The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. XI, Issue 3 - January 23, 2012 
•   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 11, Issue #3 - January 23, 2012
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2012
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello my faithful bocce readers,

Sorry I missed my deadline last week as I was sidelined by a heart attack. They tell me it was "minor", but try telling your spouse that you had a "minor" heart attack!

I spent 4 days in the hospital, had a catheterization procedure which revealed a blockage in a minor vessel but the major arteries were in somewhat better shape and no stents were needed. So, I'm on a cardiac diet and hope to get back to working out as soon as possible with several doctor's appointments this week.

The event happened Sunday during our weekly full court senior basketball league (age 50 and over). I know, I think we shouldn't be playing hoop at this age. But, for some of us, we almost can't stop. Playing ball and competing is part of who we are. If you tell me to stop playing I may as well be dead.

I've worked out all my life, running 8 to 12 miles a day (in PF Flyers) since I was about 15 years old in the South End of Springfield, Massachusetts. It's what I do - I work out. I run programs and I compete in them. Heck, if I didn't run them there would scarcely be a good program in the area. It doesn't take much to run good programs. A little attention to detail - cross this t, dot this i. Pay attention. But alas! People just can't do it. There are talkers and there are do-ers. I'm a do-er.

The first program I ran was at Springfield's South End Community Center. It was a three-on-three hoop tourney for both junior and senior high school kids. I was about 16 years old at the time. The bosses let me use the big bulletin board where I wrote write-ups about the games and I had a Polaroid camera that I had won in a foul shooting contest, so I was like a one-man sports department. After the event, which went very well (I mean the place was abuzz for days afterward), I got called into the Executive Director's office. He didn't know what to make of me. He looked me over, examined some of the photos and stories and then, after a long pause, offered...

"So, Mario, what else would you like to run?"

The next thing I knew I had a job at a buck an hour running pool/billiards, table tennis, foul shooting events, and coaching 3 different age teams. I haven't looked back since and I'm not looking back now!

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}


We've got the details set for the Providence Money Tourney. Click below for a pdf. And please forward to anyone you know who plays bocce.

We're going to need lots of help getting the word out, so if you can see your way to forwarding the pdf to any person, team, or club that might want to send a team(s), that would help out a great deal. I hope this can go viral for a while and we can get a decent field so that the Dunkin Donuts Center will agree to perhaps make this an annual April event.

The total guaranteed payout will be $8000 and the top prize will be $4000 (not too shabby). The Dunkin Donuts Center has put up the prize money and, in addition, must finance building courts and the carpet to lay them over. So, I guess we can understand their thinking. If this tourney goes well, we think it can grow into a great annual spring event. If you've never been to Providence, this would be a great time to experience it!

The Providence Tourney is set for April 28 & 29, 2012. This will be for four-player teams which can be made up of male, female, or co-ed teams. For our first year, we want to keep things as simple as possible. Next year - who knows?

We'll follow the format of the other large money tourneys like The World Series of Bocce and others who play four players who roll one ball each and play both ends of the court.

The prize money works out this way.


1st Place = $4000
2nd Place = $2000
3rd Place = $1000
4th Place = $500
5th Place = $250
6th Place = $250

For locals and those within driving distance, the entry fee is $200 per team or $50 per person. Kayla Beauvais is the Dunkin Donuts Event Coordinator and she has done a great job of securing reasonable hotel rates for those traveling. She can be reached at 401-331-0700 ext 7126 or (or see pdf).

On Friday, April 27th there will be a charity tournament for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Providence. Contact Kayla if you want to participate (and get a "leg up" on the competition). However, that event will run from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM followed by a dinner for the participants. I think that, if you came in on Friday we could probably arrange for you to play on the courts from say, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM or so. More details to follow.

There will be shuttles to a nearby casino throughout the day and we will get that info and more to you ASAP.

That's it for now. Please help us get the word out. I can't recall any $4000 top prize bocce events happening in New England. Hopefully this will grow and become extremely popular. Please email the pdf to anyone on your list who might want to play. Many thanks for your help.

