The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 7 - February 14, 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 #7 - February 14, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844



2nd edition news...

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Readers' feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

John Ross, new president of the United States Bocce Federation writes...

"I have been very busy with bocce events in my new position as President of the USBF. We sent 28 players, 2 coaches and 6 guests to Canada in November for the North American Championships. It's hard enough making my own travel plans, but arranging airport pickups and hotel rooms for 36 people was a blast! This was after returning from the Women's World Punto, Raffa, Volo Championships in September held in Passo Fundo, Brazil.

There are many exciting events coming up this year including the National Championships at the Palazzo di Bocce June 18-25 and the World Singles Raffa Championships at the Palazzo September 18-25. There are many tournaments out here in the west also, so bocce will be keeping Andrea and I very busy this year. I hope to be able to attend some tournaments in your part of the country if my schedule allows.

{Please come and visit. In Massachusetts, we are in dire need of someone experienced in the international game to give us demonstrations, coaching, and practice games with those rules.}

We just attended and participated in the Pallino d' Oro held last week at the Palazzo.

I just bought a copy of your new edition of 'The Joy of Bocce' and am enjoying your expanded coverage of our sport. It is great to see photos of many of my friends in the book. I also enjoyed seeing the many photos of courts from across the country, including courts from
the 'left coast'!

I have to rely on friends to forward me issues of the ezine. Richard Heisler and 'Bocce Bum' Ben Musolf have kept me in the loop by forwarding issues to me. However, to make it possible for ISP challenged readers like me whose internet service intercepts your ezine, would it be possible for you to add a link on your web page that we could click and then be taken right to your current ezine? It sounds so simple, but I do not have a grasp on the magic workings of web sites and ezines.

{You can always get the ezine by clicking on the Back Issues button at I'm trying my best to keep up with the archiving. Also, you can improve your chances of the ezine getting through by Confirming your subscription - see link at bottom of ezine. Some readers are setting up free email accounts at Yahoo or Hotmail just to receive the ezine as those services don't seem to filter out much.

Hmmmm...what if I archived each issue right after I launched the ezine? Then people could go to, click on Back Issues, then access the current issue without having to contend with all the problems of email not getting through. I'll give it a try. Also thinking about The Joy of Bocce Blog...hmmmm.}

I have enclosed some additional tournament dates. These are primarily from the Northern California area, but I have also listed our Nationals and the two World Championships. The Volo Men's Worlds will be in Turin, Italy September 26 to October 1, 2005. If any of your readers are vacationing near Turin during this time, I would encourage them to stop in and watch some of the volo events. This will open up an entire new world of bocce to those who have never seen play at this level!

I hope all is well with you and your bocce friends and I wish you many happy games of bocce in 2005."

{Please follow John Ross' lead and keep us informed of bocce happenings. You don't have to be president of an organization...readers love hearing about bocce events whether they are high level competitions or backyard post-barbecue games.}


Peter Rabito of Huntington, NY writes...

"I ordered your Joy of Bocce 2nd Edition book over the holidays and I loved it! I think it is fantastic. You did a great job!"

{Thanks Pete - always looking for testimonials, book reviews, and constructive criticism. I think that, with this print on demand technology, I may be able to "tweak" the book after a year or so. Please, tell me how I can improve it - 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.}

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Photos of the week
This week’s photos come courtesy of Richard Heisler (Zio Riccardo)...he writes...

"On Saturday, February 5th, Campo di Bocce celebrated its eighth anniversary with the First Annual Maureen Albanese Valentine's Day Bocce Tournament.

Our team of Betty and Gene Sennestraro and Barbara and Richard Heisler braved the 6 hour drive through the redwoods from Eureka on California's north coast down to Silicon Valley and the beautiful and historic town of Los Gatos.

