The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 13 - April 4, 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 #13 - April 4, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

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Hello again bocce friends,

I love bringing you good news from the world of sports...but things have been going less than well recently. We've had to propose a 50% reduction in the size of our bocce venue to the zoning board.

I'm afraid we went off "half cocked" when we built it 30' wide by 208' long. Naturally, our joy now is only "half hearted." Although many have said that our crew consisted of "half-wits," no one has labeled the workmanship 'half-arsed."

In the final analysis, "half a loaf is better than none", and if our new plan is approved, our glass will certainly be "half full".

Also, we had to cancel our Ken Waldie Senior 3-on-3 basketball tournament because of a new insurance restriction on renting the high school's field house. Our group has been unable to get liability insurance since the insuring outfit doesn't list bocce as an approved, covered sport. How dumb is that? They'll insure 50-, 60-, 70-year-olds playing basketball and softball, but not bocce!

Better news next week, he said hopefully...

We are still working on fund-raising for our non-profit group's trip to Pittsburgh for the Senior Olympics in June. We hope to send a team of 12 softball players (age 55 - 59) to compete and to honor our late friend Ken Waldie (a victim of 9/11/01). Pittsburgh was his original home town and we think it appropriate that we participate (and meet his mom who still lives there).

Click to learn more about our late friend Ken Waldie, a naval academy grad and one of the finest human beings I ever had the good fortune to know. There's a place to make a contribution to our 501 C-4 organization if you so desire.


2nd edition news...

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Readers' Feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Bocce Bob Whitlow of Bocce USA sends the photo to the right which he explains is "The winning roll for the 2005 Bocce USA championship..."

{Bocce USA is a not for profit indoor bocce playing and training facility located in the Factory Stores of America Shopping Center in West Frankfort, Illinois. West Frankfort is located in the heart of 'Little Egypt' along Interstate 57 approximately 60 miles north of the Kentucky border. Learn more at .}


Ellen Patterson comments on last week's photos of the week which she and husband Capt. Mike Patterson submitted. The photos included shots of Monte, a 6 month old Yorkshire Terrier who loves to play Bocce.

"I just wanted to compliment you on the fine job you did on our bocce ball court and beloved Monte....keep up the good work. We really enjoy playing the game and, as you can see, so does Monte. We live in Arrington, VA, not Arlington."

{Thanks for the great photos - they got me thinking of other canines who might be good players - like "pointers" or "setters"...maybe even "retrievers." Sorry about the mistake in the home town - I'm geographically challenged and ignorantly thought Arrington was a typo and changed it to Arlington.}


Carlos Muniz writes from Italia...

"I offer to you my collection of pennants of different Italian's Bocce Teams. You can view them at:

(64 pieces, all in excellent condition - a weight of around 4 kilos). Good for the decoration of your Office or Club with AUTHENTIC ITALIANS PENNANTS."


Special Olympics stalwart Marie J. Bedard gives us plenty of notice for the 2006 NATIONAL WORLD GAMES, AMES IOWA...

For anyone who wants to take part as a volunteer, official, etc., Marie suggests...

"Please make contact with your Program Sport Director. All USA Programs have received the application and will send it to you. Going through them, they will sign it and submit it to the North American programs.

Please work with you local Special Olympics office."


Have received several requests lately for bocce bags that hold just 4 balls, not a full set of 8. The only dealers that I know of who retail such bags are and Michael Grasser who can be reached at

Interested in other outdoor games other than bocce?

Photos of the week
This week’s photos come courtesy of Robert L. Agnelly of Harahan, LA. They show off The Bocce Club of Greater New Orleans.

According to Agnelly...

"The Bocce Club of Greater New Orleans, Inc. - dba Italian American Bocce Club is located at 2340 Severn Avenue, Metairie, Louisiana, 70123. We have been at this location since 1993.

