The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 1 - January 3, 2005 
•   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 4, Issue #1 - January 3, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844


BOCCE 2005 - this issue begins The Joy of Bocce Weekly's 4th year of publication!


Come visit us often at You will find bocce info, merchandise, links to other great bocce sites, and the best selling bocce instruction book in the USA.

The Joy of Bocce 2nd edition will help you improve your game (or at least entertain you). The 300-page book takes drill and instruction to the same level as that of basketball, baseball, and other sports. Besides that, it has the most complete and entertaining history of the game anywhere in print. It will fascinate and delight.

Also, you will learn strategies and styles of play for backyard lawn bocce as well as "official" court play. And we bring all the best bocce products from various distributors together in one chapter for your ease of evaluation.

You can learn to build your own court, set up a league or tourney, and enjoy the Best of The Joy of Bocce Weekly that you may have missed over the past two years. (Click the book cover image above right to order).


My copies of 2nd edition still being delayed....

The big snow storm in the mid west combined with the holiday shutdown has delayed my shipment even further. Hope to be able to offer autographed copies of the title by next issue. I'll make an initial special offer for subscribers and ship Priority Mail at no extra charge.

In the meantime, you can order the book directly from the publisher ( ). Also, you can order the electronic version at just $4.95 (you download it - no shipping charge).
Click on the cover image above to order.


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A word about ads: Like any entrepreneurial type, I'd love to turn a profit from something I really enjoy. For now, I have decided not to accept paid advertisements. If I pitch a product here, it is something I have examined and tested and deem it beneficial to our readers.


PLEASE – we are always looking for bocce photos and feedback from all over the USA. We want to connect bocce fans everywhere. You can email ( or snail mail (Mario Pagnoni, P.O. Box 608, Methuen, MA 01844) with any that you will grant permission for us to reprint.

What people are saying about The Joy of Bocce...

Readers' feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Bocce Bob Whitlow was kind enough to list The Joy of Bocce and Playaboule as his official tourney sponsors...

Writes Bob to me and to Bede Kortegast of Playaboule...

"I posted both your addresses ( and on the 'Friends Page' of my new BOCCE USA website.

This is the least I can do for you guys, as you both have been very supportive in helping me getting bocce revived here in Franklin County, Illinois. (West Frankfort).

We must be doing something correct as interest is picking up all the time.

During our tournament on the 8th of January, our two courts will carry your business names.

For some local exposure for you two worthy friends, also here is what's going to happen:

The north court will have signs signifying it is 'The Joy of Bocce' Court. The south court will have signs stating it is the 'Playaboule Court'.

You two will be my court sponsors for the 2005 Bocce USA Inner League Tournament."

(Thanks Bob - this is a nice tribute - wish I could get out there to see your event - please send photos)


Jim Vaughan of the Bargetto Winery who contributed to the history section of The Joy of Bocce 2nd Edition writes...

"I received three copies the other day....I really appreciate the space you gave me in the history chapter! My former editor is quite pleased to be mentioned and Bargetto Winery is planning on selling
the book in our retail shops. Who would we purchase these copies from?

{Thanks for your contribution to the book - I've had many requests to re-sell the book, and have been referring these to the publisher (Authorhouse). Unfortunately, this print-on-demand publishing works a little differently from what I am used to.

Only the author can purchase books at a discounted price, so I will be in touch with each prospective reseller and work out the arrangements - hope to get this squared away in the next couple of days. Anyone interested in reselling, pleae let me know ASAP, as the greater the volume we order, the bigger the discount.}


Dr. Joe DeFrank of Honolulu, Hawaii asks...

"...I am searching for a manufacturing firm than can produce tournament grade bocce balls with custom colors and embedded designs. At the University of Hawaii, we have developed a turf based form of traditional bocce that is played through a series of links, similar to a miniature golf course with real grass. We play a game called Hawaiian Rules Bocce where multilateral competition is preferred and occurs in a manner that incorporates elements of golf .

Individualized play is enhanced with unique 2-ball sets. I would like to find a company that can produce very brightly colored balls (helps with lighted nighttime play) embedded with Hawaiian petroglyph characters. Any help in identifying a vendor would be greatly appreciated. Also, I can send you a nice picture of our 5 link bocce course so you can get a better idea of how our game works."

{Yes, Yes, Yes...please give our readers more details on what your style of bocce involves...sounds fascinating - pictures are best. Also, Bob Parella of Epco (Massachusetts) is the only American bocce ball manufacturer I know of - contact =}


Lori Bailey of Delaware writes...

