The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. III, Issue 21 - May 24, 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 #21 - May 24, 2004
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2004


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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}

Tom Byrnes of Longmont, CO sends a photo of his 8' X 50' court which he says is “...small because of diminished eyesight and land constraints. The material is garden dirt (some sand) and clay. I brush and roll the court but will not allow Volo shots because they are too destructive. “

{Photo to the right is of the diminutive, but nicely manicured court. Whatever size court fits your backyard and your pocketbook is fine. This looks like a very inviting court to play on.}


Allan Rudnick asks…

“My wife and I are going to be vacationing in Laguna Beach, California. Can you send me info re any places to play Bocce near there?”

{Can any left coast readers respond?}


Ron Vierra of San Jose, CA asks…

“Can you tell me if there is a store in the south San Francisco Bay Area that sells Professional quality Bocce Ball sets.”

{I don’t know about brick and mortar businesses in that area, but there are on-line outfits like Playaboule ( and others that retail the highest quality Perfetta bocce sets.

Bocce court builder and landscape architect Michael Grasser (Michigan) tells me that he will soon be offering top quality Cast sets (made in Italy) for sale on his new web site. Stay tuned for details.}


Good news from Bede Kortegast at Playaboule (Seattle, WA)…

“We are getting back into stock the Perfetta Club sets with the nylon bag. Perfetta wanted to only ship the plastic case but we have convinced them otherwise just for the USA market."

{Excellent! – that plastic case is ok, but the bag is the way to go.}

Also from Bede...

"We now have in stock the new 40 mm 90 gm pallino mentioned in your e-zine. It’s red in color and at a discounted price."

{The heavier pallino is a for safety – less likely to become a dangerous projectile than its lighter counterpart.}

Heavy pallino at ...

Photos of the week
This week’s photos come courtesy of Tom Belluomini. They depict the six courts at the Italian American Citizens Club of South San Francisco, CA.

“This is just part of our facility which also includes a clubhouse and picnic tables in another area. We have over 400 members and most do play this great game of ours. We also have many players who compete in national tournaments and other tournaments around the USA.

We have six courts with two covered courts with lights included. This cost about $60,000 to put together. The City of South San Francisco shared the cost with us.

These are some pictures showing the facility and members getting ready to start a Tuesday morning coffee and donut league. Over 70 people signed up and many had to be turned away because of the lack of court space and time. The format being each team plays a team twice that morning and continues playing other teams until all teams have played each other. The top two teams with the most points scored during the season will determine a champion.

All courts have lights for night play. Our night league is also full to capacity. It's so good to see so many new and young players nowadays on the courts. Many of them are playing good enough to compete with some of the old time veterans.

If you are ever in our area visiting the City by the Bay call me and we will make sure you get to play with us. That invitation is also open to the rest of your "Joy of Bocce" readers."

Our Bocce chairman is Rudy Bertolozzi. Our American Bocce Association Representative is Alvaro Bettucchi.

The courts are located in Orange Park, South San Francisco, CA.

Keep up the Great Work you are doing.”

{Thanks for the pics and the invitation – I’ll take you up on it, and I think many readers will too!}

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
Motives customized cosmetics – everything from lipsticks to eye shadow to mascara to just about anything you might desire to enhance your natural good looks.Discover choice, innovation and a customized look in the world of Motives cosmetics. Motives hypoallergenic and noncomedogenic cosmetics offer you cutting-edge style, vivid color and a wide variety of attractive makeup choices.

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Tournament update
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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 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,

May 29-30, 2004 - Festa Italia Single Elimination Lawn Tournament. Free. 15 yrs &up - Sat. - Doubles (Mixed). Sun. - Singles. Register by 1pm. Play 1:30 pm - finish. McKee Park, Fitchburg, WI. Contact Raul De Luna @ (608)251-2885(H) -

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 Wisconsin - McKinley Park - Milwaukee, WI - 64 four-person teams - $100 entry fee - Contact Chis Pfeiffer @ 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.

August 28, 2004 – ABA Raffa Championships - Concord Bocce Federation
Newhall Park - Concord, 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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