We have three indoor courts with a surface made from commercial carpet. The size of the courts are 8'-6" wide and 70 ' long. The size of our courts were limited to the space we had available. Three courts limits our invitational tournaments to 15 teams, but is very adequate for our membership league play. Our clubhouse and courts are all air-conditioned. Our Club sponsors bocce leagues on a year round basis every Wednesday and Thursday evening. The Club is also open on Friday and Sunday evenings for Bocce and socializing. Our club also helps sponsor the Senior Olympics and Special Olympics.

We have not set a date forth New Orleans Invitational Tournament this year. We usually hold the New Orleans Invitational Tournament in the fall when it is cooler. The lure of New Orleans attracts teams from around the country to our invitational. Many of the same teams return each year. Maybe it is a combination of the competition and the food. Our banquet is usually held at a 5 star restaurant which is only a mile from our Club. Another asset for tournaments is the Holiday Inn that is located across the street from our Clubhouse. They usually give us special rates for our out of town guests.

For years we have been working to help build interest in Bocce throughout the Southeastern region of our country. Currently, the closest bocce clubs are located in Memphis, Tennessee and Cape Coral, Florida. In a perfect world, we would like to correspond with clubs within 200 miles of our club so that we can have more inter-club competition on a regular basis. Maybe that is something that we can achieve in the future."

{Please follow Robert's lead and send photos and info about bocce in your neck of the woods.}

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Rain Country Blend by

Here is a description of the oyster shell bocce surface distributed by Boccemon Tom McNutt in his own words...

"Our Rain Country Blend was created from sheer desire to have an outdoor oyster surface that drained while providing as much speed and as little bounce as possible. We had high expectations for the surface as it rains here almost as often as we like to play.

People who want an instant court surface probably shouldn't look to us. We build lasting quality in court surfaces that can take time to harden sufficiently. If you don't play on the court, it won't pack. If it doesn't pack you will never get the desired speed out of the surface. For best results, play on the surface often and keep it moist.

Occasionally, as the balls cause depressions in the court, you will need to sweep some of the fines around. This process is easier on oyster courts than any surface we know.

Boccemon's Rain Country Blend has the endorsement of the US Bocce Federation. We are the only folks in the country with a nationally marketed non-clay bocce surface. We have sold from Washington to California and from Delaware to New Jersey.

Part of owning a court is learning to maintain it. This is a joy for most players so long as the process is speedy and fairly effortless. Properly blended shells create as ideal a playing surface as any naturally occurring product when considering high speed / low bounce and reduced maintenance. Tony, at the Italian Cultural Center in Vancouver B.C. spends about 27 hours a week to keep their 4 indoor clay courts in top shape. I spend about 15 minutes each week during most of the year and play an average of 40 games/week. My court isn't as nearly perfect as those at the Italian Cultural Center, but I spend more time playing bocce than grooming the surface."

Click to order or to learn more about Boccemon's Rain Country Blend...

Non bocce product of the week
Softball season is fast approaching!

Softball: Fast & Slow Pitch (Masters Press, 1990) by Mario Pagnoni and Gerald Robinson

In print since 1990, I wrote this with my friend Gerry Robinson, now an athletic director in New Milford, Connecticut. I have been trying to analyze how this title could have such amazing "staying power" (more than 50,000 copies sold). I finally figured it out…it's just plain good, and the competition is mostly just plain bad. Some sports instruction books are written by big time college coaches who get a grad student to do the bulk of the work. The publisher slaps a “Spaulding Sports Library” or some such label on it, and the buying public thinks it MUST be good.

Very complete, our book includes chapters on hitting, throwing, fielding, baserunning, organizing a practice, team defense, offensive strategy, and coaching a youth league team. It even has appendices on fundraising for your team, scoring a game, and softball rules in plain English. It is ideal for the player who wants to hone his skills, the parent who wants to help a child improve, and the coach who wants to better organize practices. A bargain at $12.95 plus shipping.

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.


