The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 43 - November 28, 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 #43 - November 28, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

Hello bocce friends,

Happy holidays.

One of the new ventures for my non-profit group (Ken Waldie SSC, Inc.) is running company outings/parties with a bocce theme. If you know of any Massachusetts outfits who might be interested in a unique and fun company party, please get the word to them. More details below.

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Bocce news & readers' feedback
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Combination bocce promotion and fund-raiser...

Our non-profit group (Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit, Inc.) which offers softball, basketball, and bocce to seniors (over the age of 50) is taking a new tack. We're offering company parties/outings at our bocce venue in North Andover, MA.

We'll charge a fee per person that includes the use of our four 80' by 12' courts, four sets of professional bocce balls, four scoreboards, and our expertise in running informal bocce sessions or in-house tournaments. Included will be a catered luncheon or dinner. In this way, we are promoting the game while making a couple bucks for our group which uses the funds to run our many sports programs. Currently we have a six team bocce league, a six team full court hoop league, a "pick-up" 3-on-3 hoop league, and we are competing in an indoor softball tournament for age 55+ in December.

If you are within commuting distance of North Andover, Mass., or know of a company or group who might be interested in a bocce party, please get the word to them. We'll teach them how to play if they don't know already, and will make sure everyone has an experience they won't soon forget.

Contact Mario Pagnoni at 978-686-8679 or Visit our web site to learn more about our non-profit group - .

By the way, that's us in action in the photo above right. White vinyl courts set up on Astroturf.


The Boccemon (Tom McNutt) sends news...

"Bellingham Bay Bocce Club had a great tournament recently. We had 9 two-person teams. Three particular 60' courts, belonging to club members and spread around our county, were offered for the venue. The tournament committee placed 3 strips of three different colors totaling 9 pieces into a hat. Each color referred to a court. Team One - red... Team Two - blue...

We played round robin and winners met on Lummi Island at the Willows Inn for the Finals. We ran the whole thing (even with the ferry ride) in five-and-a-half hours. We had a blast. $20 / person entry. Pay out was $100 and two nights at the Willows Inn (see the Washington State Bocce Tour '05 at for more about the Willows Inn on Lummi Island.)"


Get lots of requests like this one from Chris Plattner...

"Passionate bocce player myself, I moved from New York to Los Angeles and was wondering if you know of any bocce community/venue in Los Angeles. Any link/contact/idea would be appreciated."

{I always direct people to Bryan Mero's site - he's got a navigation button labeled Bocce Locations that has an excellent listing of clubs and venues around the country listed alphabetically by state.}

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Wild Bill sent this question to the Yahoo! group Bocceanonymous...

"We are going to start a league in the spring and we need some info from established leagues so we will know how to schedule teams and games.

What is the approximate time to complete one game and also one set of two out of three.

How much time do you allow a team to complete a set. How much time between games...etc."

I answered this way...

"We're in Massachusetts and we play 3 game sets without a time limit. Games tend to last between 30 and 45 minutes each. We have six teams in the league - it takes five weeks to play one round. We're playing two rounds, then we have a couple weeks playoffs, a little buffet and awards...then make up new teams for another league.

There is no 'down time' between games unless someone wants to get a cup of coffee (we play mornings). The team that wins the previous game tosses the pallino to start the next game.

Check here for league standings (we use total points scored as a tie-breaker for the playoffs) ."


A subscriber asks...

"Which of your measuring devices would you recommend? I like the pen size tool. Are there any drawbacks?"

{I evaluated lots of measuring devices and put the three I liked best for sale on my web site. They are featured in this week's Bocce Product of the Week section. The drawback to the "pen size tool" that he mentions (Henselite Bowls Measure) is that there is a little learning curve to its use.

You have to be extra careful not to move the balls being measured. It's telescopic, so you have to estimate how far to extend it - do that before lowering it to the level of the balls. Then drop it down toward the balls, then back up to extend it a little more if needed, etc. If you try to extend it while it is placed between the bocce being measured, you might inadvertently move a ball with the tip of the tool.}

Photos of the week
This week's pictures were submitted by Jessica Benetti. She writes...

"These are some photos from the Battle of the Sexes Tournament 2005 held in Martinez in September. The women from the Marin Bocce Federation dominated and took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for the women's division. Jeremy Calhoon and Toi Silva of Martinez beat the top women's team from Marin and took home the grand prize of a bocce print each (art by Tracy Benetti).

There were two divisions, men's and women's. Two person teams, with round robin play. Each division had cash prize money for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

We had 16 men's teams and 8 women's teams.

The 1st place men's team was from Martinez - Jeremy Calhoon and Toi Silva (team name Starsky & Hutch). The final game was between the 1st place men's team and the 1st place women's team. Battle of the Sexes.

The men from Martinez won - Jeremy Calhoon and Toi Silva (Starsky & Hutch). They received the grand prize which was a print of a painting done by my husband, Tracy Benetti. The painting is of the Monterey, CA Bocce courts, down by the wharf.

Women's group winners: Janell Cornforth & Rena 1st Place (Stella Marin), Teresa Rea & Maria Narayan 2nd Place (W.O.F.U. Watch Out For Us), Dianna Pellegrini & Mary Lu Graham 3rd Place (Spicy Meatballs).

Men's group winners: Toi Silva & Jeremy Calhoon (Starsky & Hutch) 1st place, Paul Bikner & Tom Pitre (Stelle Marin) 2nd place, Ken Whetsone & Fred Long (Christian Warriors) 3rd place."

{Thanks Jessica - Great photos - please follow her lead - how about pics coming in from people from other areas of the country - come on now, you know who you are!}

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Inexpensive holiday bocce gift - Precision Bocce Measures

Choose the Clubhawk Gold, Henselite Bowls, or Premier Boule Measure. You can't go wrong with any of the three choices. Once a bocce aficionado has a set of bocce balls and my book, the next logical acquisition is a first-rate measure.

Each retails for $21.95 plus $4.00 shipping and will be shipped Priority Mail at no extra charge for the holiday season.

Click the photo to the right for more info, pictures, etc.

Bocce Ball Sets

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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}

Essential Omega III Fish Oil With Vitamin E

Quote from my web portal...

"Heart disease is a very real threat. Since 1900, it has been the number one killer in the U.S. and, combined with stroke, it accounts for one out of every two deaths. The good news, though, is that you can do something to help reduce your risk of heart disease. From avoiding cigarettes and eating healthy to exercising regularly and taking nutritional supplements, we have the ability to maintain proper heart health."

Essential Omega III Fish Oil With Vitamin E

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.


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.


December 17, 2005 - Massachusetts - Lawrence Sons of Italy, 155 Marston St. - Double elimination - 4-player teams. $100 entry fee includes coffee and donut breakfast, and sausage sandwich lunch. Contact Steve Zanni @ 978-687-6853.


March 31 - April 1, 2006 - Arizona American Italian Club
$200 team entry / 4 person teams and $4000.00 first prize. Contact Pasquale D'Alisio @ 602-569-9149 or


April 29, 2006 - Washington - Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament - 4th annual charity fundraiser ( this year for Hospice ). Four person teams $20/person, 32 teams. Details at or contact Tom at 360-224-2909.

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