The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. X, Issue 5 - January 31, 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 #5 - January 31, 2011
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2011
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Greetings Bocce Friends,

Between snow removal duties and trying to create a video discussing some of the issues with choosing bocce balls, I've had a tough week. Creating a good, helpful video is not nearly as simple as you might think. My son and I are going to take a little more time and try to get something completed that is worthwhile.

We'll talk about the different sizes and weights and various manufacturers and suppliers (and suggest the international standards). If you want to suggest any points we ought to cover, send us an email.

Also, if you want to suggest other video topics, please REPLY. Finally, because I was out straight this week, I repeated last week's photos in this week's ezine. That's OK though - they are really good ones!

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

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

Bob Sileo of Coral Springs, Florida sends this...

"The Teton Nation Adventure Guides held a father-son bocce tournament in conjunction with their Swamp Buggy Campout Weekend in late January. This was an opportunity for some friendly competition, as well as a chance to introduce the game of bocce to several new players. Nation Chief (and first-time bocce player) Ed Gray shows his form in this photo. {Click the photo to the right for a better view.}

The Adventure Guides is a nation-wide program developed by the YMCA to help fathers build strong and lasting relationships with their children. The Teton Nation brings together fathers and sons from across North Broward County, Florida for a wide range of fun and adventurous activities to ensure that you will stay ‘Pals Forever.’ Since our boys range from about 5 to 15 years of age, bocce is a game they can all enjoy."


Video Problems

We've put a lot of time in with not so much to show for our next video on bocce balls. One problem is you have to kind of rehearse or you'll forget your lines. Then there are lighting and sound problems and other technical issues that I don't even know how to address. I leave those up to my son who is a lot more technically inclined than I.

Anyway, I suspect we'll get the hang of it after a while. I believe strongly in Napoleon Hill's philosophy of "keep on keeping on."


I've posted another nailed boule (on eBay) below under Non-bocce product of the week. It's a really nice one - check it out.



Brian Walsh keeps me posted on petanque events. He sent a pdf about an event in Cajun Country...


Paula Byers of Special Olympics, SC sends this...

The 11th Annual Container Bocce to Benefit Special Olympics - April 16th - Blackbaud Soccer Stadium
1990 Daniel Island Drive, Charleston, SC
128 Teams - 16 Court Sponsors

"Throw out a pallino and become part of the long heritage of the game from great thinkers such as Galileo and da Vinci, to rulers Augustus and Queen Elizabeth, to the noble Sir Francis Drake and even America's own George Washington. Enjoy the world's oldest sport, a sport known to revive the body and mind."

Please contact Paula Byers if you would like additional information - 843-795-5316 -


Tom McNutt sends news of his annual Bellingham Bay event...

"The 9th Annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament will be held on Saturday April 16th at the Bellingham Sportsplex. Starts at 9 AM. The usual salmon barbecue lunch, beer garden, and fun for charity is expected. Tom 'Boccemon' McNutt is the contact - (BBBT link) or Tom @ 360-224-2909."

{Tom also asks if I plan on attending the nationals in June. I'm hoping to be there and will try to put all the ducks in a row in the next couple weeks.}


Puget Sound Bocce's Peter Di Turi is at it again...and the man can turn a phrase!

"The second part of my Campo di Bocce trip report deals with the great experience I had - and you will too - at Ben Musolf's showcase restaurants and bocce facilities. Everything that I ate was an excitement of the senses. Saturday night's dinner at the Livermore site, located on the appropriately-named Vineyard Avenue where many reside, was decadence in the desert. None disappointed, from the herbed calamari appetizer to the fish-laden cioppino, to the best chocolate gelato that I ever had! Then, a New York cheesecake, tiramisu and chocolate torte was placed in front of me, an unfair temptation to this type 2 diabetic! I had to sacrifice one morsel of the chocolate torte to my palate but had to pry myself away from the table!

Sorry that I don't drink, but the Campo di Bocce wine list is quite impressive as both Italian and Napa Valley are there for you to savor and appreciate as you lag, raffa or volo your cares away!

Sunday's tournament at Livermore was bathed in sunlight from the clear morning sunshine, but around 10 am, the sunshine suddenly became augmented with an exciting spectacle surrounding courts 2, 3 and 4. There was a profound presence of a scrumptious buffet of fresh fruits, bagels, salads, fresh-carved roast beef, herbed potatoes, jumbo cold prawns, lox, instant egg omelet concoctions and heavenly desserts - among many other items I dared not to find out due to my ever-so-slightly more intense need to do the broadcast. But I had to indulge in the lox and prawns which were so damn fresh it was so hard to believe we were 25 miles away from San Francisco Bay!