"I am the Director of Program Development at the Modern Maturity Center, a large senior center located in Dover Delaware.

There is the possibility that we will have the opportunity to partner with our city recreation department in the near future as they develop and build a large, two gymnasium, indoor rec facility within 1 mile of our center.

One of the programs I am interested in starting for our 50+ community is an indoor bocce program. Could you contact me with any guidance as to how we would set up courts on the gym floor without damaging the floor. These courts would have to be set up and removed on a daily basis as this will be a multi use facility. Have you dealt with anything such as what I'm describing in your experience?"

{Sounds like a great opportunity. If you are talking about playing on the existing surface by just framing off courts, we have done that. We used to compete on Astroturf in an old mill building where we had to set up and take down the courts each time we played.

We purchased 66 timbers that measured 6" by 6" by 8' and they were stored on pallets at the mill. We'd arrive early and lay the timbers down end-to-end, framing 4 courts there were about 12' by 72'. The only drawback was that the timbers are heavy and some of our older seniors or those with bad backs couldn't help set up and break down.

Perhaps you could find some kind of inter-locking heavy gauge plastic that would work better. We were looking into this just before we decided to build a permanent structure (4 courts enclosed in a huge greenhouse - see this week's photos of the week).

I had always visualized rectangular court boundaries suspended from the ceiling that could be mechanically lowered into place the way indoor batting cages are utilized in high school and college field idea worth considering. Keep us posted....Any readers want to weigh in on this? Please REPLY.}

Visit Delaware's Modern Maturity Center web site...

Photos of the week
I've left the last photos up for another week (Bowls and Boules in Spain & Portugal).

The cupboard is getting bare again. Please send pictures of bocce in your neck of the woods.

Shots of courts and players are better than those of winners posing with awards. Besides the general design of courts, readers are interested in dimensions, surface material used, scoreboards, ball racks and other amenities.

View this week's photos...

Bocce product of the week
Illuminations Bocce

Barbara and Bob Gross of BarbnBobenterprise were kind enough to send me a set of their new product called Illuminations. It is a “light up” bocce set that is a novel way to play nighttime bocce or daytime “glow in a dark room” bocce.

I often get requests for such a product from readers, and have examined a couple different light up bocce sets. This Illuminations set is far superior to any that I have seen and tested. It is more durable and much easier to operate. Light up balls have an on-off switch that is sometimes difficult to engage. Not so with this set. A simple clockwise turn with the thumbnail or coin and the balls start to blink on and off in a regular pattern. A similar counter-clockwise turn just as easily deactivates the lights. {Batteries are included and each set is tested by BarbnBobenterprise before shipping}

The set comes with 8 blinking 100 mm balls and a smaller flashing pallino. The balls are 2 each of red, blue, yellow and green. I always preferred 4 balls of one color and 4 of another to 2 each of 4 different colors, but this arrangement works out fine.

Playing on the carpet in my darkened basement turned out to be great fun. I found that the balls tend to roll in the direction of the on/off switch since the battery is there. If you hold the ball with the switch to the right and roll directly toward the pallino the ball will hook to the right. This is reminiscent of lawn bowls where the balls are “biased” and designed to curve to the target. You can hold the bias to the left and get the ball to curve in that direction. We found that if you hold the ball with the switch facing straight up, the balls roll pretty true. Anyway, it was great fun to hook shots in around obstacles like our cellar furniture.

The set comes with a very nice nylon, zippered carry case with foam cutouts where 8 balls and the pallino fit neatly. At $34.95 this makes for a very attractive gift.

From the promotional literature…

“All balls including the pallino light up using a durable water resistant thread in switch and a blinking LED light. The switch, batteries and LED are all internal. The included L1154 alkaline cell batteries are not only easy to replace, but can be purchased on line for as little as $7.95 for 50. Batteries may last up to 60 hours of game play.”

BarbnBobenterprise will have their brand new web site up and running shortly, but until then… to order… email . Or go to eBay and search “Light up bocce.”