Other notes:

We'll use Perfetta bocce balls for the "house balls" and players may use their own if they come within certain pre-determined parameters.

We'll use stainless steel pallinos.

Courts will be 60' by 12' set over carpet. Side and end boards will be white vinyl fence posts assembled by connectors.

We'll use USBF Open Rules and will have referees on hand for all measurements.

More to follow soon.

Please forward this email or the pdf to your bocce playing friends.


World Games In Limbo

The World Games scheduled for California's Campo di Bocce have been canceled. In these hard economic times it was just too tough a nut for organizers to crack.

I talked to several experienced bocce leaders from around the country and some estimated that it would cost at least $225,000 to host the event. Others put the figure higher ($350,000), while at least one thought it could be done for closer to $150,000. Tom Albanese, whose Campo di Bocce enterprise would bear the entire cost put the budget closer to $350,000 to $400,000. His extremely well written letter about the decision to cancel is posted here:

The bulk of the cost comes because the host must pick up food, travel, and lodging expenses for all the teams once they arrive at the airport. Let's say 24 teams of say, 6 players and delegates come to the USA. Twenty-four times six = 144 players. Let's arbitrarily set $150 per person for expenses (times 144) = $21,600 per day. Multiply by the number of days the delegations stay and you can see how the expenses can skyrocket.

Anyway, it's a real shame that we couldn't pull this off. We were able to host The World Games in 1996 in Highwood, Illinois and also in 2005 at the Palazzo di Bocce in Michigan. This time around, certain sponsors may have gotten "cold feet" when push came to shove. The situation doesn't put us in a real good light with international bocce outfits like the CBI. Still the CBI hopes some country will quickly step us and offer to host on extremely short notice.

It makes me wonder if this country is ready for bocce or if bocce is ready for this country. If we had full time professional marketing gurus seeking out funds, could they pull this off? If the economy was robust, could we have succeeded in raising the cash? We can only hope that the CBI and the other countries believe that we honestly gave our best effort under extremely trying times. Some will say this creates a "black eye," but anyone who attempts to raise that kind of money can surely understand the difficulty and be more likely to forgive.


Guy DeSantis sends this very well done bocce video which was produced by NYU students. It clearly captures the flavor and the passion that the NY guys have for the game. It includes a great summation near the end.

"So there it is - eight rocks, eight players, one target. There are no contracts, no steroids, no commercial breaks. Just Bocce!"

Video of the Mount Vernon/Yonkers Bocce Club.
This was a (film) class project by NYU students.


Bede Kortegast sends this...

"The following might be interesting news for your readers. One of the biggest names in bocce set products just couldn't make it.

Sportcraft to Liquidate

SportsOneSource Media Posted: 1/4/2012

Sportcraft, the maker of recreational sports gear like pool tables, air hockey and horseshoe sets, filed a Chapter 7 petition in the United States Bankruptcy Court of New Jersey to liquidate. According to a report in The New York Times, the liquidation stems from increasing manufacturing costs in Asia and sluggish sales.

In the filing, Sportcraft's board said it had decided that a liquidation sale would generate the most value for creditors, instead of trying to reorganize under Chapter 11 protection.

The firm is majority owned by Wasserstein & Company, the private equity firm that manages money for the estate of the late Bruce Wasserstein and other investors. According to a report in the Times, Wasserstein & Co. provided Sportcraft with additional cash last year, and earlier this year tried to sell the company.

A spokeswoman for Wasserstein said in a statement released to the Times: “As a small provider of specialty products into mass channels, Sportcraft was not able to overcome the effects of the protracted difficult economic environment, in particular sustained high unemployment and depressed housing markets, which have impacted demand for table games and other home recreational products.”

The company is based in the Budd Lake section of Mount Olive, N.J., and maintains an office in Shenzhen, China. It has close to 80 employees based in the United States and roughly 60 employees in China.


