The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 8 - February 28, 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 #8 - February 28, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

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Sorry I missed you last week. I just couldn't get the ezine completed. Publishing a weekly is a pretty ambitious undertaking. Sometimes I am too busy with other tasks, and sometimes there just isn't much new material to write about or new photos to publish. (You can help with that - please submit info/comments/questions/photos about whatever concerns you in the world of bocce. Such submissions make my job a lot easier, and improve the quality of the ezine).

On those few weeks when we do go "dark" (no ezine for the week) I'm always interested to see whether or not we are missed by readers. I'm happy to say that we are. By Wednesday I usually have a flood of emails (well, at least a trickle) wanting to know what's up. Some even complain of needing their regular "bocce fix."

Last week was a combination of too many other things occupying my time and too little new material to publish. I was busy finalizing the paperwork and details for our senior softball group's June trip to the Senior Olympics in Pittsburgh. Also, our appeal to the Salem, NH zoning board for our Ken Waldie Memorial Boccedrome (four 12' by 80' courts under a 208' long greenhouse structure) is scheduled for March 1st and that has kept me on my toes.


2nd edition news...

The 2nd edition is in stock and selling well!

I am accepting orders and can ship the next day. The 300-page book retails in bookstores for $19.45 and at the publisher's web site for $18.75.

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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.


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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}

Stephen Bertelli of Pompano Beach, Florida who previously told us about bocce on the beach sends more info and another photo...

"I talked to the group on the beach and it turns out they are French Canadian so it was a little difficult talking (or they where insulted when I called their game Bocce). The game is with metal balls that are smaller than bocce balls."

{These are pétanque/boules players. The excellent game, like lawn bowls, is a close relative of bocce. Click the picture to the right to learn more about pétanque.}


Bocce Bob Whitlow (IL) continues to keep us informed...

"Finally...the Herrin Bocce Club added both our address links to their homepage."

{Check it out by clicking the web address above - all web addresses in the ezine are now click-able...a recent and important improvement to the program that creates these ezines.

Also, Bob has a couple openings left for team sponsors in his West Frankfort Old King Coal Tournament scheduled for April 9th. Contact him at - his events are always well run and well supported by the community.}


Bryan Mero of fame sends this...

"Two bocce players in Australia face 2-yr ban from playing due to heart medicine. Might be a good subject for your next newsletter."

{Follow this story at - Browse Bryan's excellent site while you are there.}


The illustrious Dr. Cordano (FL) sends kind words re: the new book...

"Mario: You may notice that in the subject of this e-mail I wrote BOOK with capital letters, in recognition of the masterpiece on bocce that you have come up with!

Thanks in the name of the sport of bocce and congratulations for the grand slam titled: The Joy of Bocce 2nd Edition by Mario Pagnoni.

Note: It was nice to recognize in the text several comments that I have forwarded to you in the past and thanks for your finesse and kindness."

{Thanks for the compliment and thanks especially for sharing your insights into the game. Our readers benefit from Dr. C's many years of experience competing at the highest levels of bocce play.}


A delightful email from Gloria Itzkowitz (Brooklyn, NY)

"Just a note to tell you that I got your book for my husband, Willie for Christmas! He was happy enough about that, but, oh boy was he THRILLED when he saw that a couple of his pictures had made it into the book!
He was passing the book around the room to our family members (a lot who could care less about Bocce) to show them 'Look! These are OUR pictures!'
Too funny!"

{Good people like Gloria and Willie who send in photos and info make it possible for us to connect the bocce community. Thanks, and enjoy!}


Don Augustine expresses a common concern...

"I was reviewing the archives and I am very interested in the pictures of the week. When I pick an archived issue and click on the photos of the week, I get the current issue photos. Is there anyway to get the photos from the previous issues?

This is a great site and I am sure it is a great inspiration to many."

{I have wrestled with this for a long time. I change the photos each week and link to the same page. When someone clicks on Photos they get the current week's photos. I could add a new page each week to the web site, but I worry that the site will get pretty large after a year or so. Do any techies out there have any ideas on how I could make this work-able? Please REPLY.}

Visit the archives...

Photos of the week
This week’s photos come from a variety of sources.

There are a couple from Wendy Lindquist of Bridgeport, CT. Wendy operates Lindquist Landscape Design/Bella Bocce. She is building some nifty bocce courts on the east coast.

She says…

“I've been meaning to send you these pictures for some time. Unfortunately I wasn't along on this particular drive when my husband spotted the Bocciodromo. This is located up in the mountains a bit north of Lucca in Tuscany. Pretty serious bocce, wouldn't you say? I want to get back and watch them play next time we go.”

{Visit Wendy’s web site at for info on her “Custom-Designed Bocce Courts.}

Another photo is from Bryan Sanborn of Palazzo di Bocce. It’s from the Mariucci Bocce Tournament held there recently.

Several photos are courtesy of Ron and JoAnn Jacobs who sent pictures of the February 19, 2005 tourney winners at the Italian Athletic Club in Stockton, CA.

They say...

"We put together a 2 men & 1 woman open rules tournament on Feb. 19th at the Italian Athletic Club in Stockton, CA.

The way it was played: Each player had 2 balls and there would be 6 players on the same end of the court. 12 balls in all would be played from the same end. Then the players would go to the opposite end and resume play from that end. The games were played to 12 points. This type of open rules game does take a longer time to play, but a great way to play and be able to involve the ladies with the men in a highly competitive game. We began play at 9:00 am and finished at 10:30 pm playing double elimination with 18 teams on 4 courts."

1st place - Romano Lotti, JoAnn Jacobs & Ron Jacobs
2nd Place - John Dine, Elizabeth Jade Wong & Carlo Papparlardo
3rd Place - Alberico Leonardo, Judy Canclini & David Canclini

{Many thanks to all who send photos. Please follow their 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}

View this week's photos

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


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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.


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.


April 30, 2005 - Campo di Bocce - Raffa - Singles Ranking - Men contact Ben Musolf @ (408) 395-7650.

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.


May 28, 2005 - I.A.C., Stockton - Volo – Doubles (Men) contact Ron Jacobs @ (209) 957-1223. Raffa – Singles Ranking, (Women) contact JoAnn Jacobs @ (209) 957-1223.


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.
Contact Bryan Sanborn at 248-371-9987 x13 or email

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