The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. XI, Issue 11 - March 19, 2012 
•   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 11, Issue #11 - March 19, 2012
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2012
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello bocce faithful,

California just completed their first Senior Games Tourney and we have pictures courtesy of Ben Musolf and Elizabeth Jade Wong Fontana. In a couple weeks we'll have our Massachusetts Senior Games and post those photos too. We need to get Bocce recognized as a National sport in the Senior Games - one where you qualify one year and compete nationally the following.

Locally, our bocce gang is eagerly anticipating a new bocce home with four international sized courts of our own. We haven't broken ground yet, but they tell me the construction will go quickly...we'll see.

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}

California Senior Games

Photo by Elizabeth Jade Wong Fontana who announces the women's winning doubles teams...

"1st place Diana Pellegrini & Diane Kelley. 2nd place Margaret Shindelus & Jean Godin. 3rd place Maria Narayan & Susan Flynn. 4th place Colleen Randazzo & Andrea Ross."

{For more on the California Senior Games see Photos of the Week below. Click on the photo to the right for a better view of the players.}

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Good news! Pete Di Turi has "...made an offer to Tom McNutt to Webcast the 10th Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament, which will be my third straight year of covering this charity event.

Tyler will be coming with me, too, to help Tom out and fill in on a team if needed. We plan to stay Friday and Saturday nights so that we can prepare for the event and then relax after it's over!"

{This is great news as I will be attending and hope to do a short talk and book signing (plus see the sights). If you will be at the event, please come by and say Hello.

Check out...

http://www.boccemon.com/bhambay-tournament-12.shtml

and...

http://whatcomdisputeresolutioncenter.org/special_events.htm

I was hoping to meet Lou Ures and maybe even view his great home court in Florence, Oregon, but he may be away during the tourney. Anyway, check his court out here: http://www.joyofbocce.com/forest.ivnu }

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CALLING ALL SOUTHEAST FLORIDA BOCCE PLAYERS

Michael Juliano is looking for you.

"Can you ask if anyone is interested in playing or learning Bocce? I'm looking for players in the Broward County area. Have them e-mail me @ juli33314@yahoo.com ."

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Uncle Tony's 6 ball Madness

Angelo sends news of this March 31, 2012 event at Lock 1 Club, 60 State St. Phoenix, NY 13135...

A double elimination event using USBF Open Rules - questions - call Angelo at 315-247-1316 or click http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/Uncle_Tony.doc .

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Campo's Heather Veon sends this...

Campo di Bocce of Livermore is playing host to the inaugural United States Bocce Federation, Western Sector, West Coast Bocce Club Championship.

The event will take place over Labor Day weekend, 2012. The top two teams from your club are eligible to participate. Your club must have been formed AND organized by January 1, 2012 to be eligible, Proof of club existence may be required prior to registration. The format will be round robin, USBF Open Rules, with four individuals per team. Point differential will be used to determine advancement into the playoffs. The entry fee is $200 per team. Matching Uniforms Will Be Required (Tops and Bottoms).

The registration deadline is August, 10, 2012. All Bocce clubs from Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and California are eligible and invited to participate. Play will take place Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

Registration and welcome reception will be held on Friday, August 31, 2012. Please see the attachments for more information and the registration form.

http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/WestCoastInfo.pdf

http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/WestCoastChampionshipRegistration.pdf

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Guy De Santis sends this...

Mt. Vernon / Yonkers Bocce Club's Dino Vitti Memorial Tournament - Saturday, April 21, 2012. Four players per team with proceeds going toward The Leukemia Society. Sixteen teams max - contact Guy @ 914-310-8814 or click http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/Vitti.doc .

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NEWS FROM HAWAII

This comes from old friend Joe Zajac...

"Aloha Mr. Pagnoni!

You may not remember me, but I met you years ago at Palazzo di Bocce at the World Championships. We spent maybe an hour chatting. You may remember if I told you that at that time I was the President of the Michigan Petanque Club, and we talked about promoting petanque and bocce and the trials and tribulations the games have had... ??

