The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 37 - October 3, 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 #37 - October 3, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

Hello again bocce faithful,

Because they were a little late getting posted last week, I've left the pictures of the World Singles Championships from Palazzo di Bocce up for another week. They have gotten rave reviews from Joy of Bocce Weekly readers.

This coming weekend our bocce group has two events planned - our annual bocce clambake tourney closes our summer season on Saturday, and the first annual Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament is set for Sunday. Details next week...


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Bocce news & readers' feedback
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Things that confuse me in sports...

I see newspaper and magazine articles on bocce where the spelling is boccie or bocci. When they mention my book or some organization that uses the spelling BOCCE, they include some kind of disclaimer that this is that person's or group's preferred spelling (like we are clueless).

Why is it that venues are called Campo di BOCCE and Palazzo di BOCCE? Why are organizations titled the United States BOCCE Federation and the Seattle BOCCE Club?

If the entire bocce community favors the spelling BOCCE, why would writers latch on to some obscure source that claims another spelling is proper?

In baseball we used to say things like Mickey Mantle got 4 RBIs. Nowadays we have to say Derek Jeter got 4 RBI - no plural because the R stands for Runs. OK, I can live with that - they want to be precise. Well then, how come when a guy pitches two and two-thirds innings (8 outs) they list it as 2.2? That's two and a two-tenths innings. Why don't they list it as 2.66 or 2.67?

And how about hoops? Why do they cut the net down after they win March Madness? Don't they know that it comes off those little hooks on the rim? Heck, you could take it down carefully and put it back up on a hoop over a waste paper basket in your office. Then you could shoot crumpled paper balls through it, fondly remembering that championship game.


Joe Zajac and Jeff Widen, board members of the Michigan Petanque Club, served as volunteers at the World Bocce Championships in Michigan and told me about their web site's blog...check it out at

That's me in the photo above right (at the Palazzo) flanked by the petanque boys.


Jaime Schwartz, Price Weber Marketing Communications in Louisville, KY asks...

"I am coordinating a promotion around Bocce for a wine brand my advertising agency represents. Can you advise me of the best Bocce events/tournaments in the US to attend? We want to give away a prize of a trip to one."

{Check out Palazzo di Bocce - , Campo di Bocce - , and Gotcha Bocce - (which is right in your back yard.)}


Ben Musolf sends a reminder of his 5th Annual Big Ben Punto, Raffa, Volo @ CAMPO di BOCCE...

Saturday, October 29, 2005

$100.00 PER TEAM


or 408.395.7650 CLUB or BOCCIBUM@AOL.COM.

"In the past there has been some donation monies given in the form of advertising and this of course is available and needed again. As in the past I will post your banner/signage for one week prior to the event for exposure and put your logo on all score sheets as well. It is my intention to "Pump" this event up with the press and news coverage in order to showcase the talent level out here in the West. With that being said, If any of you know of anybody who would like to help sponsor the event please have them contact me directly. With any donation, free admission to the event is granted, of course!"


Last call for help with BOCCE FUND-RAISER...

On October 9th we are running a bocce fund-raiser for the Jimmy Fund in Derry, NH at the SportsZone. I think it is the first charity fund-raiser of its kind in New England. {Eventually bocce fund-raisers will overtake golf tourney fund-raisers as anyone who can roll a ball can help the charity.}

The Martignetti family operates a building supply business with outlets in Amesbury and Woburn, Mass. The controller of their family business has a grandchild recently diagnosed with Leukemia.

Click here for a pdf file with more details, tourney entry information, and a pretty cool picture of Drew.

{Monica Burke of a2zmagnets has already donated a supply of her nifty bocce magnets for us to put into the gift bags for our players. Rico Daniele has donated a bocce jacket to raffle off. Please follow their generous lead and send a donation that might help make our event a success. Click below to visit Rico's Wonderful World of Bocce.}


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Photos of the week
This week's pictures are held over from last week since they were posted a little late and were so well received by readers. If you get a chance to visit the Palazzo di Bocce, don't miss it.


World Singles Championship Results

It is important to note that the USA has traditionally not done well in international competitions because we don’t yet have a large enough pool of athletes playing the international style game. Still, we are making strides every year.

Thirteen-year-old Josh Wenson (West Bloomfield, MI) won the U21 national competition and finished 14th here.

Teresa Passaglia (Homer Glen, IL) was the top female player in the USA and came in 8th in the World Championship.

Mike Lapcevich of Pennsylvania finished first in the USA and 6th in this competition.

Georgio Moreno finished 2nd in the nationals and 4th in the world…not too shabby a showing for these four athletes and good old USA!

