The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 6 - February 7, 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 #6 - February 7, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844


Last week I told you that I regretted being unable to attend the Pallino d’oro competition at the Palazzo di Bocce and that I hoped someone would send pictures – Michael Grasser did! (See this week’s photos).

I also wrote about the two pressing issues that I am dealing with almost around the clock. First, there was our 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) needed a variance. The meeting was held February 1, 2005 and we were denied on this first reading – re-hearing coming up next month. If any reader has any expertise in zoning matters and can offer any strategy, please REPLY.

The other issue involves our age 55-59 Ken Waldie Senior Softball team which qualified for the Nationals in Pittsburgh this summer. Our main impetus for attending is 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 needed to commit and get all the paperwork in right away, but the deadline has been extended another month.

I’ll keep you posted on our Boccedrome progress and our trip to Pittsburgh. I got a very nice email from some bocce players in the Pittsburgh area (Guy DeCarlo et al) who want to “hook up” and roll a few while we are in town – a great idea!


2nd edition news...

The 2nd edition is finally in stock! If you ordered a copy from the previous couple e-zine issues, I’ve sent it US Priority Mail.

So, I am accepting orders and can ship the next day, but this will be the last week for the special introductory price for subscribers. The 300-page book will retail in bookstores at $19.45 and at the publisher's web site for $18.75.

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Readers' feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Brian R. DeToto, Treasurer of the John Pirelli Lodge #1633 Order Sons of Italy in America sent the photo to the right and the following info...

"I've been checking out the various Bocce court pictures on your website and decided to contribute a picture of our 6 courts. These are 5 years old and reside on our Sons of Italy - John Pirelli Lodge grounds in Dayton, Ohio. The playing surface is a state-of-the-art turf specially designed for bocce play. The courts have a shelter cover and are fully illuminated for night play. We enjoy playing on these smooth courts. Our members hold a summer Men's and Women's Bocce league. We also have an annual Bocce Classic tournament and our Italian Festa open for play to the public."

Click the excellent photo of the courts to visit


{Several readers have asked why the Joy of Bocce web site doesn’t yet reflect the new book edition. I had left the first edition material posted (and for sale as collectible) while I waited for the new books to arrive. Now that they are in stock, I've updated the site. Please take another look at it. Also, I am very interested in receiving feedback from readers - testimonials are always appreciated...but also constructive criticism as I may be able to “tweak” the work in a year or so – a distinct advantage of Print-On-Demand technology.}


Peter Rabito of Huntington, NY writes...

"I wanted to ask you if you could post a question in your ezine regarding information on Lateral Epicondylitis - more commonly known as 'tennis elbow'.

Ever since July, I have been experiencing pain in my elbow. This pretty much started when I was preparing for the World Series of Bocce. Knowing that shooting is a vital aspect of the competition, I aggressively tried to hone my shooting technique. The constant repetitive motion of hurling a ball over and over eventually took its toll on my arm. Since then I have done some construction on my house which I'm sure has only
aggravated it more.

Well, I finally listened to my friend Vinnie LoIacono who pretty much threatened me to go to the doctor. He said 'if we can't go to the Superball Invitational Western Classic in California this July, I'm going to kill you...'

Not wanting to miss this event, I went to the doctor today and the diagnosis was indeed tennis elbow. Recommendations range from anti-inflammatory medication, wearing a counter-force strap during play
and stretching. Also discussed was changing how I throw bocce balls.

I would like to know if other individuals have experienced this discomfort and what they have done to alleviate the pain or get rid of it entirely. I do not believe it is something that ever actually goes away...."

{I've got the condition too - both arms. I think mine is from shoveling snow and playing softball. I'm hoping my orthopedist will "shoot me up" with a little cortisone next time I see him. Any doctors or patients in the house who can help Peter, please REPLY}


{I have completed the archiving of all back issues of the e-zine. In addition, I’ve titled the listings of the latest issues rather than posting Vol 4, #2 etc., in an effort to indicate what the e-zines include.}

Visit the archives...

Photos of the week
This week’s photos come courtesy of Mike Grasser and the Palazzo di Bocce web site.

They showcase the Palazzo and the recent Pallino d'oro tournament held there. The venue includes 10 world-class bocce courts, fine Italian dining, and much more.

An excerpt from a recent press release from the bocce palace…titled "Detroit-area 'cool factor' rises with arrival of Palazzo di Bocce"

“Theater lighting on the courts will set the right ambience, and courtside snacking and beverages will enhance the fun. Service from espresso and grappa carts will be provided by individually-assigned court hosts and hostesses, who will also pamper guests by carrying bocce balls to the court, familiarizing them with the game if necessary, then ensuring that everyone goes home friends by settling any game disputes. Individuals and groups can enjoy the camaraderie of the game on reserved courts, then have a family-style dinner waiting when play is over, if desired.”

Brian Polantz (Cleveland, Ohio) attended the Pallino d’oro…

“I competed in the Pallino D'oro Tournament this past weekend. Thirty of the nation’s top Punta Raffa Volo players competed for a $1000 first prize and a gold pallino trophy (yes real gold!). Players came from California, Florida, Georgia, New York, Ohio, Illinois and Michigan to name a few.

It was a wonderful format that ensured each player at least four games. I truly enjoyed competing with such great players on the best courts in the United States. Tony Battaglia's Pallazo di Bocce in Michigan is an amazing place. Tony is kind enough to donate his facility, all in the name of promoting the sport. I look forward to the day when bocce is televised, and this is the most likely place where it will eventually happen. I look forward to future tournaments at the Pallazo, especially the United States Championships in June.”

Men's Division Winners (see photos)

1st Jorge Moreno
2nd Jose Botto
3rd Jason Wisnewski
4th Angel Cordano

Women's Division Winners (see photos)

1st Nancy DeAngelo
2nd Teresa Passaglia
3rd Doris Perez
4th Jo Ann Jacobs

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week

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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
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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.


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.


February 19, 2005 - President’s Day Bocce Tournament
Tacoma Elks Lodge #174 - Tacoma, Washington -
4 Person Teams - $60 entry per team - Cash Prizes
Contact Tacoma’s Mr. Bocce (Anthony) @ 253-564-3310.


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.


August 20, 2005 - Palazzo di Bocce Open Tournament.
Contact Bryan Sanborn at 248-371-9987 x13 or email

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