The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 22 - June 20, 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 #22 - June 20, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

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Hello again bocce buddies,

Here is our bocce greenhouse debacle update: We have it dismantled and we've found a buyer. This week we will truck it off to its new owner and begin in earnest to set up a new indoor facility. We have some pretty smart operators in our crew (a couple retired engineers) who have designed an ingenious, light-weight set-up for creating temporary courts on carpet or Astroturf. Details to follow in one of the next couple ezine issues.

Our senior softball league is off and running and, as always, I just can't convince the players that it's just supposed to be fun. I don't know what it is they think they are NCAA ring? Cash? Prestige?

I try to balance off the teams to make them as even as possible, but coaches just whine because they want all the best players on their team. They're not interested in having a fair league - they just want to win.

The good natured competition has always drawn me to recreational bocce. Everybody tries to win, but it's more about the camaraderie than about the victories.

In his book No Contest, The Case Against Competition, author Alfie Kohn argues convincingly that we compete out of low self-esteem. The only way we can feel good about ourselves is to beat someone else. I see it all the time in basketball and softball, but much less often in bocce, which lends itself to good-natured play more than many other sports (although, I must admit I have seen some mean-spirited antics in bocce tournament action - especially when there are cash prizes on the line).


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

Rick Mazzei of Bangor, ME writes...

"Here are a couple more recent pics of the almost finished court (see photo to the right).

Hope you can come for the 'christening' tentatively planned for August 21st. Will keep you posted."

{Looks like a fabulous court and a perfect subject for Photos of the Week. Bangor, ME is a pretty good ride for me, but I'll make the trip if I can fit it into my schedule...thanks for the invitation...I hope other court builders/owners will take the hint and invite me to their venues too - have camera/will travel.}


Dr. Angel Cordano writes...

"I got addicted to the Ezine and need my weekly booster.

Let me know if you have received pictures and information about our trip to St. Augustine for Bocce at The Beach."

{Bocce addiction is a good thing, but the withdrawal can be very difficult. I'll try not to miss launching any more weekly ezines.

And yes, we received the pictures and will use them in an upcoming issue - thanks.}


Ron Grassi of Coralville, IA responds to last week's issue - commenting on "lights, mosquitoes and other such things"...

"As to the lights, you can use the lights that sit on a tripod that are carried by WalMart, Menards, Lowes, Home Depot, and probably some others. They can be raised and lowered and sat on the side of the court, illuminating the court, but not blinding the players having to look into the lights.

As for mosquito control, one of the propane foggers seems to work well here at my home.

Also, there was an article in the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Community Section, Sunday, June 12, done by Marlene Perrin, on me and my backyard bocce court. This is the second article by local papers on my family court, since I am trying my DARNDEST to get either the City of Iowa City, or the City of Coralville, to put in a couple of bocce courts. So far, Iowa City Parks and Recreation Commission is more interested, and we MIGHT get a couple of courts in one of the local parks. Any suggestions as to how we could go about getting funding, since we haven't formerly formed a bocce club, would be appreciated."

{Thanks for the info - can any reader offer help on Ron's question about funding/organizing a bocce club?

Pete Rabito ( ) has just organized one in NY and the US Bocce Federation ( ) might be another good place to look for guidance and advice. }


Bryan Battaglia, Director of Bocce Operations at Palazzo di Bocce reminds us about the U.S. Bocce Championships going on this week...

"We have 10 courts at Palazzo di Bocce. They are 86 feet long and are covered with a epoxy flooring especially designed for bocce. It eliminates almost all the bounce of the bocce.

The top is then covered with a thin layer of ground up rubber. We are hosting the U.S. Bocce Championships and the World Championships will be September 18-25th. We are anticipating at least 30 countries represented."

{Palazzo is looking for volunteers, advertisers and sponsors for the Fall event. Contact for more info.}


Florida's George Farruggio sends this comment about last week's discussion of the Penn Hills, Pennsylvania group employing a ditch at each end of the court...

"I can't believe there are so many variations of the game of bocce. This is the latest, you play with a ditch or a board across the court and any ball no matter how it gets there is out (over the board or ditch).

The only game I know of with a ditch is lawn bowling and that is not bocce. You see the major problem with the great game of bocce is that too many people change it to fit their way to play. People call the game bocce ball and that's wrong. We must get a standard way to play the game or it's not bocce. With all these variations it makes the game crazy."

{The game evolved in this country in many different ways and has endured despite all these variations. That in itself is an indicator of the game's broad appeal. While we'd all like a standard for tournament play, people are enjoying the game using their own "house rules" - and isn't the point really for people to enjoy the game?}

Photos of the week
This week’s photos were submitted by Charles Just of Seattle, WA.

Says Charles...

"This is a beautiful court in Manzanita OR, right on the ocean. We played it one afternoon while on vacation. Built with Boccemon Rain Country Blend. Played wonderfully, even after a big rain."

{The excellent court measures 12' by 60' and is set perfectly into the existing landscape.}

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week

Balls! Balls! Balls! Balls! and more Balls!

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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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