{Like so many other bocce products, this one comes with lousy literature from the manufacturer. Too many dealers feel they need to include some bocce info with the product and rely on information or misinformation that has been circulating for decades. That’s why they state that “the official court is 12’ wide by 60’ long" and that the starting team gets three tries to legally place the pallino. My New Year’s resolution is to contact as many manufacturers as possible and try to impress upon them that our game have evolved and that their literature should reflect this.}

Visit Light Up Bocce at eBay

Non bocce product of the week
{Hey, bocce's great, but I'm always on the look-out for all kinds of good products for my readers}

The buzz word today in health and nutrition is ANTI-OXIDANT. Everyone seems to agree that we need to increase our consumption of antioxidant nutrients to improve our health and vitality. OPC-3 is an extremely powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation in the joints and has produced good results with the symptoms of arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, allergies, asthma, and a laundry list of illnesses making the product sound like a snake oil that's "good for anything that ails you."

This powerful substance composed of natural substances like extracts from grape seed, red wine, and pine bark, does two major things in the body - improves circulation and boosts immunity. The reason the product can impact so many health issues is because so many maladies can be traced to poor circulation and low immunity.

In addition, this product is in what is termed an "isotonic state." It is basically in the same composition as your body fluids. Therefore it need not be digested, but can pass directly into the small intestine and the blood stream. It is what nutritionists call bio-available, not like pills and tablets which are poorly assimilated by the body.

Click the link below to get more info...improve your health and maybe even your bocce game too!

Learn more...

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.


January 15-16, 2005 - Open Tourney – 4 person teams, A & B Divisions - Muckleshoot Casino, Auburn, WA - contact Salvatore Cascone @ 253-939-3502.


January 22, 2005 - USBF - Waterloo - 2 Men/2 Women - Contact Romano Lotti @ (209) 951-8256.


January 29, 2005 - United States first annual Pallino d'oro Singles Championships (International Rules). Male and female divisions. Must have or buy a U.S. Bocce Federation 2005 Membership Card before or at tournament. $100.00 per player. Will be played at Palazzo Di Bocce in Lake Orion, Michigan. Contact Danny Passaglia @ 312-226-4600, Mike Grasser @ 248-505-4744, or the Palazzo @ 248-371-9987.


February 5, 2005 - USBF - M. Albanese Tourney - Los Gatos, CA - contact Ben Musolf @


February 11 - 13, 2005 - Cape Coral World Series of Bocce - Veterans Park – 4140 Coronado Blvd Cape Coral, FL - 4 person teams - contact George Furlan @ 239-275-9968 or 239-542-7424 - Cell 239-229-2348.


February 12, 2005 - Open – 4 Person Teams - American Bocce Association Fundraiser - Antioch Indoor Bocce Courts - Antioch Fairgrounds, Antioch, CA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Gloria Taylor @ 510-787-2317.


February 19, 2005 - USBF - I. A. C. - 3 Person (One Woman) - contact Ron Jacobs @ (209)957-1223.


March 19, 2005 - USBF Waterloo - 2 Men/2 Women - contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.


April 9, 2005 -USBF - Los Gatos - 4 Person Open - contact Ben Musolf @


April 18-19, 2005 - Open – 4 Person Teams - Tahoe Biltmore - North Shore Lake Tahoe, CA - Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.


April 23, 2005 - Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament - hoping for 48 teams - using open rules. Will set up as many as 12 courts (Field Turf surface with Backyard Bocce’s perimeter courts). Contact


April 23, 2005 - Open -3 person teams - So. SF IACC, Orange Ave. Mem. Park, South San Francisco, CA. MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.


April 30, 2005 - April in Vallejo Open – 4 person Teams - Vallejo Bocce Federation, 333 Amador St. Vallejo, CA. Contact Dick Gomez @ 707-554-9916.


May 7, 2005 - Women’s Tournament - Open – 4 person teams - P.I.A.S.C. - San Mateo - Beresford Recreation Center, 28th Ave. & Alameda de la Pulgas - MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.


May 7, 2005 - Raffa – 3 person team - P.I.A.S.C. San Mateo, 100 “B” Street, San Mateo, CA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.


May 14, 2005 - Debbie Gerow Memorial Bocce Tournament - The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Fundraiser - Open – 4 person team - Martinez Bocce Federation, Waterfront Park, Martinez, CA - contact Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169


July 8-10, 2005 - Dayton, Ohio. The Bocce Classic XI tournament will field about 70 teams competing for over $7,000 in prize money and raising over $10,000 for local charities. For information check


July 14 – 16, 2005 – World’s Largest indoor guaranteed purse in the history of bocce ($16,000) - Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino - Indio, CA (near Palm Springs) Phone: 800-827-2946. Contact Phil Ferrari @ 800-652-6223 - Open Division and (Fun) Challenge Division.

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