The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VIII, Issue 38 - November 16, 2009 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news & 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 8, Issue #38 - November 16, 2009
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2009
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again my bocce friends,

I'm headed to Michigan's Palazzo di Bocce this weekend for the US Pallino D'Oro. We'll play singles on Friday and Saturday morning and, if you finish in the top tier, you get to play some more on Saturday evening and Sunday representing the USA vs. the Canadians in the North American Pallino D'Oro. {As you can probably guess, I'll be checking our Saturday, not expecting to be still playing on Sunday.}

If you live anywhere near there and can come by to say hello, please do so. And if you have photos that might be appropriate for the new edition of The Joy of Bocce, bring those too.

Also, if there is a bocce product you were thinking of ordering (books, measures, etc.), let me know and I can bring it (I'm driving) and you can save the shipping charges.

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Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

Colonial Park - Franklin Township, NJ - home of the NJ Invitational...

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

Looks like there is some interest in the Joy of Bocce flag idea mentioned the last couple weeks...


Size:: 60cm x 90cm (2' x 3')
Colors: 5
Orientation: Landscape
Prints: Single Side Reverse 1 Layer
Material:: 100D polyester

View the 2' by 3' sample here:

I've sent for one so that I can better evaluate it to be sure it's a good product and a decent value. I'll post it for sale as soon as I'm sure that it meets my standard of quality. REPLY to let me know that you MIGHT, if the price is right, want one.}


California's Steve Kahn asks...

"Should there be a penalty if a team forgets to post its score before the start of the next frame?"

{Don't know - most of the leagues I see don't have a scorecard to sign unless it's after the game is over. I think this would be a league rule where someone (the captain probably) would be charged with making sure the scores are marked or suffer some penalty. My leagues are usually ones where we walk back and forth with the scoreboard in the center of the court (which can be viewed from each end). Someone marks the score on the way to the other end of the court. If there is a mix-up, we just correct it when we discover it.

Can anyone chime in on this question? Please REPLY.}


Mike Grasser's Pallino D'Oro... {I've decided to attend. If you are nearby, drop in and say hello. If you promised photos, please bring them.}

Location: Palazzo Di Bocce, Lake Orion, Michigan, U.S.A.

Begins November 20, 2009

Rules: Singles Play, Punto, Raffa, Volo. International Rules.

Top 16 U.S. and top 16 Canadian players from U.S. Pallino D’Oro will qualify for play in N.A. Pallino D’Oro.

Contact: Michael B. Grasser, Owner Da Vinci Bocce LLC
248-505-4744 or


Bocce and relaxed competition...

One of the things I love about bocce is its low-key, relaxed competition (well, most of the time). I like to tell people that I come from the "dog-eat-dog" world of college and semi-pro baseball and basketball. I wouldn't trade my experience playing those sports for anything. But I don't want that anymore. Who needs to obsess about batting .300 and making some all-star team? I just want to roll some balls and enjoy the camaraderie with my teammates and opponents.

Now I know there are events where the competition can get really ugly, but, for the most part, my bocce experience has been the opposite. Most of the people I play with and against are just having a great time. There is more good sportsmanship and congratulating the opposition in bocce than I've seen in any other sport.

The reason I am ruminating about this is because I received an email last week from a subscriber who wanted to UnSubscribe because I revealed that I was a Yankee fan. The Red Sox fan, like many sports fans, seems not to like it when someone doesn't like the team HE likes. Heck, I don't get upset if you don't like the team I like. Root for whomever you want. Anyway, it reminded me of the stress of more traditional sports and the easy, relaxed competition I experience with bocce. Maybe it's just the way I approach bocce, staying at a pretty non-competitive level, and seeing it as a fun, low-pressure activity. When I played last June at the Nationals at Campo di Bocce of Livermore, some people who were dining there and watching the matches made a point to speak to me. Now, keep in mind I was getting "spanked" pretty good by everyone I played in the singles event.

"We've been watching the games," said one of the diners. "Of all the players, we've decided that you look like the one who is having the most fun!"

I hope I can keep it that way for as long as I am able to play this wonderful game.


Eric McFerran of Summit, NJ sends this...

"Is there such a thing as a list and description of USA Bocce courts (and if they welcome visiting players).
I am addicted and travel a lot and such a list would be very helpful."

