The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. X, Issue 38 - November 28, 2011 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news and 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 10, Issue #38 - November 28, 2011
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2011
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Greetings once again bocce friends,

Right after the holidays we'll be running some local events, so, if you are in our neighborhood, come on down.

We'll focus on running a bocce tourney for our new, temporary Sons of Italy home at the Bonanno Greenhouse. Details to follow, but for now it looks like we will host a Novice Division and an Open Division tourney in January of 2012.

I'm still in touch with the good people at The Providence, Rhode Island Civic Center and we'll run some pretty interesting bocce events. One is a charity tourney for the Boys and Girls Clubs and another is a money tournament with a significant cash prize. The details should be firmed up in the next couple of weeks and we'll start getting the final word out soon.

Reminder: we are always looking for photos to post on the website and in the ezine. Bocce players LOVE seeing other group's bocce venues and courts. Send them along and I'll post them, giving you credit, of course. Also, send questions and comments - it's all good for the ezine and our readers!

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

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Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Bocce Tourney...

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


Stay tuned for info on this great event. For now, pencil in late April for a one-day money tourney (possibly Saturday, April 29, 2012. Details to follow as soon as possible.


Tourney and Bocce Events To Post

Every year at this time our list of tourneys gets shorter and shorter. As soon as your 2012 tourney calendar is set, please forward to me so I can post in the ezine. It would be great if we heard from a wide range of places where bocce is alive and growing.

Whether your event is a big money tourney, a fund-raiser, or just a get-together where you want to get the word out to others, please REPLY with the info.


Henry Senatore is among a growing number of bocce lovers who want to give engraved bocce balls as gifts for friends. Says Henry...

"Balls arrived and personalization looks great! Look forward to seeing son-in-law's reaction to Christmas present. Your help with purchase greatly appreciated. Happy Holidays."

{If you are interested in personalizing bocce balls for gifts, shoot me an email. I know that EPCO can personalize up to 8 characters and Playaboule offers a laser engraving (including an image or your own logo) which you can read about here: }


Mitchie from works with high school kids and bocce like we are planning on launching after the holidays. He says...

"Keep up the good work with your high school league. It’s always good to know that someone is keeping the ball rolling with the younger generation. I sponsor a youth tournament every summer in my home town, nothing in what I can do for bocce gives me more pleasure."

Check Mitchie's website out at


John, like many others, is interested in using bocce in fund-raising.

"I was musing on the fundraising prospects of bocce tournaments, and thinking that linking bocce to a national organization that raises money to fight a specific disease might be a way to spread these tournaments. Our local school district raises about $75,000 each year with an event that features cancer survivors walking with a sponsor. We'd have to start small—find a local group affiliated with a national organization. Your thoughts?"

{We've run tourneys every October for a different charity, raising as much as $35,000 to $40,000 for the Jimmy Fund, Joey Fund, Alzheimer's research, etc.

Hey, maybe we do a 5K walk to the bocce facility and figure a way to incorporate the two. Do any readers have ideas? Please REPLY.}


I get emails like this one from Debbie on occasion...

"My boss just gave us a bocce set and told us to come up with a 'fun, team building way we can play. Be creative.' We are 7 people. I am at a loss. Any suggestions? We’d appreciate any tips you could provide.

We have a carpeted hallway that’s about 14 ft long and 5 ft wide; would that work? I think what I am looking for is some tips on how to make it more competitive i.e. prizes, points scoring, crazy or silly ways to play (like when Lucille Ball invented 'mashies' when she took up golf on the I Love Lucy Show [this is probably before your time if you never watched Nickelodeon]."

{Debbie - yes, I remember Lucille Ball. I'm an old buck! An antique, a collector's item even! My favorite memory was when Ricky caught Lucy and Ethel hiding in a hotel room with another man. Ricky says " him. YOU MUST BE CRAZY!

Then Fred says " with him. HE MUST BE CRAZY!"

