The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. XI, Issue 15 - April 23, 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 #15 - April 23, 2012
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2012
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello bocce readers,

I'm back from my visit to the Pacific Northwest and our Boccemon Team took a 4th place finish (in a 32-team field) in the 10th Annual Bellingham Bay Charity Bocce Tourney.

Tom Boccemon McNutt was a great host and we spent five terrific days, all of which were excellent adventures. I've posted some photos which try to capture the flavor of the event - hope you will like them.

Locally, our bocce gang will begin our informal outdoor bocce season in a week or so. Yes, we are still eagerly awaiting the construction crew to break ground for our new Sons of Italy which will house four international bocce courts. Can't wait!

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

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Palazzo di Bocce's 2005 World Championship Tourney...

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

Pete Di Turi writes...

"I have placed 3 recordings from today's action on-demand at http://www.livestream.com/pugetsoundbocce . They are listed below the viewer in thumbnails as April 2012 Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament and should be played in the order (1,2,3) listed. They are raw and unedited, and I sound very frustrated at the loss of the channel at times, so it's not what I'd call my best work. But it's available on-demand and on-stream as well."

{Peter's work is always above standard and you will enjoy his comments and enthusiastic commentary.}

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Former Special Olympics Technical Delegate Marie Bedard informs us...

"Just want to let you know that the 2014 Special Olympics National Games will be in NJ in 2014. I will not be Technical Delegate, at that time I will be 74 and I feel it's time for younger people, so I will just be an adviser for the new TD. It's time to move on and enjoy my cruise time and travel for fun."

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Guy De Santis writes about his recent tourney action...

"I thank everyone on behalf of the Vitti family and the Mount Vernon Bocce Club for a very successful fundraiser tournament.

Our goal was to raise $1,000 for the Leukemia Society. With all of your help and participation we raised close to $3,000. (after all expenses).

The turnout and support was above our expectations, having everyone come together for such a special occasion says how people really miss Dino and took time from their personal life in order to attend the event. Dino was a great advocate in trying to get the younger generation to play the sport he loved most. I'm sure that the large presence of the young made him smile all day.
I personally thank you all."

{Sounds like Dino was quite the influence on the Mt. Vernon bocce scene. Good for the gang to honor him in such a meaningful way!}

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David Raab says...

"We are in North Carolina. How do we get this to be a National Senior Games Event?"

{A great question. Certainly, if there's any sport that ought to be a national senior game, Bocce fits the bill. We've tried mailing to the "Powers That Be" to no avail so far. If anyone has any ideas, please let us know.}

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More on last week's A Common Problem...

Last week we wrote about not always having an appropriate award for a bocce tourney. Well, Tom McNutt ordered some nifty bocce medals from an outfit called Veneto Sport Awards from Jackson, New Jersey. Check the web site out here http://www.venetosportawards.com .

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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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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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Setting up a bocce ladder to rank players...

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

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

Photos of the week
This week's photos were taken by yours truly while vacationing in the Pacific Northwest. My wife and I visited with the Boccemon Clan and had a fabulous time. I've posted some photos that try to capture the flavor of the Bellingham Bay Tournament as well as the rest of our trip. I hope you will enjoy them.

Tom McNutt is to be congratulated for 10 years of tireless work benefitting a wonderful charity. That's him in the photo right collecting a well deserved award from the Dispute Resolution Center director. Check out the pics.

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}

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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 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 @ 831-521-5092.

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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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June 30, 2012 - New Hampshire - Salem. 4th Annual Taylor Farms Bocce Tournament. OPEN Rules - four-player teams. Contact Ralph @ RBagarella@comcast.net .

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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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November 10, 2012 - California - Waterloo - Stockton. OPEN 4 PLAYERS. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.

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