPal button below to order...

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 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:

March 11 - 17, 2012 - California - Campo di Bocce of Livermore. First California Senior Games Bocce Tourney. For more info contact or
Click for a pdf file:


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

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