The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. X, Issue 40 - December 12, 2011 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news and readers' feedback...
•   Photos of the week
•   Tournament update
Notes from the publisher
The weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 10, Issue #40 - December 12, 2011
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2011
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Happy Holidays bocce readers,

I met with the good people at The Providence Dunkin Donuts Center this week and the CFO attended and decided to extend the cash tournament to two days, so...the charity event will be Friday, April 27. It will run from 3:00 PM to about 7:00 PM followed by a dinner reception. Then on Saturday and Sunday we'll change the format for the cash tourney and run a two-day double elimination event. More details coming soon as things like hotel packages, etc. get ironed out in the coming weeks.

Also, if you are in our neck of the woods in January of 2012, we are running two one-day events. Saturday, January 21, 2012 will be a tourney for novice/intermediate players who can win dinner for four, lunch for four, or breakfast for four at three local restaurants. The following day, January 22nd will be a cash tourney for more experienced players. View details below under Tournament update.

Reminder: we're 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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Eliminating the Pre-Game Coin Toss...

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

I'll be headed to the Pacific Northwest the weekend prior to the Providence, Rhode Island events. How's that for Coast to Coast bocce happenings?

This will be the 10th Annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament run by the Boccemon, Tom McNutt. I'm hoping I can do a brief talk and maybe a book signing while there. It's always fun to meet bocce players from around the USA and Canada. If you are going to participate it would be great if you could some by and say "Hello".

{Click the trophy to the right to learn more about this year's Bellingham Bay Tourney.}


I expect to hear about book royalties for the last quarter of 2011 by early January. Then I'll have an idea of how the marketing is going for the title. It was only the first quarter with Mountain Lion so I hope the sales are high and the marketing group got a chance to get some momentum going.

Still, I look at book sales that I have done over the years. Not books sold in bookstores, just the ones I have stuck in a flat rate envelope and shipped myself. The states that the books go to might reveal a bit about who's playing our game. For example, the top 10 states that I have shipped to over the last 16 years - Yikes! The first edition was in 1996.

1 California 31% of total book sales by me
2 Massachusetts 7.6%
3 Illinois 6.5 %
4 Florida 6.4%
5 Washington 5.4%
6 New York 4.7%
7 Michigan 3.9%
8 Pennsylvania 3.1%
9 New Jersey 2.8%
10 Connecticut 2.8%

Looks like people who have bocce stuff to market ought to focus on California - ya think? The other states seem to be obvious places where bocce is popular. Others that fall just below number 10 are Ohio, New Hampshire (maybe because I run events there), North Carolina, Texas, and Arizona. I know for a fact that there is a lot of bocce being played in Rhode Island, but they're not buying the book from me.

Next I looked at the states where little or no books were shipped by me {ranked from most sales to fewest sales}. Again, people in these states may have ordered the book from bookstores or on-line. These were just the lowest sales of books shipped by yours truly. What do you make of it?

1 Alaska
2 Kansas
3 Oklahoma
4 Montana
5 Arkansas
6 Nebraska
7 West Virginia
8 Wyoming
9 Mississippi
10 North Dakota

Maybe there isn't much bocce in those states.

Perhaps bocce is played in certain pockets of the country and hasn't yet spread to others.

Maybe no one is promoting the game in these areas.

If you have a group playing in one of these states, please shoot me an email and let me know how many play and where exactly. Thanks.

If you have any ideas about what the sketchy stats mean, please let me know your thoughts.


A couple of "techies" wrote in about how it's harder and harder to come up on the first page of an Internet search.

Mitchie from (who does Search Engine Optimization for a living) says...

"The reason why were all slipping down on the search engine ladder is because the huge sites like Target, Amazon, etc... are all selling bocce ball sets. Those sites have huge search engine optimization from the millions of hits they get each week."


Lots of people wrote in to tell us what they call the pallino.

We heard pallino. pallina, pellino, pellina, Pauline, polenta, piņata, pee, pellet, pill, panini, bebe, the mark, cue ball, object ball, little white ball, jack, and kitty. It's interesting that most begin with the letter P.

One reader said "We call the closest ball, the point ball. We call the next closest opponents' ball, the cutter.

I live in El Cajon, small city about 20 miles east of San Diego, in California. I enjoy your Bocce newsletter. There are not a lot of active players here. Wish that would change."

