The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. X, Issue 6 - February 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 #6 - February 7, 2011
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2011
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Bocce Friends,

Thanks to all the readers who have sent comments and suggestions for video productions. We're working at it - slow and steady wins the race, I guess.

We've had a couple nights of bocce snowed out and it's amazing how cranky guys get when they don't get their regular bocce fix. Our Tuesday night league includes a great Italian meal, so we have to make a decision early about canceling so the chefs can plan accordingly.

I hope you warm climate players and those who live near great bocce venues appreciate your situation. A lot of us in New England and elsewhere envy you.

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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}

Tourney news from Pat Pezzin...(That's Pat with Toronto 777 buddt Eddy DeCillia in the photo. Those are two guys you don't want to play doubles against, trust me!).

"I hope all is well with everyone and wanted to share the news that Toronto 777 Bocce Club will be holding a bocce tournament in Toronto on April 1st. This is no April fools joke, but it would be kind of funny to have you guys drive out to Toronto for a prank!

Toronto 777 Bocce Club is proud to announce that it will be hosting its 2nd Classic Cup Open Championships. Club president Joe Defilippis said 'The Inaugural Classic Cup in September of 2009 was a great success as we Toronto 777 Bocce Club not only ran a first class tournament but I am proud to say that along with your help, we were able to raise $3,000 for Sick Kids Hospital! I am very excited about this year's tournament as not only will Decor-Rest Furniture Ltd continue to sponsor our event but also that will now be one of our major sponsors. With $6400 in guaranteed prize money, plus trophies. I encourage and hope to see all of you at our 2nd Classic Cup Open Championships.'

I have attached the application with all the details, If you're planning on coming please book your hotel asap as you will not find a better deal then this, plus like many of you know, all the hotels sell out fast in this neck of the woods.


Lucio Bortolin and friend Tony forwarded this message to me and others along with this note: "Guys, subscribe to this Joy of Bocce site to keep up with what is going on in the US with our great sport.

My son has a computer game that they hook up to the TV, it is called Kenetc. If my 20 second memory serves me right they have a Bocce Game on it. You play the game by standing in front of the TV and move your arm as if you have a ball in your hand. Playing Bocce this way you don't have to worry about what size ball to use or be concerned about the weather as we do."


Video Problems

We've put a lot of time in with not so much to show for our video on bocce balls. One problem is you have to rehearse or you'll forget your lines. Then there are lighting and sound problems and other technical issues that I don't even know how to address. I leave those up to my son who is a lot more technically inclined than I.

Anyway, I suspect we'll get the hang of it after a while. I believe strongly in Napoleon Hill's philosophy of "keep on keeping on." Hope to have something soon.



Bocce playoff woes… from a couple years back - worth repeating as we move toward playoff time again.

We completed our recent bocce playoffs in one day, running an eight-team double elimination tournament followed by awards presentation and a luncheon. (In double elimination events you must lose twice before you are eliminated.) We copied the tourney brackets from an Amateur Softball Association bracket book.

We matched the teams in their first game according to how they finished in the regular season. First place finisher plays eighth, 2 plays 7, 3 vs. 6, and 4 vs. 5. This gives a little advantage in the first round to teams who finished high in the standings.

Here’s the email I sent to the group the following day recapping the playoffs…

“Things started out rather innocently with # 5 seed Pallino Poppers beating # 4 seed Goodfellas. Then #6 seed Leb 4 knocked off #3 seed Musica di Bocce.

Continuing the trend, #7 seed Explorers upset #2 seed Buccaneers and, you guessed it...#8 seed Mangia Pane shocked #1 seed Royal Flush Stables.

After a couple hours of play only seeds 5, 7, and 8 were left standing. Then 7 (Explorers) eliminated the Poppers and went to the finals where the fine all around play of Mangia Pane stars Matt D'Agostino and veteran Tom DeOrio carried the day. Congratulations to the ‘Bread Eaters’ on their championship play.”

I had figured on about 30 minutes per game, but these took longer as teams took more time to “caucus” between shots when they were facing elimination.

Some other things happened that I hadn’t anticipated.

We play four players per team with two teammates stationed at each end of the court. For league play we have three matches against the same opponent and play a different opponent each week. When one player doesn’t show, we let the shorthanded team use a “walker” – one who plays both ends of the court. Each of the three players acts as walker in one game.

But in our playoffs you play one game against an opponent and then one of the two teams will go to the losers’ bracket.

The captain playing against the shorthanded team argued that a walker would be an advantage to the shorthanded team if their best player walked and a disadvantage if their weakest player strolled.

We decided to rotate the walker. Players A and B start at one end with C at the other. After the first frame, player A walks to the other end to play with C. Then C walks to play with B. Rotating in this manner gives no one an advantage or disadvantage.

The other thing I hadn’t anticipated was that one team would be short TWO players. Now this isn’t like youth sports where the coach tries to coerce a lousy player to stay home. One of my sons was excellent in baseball but mediocre in basketball. He wouldn’t find out until he got to school on Monday that his team had a hoop game on Saturday. But that’s not the case here. People just couldn’t attend for one reason or another.

But unlike the team that complained about the opponents having 3 players, no one protested this team having just 2 competitors. By the time I realized what had happened, the shorthanded #8 seed had sent the top seed to the losers’ bracket. Since we, in effect, had set the precedent that the two players could play both ends of the court (and had already sent one team to the losers’ bracket), it seemed prudent to continue.

The two players played very well, coming from behind in several matches, and they deserved the championship. Still, they did gain an advantage by their shorthanded good fortune.

I asked some veteran bocce players from around the country what we should do if this happens again in the future.

They suggested...1) burn a ball, so that the team with two players only gets to roll 3 balls per frame, or...

