The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 21 - June 13, 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 #21 - June 13, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

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Hello bocce friends,

No issue last week - sorry. I was in Pittsburgh competing with our age 55+ softball team in the Senior Olympics.

We did find time to sneak off and play a little bocce with Guy DiCarlo and his Penn Hills bocce buddies. Guy and his gang were excellent hosts (and very good players too). See this week's photos for more details - they play with the "ditch" - no backboards - very interesting.

In softball pool play we got spanked pretty good by some nationally ranked teams. But in the medal round we played well and took home the bronze. We were the media darlings of the event, as everyone was interested in the "feel good story" that our non-profit group was named after Pittsburgh native and 9-11 victim Ken Waldie. Local TV crews interviewed us at 3:00 PM and we lead the Pittsburgh sports report at 5:00 PM. Then, they shipped the footage to Boston where we made the 11:00 PM sports there too.

A centerfielder in college, I pitch in slow-pitch softball, using a high arcing volo-like delivery - then duck!


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Bocce News & Readers' Feedback
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George Danner of Georgia sends this update...

"Here are photos of the Open Cup, June 11, 2005 {see picture to right}. This has to be a first...Rolling in the wake of Tropical Storm/Hurricane Arlene. We had to be the only bocce rollers in several states that night.

Champions.. George Danner, Dale Danner, Brent Crawley and Lori Ivy."

{I've always maintained that you have to be tough to play bocce.}



It looks like bocce might get that big-time TV exposure that we promoters have been seeking.

I had a very exciting conversation with Doug Beaudoin (FXSports), a former NFL player who runs events for the NFL alumni. He's planning a huge celebrity bocce tournament at the Palazzo di Bocce during the next Superbowl (Detroit).

I've said repeatedly that virtually everyone we introduce the game to likes it - we just need TV exposure. The game still suffers from an image problem - people think it's a boring game for boring old fogies. In Pittsburgh for the Senior Olympics last week, I chatted with some softball players who were in the age 70+ division. When I asked if they played bocce, they snapped "When we're 90 we'll play that game." They just don't get it...and it's not their fault - they haven't experienced bocce. Our game is ailing in the public eye. If the Superbowl TV coverage captures the essence and excitement of bocce, it might be just what the doctor ordered.


Lisa Laurence of New Jersey writes...

"We're a big fan of your site and related products you sell. Have purchased a few and they're the best. I was hoping you might be able to make some suggestions or refer me somewhere regarding the proper lighting for night time play on our outdoor court.

We've been going back and forth for years now, nothing too high or it will shine in our eyes, nothing too low because of limited visibility! We love playing at night in the summer but don't always want to stop when it gets dark. Keep up the great work, thanks in advance for any suggestions."

{Can any readers help with suggestions for night-time play? I'd also be interested in mosquito control for night play.}


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.

Learn more about Senior Olympics

Photos of the week
This week’s photos were taken by yours truly. We made a side trip to Guy DiCarlo's group's bocce venue while in Pittsburgh playing softball in the Senior Olympics (we snared a bronze medal in softball against some fierce competition).

The competition at the bocce venue was also good, but a lot more cordial. The court has a limestone meal surface and measures 80' by 10'. The place is beautifully laid out and aesthetically picture perfect.

On the property of Earl Hartman, it is home court for the locals' entry in the East Hills Bocce League (in existence since the early 60's).

They have scoreboards that register 15 points but generally play games to 12. The court is nicely lighted. We played one evening after the softball competition and were treated extremely well by our hosts - they didn't let us win, but they fed us.

The court features a ditch at both ends. I had heard of this type play, but never saw it before. There are no backboards - any ball that ends in the ditch, no matter how it got there, is "dead."

If the pallino gets knocked into the ditch, there is a nail that is used to measure for point(s) - see photos. Closest to the nail gets the point(s).

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week

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Tournament update
{chronological order}

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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 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


August 27, 2005 - California - Sacramento - East Portal Open – 4 Players - Sector Championship. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.


September 10-11, 2005 - California - Monterey - Santa Rosalia Tournament - Open – 4 person teams - Monterey Bocce Club Charter House


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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