April 9, 2005 - California - Los Gatos - 4 Person Open USBF - contact Bill Schlaefer @ (408) 379-9409.


April 9, 2005 - Illinois - West Frankfort - J & S Professional Pharmacy/Old King Coal Indoor Bocce Tournament - contact Bob Whitlow at or 937-1668. Open to 16 teams.


April 10, 2005 - California - Waterloo, Stockton - Open - 4 Players Youth (8th grade or 12 years old or younger) - contact Annette De Pauli @ (209) 931-4594.


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


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


April 23, 2005 - California - East Portal, Sacramento - Open – 4 Players. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ (209) 296-6151.


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


April 30, 2005 - California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce - Raffa - Singles Ranking - Men - contact Ben Musolf @ (408) 395-7650.


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


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


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


May 14, 2005 - Florida - St. Augustine - Bocce at the Beach - Sponsored by the Sons of Italy, St. Augustine Lodge # 2780 to benefit Northeast Florida Community Hospice. Limited to 30 two-person teams. US Bocce Federation open rules. Contact Guy Tomasello @ 824-7043 or


May 21, 2005 - California - South San Francisco - Open -2 men/2 women - So. SF IACC - Orange Ave. Mem. Park - MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Rudy Bertolozzi @ 650-583-9936.


May 28, 2005 - California - Stockton - I.A.C. - Volo – Doubles (Men) contact Ron Jacobs @ (209) 957-1223. Raffa – Singles Ranking, (Women) contact JoAnn Jacobs @ (209) 957-1223.


June 5, 2005 - California - Sutter Creek - Open – 4 Players. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ (209) 296-6151.


June 18 - 25, 2005 - Michigan - Orion - U.S. National Bocce Championships – Palazzo di Bocce, 4291 S. Lapeer Rd, Orion, MI 48359. Contact Bryan Sanborn at 248-371-9987 x13 or


June 25, 2005 - California - Fairfield - Women’s Tournament - Open – 4 person team - Fairfield Bocce Federation, 1200 Civic Center Dr. Contact Richard Meccette @ 707-434-0190.


July 4, 2005 - California - Martinez - Fourth of July Tournament - Open – 2 person team. Martinez Bocce Federation - Waterfront Park. Contact Bill Kantana @ (925) 228-3635.


July 9, 2005 - California - Martinez - Open - "Norca"l (Northern California), 4 Players. Contact Ken Dothee @ 925-229-2157.


July 8-10, 2005 - Ohio - Dayton. 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 – California - Indio - World’s Largest indoor guaranteed purse in the history of bocce ($16,000) - Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino - Phone: 800-827-2946. Contact Phil Ferrari @ 800-652-6223 - Open Division and (Fun) Challenge Division.


July 15 - 17, 2005 - New York - Rome - World Series of Bocce. 4 person teams - open rules - contact Toccolana Club @ 315-339-3609.


July 16, 2005 - California - Fairfield - John Magnetti Mem. Tourn. Open – 4 person team - Fairfield Bocce Federation, 1200 Civic Center Dr. Contact Richard Meccette @ 707-434-0190.


July, 30, 2005 - Michigan - Sylvan Lake - Michigan State Bocce Championships. Open to Michigan residents only. Contact Mike Grasser @ 248-505-4744.


August 6, 2005 - ABA Senior Championships - Open – 4 person teams - Must be age 55 or over - TBA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Traci Peters @ 916-456-7169.


August 20, 2005 - Michigan - Palazzo di Bocce Open Tournament. Contact Bryan Sanborn at 248-371-9987 x13 or email


September 16 - 18 - Canada - Ontario - Windsor - Ciociaro Club - 3 person teams - $6,000.00 guaranteed first place.


September 18 - 25, 2005 - Michigan – Orion - World Bocce Championships – Palazzo di Bocce, 4291 S. Lapeer Rd, Orion, MI 48359. Contact Bryan Sanborn at 248-371-9987 x13 or

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