2) station one player at each end who rolls only 2 balls.

Can any reader weigh in on this and offer a suggestion so that the shorthanded team doesn't gain an advantage, is penalized somehow, but still has a reasonable chance of winning?

A long time referee/umpire in several sports, I know that we want three things in officiating...

1) a quick game
2) a game that is free of controversy
3) a game where both teams have an equal chance of winning

Please REPLY...


I had some good news recently. A national book distributor is considering The Joy of Bocce 3rd Edition. Nothing is definite yet, but the title is in the hands of the person who makes the decision - that's huge!

What it means is that the book would be a lot more likely to be in bookstores and on the shelf when people come browsing. We've had pretty good success without no real national distribution except for my ezine and website. This new development could be important for the growth of the game. I'll keep you posted on the progress.


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Bocce balls and boules of old...

Photos of the week
I've re-posted these photos. They first appeared in 2002 but are now a permanent part of Bocce Venues.

I took the photos when visiting the members of the newly formed Long Island Bocce Club (now the American Bocce Club). I met the gang and played a little bocce on some of the courts in their neck of the woods.

These pics are from the William F. Morse Memorial Park in Corona Queens, NY.

Reportedly, Jazz trumpeter Louis Armstrong lived in the neighborhood which is also the fictional setting for the popular TV series "All in the Family."

{Our readers LOVE seeing bocce in other parts of the world. Please send photos of bocce in your neck of the woods!}

View this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week

I have a few items in stock with the Joy of Bocce logo embroidered prominently.

Click here for the bocce chamois - green or red..

Click here for a heavy duty nylon bocce bag by EPCO with the bocce logo...

Click here for the Joy of Bocce cap - white or beige...

View embroidered gift items...

Non bocce product of the week
I've come into possession of a great many collectible items. I have all manner of items including costume jewelry, art work, and all kind of curios. So, I'm giving eBay a whirl.

Some item links to eBay below - for others bookmark StrikerPag...

Vintage Open Salt Nephrite - Elephant & Jungle Foliage


Chapin Bank Key Chain Return FOB Springfield, Mass.

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.


February 12, 2011 - California - Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. Maureen Albanese Valentines Tournament. OPEN 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074.


February 26, 2011 - California - IAC Stockton. OPEN 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.


March 5, 2011 - California - Aquatic Park - VOLO COMBINATION - 1 PLAYER. Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-238-7995.


March 19, 2011 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS - 2 Men 1 Woman. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.


April 1 - 3, 2011 - Canada - Toronto 777 Bocce Club's 2nd Classic Cup Open Championships - $6400 in guaranteed prize money, plus trophies. Click for more info: .


April 2, 2011 - California - Aquatic Park. VOLO 1 PLAYER Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-238-7995.


April 3, 2011 - California - Downey Bocce Club. Contact Don Gaggiano @ 949-855-8554 or .


April 9, 2011 - California - IAC Womens Aux. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Shirley Croce @ 209-466-0541.


April 16, 2011 - South Carolina - Charleston. The 11th Annual Container Bocce to Benefit Special Olympics. Blackbaud Soccer Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Drive. 128 Teams - 16 Court Sponsors. Contact Paula Byers @, 843-795-5316.


April 16, 2011 - California - Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408-379-9409.


April 16, 2011 - Washington - Bellingham. The 9th Annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament at the Bellingham Sportsplex. Starts a 9AM. The usual salmon barbecue lunch, beer garden, and fun for charity is expected. Contact Tom "Boccemon" McNutt at (BBBT link) or call 360-224-2909.


April 23, 2011 - California - IACC South City. OPEN 3 PLAYERS. Contact Gene Semenza @ 650-872-0192.


April 30, 2011 - California -East Portal Sacramento. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.


May 1, 2011 - California - Hawthorne Bocce Club. Contact Bob Marsella @ 310-978-4455.


May 7, 2011 - California - Aquatic Park. VOLO COMBINATION 1 PLAYER. Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-238-7995.


May 15, 2011 - California - PIASC San Mateo. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact John Bernat @ 650-341-4045.


May 15, 2011 - California - PIASC San Mateo. RAFFA 3 MEN PLAYERS. Contact John Bernat @ 650-341-4045.


May 21, 2011 - California - Waterloo Stockton. OPEN 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.


May 28, 2011 - California - East Portal Sacramento. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.


June 3, 4, 5, 2011. Pennsylvania - Bessemer. The 2nd Annual 4 Person Tournament for The Special Olympics will be held at the Bessemer Croatian Club. More information will be posted @ . This will be the highest pay-out tournament in Pennsylvania."


June 4, 2011 - New Jersey - 4th Annual New Jersey Bocce Invitational benefiting Operation Shoebox New Jersey and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Contact Frank Valanzola @ 908-400-0851 ( ) or visit .


June 4, 2011 – California – Campo di Bocce Los Gatos – Raffa – 2 men players – contact Ben Musolf at 408-857-0074.


June 4, 2011 - California - IACC South City. RAFFA 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Ginger Henley @ 650-271-6009.


June 5, 2011 - California - Downey Bocce Club. Contact Don Gaggiano @ 949-855-8554 or .


June 5, 2011 – California – IBS Sutter Creek – OPEN – 4 players – contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.


June 11, 2011 – California – Campo di Bocce Livermore –Raffa – 3 players (Western Sector Championships) – contact Heather Veon @ 925-249-9800.


June 18, 2011 – California – IAC Stockton - OPEN – 4 players – contact David Canclini at 209-957-3314.


June 25 - July 2, 2011. California - Campo di Bocce Livermore and Campo di Bocce Los Gatos. United States Bocce Championships. Check this pdf for details and contact info...


July 10, 2011 - California - Laguna Niquel. Contact Gene Leo @ 949-637-6008.


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