The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. X, Issue 9 - March 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 #9 - March 7, 2011
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2011
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Greetings Bocce Friends,

My bocce posse is gearing up for the U.S. National Bocce Championships at Campo di Bocce this June. We'll most likely play in the Open (B Division) and the PRV and, as usual, expect it to be a very humbling experience. Personally, I find I can raffa and volo OK on the courts at Campo di Bocce and Palazzo di Bocce, but can't quite get the hang of pointing on the superfast polyurethane surfaces. Of course, the locals all tell me that, if I played enough, I'd eventually get the hang of it. One thing I do notice is that each time I compete in an event like this, I get just a little bit better. There is still hope!

If you are going to take part this year, the deadline for entry is coming up in April, so it's time to start making plans. You 'll be "required to wear matching uniforms with state flag permanently affixed and clearly visible on the shirt." So, with hotel accommodations to be made, uniforms to be ordered, etc., it's time to get moving. Hope to see you there. Come by and say hello even if you are not competing in the event.

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}

Campo di Bocce's Ben Musolf is hard at work getting bocce on TV.

He writes...

"Please be sure that everyone knows to watch TV 30 for some Bocce on Television. It can be viewed at ."

And this from Margaret Shindellis...

"And for our viewing audience I Just want to update all bocce enthusiasts that bocce is officially on television. As you all may be aware, Ben Musolf of Campo di Bocce has spearheaded an all out effort to bring bocce to every household by way of television and internet. Last Sunday the entire final game of the Raffa Showdown Series was filmed for broadcast on TV-30, a local community television station in the Livermore area. The show will air for the first time on Sunday, February 27th and will be rebroadcast multiple times during the following two weeks both on television and on the web site. Each of the remaining eight Raffa Showdown Series championship games will be filmed and broadcast in the same manner (first airing one week after filming).

Well, let me share with you the excitement and enthusiasm in the building during the event. The day started at 7:00 am with players warming up and film crews setting up cameras. Then a newly purchased electronic digital scoreboard was set up on the court. Play began with game segments and player interviews being filmed. The referees wore zebra striped official shirts and drew a lot of attention from the restaurant guests who were enjoying Sunday brunch while being introduced to the Punto Raffa Volo style of play. Well, the story gets even better for Ben. With all of the inherent stress of producing such an event and the excitement in the room he had one of the great days that all bocce players look forward to. Ben won four games that day, including the final game against Oscar D'Amore, an incredibly talented player and the overall leader of the Raffa Showdown Series after ten weeks of play.

Those of you who know Ben are aware that he has even bigger plans for bocce on television. He is working diligently to have live coverage of final game at the Peroni United States Bocce Championships televised on NBC. Okay, pinch me. This is just another of many recent events that most of us never expected to see in our lifetime.

Congratulations to Ben for all of your successes and thank you for your effort and enthusiasm."

{Amen! Great job Ben - keep at it brother!
Check for air times or contact Campo di Bocce.}


Bocce enthusiast Joe Quarterone is pretty savvy on Facebook and he sends this...

"Here is a YouTube link to a video. You might want to advise your readers that it has 'adult language'.

{Attention readers - the video has "adult language."}

The 2 main girls in the video were at MTV for a number of years and started their own marketing/video/creative company in Los Angeles. I met Laura, the dark haired girl, on Facebook yesterday and she said she and her friend play in a beach bocce league and are not so good so they make up for their lack of skills with style and branding, which keeps winning them trophies! Their team name is Bocce Said She Was 18.

I told her that you are The Bocce Guy and if they want to get copies of your book for prizes and gifts for their league, you could sign them and send them.

I also suggested if they ever come out here we will take them to Boston to play bocce in the North End and show them around the city. And if they want to add some spice to the Nationals to go up to Livermore and Los Gatos for a few days this summer.

We will get the word Bocce out over the Internet even further than it is!!"

{Way to go Joe - you keep at it too. But watch your language! The more promoters of our game, the better.}


Another of my favorite bocce courts...this one in Oregon.


Last issue I reprinted an email from John Lehmann who is President of In it he said that I (The Bocce Guy) "...likely know more about bocce in the U.S. than anyone else."

Wouldn't you know that at least one reader took exception to that comment. Hey, I didn't say I knew it all, the writer of the email did.

