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Bocce Tribute

The Bocce Guy, author of "The Joy of Bocce" book, was inducted to the Bocce Wall of Fame recently.

He was honored by the 'US Bocce Federation' at the Sons of Italy in Massachusetts in 2017.

This twenty-minute video is a tribute to Mario's life of community service, having fun, and promoting the game of bocce. It depicts photos from over 20 years with Mario's favorite songs by 'The Four Seasons'. Click the photo to watch:

Bocce Videos

BREAKING BALLS follows the members of the Wickliffe Italian-American Club as they prepare for the annual event, giving viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the world of bocce. Click the image to watch the trailer of John Vourlis' epic 75-minute documentary:

Below are links to bocce videos I've posted on YouTube. (Some of the first ones are a little shaky as I had no tri-pod at the time) As this page grows I hope to answer via video some frequently asked bocce questions.

The first three below are from the 2009 Bocce Nationals at Campo di Bocce of Livermore, CA.

Watch Margaret Shindellis' outstanding performance in the Raffa Shoot-out at Campo di Bocce of Livermore, CA. Click:


Michigan's Michael Constantini hits a raffa in the USBF shoot-out and a nifty volo in the trick shoot-out run by World Bocce Association's Phil Ferrari. Click below:


Young Josh Wenson makes a remarkable shot in the trick shooting competition. Click photo:

Bocce Video
Here is a three-and-a-half minute video of international punta raffa volo singles play where there happened to be no hitting, just pointing. Notice how gently the rolls are on the synthetic surface at Michigan's Palazzo di Bocce.

Two good players, Brian Polantz and Angel Cordano, match up in a duel of pointing. Brian Polantz starts off by rolling his first ball a little past the pallino.

Dr. Cordano then rolls next and beats Brian's point. Notice how the referee marks the positions of balls with chalk affixed to the bottom of the measuring device. When the referee holds the scoring device upright (perpendicular to the court surface), he's telling the players that the last roll beat the previous point. Holding it parallel to the court surface means the point was not made and you must roll again.

After Brian Polantz rolls all four of his bocce balls, he moves to the area of the played balls, stands outside the court, and waits for the end of the frame.

When the frame ends Dr. Cordano ends up with two points as he had two balls closer to the pallino than the closest ball of Polantz.

Dr. C gets to roll the pallino in the next frame and play the first ball.

A Look at Bocce Pointing Styles

Here's a brief look at the pointing technique of some of the good pointers at the 2009 Pallino d'Oro played on the lightning fast, synthetic surfaced courts at Michigan's Palazzo di Bocce.

Notice that in international rules you may step on, but not completely over the foul line. You may step completely over the line once the roll is released. Note that some move several steps toward the target after release, others do not. The common denominator among all these deliveries = they are all "smooth as silk."

Bocce Pointing

Here, Zak Zelesnak of Team shows off a pointing style that's taking hold in Western Pennsylvania. Click the photo to watch video of his teammate, Mike Pisano, demonstrate his Bocce Belly Flop.

Beach Bocce
Bob Marra's great YouTube video showing the 2011 Bocce on the Beach (Revere, MA) raising funds for the Rumney Marsh Memorial Burial Grounds.
{Click the photo to view the video.}

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