The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 19 - May 10, 2004 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   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 3, Issue #19 - May 10, 2004
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2004


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Joy of Bocce 2nd edition

The new edition will have lots of new information and photographs. I intend to use some of the photographs that readers have submitted for our Photos of the Week feature. Please let me know if you have sent me photos and DON'T want them included in the upcoming book.

If you send photos in the future (please do), be advised that I will consider them for inclusion in this second edition, unless you tell me otherwise. Be assured that I will give credit to the photographer whenever possible.

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Readers' feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Bill Fletcher writes…

"I live at The Villages Golf & Country Club in San Jose and I see that our relatively new Bocce courts are shown in your Vol. 11, issue 3 Jan 20, 2003, which I turned up on your web site. Our 'Founder', Carmen Grande, has taken a well-earned rest from our Bocce board, and we have a new Board President, Annelies Henis. I am the "Courts Manager", responsible for rules, etiquette, equipment, etc. (We are all unpaid residents of course!). We have a Friday-at-Five Bocce Bash Fun Night which entails programming 16 players on the two courts for 30 minute games. The players sign themselves in, as they arrive, on a specially-designed program board. We now have 500 members and lots of new ideas for our facility.

I am wondering why the "Weekly Ezine" that I found in your web site is dated Jan. 20, 2003. Have you discontinued them?

{Alas! I am way behind in the archiving process – hope to get to that task in the very near future.}

Also, I am very interested in your efforts to standardize the Bocce Rules. I told you about our enthusiastic group of players who come out for our "Friday-at-Five Bocce Bash", I program about 60 players, as they arrive at random, into groups of 8 per court using a specially designed play board. Each player checks him/her-self in for a 30 minute game (between food and drinks of course!) by signing their name and pulling off the adhesive label next to their name. They stick this adhesive label on their chest to remind them. The label is a clever idea of ours. It shows the "Time of Play"; the "Court #1 or #2"; the End they should be at ie."Clock End" or "Street End", and the "Color of the Team's Bocce Balls; Red or Green". Nobody gets confused when 16 players change at each half-hour. (A microphone helps!)"

{Sounds like a well organized and enjoyable operation - send photos please}


Bocce Bob Whitlow of BOCCE USA (West Frankfort, Illinois)…

“Things really went well for Bocce USA this past winter. We really progressed. West Frankfort is a small coal mining town. I look for probably 12 teams for the fall indoor league as we get new players coming out nearly every week.

A few weeks ago we had our Bocce USA awards/fun night. Teams and individual players were presented with various awards. I am going to send you a pic of the league champions and a snapshot of the male a and female BOCCE USA Players of the Year.

Thanks for all the ink...We had a Rotary Tournament today at Herrin, and the Joy of Bocce newsletter with the West Frankfort article was the talk of the day.”


Connie Fisher, Exec. Director of the Hilton Head Island Chapter of UNICO asks…

“How do I go about getting information about our upcoming annual bocce tournament in your e-zine?”

{Just email or, or snail mail (P.O. Box 608, Methuen, MA 01844) the details – no charge – you send it, I list it.}


Remember the talk of a movie with a bocce backdrop called The Tournament that was supposed to be filmed in Rhode Island? Well, a reader forwarded this interesting email recently…

”Open Casting Call for Independent Film

Eugene Celico is holding an open call for his film "The Tournament" - a love story about a father and son and the game of bocce. The call will be held on Saturday, May 1st in the 3rd floor Terrace Room of the Westerly Library in Westerly, Rhode Island, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Please bring headshots and resumes. Shooting will begin in June. They are looking for a variety of performers, including performers to portray the following Italian-American characters: three men in their 60s and 70s; a male in his late 30s; three 14 year old boys; a male in his twenties; and a woman in her 50s. Please contact Lorraine Pouliot at Free Verse Productions with any questions at 401-596-8816. “

{Looks like the film will become a reality – I wonder if they need a bocce “technical expert” to help with the authenticity of the bocce scenes – I know someone who would be perfect for that.}


Simon Church of Albany, CA asks…

“I have a potential customer whose nephew is handicapped and he is interested in purchasing the ramp and headgear, mentioned in the article below.

Any ideas where I might be able to locate these items?”

{An excerpt of the article written by Tribune staff reporter Ted Gregory (Illinois) about University of Illinois student Sam Williams...}

"Players direct an assistant to grab a narrow ramp, place it next to the wheelchair and raise or lower it, then slide the lower end of it into the position the athlete prefers. When the direction and slope of the ramp are set as a player wants, he or she uses a long, thin metal arm on headgear to release a leather ball the size of a small grapefruit onto the court. The object is to roll the ball closest to the white jack ball. Points are scored based on the number of balls closest to the jack ball."

{Can any reader help with this request? I often hear of this apparatus, but have not come across it in my bocce travels. Please REPLY if you can help.}

Visit Simon Church's web site -

Photos of the week
This week’s photos come courtesy of regular contributor and big time bocce promoter Tom McNutt. Boccemon sends pictures of an event he coordinated for Microsoft Corporation as well as his Bellingham Bay (WA) Bocce Tournament held in an indoor complex.