{I don't know of any such list. But I have consistently found that most bocce players welcome visitors. Bryan Mero of has a nice section on his web site (navigation button = Bocce Locations) that is a directory of locations of courts by state. View it here: .}


Paul E Cunningham - President, Bocce-at-Sea Club - sends this...

"Perhaps you could tell the players in your tournament about the event that my club is promoting. This will be a lot of fun for those who can take advantage of it."


Jan Foreman writes...

"I spoke with a friend and he said that he was in a Bocce league in Scotts Valley. Could you give me info on that league, times, seasons, etc? We would be interested in forming a team."

{Dave Wilson sent pictures of action in the league. They are a permanent part of Bocce Venues on the Joy of Bocce web site. You can view the photos here: . There is info in the captions beneath the photos about playing days and times, etc. so you may be able to connect with them.}


Here's the flier for Elizabeth Wong Fontana's Ruby Raffa Classic:


Alvaro Bettucchi sends news...

"FYI re: the Volo tournament held at the South San Francisco Bocce Courts on November 8th. Sixteen teams participated in a round robin tournament. First place was Giovanni Napoli and Paolo Pro, from San Jose. Second was Roy Bellafronte and Gino Del Grasso from San Francisco. Third was Don Sherer and Pete Quides from South San Francisco. Fourth was Marco Cuneo and Delio Cuneo from Aquatic Park."



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: . }



Playaboule's Perfetta Bocce Sets were backordered and the shipment has arrived from Italy and ready to ship. Click the link below to learn more...

Perfetta is back in stock at Playaboule!

Photos of the week
This week's photos were first posted in 2006 and are now re-posted permanently on the Joy of Bocce site under Bocce Tidbits. Submitted by Michael Grasser, the pictures highlight the action in two Punto-Raffa-Volo singles events held in Italy: the Pallino d'Oro and the Navigare Tournament.

These events took place in 2005 with Dante D'Alessandro winning the Pallino d'Oro and Maurizio Mussini taking the Navigare. The Navigare was open to all, with over 1100 competitors, while the Pallino d'Oro was by invitation only.

Many of the matches were held in Modena, Italy at the Rinascita Budrione Bocce Club. The club features four international size courts with synthetic surfaces. For the Navigare, more than 50 clubs and 240 bocce courts were used.

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
A couple new products from Playaboule...

According to Playaboule's Bede Kortegast...

"We have two new products. One is a very inexpensive bocce set for the beach, based on our Glo sets. This set does not have plugs. They are 107mm in diameter but lighter weight so are perfect for the purely recreational player.

Another product is our new design Limited Edition Deluxe Glo Bocce set. This set has external sealed push button switches. So you don't have to unscrew and rescrew the plugs to turn off and on. An upgraded case with internal and external pockets, heavier weight zipper and fabric."

{Click the image top right to view the Deluxe Glo Bocce set and the link below to view the beach bocce set...}

Beach Bocce from Playaboule...

Non bocce product of the week
{Hey, bocce's great, but I'm always on the look-out for all kinds of good products for my readers}

$15 off With Coupon KC-6983 at

Tournament update
{chronological order}


Don't let the West Coast players hog all the space!

SEND INFO - WE'LL POST - NO CHARGE - SEND ME A PDF (File for me to post).

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 20 - 22, 2009. Michigan - Palazzo di Bocce. USA Pallino D' Oro and the North American Pallino D'Oro. Contact Mike Grasser at 246-505-4744.

November 21, 2009 - California - South City I.A.C.C. – RAFFA-2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.


November 28, 2009. New York - Mount Vernon. Sophia's Pizza & Pasta & the Yonkers/Mount Vernon Bocce Cub host a Thanksgiving weekend tourney. Double elimination, 4-players per team, $35.00 pp with a max. of 12 teams. Register as a team or as an individual with Guy De Santis @ or 914-310-8814 no later than November 22nd.


December 5, 2009 - California - Stockton. I. A. C. OPEN – 4 PLAYERS. At least two women players. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.


January 23, 2010 - Arizona - Phoenix. Arizona American Italian Club (AAIC) is hosting an 8 team tournament. For information and/or registration forms call Frank McCune at 602-957-8720.

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