The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. X, Issue 37 - November 21, 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 #37 - November 21, 2011
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2011
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Greetings bocce friends,

Right after Thanksgiving we'll be gearing up for a high school bocce date night on Friday evenings. We'll supply pizza and soft drinks and bocce instruction while redefining the term "cheap date".

Once that is off the ground we'll focus on running a bocce tourney for our new, temporary Sons of Italy home at the Bonanno Greenhouse. Details to follow, but for now it looks like we will host a Novice Division and an Open Division tourney in January of 2012.

I'm still in touch 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. The details should be firmed up in the next couple of weeks and we'll start getting the word out about some great 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.

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}


The word has gotten around pretty quickly about bocce happenings in Providence, without too much publicity except for this ezine. I've received a slew of emails from interested bocce lovers. Here are a few...

"Read your Providence post and am very excited. I'm one of the commissioners for a local league and play in 2 leagues. I've also played with 2 other leagues around the area. As you can see there is quite a bocce presence in Providence (5-6 leagues that I know about).

I would like to offer to help any way possible and spread the word to the local leagues."

L2R (License to Roll is our team)

{Ronn generously offers to help get the word out in the Greater Providence area and to offer any other help we might need. Bocce people are GOOD people!}

"Plan on 2 – 5 teams from Weymouth showing up for the Providence tourney. Sounds like a great idea."

Rob Sacchetti

{Rob is another bocce lover/organizer from the Weymouth, Massachusetts area. When you get the bocce "movers and shakers" excited, good things happen.}

Pat Pezzin was the first to write with ideas and suggestions for the tourney. He says, "My guess would be that you would get 4-6 teams from the Toronto area for a big money tournament in March or April."

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.

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

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.

This from the Complex's website...

"The Rhode Island Convention & Entertainment Complex is the place to go for conventions, tradeshows, concerts, sporting events, and annual family shows. Nestled in the heart of downtown Providence, our three distinct facilities (The Rhode Island Convention Center, Dunkin’ Donuts Center, and Veterans Memorial Auditorium), are a tourists dream and an event planners delight."

{For more information about the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority click the photo above right.}

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

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.


Michigan's Palazzo di Bocce is offering Brunch with Santa on Sunday, December 4th from 10 AM to 1 PM. Free photo with Santa, cookie decorating and open Bocce - Eat Italian - Play Bocce. Visit or call 248-371-9987.


Jason W. at Palazzo di Bocce gives a run-down of their recent league and explains how "point differential" works...

Ladies and Gentlemen...we have a winner!

The league tournament was comprised of 15 teams. We had 5 divisions, with 3 teams in each division. Everyone played each other in division play, with the top team from each division 3 wildcard teams.

We were able to distinguish the top 8 teams by wins and losses, then by point differential. Let me give you two examples of point differential. If team A had one win and one loss, scored 20 points, but gave up a total of 16 points...they had a differential of +4. If team B had one win and one loss, scored 18 points, but gave up a total of 20 points...they had a differential of -2. That would mean team A is ahead of team B. The divisional play we easy for some teams to advance, and tough for others...but fun for everyone!

After the divisional play was over, we took a short break to figure out the top 8 teams, as well as let the players grab a bite to eat at the lunch buffet we provided. The very first match-up had two teams facing off that won this tournament before...Team Murphy vs Team Landolfe. It came down to the end, but Team Landolfe could not hold the lead against their tough Team Murphy was the team to advance. The next match-up was a rematch of a divisional game earlier in the day between Papa Bennys' and Amici. This was another close game...with Papa Bennys' just beating out Amici for the second time that day. The third quarter-final match was a rematch as well, between Amici Della Bocce against Ballz R' Us. Ballz R' Us was the only Thursday night team to make the final 8, and had revenge for their only loss as they beat Amici Della Bocce. That left the Full Rollers facing off against the Bocce Bunch. The Bocce Bunch was the only Thursday morning team to play in the tournament...but they couldn't stop the train that was the Full Rollers.

The final 4 was set with Team Murphy vs Papa Bennys' and Ballz R' Us vs Full Rollers. Papa Bennys' jumped out to a commanding lead that Team Murphy, as hard as they tried, could not overcome. Papa Benny's advance to the Finals! That left the other two teams to slug it out. It was a close contested game until the final few frames where the Full Rollers pulled away from Ballz R' Us.

The Final match was set...and it was a good one. A back and forth contest, both teams went on streaks where they scored a few frames in a row. There were some good points between the two teams, but the shooting was even better! There were not too many missed shots in this one! In the end it was the Full Rollers who made just a few more shots then Papa Bennys' to take the 2011 Fall League Tournament! Congratulations to Dave Gardner, Steve Trochim, Gino Chapman, and John Chiodo for a well played tournament!"


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.}



Croatia Hamilton Women's Bocce League Final

Croatian Sports Club in Canada has men's and women's bocce leagues.



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: .




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



St. Francis of Assisi in Tucson, Arizona...

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

Photos of the week
This week's photos originally appeared in Volume III, Issue 16 on April 19, 2004. They are now reposted permanently on The Joy of Bocce under Bocce Venues.

Nick Pezzulo sent along this lovely letter and photos of his bocce operation in Naples, Florida.

Nick says…

“I’m Nick V. Pezzulo, formerly of Youngstown, Ohio (a great bocce city) and now living in Naples, FL for the past 16 years. I enjoyed reading your Joy of Bocce book and look forward to your next edition.

My bocce buddies and I look forward to reading your weekly newsletter and hope you continue. The information is very informative even for me, who grew up around bocce all my life or well over 70 years.

I am sending you some information about our Bocce Club, newspaper article and some pictures. Our group of 38-40 men from all over the states and England, Italy, Canada come here during the winter months to live in the sunshine and we play every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. When 80% of the guys started they never knew the game of bocce. It started out with 6-7 men – they brought friends, family and eventually we grew to a large crowd. I taught most of them the fundamentals of the game and they have developed their own skills and try to make themselves old pros.

The set of rules we play by (sometimes) are by no means related to the International or USBF, but we have a good time and enjoy friendship. Through bocce our guys and their families have grown to a group of 75+ who dine and entertain together.

I built my own court approximately 12’ by 67’ with surface of the same material that is used for the infield of City of Palm Parks (Boston Red Sox) and Minnesota Twins spring training. I have a 6” radius at each corner and a swing board at both ends with a scoreboard in the middle approximately 10’ above surface (which I made myself). I believe it is one of the nicest looking and most functional courts that I have played on and I’ve played on at least 100 courts in my lifetime.

I have read, seen and played on courts of all kinds of materials…blacktop, seashell, astro, turf, kartu, limestone. Some can be very expensive for back yard courts. One court we played on cost $20,000 (that’s right, twenty thousand) and we did not think it was as good as our surface. I invited the players of this expensive court to play at our court and they loved it. My court cost about $800 for the forms and materials and was built nine years ago.

Every year we have a co-ed tournament with prize money and medals and also an annual picnic with good food, spirits, music, and of course bocce."

{It is always good to hear about people enjoying bocce and how the sport brings people together. Please follow Nick's lead and let us know about bocce in your area.}

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 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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