The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. XI, Issue 30 - October 22, 2012 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news and readers' feedback...
•   Nailed Boules - Set of 2
•   Bortolin Bocce Ball Lifter / Delucchi Bocce Caddy
•   Tournament update
Notes from the publisher
The weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 11, Issue #30 - October 22, 2012
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2012
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again faithful bocce fans,

Next issue might have a little bit of a different approach. I've decided to launch a Blog. I'll add a few posts and will continue to do so every couple of days. I think the best part of the Blog is that you can search for whatever old archived issue you are looking for. Up to now it has been difficult to do that. I hope you will enjoy the posts!

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

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North American Bocce Championship 2006 - Campo di Bocce...

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

Check out the progress of our new Sons of Italy Lodge #902 in Methuen, Massachusetts. Four polyurethane courts on the way. Click the photo for a better view.

This facility might just be one of the finest in the East. Now would be a good time to think about joining. We hope to open in January of 2013 and expect to run charity bocce events, all kinds of tourneys, and even Punto Raffa Volo events including company and corporate outings.

You can contact to learn more or email or contact Ralph Bagarella at 978-479-4949
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Click here for a cool pdf of the place... .


Palazzo di Bocce October Newsletter


Special Olympics South Carolina News


The Bocce Club at Freeway Lanes - 3-player tourney . Contact Oliver Markon at 216-374-3856 or .


USBF Western Sector Newsletter for October 2012. Lots of good photos and stories especially about getting kids to play our favorite game.


Awesome Glo Bocce Light Up Balls - 107 mm

{This set weighs almost 12 lbs. So these are NOT cheap light weight balls. They can be crashed together hard without fear of breaking a ball or the electronics.}


Pallino D'Oro October 27 & 28 at the Ciociaro Club.

This from Michael Grasser...


This from Shorty Caruso...

"I'd like to add the Summit Rollers, who have been steadfastly playing these last 7 years. We started on the playgrounds of Summit in a basic court, then moved to present digs at the Rec-Center with a regulation (tournament) construction. We are planning our 1st Invitational next year and would appreciate the publicity, as our plans include playing for charities - Always behind the Pallino, Shorty Caruso."


This from Bill Kantana...

October 20, 2012, featured the Annual Contra Costa County Bocce Championship Playoff games. For many years now following season's end, the two best teams from the "five families" - CROCKETT, ANTIOCH, PITTSBURG, CONCORD, and MARTINEZ come together for a day-long double elimination bocce tournament.

As a long time member of the Martinez Bocce Federation Board of Directors, I am proud to announce that this year is our turn to host this fantastic event. We are all thrilled, as each and every year spectators are entertained with some very exciting bocce matches.

Play begins OCTOBER 20TH AT 8:30 am sharp... so if you are in the area, please come out and see some great teams and exciting bocce games. We are the Martinez Bocce Federation, located across the train tracks downtown Martinez, next to the softball complex, on "Joe Dimaggio Drive!"




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



Cleveland International Challenge Cup of Bocce...

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

Bortolin Bocce Ball Lifter / Delucchi Bocce Caddy
You have seen Mike Delucchi's ingenious Bocce Caddy, now view Lucio Bortolin's Bocce Lifter - both are outstanding products!

"From the beautiful Sycamore in IL, I'm writing to you to congratulate for the good job you are doing with 'The Joy of Bocce', our members of the 'Bella Vita Bocce Club' enjoy all the interesting articles you publish.

We have in my property a 75'x10' outdoor court with limestone surface that after 8 years is perfectly flat and leveled. We have 15 guys and play every Thursday.
Also since one of the guys has a back problem I designed a 'Bocce Ball Lifter' for him, I have an Architectural and Ornamental Metalwork company - - so this was pretty straightforward for me, in addition I play with a Dell Webb community people - 740 players - and they also started using it with great success, so I decided to offer this product to you to be display in your web site if you think it is interesting.

Below some highlights of the product:
* Can lift any ball size.
* Can lift the pallino.
* Stands straight up.
* Very light and sturdy.
* Any color upon request.
* Priced at only $48.00
* Free S&H
* If requested, a hook for hanging can be welded to the shaft for $4.00
Attached please find some photos.

My best,
Lucio Bortolin"

Check out Mike Delucchi's fine product as well - click below to view.

See Mike Delucchi's Bocce Caddy

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...

Nailed Boules - Set of 2
Own a piece of bocce history - with these nailed boules. One weighs in at 2 lb. 5.8 oz. and the other 2 lb. 8.4 oz. One has a numeral 5 and the other has a large nail.

These are awesome collector's items and great conversation pieces. Check out for more on nailed boules.

Click to see more...

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.


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 10, 2012 - Ohio - Wickliffe. 1st Annual Freeway / Stella Bocce Tourney. 3-player teams. Contact Oliver Markon at 216-374-3856 or . .


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


November 17, 2012 - California - Stockton-Waterloo Gun and Bocci Club. Four players. Open Rules. $500 first place. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314 or .


November 24, 2012 - New York - Mount Vernon Bocce Club Thanksgiving Tournament. 4 player teams - Contact Guy @ 914-310-8814 or .


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

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