{Keep playing. It will change.}


Rock Gunnoe sends news about Arizona bocce...

"In the last few issues of your ezine, you have mentioned some Arizona courts and it is sad to say - some of them are no more! The Tucson Italian American Club has been sold and we don't know what will happen to the courts when the restaurant opens. You mentioned a court at a Tucson Catholic school, which has been sold and the court removed. Up in Phoenix, the St. James Parrish has taken out their courts, and last I heard the Phoenix Italian American Club was no longer a going concern with their courts in jeopardy as well.

On a better note, two bars in Tucson now have modest courts, the City of Tucson has agreed to help us renovate a downtown public park court and to dig up the plans and the designated donated funding for another court that was never finished in another park. Two of the regular players at the Tucson IAC have built our own courts at home, one oyster shell - one clay, pics to follow soon."

{Hey, we'll take the good news with the bad. Bocce will survive as long as people love the game. Will wait for the new photos with eagerness.}


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



Italian American Club - Phoenix, Arizona...

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

Photos of the week
Michigan State Bocce Championships July 2011

This week's photos were submitted by DaVinci Bocce's Michael Grasser who helped organize the 2011 Michigan State Championships. The event was held at the Sylvan Lake courts this past July.

The format was a Triples affair. First place winners were Jose Botto, Jason Wisniewski, and Marco Santia. Second place honors went to Orlando Spalvieri, Joe Alongi, and Quirino Mastrionni.

Click to view this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
Holiday Bocce Gift Ideas...

Bocce sets, books, measures, embroidered items. Check them out.

Will ship right away.

Click to see some bocce gift ideas...

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.


January 21, 2012 - Massachusetts - Methuen. Sons of Italy Lodge #902 Novice Tournament. Four player teams. Pool Play followed by single elimination. Teams vie for Dinner for 4, Lunch for 4, and Breakfast for 4. Old Pros need not apply - intermediate/novice players only. Contact Mario Pagnoni @


January 22, 2012 - Masachusetts - Methuen. Cash tourney limited to 16 teams at Sons of Italy Lodge # 902. Open to 16 teams - double elimination. Contact Mario Pagnoni @ .


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 . {I'll be in attendace this time - please come by and say "Hello."}


April 28 & 29, 2012. Rhode Island - Providence. Two-day Cash tournament. Held at Dunkin Donuts Center. Details to follow shortly as they become available. Contact Mario Pagnoni @ .


June 17, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Open Doubles Tourney (June 18 is the rain date). Double elimination or round robin depending on # of teams. Contact Zander Ponzo @ .


July 7, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Men's Singles Tourney (July 8 rain date). Double elimination or round robin depending on # of teams. Contact Zander Ponzo @ .


July 14, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Women's Singles Tourney (July 15 the rain date). Double elimination or round robin depending on # of teams. Contact Zander Ponzo @ .


July 21, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Novice Singles Tourney. A novice is any player whose name is not on a courtside BBC plaque for a first or second place finish in either singles or doubles. Contact Zander Ponzo @ .


July 21, 2012 - {1:30 PM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Novice Doubles Tourney. A novice is any player whose name is not on a courtside BBC plaque for a first or second place finish in either singles or doubles. Contact Zander Ponzo @ .


August 4, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Mixed Doubles Tourney (August 5 rain date). Depending on number of entrants, the tournament will either be double elimination or round robin. Contact Zander Ponzo @ .


August 11 & 12, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Vermont Senior Games. Singles on Saturday, Doubles on Sunday. Contact Zander Ponzo @ .


September 8, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. 9/9 rain date. Ladder Tournament's Championship Tourney. Players in positions 2 - 5 will have a double elimination tournament to determine who will play the season champion in the tournament final. A player, including the season champion. will be eliminated from the tournament after two losses. Contact Zander Ponzo @ .


September 29 & 30, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. Burlington Bocce Championship. Singles on Saturday, Doubles on Sunday. October 6 & 7 rain dates). Depending on number of entrants, the tournament will either be double elimination or round robin. Contact Zander Ponzo @ .


October 13, 2012 - {9:00 AM Start} Vermont - Burlington. This tournament is open to anyone who has placed first in a singles or doubles championship on BBC's courts during the 2012 season. October 14 rain date. Contact Zander Ponzo @ .

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