The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 4 - January 24, 2005 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   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 #4 - January 24, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844



If you get a chance, don't miss this event. You'll view a world-class bocce facility in Lake Orion, Michigan while seeing the best players this continent has to offer. See Tournament Update below for details.

I regret that I can't attend this excellent event. I have two pressing issues that I am dealing with almost around the clock. First, we are having a little "discussion" with the local zoning board as our new Ken Waldie Memorial Boccedrome (four 12' by 80' courts under a 208' long greenhouse structure) needs a variance. We are preparing our case carefully - meeting date 2/1/05. Secondly, our age 55-59 Ken Waldie Senior Softball team qualified for the Nationals in Pittsburgh this summer. Our main impetus for attending is actually because Waldie (a 9-11-01 victim and friend of ours) was originally from Pittsburgh - his mom still resides there and he was a big Steelers fan. We need to commit and get all the paperwork in by this weekend. This involves hours of phone calls, trying to get players to commit to travel in June, contacting hotels, airlines, sponsors, etc. So, as much as I'd like to, I just can't get away to the Palazzo this time around.


2nd edition news...

Everything is completed - just waiting for my first shipment of books to arrive from the publisher. The new book cover is fine, the text and photos are just as I wanted them.

So, I am accepting orders, but be aware that there may be a time lag between when you place the order and when you actually receive it. The 300-page book will retail in bookstores at $19.45 and at the publisher's web site for $18.75.

Click the link below to order at the special (limited time only) Joy of Bocce Weekly subscriber price of $16.95. Shipping will be $4.00 - I will ship US Priority Mail for the duration of this introductory offer.

Please let me know how you want the book autographed (type the details in the "Message to Seller" box provided).

Also, you can order the book directly from the publisher ( ). They even offer an electronic version at just $4.95 (you download it - no shipping charge).

Click on the image above to order from the publisher's web site or the link below to get an autographed copy directly from me. {If you order from the publisher's site enter Pagnoni in the box for Author = ...}


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The Joy of Bocce 2nd edition will help you improve your game (or at least entertain you). The 300-page book takes drill and instruction to the same level as that of basketball, baseball, and other sports. Besides that, it has the most complete and entertaining history of the game anywhere in print. It will fascinate and delight.

Also, you will learn strategies and styles of play for backyard lawn bocce as well as "official" court play. And we bring all the best bocce products from various distributors together in one chapter for your ease of evaluation.

You can learn to build your own court, set up a league or tourney, and enjoy the Best of The Joy of Bocce Weekly that you may have missed over the past two years. (Click the image above right to order).


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PLEASE – we are always looking for bocce photos and feedback from all over the USA. We want to connect bocce fans everywhere. You can email ( or snail mail (Mario Pagnoni, P.O. Box 608, Methuen, MA 01844) with any that you will grant permission for us to reprint.

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Readers' feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Mike Grasser sends this interesting tidbit (photo to the right)…

“Have you ever seen the paintings of Emillio Rissone? One of his favorite subjects is bocce.”

{Rissone has a good eye for art and an even better one for his subjects.}


{I’ve had many inquiries about re-selling the 300-page (with 300 photos) 2nd edition of The Joy of Bocce. Already the Campo di Bocce (Ben Musolf), (Simon Church), (Tom McNutt), (David Brewer), and The Bargetto Winery (Jim Vaughan) are on board. If your group or organization would like to purchase bulk quantities at discount for re-sale – please REPLY or call me direct at 978-686-8679 (I’m in Massachusetts - remember Eastern Time please).}


Bocce Bob Whitlow is at it again. His Bocce USA is running a 16-team tourney in April. Dubbed the 2005 J & S Professional Pharmacy/Old King Coal Indoor Bocce Tournament, the event will be held on April 9, 2005.

According to promotional material…

“The West Frankfort Old King Coal Committee has joined forces with Bocce USA to conduct a bocce fundraising tournament in the Factory Stores of America Shopping Center. This 2005 spring event will be the first ever indoor bocce fundraiser to take place in Illinois south of Chicago…Each locally sponsored team will play three games to qualify for the finals. There will be four divisions totaling 16 teams playing in a round robin format.

Championship plaques will the awarded to the winning team. Numerous door prizes offered by area merchants will be presented throughout the tournament. Local dining establishments will be giving away free dinners to winning teams.”

{Bocce Bob continues to run quality programs that could serve as a model for other promoters of our wonderful game. See Tournament Update below for registration info…}


Ben Musolf responds to Dr. Joe DeFrank's (Hawaiian Rules Bocce) issue of engraved bocce balls...

"The Hawaiian rules bocce ball issue maybe something Bede Kortegast form Playaboule may be interested in, however be sure that he knows that any engraving on a Bocce Ball will wear away with use."

{Good Bede at}


Another bocce ball request...

"Please help. Looking for stone/clayish bocce balls. Keep finding wood, metal or bowling ball material. Thank you...Sal Cottone."

{Can anyone help with this request? REPLY or contact Sal directly at}


Dr. Cordano writes...

"Are you planning to go to see PALAZZO and watch the semi and finals on the 29th? You will see all the new GUNS from the EAST and HALF or 33% of the players will be under 55."

{Dr. C refers to the Pallino d'oro competition this weekend at Palazzo di Bocce. If you can make it to Orion Township (Michigan) you will not only see a world-class bocce venue, but some of the top players on the continent. I regret that I have previous commitments.}


Dr. Joe DeFrank forwarded an article with more info on his Hawaiian Rules Bocce that I have posted for your perusal...

Dr. Joe's article...