Final Results


1st = Italy (Michele Agostini)
2nd = Switzerland (Thierry Roldan)
3rd = Brazil (Bruno Balbueno Da Cunha)


1st = Italy (Germana Cantarini)
2nd = Brazil (Noeli Dalla Corte)
3rd = Peru (Mariolina Saletti Cordano)


1st = Switzerland (Davide Bianchi)
2nd = Italy (Gianluca Formicone)
3rd = San Marino (Giuseppe Frisoni)

The Italians have long had a stranglehold on the world singles championships and this year was supposed to be no different. Since 1988 an Italian was the winner in every category with players like Dante D’Alessando and Emiliano Benedetti showing up in the winner’s circle repeatedly.

In this year’s men’s division everyone was convinced that the Italian, Gianluca Formicone, would win handily. In the semi-finals he was flawless, hitting every raffa and volo, and pointing with uncanny accuracy. The closest thing he came to a “miss” was a raffa that grazed its target, sending it far to the left rather than driving it to the back wall.

But in the finals, the Swiss player, Davide Bianchi, gave him all he could handle. The first game went to Formicone by a score of 15-14. Bianchi evened the match by winning the second game, and completed the stunning upset when Formicone, with the title on the line, missed on two consecutive attempts to hit the pallino. Bianchi ran around the court in jubilation, pumping his fists in the air. Finally, overcome with emotion, he fell to his knees covering his eyes with his hands. There was a new #1 player in the world. He wasn’t Italian and his name was Davide Bianchi. It was history in the making.

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Bocce product of the week
Rain Country Blend by

Here is a description of the oyster shell bocce surface distributed by Boccemon Tom McNutt in his own words...

"Our Rain Country Blend was created from sheer desire to have an outdoor oyster surface that drained while providing as much speed and as little bounce as possible. We had high expectations for the surface as it rains here almost as often as we like to play.

People who want an instant court surface probably shouldn't look to us. We build lasting quality in court surfaces that can take time to harden sufficiently. If you don't play on the court, it won't pack. If it doesn't pack you will never get the desired speed out of the surface. For best results, play on the surface often and keep it moist.

Occasionally, as the balls cause depressions in the court, you will need to sweep some of the fines around. This process is easier on oyster courts than any surface we know.

Boccemon's Rain Country Blend has the endorsement of the US Bocce Federation. We are the only folks in the country with a nationally marketed non-clay bocce surface. We have sold from Washington to California and from Delaware to New Jersey.

Part of owning a court is learning to maintain it. This is a joy for most players so long as the process is speedy and fairly effortless. Properly blended shells create as ideal a playing surface as any naturally occurring product when considering high speed / low bounce and reduced maintenance. Tony, at the Italian Cultural Center in Vancouver B.C. spends about 27 hours a week to keep their 4 indoor clay courts in top shape. I spend about 15 minutes each week during most of the year and play an average of 40 games/week. My court isn't as nearly perfect as those at the Italian Cultural Center, but I spend more time playing bocce than grooming the surface."

Click to order or to learn more about Boccemon's Rain Country Blend...

Non bocce product of the week
{Hey, bocce's great, but I'm always on the look-out for all kinds of good products for my readers}

The buzz word today in health and nutrition is ANTI-OXIDANT. Everyone seems to agree that we need to increase our consumption of antioxidant nutrients to improve our health and vitality. OPC-3 is an extremely powerful antioxidant that reduces inflammation in the joints and has produced good results with the symptoms of arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, allergies, asthma, and a laundry list of illnesses making the product sound like a snake oil that's "good for anything that ails you."

This powerful substance composed of natural substances like extracts from grape seed, red wine, and pine bark, does two major things in the body - improves circulation and boosts immunity. The reason the product can impact so many health issues is because so many maladies can be traced to poor circulation and low immunity.

In addition, this product is in what is termed an "isotonic state." It is basically in the same composition as your body fluids. Therefore it need not be digested, but can pass directly into the small intestine and the blood stream. It is what nutritionists call bio-available, not like pills and tablets which are poorly assimilated by the body.

Click the link below to get more info...improve your health and maybe even your bocce game too!

Learn more about anti-oxidants and your health...

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.


October 8, 2005 - California - San Francisco - Volo – 3 person team. Contact Alessandro Bettucchi @ 650-583-9936.


October 8, 2005 - California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce - Raffa – 3 Players - contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408- 379-9409.


October 9, 2005 - New Hampshire - Derry - The SportsZone - Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament raising funds for the Jimmy Fund in honor of 4-year-old Drew Pelletrino. 4-player teams, but individuals may enter and be placed on a team. Contact Mario Pagnoni at .


October 22, 2005 - Sutter Creek Open - 2 Men, 2 Women Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.


October 29, 2005 - California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce - Big Ben Raffa Tourney – 2 Person. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-395-7650.


November 10-13, 2005 - Nevada - Reno - Peppermill Open – 4 Person. Contact 800-648-6992.

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