The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 14 - April 11, 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 #14 - April 11, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

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Hello bocce friends,

Still struggling with the salem. NH zoning board and our bocce venue - should know in a couple weeks if we are approved at half the size, or we are back to "square one". Please send some good news (and photos) about bocce in your area. Our bocce posse could sure use it.

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.


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Readers' Feedback
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Tournament Director Bob Whitlow sends a Press Release...


Southern Illinois Networking Association, (SINA) bocce team was crowned the 2005 Old King Coal - J and S Professional Pharmacy Bocce Champions at the Bocce USA indoor courts located in the Factory Stores of America Outlet Shopping Center in West Frankfort.

SINA battled second place finishers Rich Appliances of West Frankfort to win the match nine to six. In the first few frames of the event that took place on the Starr Realty Court, both teams traded points. With the score in SINA's favor seven to six, and one point already close to the pollina, Don Gunter used the old-fashioned bump and stick bocce shot to knock his opponents' point out of contention and stick his ball next to the pollina for the winning point and tournament championship for the SINA team. In receiving his Championship Team plaque, Gunter commented, “Winning this Old King Coal -J and S Professional Pharmacy tournament and personal plaque is a once in a lifetime feat for me”.

{Pictured L to R = Tournament Director Bob Whitlow, Rusty Kee of Christopher, Donald Gunter of Benton, Mario Allois, Mike Sanders and Old King Coal committee member Sharon Ossig all of West Frankfort.}


Dave Belfiore of Canonsburg, PA asks...

"Anything special to prepare my court after the rough winter months? My top layer is limestone and its pretty bumpy right now. I just tried to roll it, it could take a while."

{I don't do anything special on my court except wait until the surface dries out enough to do a little pre-season maintenance - remove leaves and debris, rake and roll.

This season I have a new obstacle - moss around the edges of my Har-Tru court. Pat Hannsen of Lee Tennis gave me this high-tech remedy - Ultra Dawn Dishwashing detergent - 3 oz. to the gallon. Will let you know how it works.}


Thunder is Just Angels Playing Bocce

A recent email..."I have to sell out the remaining inventory of my Thunder is Just Angels Playing Bocce tee shirts, and close up shop. Unless someone comes along who wants to buy the licensing rights, these will be the last shirts ever available. My inventory includes: 3 small, 5 medium, 3 large, 3 XL, and 3 XXL."

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Bob Whitlow of Bocce USA gave a good answer to a recent post on the Yahoo Group Bocce Anonymous asking about quality bocce balls...

"Go to and purchase a 107 mm tournament set of the Perfetta brand. They are the Cadillac of balls. These are made in Berra, Italy just outside of Bologna and are the best bocce set you can buy. Many manufacturers advertise balls made of Italian materials, etc. and but are actually made in China.

The Perfettas are the choice of champion bocce players. We use them at BOCCE USA ( and would consider no other brand. I have tried them all...and the Perfettas hold up the best. All balls weigh the same, 2 lbs and 2 ozs."

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Photos of the week
This week’s photos document our bocce group's experiment with 45 degree angle boards. We heard about the 45 degree boards being used in some areas and Mike Graser sent us a couple photos showing such play in Arizona. {Photos are of two 70' by 16' courts at the St. Francis Assisi Church/High School complex in Tucson, Arizona - compacted fine gravel playing surface.}

They not only use the angle boards, but a lot of bocce balls too! When the photos were taken, they were experimenting with 16 players and 32 balls in play.

The 45 degree angle boards are usually built right into the courts. But we just wanted to try it out for fun... so we got some make-shift angle boards that we could insert, then remove later.

We played at our friend Bill Hadley's home in Methuen, MA, a 12' by 64' stone dust court with swing boards at each end. We picked up a bunch of these 45 degree angles that the local high school used and was discarding. You’ll see that they are not cut exactly as we would want them - the facing piece doesn't go all the way across. It leaves a little flat spot that could stop the ball from caroming in the direction you intended.

We placed one in each of the court's four corners and played the backboards live just for this experiment. (To be in line with the way the game (open rules) is evolving today, we usually play the backboard dead – any ball which strikes the backboard without first touching a ball or the pallino is dead and removed from play). We tucked the angle boards in snugly, but the swing boards on this court are not easily removable, so we left them in place.

After a couple games we removed the angle boards, deciding that they made the game more like billiards than bocce. The swing boards slowed the path of the balls that hit the angle boards, preventing them from reaching their intended target. The experiment might have been better received if we could remove the swing boards - might try again at another court. Our initial findings = finesse and touch are more skillful than blasting and ricocheting. Playing the backboard dead requires more skill than keeping it live.

{Please REPLY with comments if you have experience with angle boards.}

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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
Complete Greens (I'm always on the look-out for new, helpful products for our readers)

Complete GreensTM offers over 50 quality ingredients that comprise a unique food supplement. Rich in a wide variety of exotic natural components that cannot be found on a supermarket shelf, Complete GreensTM helps nutritionally support diets that have been compromised by today's hurried lifestyles. Available in tablet form or great-tasting powder.

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Tournament update
{chronological order}

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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. 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 - 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.


Jun 11, 2005 - California - Martinez - Raffa – Singles Ranking, Men & Women. Contact Keith Tate @ 925-370-0633.


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 - "Norcal" (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 16, 2005 - St. Frances Cabrini - Open – 4 Players, ICF #191. Contact Vince Cusella @ 408-640-3543.


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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