The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. XI, Issue 32 - November 5, 2012 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news and readers' feedback...
•   Bortolin Bocce Ball Lifter / Delucchi Bocce Caddy
•   Tournament update
Notes from the publisher
The weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 11, Issue #32 - November 5, 2012
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2012
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again all you bocce lovers,

We are almost into our New England indoor bocce season. It will have to wait a while as we hope our new Sons of Italy Lodge #902 is open by early January 2013.

It looks like the temperature might get to 60 degrees this coming Monday when we play outdoors in the morning, so we'll keep at it as long as we can. Can't wait to get indoors on those polyurethane courts!

We've signed on to do another corporate outing at St. Regis in Bal Harbour (Miami Beach) Florida. Check out some photos by clicking here:

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}

This from Mike Grasser of

"Here are the winners from the 2012 North American Pallino D'Oro held at the Windsor, Canada, Ciociaro Club. L to R: third Americo Rizza, fourth Georgio Paniche.
first Jose Botto, second Pat Pezzin."

{Click the photo for a better view.}

Laura Bohdan sends great news of a tourney in Key West, Florida…

I have met you at numerous national bocce events and am friends with Guy Desantis from Mount Vernon and Pete Rabino from Huntington.

have always enjoyed your amazing enthusiasm for the sport we love. I have directed so many people to the Joy Of Bocce website and have gotten many to buy bocce supplies and books from you as I do.

I now live in Key West Florida a short mile away, via a bicycle path, from the bocce courts of the Southernmost Bocce League. What a great life! The Southernmost Bocce League has seven beautiful outdoor courts overlooking the blue Atlantic waters and the National Marine Sanctuary With over 450 members in a city with a population of 25,000 it is one of the largest per capita leagues in the United States.

The whole facility was lovingly and completely rebuilt less than two years ago by our President Neil Mellies and dedicated volunteers. The courts are heavily used even in non league times and have full lighting until 11pm seven days a week.

We get many international visitors in Key West and I often introduce curious bystanders to the game's history, rules, venues within the United States and then invite them to roll some.

I would be honored if you would list the upcoming Southernmost Bocce League tournament January 19-20 2013 This is Martin Luther Kings' birthday weekend. If you have room in the listing please include any of the details above and:

January in Key West is delightful with sunny skies and highs in the upper 60's to mid 70's. A welcome break from the weather up north.

We can work with tournament entrants in obtaining hotel packages and tours.
We expect slots to fill quickly!
Here are the particulars:

January 19-20 2013, Florida, Southernmost Bocce League, Key West
Two player teams. $100/team Double elimination.
$1500 purse based on 40 teams
Contact Neil Mellies 305 304-6595

You may call me at 607 339-1947 for clarification of any information.

Thank You,
Laura Bohdan



{Lots of good photos and stories!}

"We start and end in San Rafael. The Marin Bocce Federation has a beautiful facility. We show off a few photos on the front page and have a photo essay of their October 27th Open Tournament at the end of the features section.

We have an interview with Mr. Leno Freschet; world class bocce player. He has quite an interesting story to tell. After reading it, I’ll think you’ll agree with interviewer Chris Bond that Mr. Freschet is a very charismatic fellow and a great story teller.

We’ve got something new for you this issue. Tony Ferrara of the Los Gatos Bocce Club made a suggestion that has turned into a contest, complete with a nifty prize we’re sure you’ll want to win. Page 3 has all the details. Contests are always fun. We hope this is the first of many to come!

We want to remind you that this Sunday, November 4th is the annual USBF Western Sector meeting. It starts at 10 a.m. at the Italian Athletic Club in Stockton.

Enough already. Time to start reading. Enjoy this issue, and send in your contest entries.



Janice Boyd asks...

"Can you use synthetic lumber for bocce court construction? What are the pros and cons. Thank you for your help."

{Sure thing - lots of people use synthetics - not sure of pros and cons. Sometimes we use different materials for inside courts and outside courts. I'll post your email and see what readers say.}


Mike asks...

"Is there any way to get information on the materials used to make the swing boards used at the ends of the courts. I would like to make one for my home court.
Carmine D'Agostino was very helpful in giving me information on how he built his court. Mine is the West Coast version of his.

Larry Cereghino was also extremely helpful when it came to the court surface. I have not been so lucky when it has come to the swing boards."

{Can any expert builders help with this request. First, check out the photo of Mike's awesome court...

REPLY to }


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.}


Palazzo November Newsletter




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



Bocce at Elks Lodge #2606, Florida...

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...

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.


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.


January 19 & 20, 2013 - Florida - Key West. The Southernmost Bocce League tournament. This is Martin Luther Kings' birthday weekend. We can work with tournament entrants in obtaining hotel packages and tours. We expect slots to fill quickly! Two player teams. $100/team Double elimination. $1500 purse based on 40 teams. Contact Neil Mellies 305 304-6595

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