When you write a book on a subject people tend to think of you as an expert. Sometimes I get questions from people who want to mine a niche market and they ask advice on how to do it. Of course, you need a web site, products and services related to the niche market that you can sell, but you also need to come from some place of expertise. I tell people to consider writing a book which is a lot easier to do today with the Internet and these print-on-demand publishing houses.

The book doesn't have to be a tome. Take a look at author Steven Boga's sports series - - he's written well crafted little booklets on horseshoes, badminton, croquet and others. They're under 100 pages and sell for 10 bucks. If you are the author of a book about your niche market, people will view you as an authority on the subject. Anyway, my apologies to anyone who thinks that I think I know more about bocce than anyone else in the USA. I'm still learning. I always tell people that I am not a great player. My contribution is in collecting bocce information and writing about it in clear English. I've been at it for over seventeen years, writing regularly about the sport and trying to help it grow.


Peter Di Turi's Puget Sound Bocce News

"The Puget Sound Bocce Facebook page now has ALL THE 2011 EVENTS related to Puget Sound Bocce that you need to know! Whether it be tournaments, lessons, practices, public, private or invitiational events, singles, doubles or quad-team play, morning, afternoon, evening, weekday, weekend, holiday - you can get the 4-1-1 any time in the Events section! If it's a bocce event around Puget Sound, or a major event in the Portland area, or the US Nationals at Campo di Bocce or the Reno Peppermill event, it's here on the Puget Sound Bocce facebook page! Miss a Puget Sound Bocce News Update e-mail? No problem - they're all in the Notes section, too! There's much more - photos, commentary and postings about local and world-wide bocce events!

If you're a Facebook member, just 'Like' the Puget Sound Bocce 'company' page and you can get all the information as it comes in to your Wall! You can also contribute your photos, comments, etc. to the Puget Sound Bocce page, too! If you're not a member, it's free to join this great social media experience that Facebook provides, so that you can stay in contact with your world and your interests! So join today at!

Spring is coming, but the March Tacoma Elks Bocce Alley tournament is coming way faster - like this Saturday, 03/12! If you lost your last e-mail, I'll attach the entry form one last time - but it needs to be in by this Friday to ensure your team's spot to play! I'll also remind you to contact Tony or Fran Riconosciuto with any last-minute concerns at .

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The Puget Sound Bocce Web channel ( will be broadcasting updates of the tournament starting at 10 am PST/1 pm EST, and will switch to full play-by-play coverage when a ladder bracket has been reached in this double-elimination tournament. The chat rooms will be open for you to visit, chat, say hello or ask questions - so tell your friends to join in, too!

I hope that you got to see a replay of the Campo Di Bocce February Raffa Showdown event on Tri-Valley Television or the Web site. If you STILL missed it, go to the Tri-Valley TV Schedules page to find out the rebroadcast times - there's still lots of opportunities to watch a great match handily won by Ben Musolf over previously undefeated Oscar D'Amore! The March Raffa Showdown event was played today and will be rebroadcast at a later time - I'll let you know when.

One final reminder about my efforts with the St. Baldrick's Foundation to fund research to cure childhood cancers. I'll be at Fado Irish Pub on Thursday, March 10, as one of the many shavees, in honor of my son Tyler and a very special friend of our family named Caitlyn. Caity is 14 and has gone through many rough pancreatic cancer treatments since she was 7. She is STILL going through the effects of recent radiation treatments - yet she, too, is going to be a shavee at this event to support other kids like her and Tyler who are dealing with the sheer hell of pediatric cancer. As of this e-mail, Caity has now raised over $2,600 for this great cause.

Please consider a donation, large or small, and I ask you if possible to donate through Caitlyn's Participant Web Page. But if you prefer, you may donate through my page or through the foundation's Web site. Every donation is tax-deductible. As today's kids might say, let's send pediatric cancer out of this world fast and for good - 'like a G-6'! (For us oldsters, a 'G-6' is a new Gulfstream-G650 jet - which I wouldn't mind having myself!)

Hope to see you on Saturday at Bocce Alley 'in the bald'!! Buon gioco and happy bocce to all!"


Sam from Four Sams Concrete Generations sent us an idea for a bocce bench some time ago. He's back with an update...

