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The Bocce Guy


The author, Mario Pagnoni, A.K.A "The Bocce Guy" and also "The Voice of Bocce".

I was a public school teacher/coach for 32 years (but it only seems like three decades). Don't get me wrong - I loved teaching and coaching all those years - but I'm moving on to other things. I took early retirement as of June 2002 to spend time writing, and running sporting events for seniors.


After years of pounding on my knees as a high school, college, and amateur athlete, bocce has become a kinder, gentler sport for me. Although I love to play, I'm not a great player. My contribution is that I interviewed the top players and assembled information from many sources, creating a compact, easy-to-read book. I have recently released the Joy of Bocce 4th Edition published by Mountain Lion Books. Click the link below for more info on the new edition.


Use the Feedback link to send comments and suggestions. I am interested in writing about the myriad variations of play around the country, and about the unique jargon used (e.g. on the south side of Chicago when players want to tap one of their own balls closer to the object ball, they "toots it up."


Also, feel free to contact me about running a charity bocce tourney, public speaking/bocce ribbon cutting ceremonies, or corporate outings/parties using bocce as the focal point. These things are "right up my alley".



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