Anyway, I've since moved to Maui, Hawaii and just recently got involved in volunteering for a fund raiser here on St. Patricks Day that will feature a golf tournament and 'extreme' bocce tournament... 'extreme' coming from the fact that it will be on the undulating greens around the 19th hole 'Mulligan's on the Blue' restaurant (at the Old Blue course near the Wailea Country Club)... it will feature course artifacts to make it fun like put-put golf and a chance for team captains to 'offer judging advice' to the officials in the form of bribes where the money will go to the charity 'Backpack Buddies'. Backpack Buddies fills the backpacks of low income kids at schools with food for the kids to make it through the weekend at home.

Anyway, since bocce is quite unorganized in Hawaii (at least as far as I know), I've become the event's local expert on the game and I'm invited to say a few things about the state of bocce... I've spoken with Mike Grasser (whom I'm quite sure you know) and he gave me the lay of the land for some info, but...

Could you look at my attached document to see if you could offer any comments on the material? If you know of anything that happens in Hawaii that's worthy of noting (rather than mere mentions of local pickup games)?? Something that you think is especially worth mentioning?

Would appreciate any feedback that you may have, and I will be sure to take pictures to forward to you for potential inclusion in your weekly ezine!"

{Looks like you've got things under control. I'll send you some books for prizes ASAP. Best of luck and send photos.}

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USBF NEWS

NOW YOU CAN REGISTER OR RENEW ON LINE AT THE USBF's UPDATED WEBSITE

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:

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/USBF_membership_pdf.pdf . or

REGISTER/RENEW ON LINE AT http://www.Bocce.com }

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Hallandale, Florida Bocce...

http://www.joyofbocce.com/Hallandale.ivnu

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

Photos of the week
Ben Musolf sent 76 photos from the California Senior Games. He writes...

"Take a look at the photos from the Senior Games. It would be great if you could post at your clubs and distribute across the USA!

We had 36 participants in the age groups of 55-59, 70-74, 75-79, and 80+. Our oldest participant was 93 years old. Everyone had a blast and it was great to see the comaraderie revolving around our sport! Congrats to all!

Please spread the word and post these photos to promote the sport!

Sempre Bocce!"

Click for this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
Precision Bocce Measures

Choose the Clubhawk Gold, Henselite Bowls, or Premier Boule Measure. You can't go wrong with any of the three choices. Once a bocce aficionado has a set of bocce balls and my book, the next logical acquisition is a first-rate measure.

Each retails for $26.95 plus shipping which will come via USPS Priority Mail.

Click the photo for more info, pictures, etc.

Click to go to merchandise order...then scroll down a bit...

Tournament update
{chronological order}

WHY ISN'T YOUR TOURNEY LISTED HERE?

SEND INFO - WE'LL POST - NO CHARGE - SEND ME A PDF

Please - anyone running a tournament - do me a favor - put a notice near your tourney bracket board informing players that they can go to http://www.joyofbocce.com 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.

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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.

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March 24, 2012 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.

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March 31, 2012 - California - IAC Womens Aux. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Shirley Croce @ 209-466-0541.

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March 31, 2012 - Massachusetts - Methuen. Mass. Senior Games Bocce Tourney. OPEN Rules - four player teams. Contact Mario Pagnoni @ 978-686-8679 or Mario@JoyofBocce.com .

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March 31, 2012 - New York - Lock 1 Club - Uncle Tony's 6 Ball Madness. Double elimination - USBF Open Rules. Contact Angelo @ 315-247-1316. Click http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/Uncle_Tony.doc .

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April 7, 2012 - California - Waterloo Stockton. OPEN 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.

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April 14, 2012 - California - Campo Los Gatos. OPEN 4 PLAYERS - Los Gatos Bocce Club. Contact John Ross @ 408-354-0625.