Please follow the Boccemon's lead and send photos and details of bocce in your neck of the woods.

McNutt's play by play...

"On April 17th, 2004 Tom “Boccemon” and his wife Erin McNutt put on the largest one-day bocce tournament ever held in the State of Washington (including thirty-two, four-person teams - folks, ages 11 to 87 - men, women and children).

My business is installing oyster, and/or synthetic, bocce courts. As a stay-at-home dad I’ve had no money for advertising, relying on the website (, and word-of-mouth to promote. Our Wednesday night group has grown quickly and Boccemon started sending teams to a few local tournaments to meet the “real bocce players”.

In April of 2003 we put on the first Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament. We had hoped for 50 teams and sent invitations to clubs, from Canada to Oregon, representing 140 teams. On event day I had registered 16 teams and picked up 16 additional people to form 4 more teams (they were motivated by the fact that I was willing to pay their $80 team registration). It was a fun, albeit disorganized event.

I built another court and more people started playing. People who had been driving 30 or more miles started groups playing closer to home.

Last June I received a call from the primary event planner used by Microsoft Corporation. We were asked to set up some staffed, portable courts and teach folks how to play. After arriving at Microsoft we realized the event was set up on Field Turf fields (not made for putting holes in). I had to invent a fast solution for court set up. Down the street was a Home Depot, so I grabbed some “pier blocks” and pushed the stakes upward, into the hole in the bottom of the block, and let the block’s weight hold the stakes in place.

This year my wife and I determined that if we couldn’t make great sums of money building bocce courts, the least we could do is earn it for others. The second Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament set out to raise funds for local non-profit charities. Eighty % of the businesses I approached contributed cash or merchandise. The local Wal-Mart gave Big Brothers Big Sisters $1000 as a post tournament sponsor. In 2003 we had 20 teams and 75% were from outside our county. This year we gathered 32 teams and 90 percent were from Whatcom County. We donated portable courts and scoring devices to all our county senior centers to help them promote their own programs. Donations were also made to the Sportsplex facility to help them start a winter bocce program.

The tournament we held is reproducible in any city in the United States that has an indoor soccer facility. As one can see from my photos the courts are simple to set up and by using the pier blocks to hold the court corners, they can be set up almost anywhere. The Skorstiks were a hit for spectators and players alike. People commented, “This looks so easy to set up“. We set up 10 perimeter style courts from Backyard Bocce Inc., using 4 volunteers who had never seen the courts before, in approximately 40 minutes. Two of the courts were set up for practice or instruction. Last year we hauled 6”x6”x20’ timbers around to create the courts. It took us hours!

Bellingham Washington is turning out to be a hotspot for bocce."

View this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
Boccemon Tom McNutt is at it again. This time he has created a bocce court kit that includes the basic materials (sideboards and top dressing) that can be shipped to your door so that you, or the contractor of your choice, can build an oyster shell court in your own backyard.

Boccemon Court Kits

Here is the concept in McNutt’s own words…

“People from around the country, and as far away as Malta, have inquired about how to overhaul their bocce court surfaces. Folks have heard about oyster shell being used in court construction and want to know the benefits. Next, they want to know how to ship it to places like Oyster Bay, New York or Merritt Island, Florida. It is not cost effective for our clients to fly us about the country to build or renovate bocce courts.

Boccemon’s solution is simple. We reproduced our court surface formula in “kit” form. This allows local contractors or “do-it -yourselfers” to install quality oyster courts, with predominately local materials, for the cost of a “common” clay or stone dust court. Boccemon’s “Rain Country” Blend is specially formulated to drain quickly and play fast. While initial maintenance is frequent (every 5 to 10 games), our courts harden over time, reducing grooming to every 40 to 50 games, depending on style and level of play. Whether you play Bocce or Pétanque – you’ll love this surface.

Consider having a bocce court installed at your home this week - delivered to your door.

Our kits are made for people who want the best without having to pay top dollar. By providing our customers with a kit, we allow them to control expenses. Every court is different due to the personal touches various builders add, and which accessories owners are looking for.

A basic court arrives on three skids. One is the partially assembled wooden perimeters. The other two are ready to install Boccemon “Rain Country” Blend court surface material.

Pallet #1 - The Side Rails
Boccemon has developed a great system for quick installation with maximum performance. Customers can choose from 10’ or 12’ widths, and 60’ or 76’ lengths. Anything else is “custom”, which we are happy to provide! Our courts are capped with 2”x 5” non treated lumber ready for application of stain or paint to client’s desired color scheme.

Pallets #2, #3, or more - Boccemon “Rain Country” Blend
We use sturdy bulk bags for packing a ton of
Boccemon’s secret formula for transport. Two tons will supply enough topping for approximately 1” of coverage on a 10’ x 60’ court.

Customers experience significant savings by using local, trusted contractors to do the installations. However, we believe that, with guidance, most people with basic trade skills can assemble their own.

