The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 27 - July 25, 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 #27 - July 25, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

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Hello bocce aficionados,

This week's photos feature bocce play for the blind. In years past I've witnessed some pretty good bocce play by legally blind athletes. But this is the first time I've encountered such play from the sightless. Amazing! Scroll down for this week's photos.

A writer from The Boston Globe who is doing a piece on bocce interviewed me by phone the other day. Keep a lookout for that in early August if you are in the Globe's circulation area, and I'll try to put a link to the article in a future ezine issue.

Be sure to let us know about bocce happenings in your area - we're always looking for photos, announcements, updates, etc. that can help us keep the bocce community connected.


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Bocce news & readers' feedback
{Publisher's comments in brackets...}

The good people at the Palazzo di Bocce have created an interesting survey for bocce players. It would be valuable for the sport and all concerned to collect such data (could be used to entice sponsors/tv coverage, etc).

The survey asks things like how much you play, where you play, and why you play. It also collects demographic info...age, gender, education, etc. Contact if you'd like to take the survey.


Robin Gurland writes...

"I would like to get some information on bocce ball courts in the sf bay area...we're trying to organize a birthday bocce ball party for approximately eight people where we can play and picnic.

Any information you can supply would be appreciated."

{Can any of you on the "left coast" suggest the perfect venue for this event?}


George Farruggio of Punta Gorda, FL asks about swingboards...

"I can't seem to find any detailed drawings on how to build a swing board at each end of the court. Are there many different kinds of swing boards? Hope someone out there can shed some light on the subject. Very little talk about swing boards. This is a good subject for all your bocce players. And remember the name of the game is BOCCE. Hope someone will talk about why a swing board is very necessary. And also why a swing board is used."

{Swingboards are used to ensure that balls don't bounce back off the endboards and come into play for a point or disturb the positions of already played balls. The movement around the country with Open Rules is to rule dead any ball that strikes the backboard without first hitting another ball. So, we don't want a dead ball caroming off the back and disturbing previously played balls. Can any readers add to this discussion?}


{Many emails come in asking about archived issues of The Joy of Bocce Weekly - I'm almost up to date with the archiving, adding a couple issues each week. Many want to see the photos of the week that went with a particular issue, but when you click on those photos you get directed to the current week's photos. I'm talking with the "techies" who host the ezine about whether it would be possible (or too memory intensive) to archive each week's photos...stay tuned.}

View the archives...

Photos of the week
This week's photos highlight my annual trip to the Natick Sons of Italy (Natick, Mass.) for good bocce, very good companionship, and excellent food.

The venue boasts two well constructed courts with stone dust surface, and some of the friendliest bocce players anywhere.

The annual event is run by Milly Piccioli. Milly is one of the "movers and shakers" at The Francesco De Sanctis Lodge No. 1411. Not only an outstanding bocce player, Milly is a first-rate organizer and event planner. When she runs programs, they are successful and the participants enjoy themselves.

Although I played some good bocce and consumed numerous culinary delights, Janet Pecorari stole the show. Losing her eyesight as an adult, she continues to play bocce...she not only plays, she plays WELL!

Husband Nick would carefully call out instructions, giving Janet the info needed to mentally visualize the shot she would attempt. Then he'd ring a bell continuously over the target until the ball left Janet's hand. The teamwork was very impressive (if you look up the word teamwork in the dictionary, the definition ought to include a picture of Janet and Nick playing bocce). It was obvious to observers that Janet was a fine athlete…and Nick was no slouch either.

One thing in particular that Janet and Nick did better than some of the sighted players I compete with is this...they ADJUSTED after each roll. Nick would give Janet the feedback that her roll was too much left or right or too long or too short (and by how much) and invariably the next attempt would be closer to the target.

I had seen legally blind players play well before. I remember a young man who used binoculars to sight the target, let them hang from their strap as he rolled, then pick them up again to track the ball to its target. But this was my first encounter with a sightless bocce player.

Janet was not only a very good player, but obviously enjoyed competing and showed a great sense of humor. She'd make an excellent roll, drawing applause and praise from the crowd...then she'd say something like "No problem. I can do that with my eyes closed."

View this week's photos

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
Are you into the Texas Hold 'Em Craze? If so, check out Nevada Poker Chips and accessories.

Our non-profit group ( ) purchased chips in 2004 and ran three poker tourney fund-raisers which grossed a total of nearly $60,000. In Massachusetts you must be a non-profit group in existence for at least two years. If you meet these criteria you may run three events per year.

Check out the regulations in your area...consider this fund-raising idea while it is still hot!

Click to view Nevada Poker Chips etc.

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.


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 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. Contact Remo Incitti @ 519-965-7799 or 519-969-4825.


September 17, 2005 - California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce - raffa men singles (ranking) - contact Ben Musolf @ 408-395-7650.


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


September 18, 2005 - California - San Mateo - Open – 4 person team - 1 must be a woman - Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.


September 24, 2005 - California - San Francisco - XXX Italian/American Games - Raffa – 3 person team - contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.

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