"Here is the proposed Bocce Bench item that will be ready early this year. It will be available in WALL ART OR GARDEN COURT BENCH also. It measures 15"X 32" and was inspired by the old FOLIO WINES grape box. This has been a labor of love. I play and love the game myself. Again this is the ORIGINAL and the molds are being made as I write this email.

I welcome all input....SAM

LOVE YOUR SITE....I play with the BULLHEAD BOCCE Club in Scranton, PA.

Four Sams Concrete Generations

{Check out the art work here: }


Susan writes...

"We are hosting the first-ever Gardens Games - with a TEAM BOCCE event to be held on MONDAY, MARCH 28
at 1:00pm at Lakeside Center in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

The $40 per 4 person team entry fee includes:
• one t-shirt per person
• goody bags for each player
• awards
• complimentary opening & closing celebrations

Go to for more information."


2011 United States Bocce Championships.







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


Glo Boules / Bocce...

Photos of the week
This week's photos were submitted by Lynn Iorii and are a permanent part of the Joy of Bocce website under Bocce Tidbits.

Lynn says...

"On January 22, 2011, the Order of Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) Prince of Piedmont Lodge #475 in Wilmington, Delaware, held it first 'Annual Frostbite Bocce Tournament'. The food was prepared, tents were erected, heaters started and all gathered at the bocce alleys to begin the tournament at 8:30 AM.

There were 12 teams consisting of 48 members competing in this double elimination tournament. With the temperature ranging around 23 degrees, many players stood under the heaters while awaiting their turn.

Throughout the day, many stopped to watch the bocce activity while cheering on their family and friends. The day ended with a hot dinner and the top three teams claiming their bragging rights."

{Our readers LOVE seeing bocce played in other areas. Please follow Lynn's lead and send photos of bocce from your neck of the woods!}

View this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
Bocce Court Maintenance Tools

I’ve seen all kinds of home-made court maintenance brushes and scrapers. Two things have always struck me about them. 1 – they look like they are home-made and 2 – they tend to be HEAVY.

7' Drag Brush

Manufactured by Lee Tennis (makers of the Har-Tru surface material), this court maintenance tool created for tennis courts works exceptionally well for bocce courts. The 7-foot drag brush is light-weight and, even if you have a 13- or 14-foot wide court, you can smooth it over with just two passes. This is quick enough to do between games without keeping players waiting very long.

Bristles are 4 ½ inches of synthetic fibers and the strong but light-weight frame is aluminum. Retails for $179.95 plus shipping.


This strangely named 30” wide device is actually two implements in one. It is an all-aluminum combination tool for scarifying, leveling, and removing loose court material.

Strong and sturdy, the tool is light enough to handle with ease and is excellent for spreading new material during top-dressing. The concave shape of the 30” wide blade allows the tool to “float” along the surface without digging in. Use the serrated edge to scrape material from high spots, then flip the tool over to rake and smooth that spot and drag the loose material to fill in a lower point. Retails for $69.95 plus shipping.

Besides a heavy roller, the lute/scarifier and 7-foot drag brush should be all the maintenance tools a bocce court owner needs.

Click to go to merchandise order...then scroll down to bottom of page.

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 Pair Lamb Figurines - flowers, gold bell & halo


Beautiful Horse Brooch Signed STERLING BY JEWELART


Vintage Hood Milk Harry Hood Pin

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.


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 – 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 8, 2011 - Oregon - Portland. Paesano Club. OPEN 4 PLAYERS - Oregon vs. Washington. Contact Larry Cereghino @ 503-201-4585.


July 9, 2011 - Oregon - Portland - Paesano Club. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. California vs. Oregon & Washington. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-550-2526.


July 10, 2011 - Oregon - Portland. Paesano Club. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Larry Cereghino @ 503-201-4585.


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


July 16, 2011 - California - Marin San Rafael. OPEN 2 MEN PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.


July 23, 2011 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 1 MAN, 1 WOMAN. Contact Bob Kennedy @ 209-570-7500.


August 6, 2011 - California - Marin San Rafael. OPEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.


August 13, 2011 - California - IACC South City. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.


August 20, 2011 - California - Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408-379-9409.


August 27, 2011 - California - East Portal Sacramento. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.

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