The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 20 - May 30, 2005 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce News & 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 #20 - May 30, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

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Hello bocce friends,

No issue last week - sorry. Have been out straight with plans for our softball team's trip to Pittsburgh for the Senior Olympics and the never-ending saga of our bocce court greenhouse problems with the Salem, NH zoning board.

Not sure if I can launch next week - I'll be in Pittsburgh for the Senior Olympics and don't know if I'll have the time or inclination to get an ezine out.

I'm sorry to report that we lost our final appeal for a variance that would permit us to keep our greenhouse covering over the four bocce courts in Salem.

We've posted the greenhouse on e-Bay. You can find it at...

If you know of anyone who might be interested in purchasing it, please get the word out to him/her/them. It probably would have to be someone in New England who could come and pick the structure up via truck. I can't imagine shipping it, but I suppose it could be done.

If someone was purchasing a new one (ours is only 1 winter old) they could save substantially by opting for this. And the sale would cut our non-profit group's losses. (We're licking our wounds and moving on.)


Photo hunt still on!

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!

If you are in the Pittsburgh area, let's get together and roll a few! Email


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Bocce News & Readers' Feedback
{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

In answer to my "Pitiful Plea for Photos", several good people like Annette Furbish responded...

"Here is a photo from the 2005 FDE Lobsterfest & Bocce tournament in Jackson, New Jersey. This is a party that has grown into a friendly, but hard fought tournament in the 24 years we have been hosting it. Throwing the ball is the eventual tournament winner David Furbish."

{Looks like a pretty neat place to play. Thanks for the pic...if you can dig up a half-dozen more, I'd enjoy making them the Photos of the Week.}


Bocce on the Beach!

Dr. Cordano writes…

"From the title (Bocce on the Beach!) you will be surprised that a purist on rules for the game wants to talk about it, but Vicky and I were invited to participate in a charity tournament organized by Mr. Guy Tomasello of The Sons of Italy in the St. Augustine area, one of our newest USBF Club members in Florida.

Mr. Tomasello convinced the City Council to build 2 bocce courts 60’ by 10’ in a park located 150 feet away from the ocean at St. Augustine Beach, and it didn't take much effort to convince me to drive over 250 miles to play.

Play was on a mostly soft surface mixture of sand & broken shells - as you know I/we love to play any place, in spite of always being uncomfortable when playing without rules {international}.

There were 27 teams playing doubles in a single elimination fashion to 12 points. However, I learned something new since the partners were stationary and one at each end. So, the reality was that from each side a single's competition was being played with 4 balls each! Bocce were of 110 mm and a weight of about 1200 g and feeling kind of strange when they were first handled. However, they were perfect for such a surface because they didn't allow excessive bouncing and rolled pretty well after being tossed.

It was a totally different game, but I had a blast and it brought memories back over 50 years ago when occasionally during the summers I played with my brothers and friends at the beaches in Peru. The whole secret is to deliver underhand with some backward spin as high as possible and to have the ball come almost straight down close to the pallino. Could also be done delivering overhand, but is far more difficult since the bounces can't be controlled and speed of tossing has to be different depending on the surface.

Guy did an extraordinary job putting all this together (environment was like any good Italian Fair with excellent hot sausages, etc.) and there was not a single incident during the whole affair (noon - 6 PM under the sun).

We played 5 games and came up with the ‘gold’ and some cash, thanks to the excellent performance of Vicky who was tossing the ball in front of her like throwing a Raffa shot and it worked very well for her. It was quite a day, but it still took stamina to drive back and get home by midnight. There's no doubt that bocce invigorates and keeps people like us going almost non-stop.

P.S. Are you coming to Palazzo? Singles will be something to see (Saturday, June 18 & 19). There are 4 - 5 youngsters you have not seen that are very good and ready to beat the old guard at the first mistake or weakness. Players are to play many games in 48 hours, but there's no other way to run it.

Volo is from the June 20th - 23rd and OPEN the 24th - 25th."

{I like the good doctor's attitude - he'll play anywhere with any rules in any format. He just wants to play. His passion for the game obviously keeps him young.

Not sure if I can make the Palazzo in June - my non-profit group's softball is in full swing then and I am still dealing with the bocce greenhouse issue. But I'll be there if I can.}


Massachusetts Senior Games

Our non-profit group, the Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit, Inc. is slated to host the bocce competition for the Massachusetts Senior Games on Saturday, July 23.

The venue will be in North Andover, Massachusetts at the Lucent Technologies building. Four courts 80' by 12' will be set up over Astroturf. Open rules - four player teams - no cash prizes - we play for gold, silver, and bronze medals.

You do not have to be a Mass. resident to participate. Heck, even if you are just in New England on vacation you can play. Players must reach age 50 by December 31, 2005. Contact me at for more details.