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April 21, 2012 - California - IACC South City. OPEN 3 PLAYERS. Contact Gene Semenza @ 650-872-0192. http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/Bocce.Tournament.doc

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April 21, 2012. Washington - Bellingham. 10th Annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament. Contact Tom@Boccemon.com . {I'll be in attendace this time - please come by and say "Hello."}

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April 28, 2012 - California - East Portal Sac. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.

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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 @ Mario@JoyofBocce.com or click here: http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/PVD_bocce_2012.pdf

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May 5 6, 2012 California IAC Stockton. Raffa 3 Women players. Contact JoAnn Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.

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May 12, 2012 California PIASC San Mateo Raffa 3 Men Players. Contact Mario Conti @ 650-589-7179.

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May 12, 2012 California PIASC San Mateo Open 4 Women Players. Contact Mario Conti @ 650-589-7179.

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May 13, 2012 California Coppola Winery OPEN 4 players. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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May 26, 2012 - California - Monterey Bay Bocce. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Giovanni Napoli @ 813-521-5092.

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June 2, 2012 - California - Penn Valley. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bill Knuedeler @ 530-913-5179.

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June 3, 2012 - California - IBS Sutter Creek. OPEN - 3 MEN 1 WOMAN PLAYERS. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.

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June 9, 2012 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS - Western Sector Championships. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.

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June 10, 2012 - California - IAC Stockton. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS - Western Sector Championships. Contact Roy Ramacciotti @ 209-327-1770.

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June 15-24, 2012 - Illinois - Round Lake at Alpine Club. USBF National Bocce Championship. The tournaments will include Open, Punto Raffa Volo and Volo competition. For more information see (http://www.bocce.com) or call Mike Conti cell 847-767-6453.

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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 @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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June 30, 2012 - California - East Portal Sac. RAFFA - 3 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.

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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 @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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July 7, 2012 - California - Penn Valley. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bill Knuedeler @ 530-913-5179.

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July 13 & 14, 2012 - Oregon - Paesano Club. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. California vs. Oregpn vs. Washington. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-550-2526.

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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 @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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July 15, 2012 - Oregon - Paesano Club. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Rossi Tournament. Contact Larry Cereghino @ 503-201-4585.

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July 20 - 22, 2012 - New York - Rome. World Series of Bocce at the Toccolana Club. Click for an application:
http://toccolanaclub.com/docs/application-wsb.pdf

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July 21, 2012 - California -Marin - San Rafael - OPEN 2 MEN PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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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 @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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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 @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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July 28, 2012 - California - Penn Valley. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bill Knuedeler @ 530-913-5179.

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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 @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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August 4, 2012 - California - Marin - San Rafael. OPEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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August 11, 2012 - California - IACC South City. OPEN 4 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.

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

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August 18, 2012 - California - Campo Los Gatos. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS. Los Gatos Bocce Club. Contact John Ross @ 408-354-0625.

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August 25, 2012 - California - East Portal Sac. - OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Bob Martinez @ 916-717-1947.

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September 1 - 3, 2012 - California - Campo di Bocce of Livermore. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Western Sector Club Championships. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074.

http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/WestCoastInfo.pdf

http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/WestCoastChampionshipRegistration.pdf

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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 @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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September 15, 2012 - California - PIASC San Mateo. OPEN 3 MEN 1 WOMAN PLAYER. Contact Mario Conti @ 650-589-7179.

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September 15 & 16, 2012 - Nevada/California - Penn Valley - OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Nevada County Bocce Club. Contact Bill Knuedeler @ 530-913-5179.

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September 22, 2012 - California IACC South City. RAFFA 3 PLAYERS - Contact Ale Bettucchi @ 650-697-7702.

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September 29, 2012 - California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 1 MAN 1 WOMAN PLAYER. Contact Bob Kennedy @ 209-570-7500.

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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 @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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September 30, 2012 - California - Coppola Winery. OPEN - 4 PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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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 @ zponzo@uvm.edu .

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