The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. XI, Issue 7 - February 20, 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 #7 - February 20, 2012
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2012
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello bocce lovers wherever you are,

Two events on the horizon for us in the East. We're gearing up for the Massachusetts Senior Games Bocce tournament on March 31, 2012 in Methuen, Mass. If you are in the "neighborhood" I hope you will consider spending a day of spirited bocce, camaraderie, and good food with us. And Bragging Rights as Mass. State Champs are on the line! See details under Bocce news and Tourney update below.

The other event is the Providence Tourney in April. I hope many of you will pass along the info about the Rhode Island tourney. It is always difficult getting a program running in its first year and I hope we can get this one off the ground with your help. Calls and email are coming in every day. That's a good sign. Please forward the ezine and the pdf to any club, individual or league that you know of. Many thanks.

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}

SENIOR GAMES BOCCE ON TAP IN MARCH ON BOTH COASTS

We'll be hosting the Massachusetts Senior Games Bocce Tourney on March 31, 2012. Send an email to Mario@JoyofBocce.com if you'd like me to "snail mail" or email you a flyer.

We'll play in Methuen at the Sons of Italy Greenhouse on Merrimack St. which houses four 80' by 11' courts on carpet.

Don't forget - bragging rights for the state of Massachusetts are on the line!

On the West Coast the Senior Games are slated for March 11 - 17, 2012 at the Campo di Bocce of Livermore, California. They'll host an Open tourney for Men and Women and also a Doubles event for Men and another for Women.

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/SG2012.pdf

Click for schedule:

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/BASG.pdf

{We need to get Bocce considered a National Sport, one where you qualify in your state games one year and compete at the Nationals the following year. It seems like a no-brainer that, even though younger and younger players are taking up the sport, bocce fits the bill as a National Senior Game.}

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PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND TOURNEY

Teams are starting to trickel in to the Dunkin Donuts Center but I hope more will get motivated to sign up early to make this event successful.

No need to procrastinate - let's get your entry in and get the field set up for a great tourney in a great city.

Calls and emails are coming in from Florida, Mass., Conn., NY, Michigan, Montreal, Toronto, and others. Now we need to get the organizers to fill out the registration and get on board.

Click below for a pdf. And please forward to anyone you know who might be interested.

The Providence Tourney is set for April 28 & 29, 2012. This will be for four-player teams which can be made up of male, female, or co-ed teams.

For locals and those within driving distance, the entry fee is $200 per team or $50 per person. Kayla Beauvais is the Dunkin Donuts Event Coordinator and she has done a great job of securing great hotel rates for those traveling. She can be reached at 401-331-0700 ext 7126 or kbeauvais@dunkindonutscenter.com (or see pdf).

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/PVD_bocce_2012.pdf

On Friday, April 27th there will be a charity tournament for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Providence. Contact Kayla if you want to participate (and get a "leg up" on the competition). However, that event will run from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM followed by a dinner for the participants. I think that, if you came in on Friday we could probably arrange for you to play on the courts from say, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM or so. More details to follow.

There will be shuttles to a nearby casino throughout the day and we will get that info and more to you ASAP.

We could use the "snail mail" addresses of bocce clubs who might be interested in the event. Please shoot me an email if you can provide the info. Also, we need to get the word to the locals in the Providence area. Can anyone help with that? Please REPLY.

Can anyone help us get the word to the many Connecticut teams that would have a pretty short drive to the venue? Please REPLY.

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Uniform requirements for players participating in USBF
Punto, Raffa Volo National Championships from June 15 - 24 at The Alpine Club in Illinois.

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/Uniform_Standards.pdf

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Ernest Giarelli of the Highwood Bocce Courts
( http://www.highwoodbocce.com ) sends this...

"I just wanted to let you know that we have created a link to your website on our Links page. We are in the process of updating our site and thought it appropriate that we include you. If you would like to reciprocate, we would appreciate it and I have attached a graphic you may find useful. We very much enjoy your site and ezine and, of course, wish you future success in your efforts to help the sport!"

{Yes, Yes, Yes, the more links back and forth, the better! Visit http://www.highwoodbocce.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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Charles Apuan's home court in Las Cruces, New Mexico...

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

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

Photos of the week
This week's photos were submitted by Dawn Freed, Tournament Director and Bocce Manager for the Freeway Lanes Bowling Group (Wickliffe, Ohio).

Dawn says thanks to all who took part in Freeway's first bocce tournament. The courts were constructed by DaVinci Bocce's Michael Grasser. Dawn says...

"Here are some of the tournament pictures with the 1st and 2nd place winners!"

Members of the championship team were Brian Polantz, Sal Linni, Jason Wisniewski & Steve Trochim. They took home $2000 by beating out a twelve-team field.

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 $5.00 shipping and will be shipped US 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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February 25, 2012. California - IAC Stockton. RAFFA 2 MEN 1 WOMAN PLAYERS. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.

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March 11 - 17, 2012 - California - Campo di Bocce of Livermore. First California Senior Games Bocce Tourney. For more info contact http://www.bayareaseniorgames.org or Heather@campodibocce.com.
Click for a pdf file: http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/SG2012.pdf

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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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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 Conto @ 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 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 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 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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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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