The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. IV, Issue 9 - March 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 #9 - March 7, 2005
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2005
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

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Hello bocce buddies,

We lost 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). So, we are going back to the drawing board. We must decide if we want to litigate or go back to the board with a new proposal, perhaps reducing the size of the structure. We'll keep you posted.

If we ever get the project approved, we'll have a dedication and kick-off tourney and post pictures of the event as Photos of the Week. Stay tuned.


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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Readers' feedback
Readers’ Feedback

{Publisher’s comments in brackets}

Joe Zajac, president of the Michigan Pétanque Club writes...

"I'm currently working with Bryan Sanborn at Palazzo di
Bocce on a 'Battle of the Boules' event.

One week, their Bocce players will come to our
Pétanque Boulodrome. The next week, we visit their
Palazzo to play some Bocce.

Then we'll see whose group of boule throwers can play
both sports best! It should be a great event. Maybe
you can alert the Bocce players in the area in case
they want to stop by the Boulodrome to root on their
fellow Bocce players.

Check our website for developing details, or email (, or call me (248-705-3700) if you have any questions."


Sunday, March 20, 2005 @ 12:00 p.m. - Bordine Boulodrome - Pétanque

Sunday, March 20, 2005 @ 4:30 p.m. - Palazzo di Bocce -Bocce

{Sounds like a great idea to me - that's Michigan Pétanque VP Jeff Widen in the photo holding the Battle of the Boules cup - check out - I trust someone will send photos of the event.}


Bob Goetz of North Carolina offers some excellent feedback...

"Mario - a suggestion to make your Tournament Section more readable:

Immediately after each date, place the country (where appropriate), state, city/town. This would allow the reader to look quickly thru the list, by date, to find tournament locations near to them. At the present time, not all info is listed and it is up to the reader to decipher. For example, some of us may not know where Waterloo, Stockton, Bellingham Bay, etc. are located. The place info would also be in a uniform, consistent location.

Enjoy your letters."

{Excellent suggestion - I've implemented it already where I was able to (sometimes I don't know where the cities are either). Please let me know what you think of the new format - REPLY - the format indicates that California bocce groups either offer the most tourneys or their leaders are more likely to submit their tourney info. Please encourage leaders in your area to submit tourney and other info.}


Greg Stepp asks...

"Is there a web site that publishes how many people in the US play Bocce Ball?"

{I don't know of one - can any reader help with this question?}


Florida's Guy Tomasello writes...

"I received your autographed book and I enjoyed it more than your first. Great Job, you’re the best (at least in North America). The reason I am writing this is to ask you to post our first open tournament for a worthy local charity. We recently joined the United States Bocce Federation as a group. The name is Sons of Italy in America Lodge #2780 out of Saint Augustine, Florida.

Please post that we are having our second 'Bocce on the Beach' tournament which will be our first Open on May 14, 2005. It is a fundraiser for Northeast Florida Community Hospice. It is called 'Bocce on the Beach' because our courts of crushed coquina are a hundred yards from the Atlantic Ocean in Saint Augustine."

{Always happy to post tourney info - please send dates, location including city and state as well as specifics (how many players per team, open rules, etc.).


Sean Kearney has some bocce vacation property on Cape Cod...

"I am writing to all of the bocce enthusiasts out there that I thought may be interested in playing bocce in their backyard while vacationing on the world famous Cape Cod.

We recently purchased a house on Cape Cod and completely remodeled the property including adding a new yard and lit bocce court for all to enjoy. You can view the property at and search under the property ID # 7091 {or just click the link below}. The house is available year round and is conveniently located within walking distance to town, the beach, restaurants, Saquatucket Harbor and a ferry to Nantucket and for fishing charters. Click below to view the property and email with inquiries.

Check out the bocce/vacation property...

Photos of the week
This week’s photos come from Joey Helleny and Diane Hammann of the Herrin Bocce Club (Herrin, IL).

Dianne says…

“This is a group picture of the 24 die-hard bocce players who participated in the first Klondike at the Herrin Bocce Club courts. We had a great time and it was a good day for a Klondike. It was cold, it sleeted a little and we had a few snow flurries also. As you can see by the picture, we had a little fire going which helped with the cold."

Herrin Bocce Club webmaster Joey Helleny added...

"Here are photos from our first Herrin Bocce Club Klondike Tournament on February 19, 2005. Twenty-four players endured the freezing temperatures. And before the day was over, we ever saw a few snowflakes."

{Thanks for the photos - I'm guessing it's termed a 'Klondike' because it is played outdoors in the dead of winter.

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


April 9, 2005 - California - Los Gatos - 4 Person Open USBF - contact Bill Schlaefer @ (408) 379-9409.


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


April 10, 2005 - California - 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 - California - North Shore Lake Tahoe - Open – 4 Person Teams - Tahoe Biltmore - Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


May 14, 2005 - Florida - St. Augustine - Bocce at the Beach - Sponsored by the Sons of Italy, St. Augustine Lodge # 2780 to benefit Northeast Florida Community Hospice. Limited to 30 two-person teams. US Bocce Federation open rules. Contact Guy Tomasello @ 824-7043 or


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


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


June 5, 2005 - California - Sutter Creek - Open – 4 Players. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ (209) 296-6151.


June 18 - 25, 2005 - Michigan - Orion - U.S. National Bocce Championships – Palazzo di Bocce, 4291 S. Lapeer Rd, Orion, MI 48359. Contact Bryan Sanborn at 248-371-9987 x13 or


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


July 4, 2005 - California - Martinez - Fourth of July Tournament - Open – 2 person team. Martinez Bocce Federation - Waterfront Park. Contact Bill Kantana @ (925) 228-3635.


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


July 16, 2005 - California - Fairfield - John Magnetti Mem. Tourn. Open – 4 person team - Fairfield Bocce Federation, 1200 Civic Center Dr. 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 - Michigan - Palazzo di Bocce Open Tournament. Contact Bryan Sanborn at 248-371-9987 x13 or email


September 18 - 25, 2005 - Michigan – Orion - World Bocce Championships – Palazzo di Bocce, 4291 S. Lapeer Rd, Orion, MI 48359. Contact Bryan Sanborn at 248-371-9987 x13 or

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