After the tournament, I drove the hour-and-a-half down to Campo di Bocce's Los Gatos location on University Avenue. Unlike the Livermore location that was built from the ground up, the Los Gatos location was the original site and was renovated from an old warehouse. It has a more rustic feel to it than the open, airy environment of Livermore, which would make any Puget Sounder feel at home. Yet the equally great atmosphere at Livermore was to be found as well at Los Gatos. This humbled Jets fan sought solace in great service and a tasty garlic tossed bowl of steamer clams and mushrooms, and later found bliss in gnocchi gorgonzola swimming in a creamy spinach sauce.

The Los Gatos site is within walking distance of an absolutely quaint downtown area, which has hotels, lots of shops and attractions that are well worth your non-bocce time. Livermore hotels are a 10-minute drive from north of the freeway but are all modern and offer some pretty affordable rates and amenities. I stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott, with a $79 nightly rate but got two free Fandango movie vouchers and a $25 off next stay voucher as a promotion. Rental cars were as low as $19/day via Thrifty from Oakland Airport - which I recommend flying into over San Francisco for distance and San Jose for price (although San Jose is pretty close to Los Gatos).

Folks, what I was most impressed with is the quality of the service I received as a customer of Campo di Bocce, and not just because it was me. I watched customers being lavished over by the quality wait staff and personnel who spared no thought at trying to make the experience better for the customer. I was much in awe of the receptiveness and enthusiasm of Ben's management, Eileen at Livermore and Dalton at Los Gatos. I was glad to meet the exec chef at Livermore, who is looking forward to a future culinary arts student named Tyler to pay a visit to his kitchen. This is truly the testimony of Ben Musolf's commitment to bocce not merely as a game, but as a life value. I like that - A LOT.

Ben has told you in a follow-up to one of my updates how much he's looking forward for you to come and visit and play. So let's show him that the Puget Sound Bocce players are always up for a challenge! I encourage our Puget Sound Bocce players to keep in mind that the US Nationals is at Campo di Bocce's sites from 06/25-07/02. The memorable experience that I had for only two days is picayune compared to the experience you will have in your time down at Campo di Bocce. There are requirements for uniforms as well as USBF rules, but even as a bocce fan you won't be disappointed at all. The registration form and requirements for the Open, Volo, PRV and Raffa Shooting is at . Keep in mind that in 04-05/2012, these same sites will host the best bocce players in the world for the World Bocce Championships.

Until next time, if you can't heat up the courts, at least keep yourself warm! Buon gioco and happy bocce to all!"


Received this excellent message from Tim who viewed one of our YouTube videos.

"Thank you Mario. I will be patiently awaiting any future videos you might post. I would like to ask you a question about another form of Bocce I have seen played with metal balls. Is this known officially as Bocce Volo? Is the form we play in America with resin balls known as Bocce Rafa? I would like to know if there are any differences between these two forms other than the obvious fact that one is played with metal balls. Also, which form of Bocce is most popular in Italy.

{The bocce played with metal balls would be the game of Volo which is a very athletic endeavor. When you want to hit a ball away you must do so on the fly rather than on the roll. As you can imagine, lofting those metal balls through the air can be pretty tough. Then you have to add in the element of accuracy as well. A good source for info on the Volo game is Benji Tosi website, appropriately names Check it out here... .

The game of Raffa that you allude to is another form of bocce with international rules. Properly named it is Punto, raffa, Volo as all three shots are employed in that game. Then there is a great deal of Open Rules bocce played in this country. You can find those rules and other good info at the United States Bocce Federation's website which is .

The differences in the two international games are considerable and on my web site under international rules there are sections and photos giving a kind of primer on the two games. Check out .

As far as which is most popular in Italy, I confess I do not know. Perhaps a knowledgeable reader will supply the answer.}

I enjoy playing Petanque, and I'm aware that it evolved from Boule Lyonnaise. How popular is Petanque in Italy, if at all?

{Can any reader answer this?}

I apologize for all the questions. My wife and I are very excited about Bocce, and only want to share the sport with others as accurately as possible. I am grateful for any information you are willing to share."

{We love getting questions, because it makes for good copy in the ezine and it makes us clarify our thinking when we frame answers and also, we often get help from our readers. Keep the questions coming!}


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Bocce balls and boules of old...

Photos of the week
These photos are a permanent part of the Joy of Bocce site under Bocce Venues. I slipped them right beneath Boston's North End Courts.

Rhode Island's John Cece sent the photos and the following info...

"I contacted Carmine D'agostino last year when I had started building my bocce court. I got a lot of ideas from Carmine's web site.