Our motivation was to participate in yet another great bocce tournament at the Campo di Bocce. We had been down in October to play Punta, Raffa, Volo and had had a wonderful time and learned a great deal about the game. This time my wife and I needed teammates and as this was a 2 man/2 woman Valentine's format, we recruited the past president of our Sons of Italy lodge and his long-suffering wife. Unfortunately Gene caught a cold the day before our departure, and while he seemed to be hanging in there on Friday, by tournament day he looked like we had just had him exhumed for the occasion. Gene is a passionate player but it took all of his resolve to survive the tournament. He played remarkably well, given the circumstances and at last report is sitting up and taking nourishment and is expected to recover fully.

We were greeted with a nice breakfast buffet and copious strong coffee, the traditional beginning to a Campo di Bocce event. The festivities started off with a welcome and announcements by Ben Musolf, the tournament organizer and a presentation celebrating the eighth year of the Campo to Tom Albanese, the owner and founder of the Restaurant/Bocce Club by John Ross, president of the USBF.

Campo di Bocce has four indoor and four outdoor courts in a charming garden setting. Despite this being the depths of California winter and cooler than we might have hoped, it didn't rain either before or during the games. The oyster shell courts were fast, though the ability to read their idiosyncrasies was vital. Many frames were won by skillful buttonhook rolls and any inattention to the court surface was punished mercilessly.

Twenty teams played a four game round robin, interrupted by a great sit down lunch (an athletic event in itself). The teams were divided into four pools of 5 teams each. With 55 minutes allowed for each round, all teams got four games in the five preliminary rounds. Two teams from each pool moved into the quarter-finals which led to the semi-final and final rounds to determine the overall winner.

Under the lights team Napoli beat out the Centrals for first and the Fuhgetaboutits won over Pepe Rosso for third. In spite of hours of appetizers provided by the Campo, an optional sit down dinner was on offer for a nominal price and included excellent music. As they say: 'A good time was had by all'. Now about that six hour drive...again..."

{Many thanks to Zio Riccardo, not only for the excellent pictures, but also for his eloquent description of the event. Please follow his lead and submit info on bocce in your neck of the woods. This cooperation from bocce aficionados is the lifeblood of The Joy of Bocce Weekly.}

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Bocce product of the week
Court Maintenance Tools

I’ve seen all kinds of home-made court maintenance brushes and scrapers. Two things have always struck me about them. 1 – they look like they are home-made and 2 – they tend to be HEAVY.

Manufactured by Lee Tennis (makers of the Har-Tru surface), these court maintenance tools created for tennis courts works exceptionally well for bocce courts.

The 7-foot drag brush is light-weight and, even if you have a 13- or 14-foot wide court, you can smooth it over with just two passes. This is quick enough to do between games without players standing around waiting very long. Bristles are 4 ½ inches of synthetic fibers and the strong but light-weight frame is aluminum. Retails for $139.95 plus shipping.


This strangely named 30” wide device is actually two implements in one. It is an all-aluminum combination tool for scarifying, leveling, and removing loose court material.

Strong and sturdy, the tool is light enough to handle with ease and is excellent for spreading new material during top-dressing. The concave shape of the 30” wide blade allows the tool to “float” along the surface without digging in. Use the serrated edge to scrape material from high spots, then flip the tool over to rake and smooth that spot and drag the loose material to fill in a lower point.

Retails for $50.95 plus shipping.

The lute/scarifier and 7-foot drag brush should be all the maintenance tools a bocce court owner needs.

Click to order or to learn more about court maintenance tools...

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 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 Bill Schlaefer @ (408) 379-9409.


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 10, 2005 - Waterloo, Stockton - Open - 4 Players Youth (8th grade or 12 years old or younger) - contact Annette De Pauli @ (209) 931-4594.


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 23, 2005 - East Portal, Sacramento Open – 4 Players. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ (209) 296-6151.


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 Bill Kantana @ (925) 228-3635.


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 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 20, 2005 - Palazzo di Bocce Open Tournament.
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