The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. XI, Issue 26 - September 3, 2012 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news and readers' feedback...
•   Non Bocce Products...
•   Photos of the week
•   Tournament update
Notes from the publisher
The weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 11, Issue #26 - September 3, 2012
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2012
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again Bocce Gang,

Still having trouble getting these issues out - struggling with being tired because of the beta blocker that I take that seems to suck the life out of you. I'm hoping to get used to the drug when more time goes by. I'm back to running and playing softball again so, who knows what will happen. But Bocce keeps me grounded!

Stay close and always be up front,
Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

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World Series of Bocce - Toccalana Club, Rome, NY...

Bocce news and readers' feedback...
{Publisher's comments in brackets}

Larry Koval sends this great shot of Oliver Markon from the Cleveland Challenge Cup of Bocce. Says Larry...
"Oliver Markon runs the brackets and is the tournament director. Keeping 96 men's teams, and 11 women's teams on schedule is no easy task, but Oliver along with Paul DiCicco and Chris Brassell, run a tight ship. Oliver is also the head official in case of any disputes or interpretation of the rules."

{Click the photo for a better shot of Oliver.}


Anthony Siino sends this...

"I am the Tournament Director of the All Star Bocce Classic Tournament held at the Peppermill Casino in Reno, Nevada. This year's tournament date is November 8-11, 2012.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive an invitation, Call 1-800-648-6992, extension 77016 or via email - For any additional information call the number listed and ask for Dana Shores.


This from Jason at Palazzo di Bocce...

"Palazzo Di Bocce is proud to announce the return of the Battaglia Bocce Invitational. After a four year hiatus, we are hosting a 2-man, double elimination tournament. It will be open rules with the backboard dead. Attached is the flyer and registration form. Please pass along this information to all your bocce friends and come join us for one of the best tournaments in North America! For more information, please contact Jason Wisniewski at or 248.371.9987 x11. "


Wayne Farinacci sends this great info on his outstanding tournament...

"I wrote the following article for our local Italian newspaper in Cleveland."

Club Molisani completed its Sixth Annual Marshall Superstore Cleveland International Challenge Cup of Bocce tournament on August 10-12, 2012. Our partnership with Marshall Superstore and the great City of Mayfield Heights continues to provide the very best in bocce tournament experience. We would like to express our gratitude to Mr. Larry Elk, owner of Marshall Superstore and our hosts Mayor Greg Costabile and City Council for their continued support.

This year's tournament was won by the Pontelandolfo Club of Waterbury, CT who beat JJ's Litehouse of Sharon, PA for the championship. Following is the complete list of winners:

1st - Pontelandolfo Club, Waterbury, CT - $4,500
2nd - JJ's Litehouse, Sharon, PA - $2,500
3rd - Max/Rainbow 24, North York, Canada - $1,500
4th - Anelli Bocce Club, Peckville, PA - $750
5th - Lock 1 Aura, Syracuse, NY - $500
6th - Vandra Brothers Constr., Highland Hts., OH - $500
7th - Fioritto Funeral Service, Mayfield Hts., OH - $350
8th - New York Sash, Rome, NY - $350
9th - Cinque Amici, Parma Hts., OH - $240
10th - Toccolana Club #3, Rome, NY - $240
11th - Club Molisani #9, Chesterland, OH - $240
12th - Adelio's Contracting, Willoughby Hills, OH - $240

A tournament of this size requires financial support from many companies. We would also like to extend our gratitude to our many friends for their assistance:

A & J Cement
ABC Piping
ABV Contracting
Adelio's Contracting
DeJohn Funeral Homes & Crematory
The Fedeli Group
Fioritto Funeral Service
Infiniti of Bedford
Mayfield Alumni Association

Cuyahoga Supply & Tool
DiCillo Tavern
Key Bank, Willoughby
LaVera Party Center
Merrill Lynch, Costanzo-Mack Group
Normandy Party Center
Osborne, Inc.

This year, a new Har Tru surface was applied to the bocce courts which significantly improved play according to the players. Our tournament also became the largest in the country using United States Bocce Federation Rules. While the rules of bocce are currently quite varied, many tournaments and leagues throughout the country are trying to work toward a unified system of rules, similar to professional sports.

Many thanks to our Bocce Committee who once again provided the leadership and much of the hard work:

Tournament Director - Wayne Farinacci
Advertising - Aldino DiFranco & Valerio Frabotta
Communications - Sergio DiFranco
Concessions - Mario Ferritto & Anthony Ianiro
Treasurer - Dave Melaragno
Marketing - Mark Schneider, Mike Trivisonno, & Dennis Strnad
Operations - Renato Patete & Mike Frabotta
Venue Logistics - Victor Melaragno & Jason Melaragno




This fom Club Molisani...

"Bocce Lovers,

Club Molisani of Cleveland would like to invite you to participate in our 1st Annual Fall Bocce Classic at Club Molisani in Wickliffe, Ohio on October 19, 20, & 21. Our club has constructed three beautiful indoor synthetic courts and we would love for everyone to come and take a look. All information is on the attached flyer and application, so sign up fast as we are only taking 32 teams. During the weekend we will be having music, food, and beverages. On Saturday night there will be a steak dinner and on Sunday we will offer a free pasta lunch to all players. Proper non-marking shoes are required to play on the synthetic courts. You can also visit our website for additional information. We hope to see you there. Please forward this to your friends.

Thank You!"