The dimensions are 60 feet by 12 feet. My cousin has a bobcat and we did all the excavation with it. We used about 40 yards of gravel as a base and about 20 yards of stone dust for the surface. I added three halogen lights (total 1500 watts) which I can control from indoors (I buried a wire and piping 2 1/2 feet deep to bring the electricity out to the court). There are two cement patio areas on the sides each having a 14 foot bench, and two benches at the ends that are 12 feet long. I also added a horizontal score-board with pegs to keep score (got that idea directly from Carmine). Finally I added a display case with different weights, sizes and models of bocce balls. We had a blast with the courts this past summer. It has been a great hit with my friends. I am from RI but I picked up the bocce passion when I lived in Italy for 8 years.

I sent Carmine a few pics of the court and he asked me to send them to you too as my completed project. Anyway tell me what you think.

P.S.: your web site is a great resource too."

{Tell you what I think - great looking bocce court and many thanks for sending the pictures.

If any readers haven't seen Carmine's court, click here: - there is also a link there to get to Carmine's website.

Our readers LOVE seeing bocce in other parts of the world. Please follow John's lead and send photos of bocce in your neck of the woods!}

View this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week

I have a few items in stock with the Joy of Bocce logo embroidered prominently.

Click here for the bocce chamois - green or red..

Click here for a heavy duty nylon bocce bag by EPCO with the bocce logo...

Click here for the Joy of Bocce cap - white or beige...

View embroidered gift items...

Non bocce product of the week
I've come into possession of a great many collectible items. I have all manner of items including costume jewelry, art work, and all kind of curios. So, I'm giving eBay a whirl.

Some item links to eBay below - for others bookmark StrikerPag...

Polished Steel Boule/Bocce ball roundhead nails - Rare!


Vintage 1/20 12K G.F. Bracelet - "PROBST U.S.A."


Sterling Pendant Signed "STER CG" + copyright symbol

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.


February 5, 2011 - California - Aquatic Park. VOLO COMBINATION 1 PLAYER. Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-238-7995.


February 12, 2011 - California - Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. Maureen Albanese Valentines Tournament. OPEN 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074.


February 26, 2011 - California - IAC Stockton. OPEN 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.


March 5, 2011 - California - Aquatic Park - VOLO COMBINATION - 1 PLAYER. Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-238-7995.


March 19, 2011 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS - 2 Men 1 Woman. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.


April 2, 2011 - California - Aquatic Park. VOLO 1 PLAYER Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-238-7995.


April 3, 2011 - California - Downey Bocce Club. Contact Don Gaggiano @ 949-855-8554 or .


April 9, 2011 - California - IAC Womens Aux. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Shirley Croce @ 209-466-0541.


April 16, 2011 - South Carolina - Charleston. The 11th Annual Container Bocce to Benefit Special Olympics. Blackbaud Soccer Stadium, 1990 Daniel Island Drive. 128 Teams - 16 Court Sponsors. Contact Paula Byers @, 843-795-5316.


April 16, 2011 - California - Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408-379-9409.


April 16, 2011 - Washington - Bellingham. The 9th Annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament at the Bellingham Sportsplex. Starts a 9AM. The usual salmon barbecue lunch, beer garden, and fun for charity is expected. Contact Tom "Boccemon" McNutt at (BBBT link) or call 360-224-2909.


April 23, 2011 - California - IACC South City. OPEN 3 PLAYERS. Contact Gene Semenza @ 650-872-0192.


April 30, 2011 - California -East Portal Sacramento. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.


May 1, 2011 - California - Hawthorne Bocce Club. Contact Bob Marsella @ 310-978-4455.


May 7, 2011 - California - Aquatic Park. VOLO COMBINATION 1 PLAYER. Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-238-7995.


May 15, 2011 - California - PIASC San Mateo. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact John Bernat @ 650-341-4045.


May 15, 2011 - California - PIASC San Mateo. RAFFA 3 MEN PLAYERS. Contact John Bernat @ 650-341-4045.


May 21, 2011 - California - Waterloo Stockton. OPEN 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.


May 28, 2011 - California - East Portal Sacramento. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.


June 3, 4, 5, 2011. Pennsylvania - Bessemer. The 2nd Annual 4 Person Tournament for The Special Olympics will be held at the Bessemer Croatian Club. More information will be posted @ . This will be the highest pay-out tournament in Pennsylvania."


June 4, 2011 - New Jersey - 4th Annual New Jersey Bocce Invitational benefiting Operation Shoebox New Jersey and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Contact Frank Valanzola @ 908-400-0851 ( ) or visit .


June 5, 2011 - California - Downey Bocce Club. Contact Don Gaggiano @ 949-855-8554 or .


June 25 - July 2, 2011. California - Campo di Bocce Livermore and Campo di Bocce Los Gatos. United States Bocce Championships. Check this pdf for details and contact info...


July 10, 2011 - California - Laguna Niquel. Contact Gene Leo @ 949-637-6008.


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