Can be installed anywhere trucks deliver bulk freight.

Shipped with video instructions so that local contractors can do the installations.

Makes bocce courts more affordable to more people.

Takes three people less than three days to build a court once the site has been leveled.

Check out my GIF slide show of the last one we installed. It is on my Court Installation page and shows the entire process.”

Contact Boccemon Tom McNutt at 360-224-2909 or for more details or to order.

Click to view boccemon's site - you have to promise to come back!

Non bocce product of the week
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Increasing the secretion of HGH helps the body to produce insulin-like growth factors (IGF) that provide a multitude of benefits that can return your metabolism to a more youthful state and help optimize your health.

Learn more about Prime Blends...

Tournament update
{chronological order}

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.

May 15, 2004 - Ken Waldie SSC, Inc. Tournament. Lawrence, Massachusetts. Four-player teams, 12' by 72' foot AstroTurf courts. Contact Mario Pagnoni at

May 15, 2004 - Debbie Gerow Memorial Bocce Tournament - The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Fundraiser - Open – 4 person team - Martinez Bocce FederationWaterfront Park Martinez, CA - contact Lydia Romo @ 925-754-4890 or Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169.

May 15-16, 2004 - Dempsey Cianfrocco Memorial Co-ed Doubles - Toccolana Club, Rome, NY - contact Walt Semeniak 315-793-3070

May 22, 2004 - Pittsburg Bocce Federation - Buchanan Park, Pittsburg, CA - Open – 4 person team - contact Manny and Lydia Romo 925-754-4890.

May 24, 2004 - international invitational tournament - looking for teams from the US. Contact Bruce Fuller, proprietor of d'Asolo Vineyards of Oliver, B.C. Canada (Wine Capital of Canada) at

May 28 to June 5, 2004 – United States Championships, Stockton, CA. Contact Ron Jacobs (209) 957-1223, or David Canclini (209) 957-3314,

June 5, 2004 - Antioch Bocce Federation - Chichibu Park Antioch, CA - Open – 4 person team - contact Karen King @ 925-778-1946.

June 9, 2004 - Detroit Lions Coach “Mariucci’s Celebrity Bocce Ball Tournament” at Palazzo di Bocce - see

June 12-13, 2004 - Northeast States / Canada Classic ($100 entry fee) Mens Doubles - Toccolana Club - contact Walt Semeniak 315-793-3070.

June 19, 2004 - Fairfield Bocce Federation, 1200 Civic Center Dr., Fairfield, CA - Women’s Open Tournament – 4 person team - contact Frank Rossi @ 707-425-2621.

June 25-27, 2004 - American Legion - Farrell, PA
four players - Bob Churko Memorial - contact 724-342-7112.

July 9-11, 2004, Bocce Classic X, Dayton, Ohio. Contact Dick Bloom @ 937-439-7936 or email:

July 10, 2004, Northern California Bocce Championships, Martinez Bocce Federation (Waterfront Park facility housing 15 permanent courts). Open rules. Contact Keith Tate 925-370-0633 or e-mail:

July 10-11 World Series Warm-up - Men 4 player & Woman 4 player - Toccolana Club - contact Walt Semeniak 315-793-3070.

July 17, 2004 - John Magnetti Mem. Open Tournament - 4 person team - Fairfield Bocce Federation - 1200 Civic Center Dr., Fairfield, CA - contact Frank Rossi @ 707-425-2621.

July 23-25, 2004 - Italian Home - Farrell, PA - four players - contact 724-346-6931.

July 24, 2004 - 2nd Annual Lakefront Bocce Tournament
- Benefits Special Olympics WisconsinMcKinley Park
Milwaukee, WI - 64 four-person teams - $100 entry fee -
Contact Christopher Pfeiffer at 262-797-0320 or

July 31 - Aug 1, 2004 - MVR Club - Youngstown, OH
four players - contact 330-746-7067.

August 7, 2004 - ABA Senior Championships - Open – 4 person team - Must be over 55 - City of Danville - Sycamore Valley Park - MUST HAVE ABA CARD – Contact Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169.

August 13-15, 2004 - American Legion - Farrell, PA
two players - contact 724-342-7112.

August 14, 2004 - ABA Open Championships Open – 4 person teams - Martinez Bocce Federation - Waterfront Park, Martinez, CA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD - contact Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169.

Aug 14-15, 2004 - Paul Vitagliano Memorial Men's 4 player & Women's 4 player - Toccolana Club - contact Walt Semeniak 315-793-3070.

August 21, 2004 - Women’s Tournament - Open – 4 person team - So. SF IACC Orange Ave. Mem. Park South San Francisco, CA - contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-871-7732.

August 22, 2004 - ABA Volo Championships – 3 person team - So. SF IACC Orange Ave. - Mem. Park, South San Francisco, CA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD - contact Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169.

October 9 - 11, 2004 - North American Bocce Championship, Montreal. Contact Mike Conti @ 847-692-6223 or

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