The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 24 - July 4, 2005 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Tourney fund-raiser
•   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 #24 - July 4, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
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Hello again bocce lovers,

Happy Fourth of July!

Our fiasco with the Salem, NH zoning board had a relatively happy ending. We sold the greenhouse to the Martignetti family who have a thriving building supply business (Martignetti Enterprises Inc. ). They will use the oversized building for storage.

It turns out that the Martignettis enjoy bocce and want to organize a large bocce tourney/fund-raiser in honor of a colleague who has a relative who is battling Leukemia. We offered to help run the tourney, and I've posted some ideas on how to manage such an event - see Tourney fund-raiser below. If you have experience with running large events and can offer suggestions, please REPLY. Thanks in advance.


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Tourney fund-raiser
The Martignetti family (Massachusetts) hopes to run a large bocce tourney/fund-raiser with 100 participants or more. They'd like the players to be engaged for much of the day enjoying the game, rather than just playing a match or two and then exiting.

Here are my ideas...I'm "running this by" Joy of Bocce Weekly readers hoping for ideas, suggestions, or tips.

Let's assume 24 four-player teams (96 participants).

We'll set up 12 temporary courts in one of several large venues with Astroturf or carpet flooring. For this we'd use either Backyard Bocce vinyl template courts or 6" by 6" by 16' timbers placed end to end.

With 12 courts all players can compete at once.

I'd put the 24 teams in 6 pools of 4 and play a round robin. Each team would play the other 3 teams in their pool and be seeded 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th in their pool after 3 matches.

These contests would be to 12 points or 50 minutes, whichever comes first. So, each team can play a game at say, 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 AM completing pool play by 11:50 AM.

We might break for lunch, or continue playing while the food is available for whenever players can sneak away from the courts.

Next, I'd group the 6 pools into 3 groups...e.g. Pool 1 and Pool 2 make up Group A, etc. We'd try to group them by ability as best we can gauge, hoping to get groups of top players, middle tier players, and lower tier players.

Top seed in Pool 1 will play 4th seed in Pool 2. Number 2 seed in Pool 1 will play #3 seed in Pool 2, etc. in a single elimination bracket.

All teams will thus be guaranteed 4 matches.

After the first round of elimination games, 12 teams will have played 4 games and are eliminated - the other 12 teams have played 4 and are still "alive."

The 12 winners will play in their 5th match of the day. The 6 losers in those games are eliminated and the 6 winners play one last match for the "title" in their respective Groups. There will be 3 champions by day's end.

Does this make sense? Is there a simpler, or more streamlined way to get this many teams engaged in bocce for much of the day?

Can you offer suggestions on how to help raise money for this worthy charity? What things have you done to enhance everyone's enjoyment and maximize the return for the charity? Please REPLY.

Visit the Martignetti Enterprises, Inc. web site...

Photos of the week
This week's pics come from the illustrious Dr. Cordano. He writes…(Note: this text appeared in a previous Joy of Bocce Weekly issue without the photos).

"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."

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Bocce product of the week
Outdoor Games Book & Video Series

I've located a gem of a series of Outdoor Games books by talented author Steven Boga. He's written short, well crafted, clearly illustrated books on...


These make for great, inexpensive gifts. I recommend them highly (each under $10.00).

Also available and great for gifts are videos ($22.95 each) titled...

Let's Play Bocce!
Let's Play Horseshoes!
Let's Play Croquet!
Let's Play Badminton!

Consider these for the games players on your summer gift list.

Click to view Outdoor Games Series

Non bocce product of the week
What a great time of the year to be thinking about hammocks! Visit now...

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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.


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.


NEW! August 22, 2005 - California - San Martin - 5-star Auberge Resort, The Lodge at CordeValle. Fund-raiser to benefit the El Camino Hospital Foundation. Contact Gigi Lugonja @ 650-988-7691.


August 26 - 28, 2005 - Ohio - Wickliffe - Wickliffe Italian & American Club. 4 person team entry fee $120 - contact Wayne Farinacci at 440-461-6471 or Gino Latessa at 216-789-6393.


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 - does any reader know the contact person for this event? Please REPLY.


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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