Club Molisani
29101 Euclid Ave.
Wickliffe, Ohio 44092


Guy DeCarlo sends this...

"I was hoping you or some of your readers could help me. At a recent bocce match in our league I was questioned as to why our balls (Perfetta Euro) were smaller than the ones some of the other teams in the league use. I went on to tell them the way the Perfetta balls were constructed and the consistency of the weight of the balls. I remember reading an article of a test that someone did on the variations of weight within sets of cheaply made balls. Does anyone remember seeing this article, and can anyone direct me to how I can find it. I think I saw it in the Joy of Bocce newsletter.

Thanks for any help you can give me."

{ Here is the article from last year titled A Weighty Subject... }


Pat Pezzin sends news from the Toronto 777 Bocce Club

"I wanted to pass on the exciting information that the club that I am a member of, Toronto 777 Bocce Club is going to hold a Singles - International Punto-Volo-Raffa Rules Tournament on September 8th-9th! The application is attached with all the details and it should be a great event with many of North America's best players!

I hope to see you at our tournament and get your application in soon."




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



14th Annual Maureen Albanese Tourney at Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos...

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

Photos of the week
This week's photos were submitted by DaVinci Bocce's Michael Grasser ( ). They show off two 10' by 96' courts in Detroit, Michigan. The courts are at 17125 Conant St. and are 80 years old. They are at the original Buddy's Pizzeria Restaurant and are available for parties or play when you have dinner or lunch.

{Please send photos of courts in your area - people LOVE seeing courts from around the world.}

Click for Buddy's Pizzeria Bocce Courts...

Bocce product of the week
Precision Bocce Measures

Choose the Clubhawk Gold, Henselite Bowls, or Premier Boule Measure. You can't go wrong with any of the three choices. Once a bocce aficionado has a set of bocce balls and my book, the next logical acquisition is a first-rate measure.

Each retails for $26.95 plus $6.00 shipping and will be shipped US Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope.

Click the photo for more info, pictures, etc.

OR check out

Click to go to merchandise order...then scroll down a bit...

Non Bocce Products...
Simply Fountains

Skyline Furniture

Tournament update
{chronological order}



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.


September 8, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. 9/9 rain date. Ladder Tournament's Championship Tourney. Players in positions 2 - 5 will have a double elimination tournament to determine who will play the season champion in the tournament final. A player, including the season champion, will be eliminated from the tournament after two losses. Contact Zander Ponzo @ .


September 8, 2012 - New York - Long Island @ Mill Dam Park in Huntington Long Island. Triples Tourney - Entry fee = $150 per team. Contact Guy DeSantis @ 914-310-8814 or .


September 8 & 9, 2012 - Canada - Ontario - Woodbridge. Singles PRV tournament at Toronto 777 Club. 1st place = $1500, 2nd = $700, 3rd = $300, 4th = $200. Contact .


September 15, 2012 - California - PIASC San Mateo. OPEN 3 MEN 1 WOMAN PLAYER. Contact Mario Conti @ 650-589-7179.


September 15 & 16, 2012 - Nevada/California - Penn Valley - OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Nevada County Bocce Club. Contact Bill Knuedeler @ 530-913-5179.


September 22, 2012 - California IACC South City. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS - Contact Ale Bettucchi @ 650-697-7702.


September 23, 2012 - California - San Rafael. Marin Bocce Federation. 9th Annual Warm Wishes Bocce Invitational. To benefit WARM WISHES HOMELESS HOLIDAY BACKPACK PROJECT! Contact Mary O’Mara @ 415-472-0211. EMAIL: info@warmwishes or


September 28 - 30, 2012 - Michigan Palazzo di Bocce. Ninth Annual Battaglia Bocce Invitational. $9000 Guranteed Purse. Open Rules - Two-player teams. Contact or 248-475-4700. .


September 29, 2012 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 1 MAN 1 WOMAN PLAYER. Contact Bob Kennedy @ 209-570-7500.


September 29 & 30, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Burlington Bocce Championship. Singles on Saturday, Doubles on Sunday. October 6 & 7 rain dates). Depending on number of entrants, the tournament will either be double elimination or round robin. Contact Zander Ponzo @ .


September 30, 2012 - California - Coppola Winery. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.


October 6, 2012 - California - IACC South City. VOLO - 2 PLAYERS. Contact Ale Bettucchi @ 650-697-7702.


October 13, 2012 - California - IBS Sutter Creek. OPEN 3 MEN 1 WOMAN PLAYER. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.


October 13, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. This tournament is open to anyone who has placed first in a singles or doubles championship on BBC's courts during the 2012 season. October 14 rain date. Contact Zander Ponzo @ .


October 19, 20, 21, 2012 - Ohio - Wickliffe. 1st Annual Fall Classic Bocce Tournament. Contact Mike Frabotta @ 440-785-6158 or email


October 20, 2012 - california - IAC Stockton - OPEN 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Albert Leonardi @ 209-951-6787.


October 27, 2012 - California - Marin San Rafeal - OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.


November 3, 2012 - California - Campo of Los Gatos - RAFFA 2 PLAYERS. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074.


November 8 - 11, 2012. Nevada, Reno. All Star Bocce Classic Tournament held at the Peppermill Casino. Contact or 800-648-6992 ext 77016 - Ask for Dana Shores.


November 10, 2012 - California - Waterloo - Stockton. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.


November 24, 2012 - Penn Valley - OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bill Knuedeler @ 530-913-5179.


December 1, 2012 - California - IAC Stockton - OPEN 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.

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