The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 19 - May 16, 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 #19 - May 16, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

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Hello bocce aficionados,

Bocce weather is upon us even here in New England. Please make an effort to send us a couple photographs that we can reprint here. Bocce lovers enjoy nothing more than seeing how their sport is played in other parts of the country.

So, no matter how big or small, elaborate or simple, expensive or bargain-basement your bocce venue is, please share a few pictures with us.

If you participate in, or run a tournament, please make it a point to submit pictures.

From June 3 - June 8 I'll be in Pittsburgh for the Senior Olympics (playing softball with our age 55-59 Ken Waldie SSC team). While there I hope to find time to play some bocce with Joy of Bocce Weekly faithful Guy DiCarlo and his bocce crew. Yes, I'll have my digital camera!


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Readers' Feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

I knew someone from the United States Bocce Federation would clue us in on how international rules would handle last week's officiating error.

USBF president John Ross writes...

"I enjoyed the discussion about the misunderstanding on who held the point.

Red should have asked for a measurement before throwing the ball away. However, In international punto, raffa, volo rules (Article 13, par. e) the rule states: 'Should the referee make an error in assigning one or more points, all balls played after the erroneous assignment by the referee must be thrown again.'

In the spirit of preventive officiating which you endorse in the Joy of Bocce, the referee in this case should have allowed red to replay the ball that was thrown away."

{Very a correctable error in basketball - under certain conditions the referee can correct things like permitting a wrong player to attempt a free throw or attempting a free throw at the wrong basket, etc..

The preventive part would have been if the referee prevented the problem by getting the call right in the first place. We use preventive officiating in softball.
"Hey, where are you going with that illegal bat?"
Don't let the batter into the batter's box, because he is out if he enters the box with an illegal bat - better yet - check all bats before the game begins.

We use preventive officiating in bocce. "Hey, that's a red ball in your hand, you're playing green."

Back to the bocce ruling - seems to me the referee should just measure without being asked.

"Hey ref - who's in?"
"I'm not sure, let me check."

This one we call "common sense in officiating". However, once there are rules and interpretations in place, it's not up to the referee to disagree - just enforce what has been set down in the rules. Finally, there are three things officials in all sports strive for...

1 - a quick game (keep things moving)

2 - a game that is free of controversy

3 - a game where both teams have an equal chance to win}


Janet Novak, Senior Director of Special Olympics Maryland sends this...

"On June 18 & 19 Special Olympics Maryland will hold the 2005 Summer Games. Over 200 athletes and coaches will compete in one of our most popular sports, Bocce.

In an effort to help us recruit sport knowledgeable volunteers for the Bocce competition, please forward the names and contact information of any individuals in the Maryland (Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania or Washington, DC) area who may want to assist.

Please visit our website at to volunteer for upcoming events."

{Contact Janet at 410-789-6677 Ext: 111 or - I've done a lot of volunteer work for SO - you will enjoy the experience!}


Bryan Sanborn of Palazzo di Bocce writes...

"As I am sure you all know by now, Palazzo di Bocce is hosting the U.S. National Championships this June 18-25th.

Below are links that I encourage all of you to take a look at. The first is a letter from our owner, Tony Battaglia, followed by Advertising/Sales rates, a news release and schedule of events.

Please let me know if you are interested in being a sponsor, or placing an Ad in our Official U.S. Program!"

{Contact Bryan Sanborn, Palazzo di Bocce's Special Projects Manager @
or 248-371-9987 x13 work - 248-860-4380 cell}


Pete Rabito sent the following and others have asked variations of the same question...

"Can you point me to the ezine back issues that dicuss Raffa play as would be held at the US Nationals in June?"

{Review the international rules section on the Joy of Bocce web site or read/reread the chapter in the new edition of The Joy of Bocce Weekly. Both have lots of photos that illustrate international play.}

Photos of the week
Held over from last week - the cupboard is bare of photos...

This week’s photos were submitted by Joy of Bocce faithful reader Zio Riccardo (Richard Heisler) of Eureka, California. They show action in the recent Rhododendron Festival Bocce Tournament sponsored by the Sons of Italy in America Lodge 1274.

Zio Riccardo says...

"It’s not as if you need an excuse for a bocce tournament, but it captures the public imagination to link our favorite game to an annual event. So it is here on the North Coast. Rhodys do extremely well here in our mild and wet climate. The colors range from the purple wild type through pinks, whites and reds. Recently I saw yellow and orange rhodys for the first time. In Eureka, CA, the Rhododendron Week gives our Sons of Italy Lodge time for two of our major events. Those who survive our gut-busting Chicken and Polenta Dinner face up to a single elimination bocce tournament.

The weather gave us a long enough break to get the courts into good condition. May Day dawned sunny with light breezes. A dozen teams lined up for the 2005 edition of the Sons of Italy tournament at Redwood Fields in the Eureka Suburb of Cutten. The Whippets (Vince and Lynn Smith with Jan & Ron Ross) overcame the Fasullo Rollers (Evie and Jerry Colivas with Rosemary Fitzpatrick & Jim Phillips) in the finale.

Winners and losers alike had a fine old time with Italian food, wine and music in the Springtime sunshine.

Thanks to Gene Senestraro for ramrodding the event and to all those who helped and participated. Things look good for the summer ahead as the next day ground was broken for another court. More about that later."

{Heisler says that the two courts "were built about seven years ago with a base of clay and an oyster crushed/flour mix on the surface. They are nine feet by seventy-five feet."

Thanks for the excellent photos and description - please follow Zio Riccardo's lead and send photos from bocce in your neck of the woods.}

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Clubhawk Gold Measures

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It extends a couple feet farther than the Premier, has the same calipers for close measurements, and even has a belt clip.

Remember, we don't need a finely calibrated instrument that measures exactly how far balls are from the object ball...we just need to know which is closer to it. This nifty string device does the trick. You pull out enough string to reach the first ball you are measuring. If you have to pull more string from the housing to reach the other ball in contention...then it is farther away!

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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.


Lots of tournament action listed - please consider designating someone as "official event photographer" and directing that person to send snapshots for us to reproduce as photos of the week. Our readers love seeing bocce action from around the continent.


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 21, 2005 - New York - Seneca Falls - 95 Ovid St. - 4 player double elimination event - $400 per team entry - contact Natalie Scala @ 585-704-7080.


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 4, 2005 - Illinois - Highwood - Highwood Bocce Club - Rafa qualification tournament (Singles) - entry = $60.00 per person & includes lunch. Saturday play only. Rafa international rules. Contact Danny Passsaglia @ 630-257-2854.


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 23, 2005 - California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce - Raffa –3 Players, Sector Championship. Contact John Ross @ 408-354-0625.


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


July 30, 2005 - San Francisco - Aquatic Park - Volo – Doubles. Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-720-1147.


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 7, 2005 - California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce Raffa – Singles, Women’s Ranking. Contact Ben Musolf @(408) 395-7650.


August 13, 2005 - ABA Open Championships – 4 person Team - 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


August 20, 2005 - California - South San Francisco - Orange Ave. Mem. Park. Women’s Tournament - Open – 4 person team - MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-871-7732.


August 21, 2005 - California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce - Juanito Cuneo Memorial Tourney - Volo – 2 Players. Contact Marco Cuneo @ 415-713-5939.


August 21, 2005 - California - ABA Volo Championships (MUST HAVE ABA CARD) contact Traci Peters @ 916-456-7169.


August 27, 2005 - California - Crockett - ABA Singles Raffa Championship. Contact @ Dick Gomez 707-554-9916 or


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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