The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. XI, Issue 13 - April 9, 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 #13 - April 9, 2012
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2012
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again bocce faithful,

Next week I am headed to Bellingham, Washington for Tom McNutt's annual bocce tournament. If you will be in the neighborhood please come on by and say hello. I'll be there with the Mrs. for a few days visiting with the Boccemon Clan and seeing the Pacific Northwest up close and personal.

I'll do a short talk and a book signing and we are looking forward to the trip with great anticipation. Hope to see you there.

Locally, our bocce gang is eagerly anticipating a new bocce home with four international sized courts of our own. We still 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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Louisville's Gotcha Bocce...

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

Bellingham Bay Bocce Tourney

I'm headed there next week! I hope you will come by and say hello. I'll do a short talk and a book signing. Come on down! Better yet, play in the charity event. Meet the Boccemon, master of oyster shell bocce courts.

I'm excited to meet the Boccemon Clan and to see the Pacific Northwest up close and personal!

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

I hope I'll be able to get a newsletter out next week. If not, I should have some good pictures for the following week.

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Special Olympics South Carolina presents:

VENI, VIDI, VICI BOCCE...

Benefiting SO South Carolina on April 21, 2012

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More SOUTH CAROLINA BOCCE...

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Mike Grasser writes...

"This is the facility in middle eastern Ohio were I built four 86 X 12 raffa courts. Owner is now building a 9,000 square foot shelter over the top of courts. Hope you can post this tournament, it should be very good."

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

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Mark DiAngelo sends news of a tournament in Delaware...

7th Annual St. Anthony's Open Bocce Tournament

July 14 & 15, 2012

New Castle, Delaware

First Place = $3000, 2nd Place $1800, paying 6 places. Contact Joe DiAngelo at 302-328-5384 or 302-545-2057. Click http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/St_Anthony.pdf

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Kevin asks...

"Can you please add the Bocce Classic XVIII on July 20-22, 2012?"

Bella Villa Hall
2625 County Line Rd.
Kettering, Ohio 45430
http://www.bocceclassic.com
Contact 937-475-0357

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Bocce Bash to Benefit Special Olympics South Carolina

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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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Jack Aquila sends news of a Frenchtown, New Jersey tournament sponsored by Kingwood Park and Recreation.

Sunday, June 3, 2012 - http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/BocceTournament.pdf More info at http://www.kingwoodtownship.com

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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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Sylvan Lake, Michigan...

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

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

Photos of the week
This week's photos were first posted back in 2004. They were sent by Michael Grasser and show off courts at the Caccialanza Bocce Club in Milano, Italy and the Settignano Bocce Club in Atina, Italy.

Please follow Mike's lead and send photos from your bocce travels.

Click for this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
Bocce Court Maintenance Tools

I’ve seen all kinds of home-made court maintenance brushes and scrapers. Two things have always struck me about them. 1 – they look like they are home-made and 2 – they tend to be HEAVY.

7' Drag Brush

Manufactured by Lee Tennis (makers of the Har-Tru surface material), this court maintenance tool created for tennis courts works exceptionally well for bocce courts. The 7-foot drag brush is light-weight and, even if you have a 13- or 14-foot wide court, you can smooth it over with just two passes. This is quick enough to do between games without keeping players waiting very long.

Bristles are 4 ½ inches of synthetic fibers and the strong but light-weight frame is aluminum. Retails for $189.95 plus shipping.

Lute/scarifier

This strangely named 30” wide device is actually two implements in one. It is an all-aluminum combination tool for scarifying, leveling, and removing loose court material.

Strong and sturdy, the tool is light enough to handle with ease and is excellent for spreading new material during top-dressing. The concave shape of the 30” wide blade allows the tool to “float” along the surface without digging in. Use the serrated edge to scrape material from high spots, then flip the tool over to rake and smooth that spot and drag the loose material to fill in a lower point. Retails for $69.95 plus shipping.

Besides a heavy roller, the lute/scarifier and 7-foot drag brush should be all the maintenance tools a bocce court owner needs.

Click to go to merchandise order...then scroll down to bottom of page.

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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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 21, 2012 - New York - Mt. Vernon / Yonkers Bocce Club's Dino Vitti Memorial Tournament. Four players 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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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 12 & 13, 2012 - California - Chico. Sign up NOW for the first 2 day Bocce Tournament ever in Chico. Space is limited to 24 teams of four players. Double elimination on Saturday will determine who goes to the championships on Sunday, May 13th.

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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 3, 2012 - New Jersey - Frenchtown. Kingwood Park. Contact Jack Aquila via email - JAquila@comcast.net or click http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/BocceTournament.pdf

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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 29 - July 1, 2012 - Ohio - Lisbon. Four person OPEN Rules double elimination tourney. Contact Nick Gentile @ 330-750-0701 or click http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/Lisbon_Ohio.pdf

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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 14 & 15, 2012 - Delaware - New Castle. OPEN - four players. 7th Annual St. Anthony's Tourney. 1st place = $3000, 2nd = $1800. Contact Joe DiAngelo @ 302-328-5384 or 302-545-2057. Click for pdf http://www.JoyofBocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/St_Anthony.pdf .

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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 20 - 22, 2012 - Ohio - Kettering. The Bocce Classic. Contact bocceclassic@yahoo.com or 937-475-0357. http://www.bocceclassic.com

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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 6, 2012 - California - IACC South City. VOLO - 2 PLAYERS. Contact Ale Bettucchi @ 650-697-7702.

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October 13, 2012 - California - IBS Sutter Creek. OPEN 3 MEN 1 WOMAN PLAYER. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.

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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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October 20, 2012 - california - IAC Stockton - OPEN 2 MEN 2 WOMEN PLAYERS. Contact Albert Leonardi @ 209-951-6787.

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October 27, 2012 - California - Marin San Rafeal - OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact Diane Pelligrini @ 415-485-5583.

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November 3, 2012 - California - Campo of Los Gatos - RAFFA 2 PLAYERS. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074.

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