Margaret Shindelus sends news of an incorrect California Senior Games link and Campo di Bocce's Heather Veon sends pdf files of the Games...

Says Margaret...

"Thanks for all the effort you put into the weekly ezine. Players from all over the country are better informed because of you.

I 've been informed the link posted on the tournament schedule for California State Senior Games in incorrect. The web site is .

Please let me know if you would like more information for an article regarding the California State Senior Games."

{Yes, Yes, please send info on the Senior Games.}

Heather Veon sends these Senior Games links...




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



Georgia's Griffin Country Club...

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

Photos of the week
This week's photos come courtesy of Kevin Sorice
who is the Ohio Bocce Classic chairman.

Holiday Greetings and New Year's Blessings to You!

The Bocce Classic would like to thank you for your support, friendship and sportsmanship over this past year.

Together we raised over $10,000 for charity, scholarships and our cultural heritage commission.

Over the next two months, the BC committee will be finalizing the details for Bocce Classic XVIII.

If you have any suggestions or comments, please respond to this email so that we can take them under advisement.

I look forward to seeing all of you again in July.

Until then,

Kevin Sorice
BC Chairman

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Bocce product of the week
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Tournament update
{chronological order}



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


February 11, 2012 - California - Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. 15th annual Maureen Albanese Valentine’s Day Bocce Tournament. Accepting up to 32 teams. OPEN 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074 - .


February 11 & 12, 2012. Ohio - Wickliffe. Freeway Lanes. $8400 Bocce Tourney. $4000 first prize - four-player teams. Contact or 440-585-5800 ext 130.


February 25, 2012. California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 2 MEN 1 WOMAN PLAYERS. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.


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:


March 24, 2012 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.


March 31, 2012 - California - IAC Womens Aux. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Shirley Croce @ 209-466-0541.


April 7, 2012 - California - Waterloo Stockton. OPEN 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.


April 14, 2012 - California - Campo Los Gatos. OPEN 4 PLAYERS - Los Gatos Bocce Club. Contact John Ross @ 408-354-0625.


April 21, 2012 - California - IACC South City. OPEN 3 PLAYERS. Contact Gene Semenza @ 650-872-0192.


April 21, 2012. Washington - Bellingham. 10th Annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament. Contact . {I'll be in attendace this time - please come by and say "Hello."}


April 28, 2012 - California - East Portal Sac. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.


April 28 & 29, 2012. Rhode Island - Providence. Two-day Cash tournament. Held at Dunkin Donuts Center. Details to follow shortly as they become available. Contact Mario Pagnoni @ or click here:


June 15-24, 2012 - Illinois - Round Lake at Alpine Club. USBF National Bocce Championship. The tournaments will include Open, Punto Raffa Volo and Volo competition. For more information see ( or call Mike Conti cell 847-767-6453.


June 17, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Open Doubles Tourney (June 18 is the rain date). Double elimination or round robin depending on # of teams. Contact Zander Ponzo @ .


July 7, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Men's Singles Tourney (July 8 rain date). Double elimination or round robin depending on # of teams. Contact Zander Ponzo @ .


July 14, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Women's Singles Tourney (July 15 the rain date). Double elimination or round robin depending on # of teams. Contact Zander Ponzo @ .


July 21, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Novice Singles Tourney. A novice is any player whose name is not on a courtside BBC plaque for a first or second place finish in either singles or doubles. Contact Zander Ponzo @ .


July 21, 2012 - {1:30 PM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Novice Doubles Tourney. A novice is any player whose name is not on a courtside BBC plaque for a first or second place finish in either singles or doubles. Contact Zander Ponzo @ .


August 4, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Mixed Doubles Tourney (August 5 rain date). Depending on number of entrants, the tournament will either be double elimination or round robin. Contact Zander Ponzo @ .


August 11 & 12, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Vermont Senior Games. Singles on Saturday, Doubles on Sunday. Contact Zander Ponzo @ .


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 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 @ .


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 @ .

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