Maybe you could play a singles tournament with each player playing the other 6 while the extra four look on, harass, etc. Then, the one with the best record gets dinner purchased by the losing 6.

Anyway, if you just start to play I think things will work out. Bocce is a very forgiving endeavor. Let me know how things go.

Do any readers have any good ideas for Debbie? Please REPLY.}


Vermont's Zander Ponzo asks...

"Looking for a few words of advice on getting participants for bocce leagues. We have had leagues here for a few years, but the turn-out is disappointing (4-6 two man teams). What suggestions could you offer for getting more people involved?"

{Can the players who are signed up recruit some "new blood"? Maybe each one could bring one to the group.

Otherwise, just the standard practice of posting signs in various places around town (library, gyms, health clubs, bulletin board postings, etc. - maybe get on the town's recreation web site promoting the sport.

I often think of the Each One Teach One system for combating illiteracy. If each person who was taught how to read could teach one other person, we might wipe out illiteracy. Similarly, if one bocce player introduced one newbie to the game we'd spread the sport like wild fire.}


First California Senior Games Bocce Tourney

The 2012 Bay Area Senior Games will be hosted by Campo di Bocce of Livermore on March 11 - 17. For more info contact

Click for a pdf file:

{We need to get more states holding Bocce in the Senior Games. It has yet to become a National Senior Games event where you would qualify for the Senior Olympics one year and compete the following.}




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



Marin Bocce at San Rafael, California...

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

Photos of the week
This week's photos originally appeared in Volume III, Issue 26 on July 5, 2004. They are now reposted permanently on The Joy of Bocce website under Bocce Tidbits. The photos came courtesy of California'a Richard Heisler, a frequent contributor to the ezine.

They are from the 2004 Nationals held in Stockton, California and they highlight international volo play. Volo is an international style that is played with metal balls and requires all "hitting" to be by Volo - no Raffas allowed. It's not played extensively in this country but there are factions around, especially out west where it is popular.

Click the photo to check it out. You might be surprised at how athletic an endeavor the sport can be.

And don't forget to send us photos from your neck of the woods.

Click to view this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week

Sales of the Joy of Bocce 4th edition are brisk and I am anxious to sell out of the 3rd edition copies that I have still in stock.

The 3rd edition is almost identical to the 4th except that...

The 4th edition...

is published by Mountain Lion, Inc.;

is distributed by The Cardinal Publishing group;

is printed on bright white paper which enhances the 200 or so photographs;

has updated USBF Open Rules.

Other than the points listed above, the books are nearly identical. Still, I'd like to let the 3rd edition go quietly out of print and keep the 4th alive for a very long time.

So, the 3rd edition will be available until supplies run out for $10 per copy plus $6.00 shipping via USPS Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope. As many as 3 copies fit in the flat rate envelope for the same $6.00 shipping. If you'd like to order more than 3 copies, shoot me an email - only about 40 copies left in stock.

Great for Christmas gifts - awards for tournaments or company outings!

Offer lasts until November 30 or until supply runs out.

Click the PayPal button below to order...

Non bocce product of the week...
Let there be LIGHT and HEAT. Torches and firepits often extend the bocce season in cooler weather.

Shop Today!

Check out the firepit selection...

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.


December 3, 2011 - California - IAC Stockton. OPEN - 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.


December 3 & 4, 2011. New York - Phoenix. Lock 1 Club Inaugural Open Doubles Tourney. Four games guaranteed - 20 team maximum. Contact Gabe at 315-317-6566 or click for flyer: .


December 10 & 11, 2011 - Ohio - Wickliffe. Freeway Lanes Bowling/Bocce Tournament. 1st prize = $5000. Contact Dawn Freed at 440-585-5800 or . Click here for pdf:

March 11 - 17, 2012 - California - Campo di Bocce of Livermore. First California Senior Games Bocce Tourney. For more info contact or
Click for a pdf file:


April 21, 2012. Washington - Bellingham. 10th Annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament. Contact .

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