Photos of the week
This week’s photos are from the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Dr. Joe DeFrank. His Hawaiian Rules Bocce (featured the last couple Joy of Bocce Weekly issues) is causing quite a stir...these pics show the type of Hawaiian petroglyphs that he hopes to engrave on bocce balls used for Hawaiian Rules Bocce.

According to Dr. Joe...

"I appreciate the opportunity to contact you and describe my idea for a unique set of bocce balls. The basis of my interest in a unique 2-ball bocce sets is a modified form of traditional bocce that we have developed here. We call it Hawaiian Rules Bocce (HRB), where competition is multilateral, similar to golf, and played through a series of grass links.

I have also attached a pdf with various images, collected from the internet, that illustrates the range of interpretations of Hawaiian petroglyphs. I have commissioned a local artist to produce original artwork inspired by the traditional Hawaiian images. The commissioned artwork will be used use for any balls I order."

{Any questions, comments or suggestions for Dr. Joe - contact him directly at or REPLY to this ezine and I will forward to him.}

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Speaking of settling disputes over whose ball is closer...I just happen to have the finest measure for bocce stocked right on my shelves.

Still our most popular measure, this Prohawk International measuring device has been a big hit in this Ezine. I've placed photos on my website that clearly illustrate the product's features.

These measures are of very high quality and are reasonably priced (due for a price increase very shortly). The Premier Boule Measure is designed for "inside measure" which is by far the most accurate.

The tape extends to 2 meters (about 6 ½ feet) and has a self-locking mechanism, calipers, and a game scoring mechanism. Makes a great gift for the bocce lover in your life. Every serious bocce player (and not-so-serious player) should have one. Please check them out ($19.95 plus shipping - price due to increase due to customs/duties/shipping expenses from UK).

Click to order or to learn more about the Premier Boule Measure...

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...

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.


January 29, 2005 - United States first annual Pallino d'oro Singles Championships (International Rules). Male and female divisions. Must have or buy a U.S. Bocce Federation 2005 Membership Card before or at tournament. $100.00 per player. Will be played at Palazzo Di Bocce in Lake Orion, Michigan. Contact Danny Passaglia @ 312-226-4600, Mike Grasser @ 248-505-4744, or the Palazzo @ 248-371-9987.


February 5, 2005 - USBF - M. Albanese Tourney - Los Gatos, CA - contact Ben Musolf @


February 11 - 13, 2005 - Cape Coral World Series of Bocce - Veterans Park – $6000 first place money GUARANTEED - 4140 Coronado Blvd Cape Coral, FL - 4 person teams - contact George Furlan @ 239-275-9968 or 239-542-7424 - Cell 239-229-2348.


February 12, 2005 - Open – 4 Person Teams - American Bocce Association Fundraiser - Antioch Indoor Bocce Courts - Antioch Fairgrounds, Antioch, CA - MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Gloria Taylor @ 510-787-2317.


February 19, 2005 - USBF - I. A. C. - 3 Person (One Woman) - contact Ron Jacobs @ (209)957-1223.


March 19, 2005 - USBF Waterloo - 2 Men/2 Women - contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.


April 9, 2005 -USBF - Los Gatos - 4 Person Open - contact Ben Musolf @


April 9, 2005 - J & S Professional Pharmacy/Old King Coal Indoor Bocce Tournament - West Frankfort, Illinois - contact Bob Whitlow at or 937-1668. Open to 16 teams.


April 18-19, 2005 - Open – 4 Person Teams - Tahoe Biltmore - North Shore Lake Tahoe, CA - Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.


April 23, 2005 - Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament - hoping for 48 teams - using open rules. Will set up as many as 12 courts (Field Turf surface with Backyard Bocce’s perimeter courts). Contact


April 23, 2005 - Open -3 person teams - So. SF IACC, Orange Ave. Mem. Park, South San Francisco, CA. MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.


April 30, 2005 - April in Vallejo Open – 4 person Teams - Vallejo Bocce Federation, 333 Amador St. Vallejo, CA. Contact Dick Gomez @ 707-554-9916.


May 7, 2005 - Women’s Tournament - Open – 4 person teams - P.I.A.S.C. - San Mateo - Beresford Recreation Center, 28th Ave. & Alameda de la Pulgas. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.


May 7, 2005 - Raffa – 3 person team - P.I.A.S.C. San Mateo, 100 “B” Street, San Mateo, CA. Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.


May 14, 2005 - Debbie Gerow Memorial Bocce Tournament - The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Fundraiser - Open – 4 person team - Martinez Bocce Federation, Waterfront Park, Martinez, CA - contact Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169


May 21, 2005 - Open -2 men/2 women - So. SF IACC - Orange Ave. Mem. Park - South San Francisco, CA. MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Rudy Bertolozzi @ 650-583-9936.


June 25, 2005 - Women’s Tournament - Open – 4 person team - Fairfield Bocce Federation, 1200 Civic Center Dr., Fairfield, CA. Contact Richard Meccette @ 707-434-0190.


July 4, 2005 - Fourth of July Tournament - Open – 2 person team. Martinez Bocce Federation - Waterfront Park, Martinez, CA. Contact Russ Calhoon (does any reader have Russ' contact info? Please REPLY).


July 8-10, 2005 - Dayton, Ohio. 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 – World’s Largest indoor guaranteed purse in the history of bocce ($16,000) - Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino - Indio, CA (near Palm Springs) Phone: 800-827-2946. Contact Phil Ferrari @ 800-652-6223 - Open Division and (Fun) Challenge Division.


July 16, 2005 - John Magnetti Mem. Tourn. Open – 4 person team - Fairfield Bocce Federation, 1200 Civic Center Dr. Fairfield, CA. Contact Richard Meccette @ 707-434-0190.

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