News from Bryan Sanborn of Palazzo di Bocce...

"On June 8th, we will be hosting the 2nd Annual Steve Mariucci Celebrity Bocce Tournament at Palazzo di Bocce! There are still opportunities to buy spectator tickets, a team spot in the tournament, and other sponsorships packages are available. Coach Mariucci wanted me to send you all a letter from him about the event, as well as some sponsorship information..."

From Coach Mariucci's letter...

"I am pleased to invite you to participate in my 2nd annual Coach Mariucci’s Celebrity Bocce Ball Tournament. The event will be June 8, 2005 at the beautiful Palazzo di Bocce in Orion Township.

It is going to be a great event!

All proceeds from the tournament will go to Detroit Lions Charities, the Lions non-profit foundation that has donated $2.75 million to charities in Michigan over the years. Last year’s tournament raised $225,000 for Detroit Lions Charities.

We will have bocce ball for all skills levels being played on some of the finest indoors courts in the world. There will be lots of celebrities on hand and plenty of wonderful Italian food and beverages. You also will have an opportunity to bid on some unique items in our silent and live auctions."

{Contact Bryan Sanborn at for sponsorship info and/or more details.}


The Yahoo group Bocce Anonymous featured an interesting discussion of team names. It was spawned by…

“We're new to bocce and need a funny team name. Can't think of
anything. Any suggestions?”

One response…

“I play in a huge beach tournament each year in Del Mar, CA and there’s nothing better than the announcer calling over the loudspeaker the team court assignments. There's always a pretty good laugh from the crowd when he says ‘Are My Balls Touching report to court 28.’ “

Other suggestions…

Bocce Nuts
Bocce Novices
Bocce Buddies
Shameless Ball Handlers
Botched Operation

The best on-line advice was this…

“Look at where you are located (your city, state, or region may give you ideas). What is a major draw or landmark in your area? St. Louis, just 100 miles from us, might provoke ‘Arch Rivals’ or ‘The Gateway Gang.’ A team located near one of the famous tunnels in NYC, might choose ‘The Tunnel Rats.’ Look at the age of your team. A senior citizens team, especially a men's team, might go with ‘Old Balls.’ Or if your team shares a common occupation or hobby, that might play into your name. If I had a team with fellow woodworkers, we might call it the ‘Sawdusters’ or the ‘Woodshavers.’ “

Our league here in Massachusetts has had…

Pallino Poppers
Bocce Bandits
Bocce Beat Alls
High Rollers
Royal Flush Stables (captain is a race horse aficionado)
Diamonds in the Rough (captain is a jeweler)

But, my favorite all-time name for a bocce team has to be…

Drinking Team With A Bocce Problem

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Photos of the week
This week’s photos come courtesy of East Coast bocce promoter Rico Daniele ( ). Rico is responsible for countless courts in the public and private domain in his “backyard” in Western Massachusetts.

Two bocce courts at Forest Park in Springfield, Mass. were the result of a couple years of Daniele cajoling city officials. Always looking to promote the game, Rico schedules free bocce lessons to coincide with other established events. This one at Forest Park was the popular 7th Annual Heart Walk. Since so many walkers and spectators were “in the neighborhood”, the free lessons angle was bound to draw attention.

The Springfield Republican's legendary sportswriter Garry Brown was on hand to play and report. Here is part of what he had to say in his column…

“An eight-year-old girl makes a shot to tie the score. On the next round, her grandmother – playing for the other team – counters with a clutch shot to win the game by one point.

Grandmother against granddaughter? It could only happen in Bocce, which is, as guru Rico Daniele likes to tell the world, “a sport for everyone.”

Think about that. How many sports allow competition between players of all ages? How many sports are truly co-ed? How many sports allow members of a family to play with and against each other?

Bocce does all of that, and with a touch of class.”

Bocce promoters take note. Take a page from Rico’s book. See if you can “piggy-back” on an established event and get bocce added to the agenda.

View this week's photos

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Tournament update
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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.


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. 1st place = $500, 2nd $300, 3rd $250, 4th $150. Contact Danny Passsaglia @ 630-257-2854.


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


June 8, 2005 - Michigan - Orion Township - 2nd Annual Steve Mariucci Celebrity Bocce Tournament at Palazzo di Bocce. Spectator tickets, spot in the tournament, and sponsorships packages available. Contact Bryan Sanborn
@ - 248-371-9987 x13 work - 248-860-4380 cell.


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 23, 2005 - Massachusetts - North Andover - Mass. Senior Games. Four player teams - open rules - teams may be co-ed but all players must be at least 50 years old by December 31, 2005. Contact Mario Pagnoni at 978-686-8679 or


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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