The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. V, Issue 11 - March 13, 2006 
•   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 5, Issue #11 - March 13, 2006
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2006
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

Hello sports friends,

This past weekend we honored our late friend and former member of our Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit board of directors, Harvey Lewis. We entered a team in his name in the New England Senior Basketball Tournament (half court, 3-on-3). We were "Harvey's Friends Plus a Rebounder" (you always need a big guy down low).

We won a bronze medal in our division (age 50 - old buck like me...age 58, can play with the younger guys, but not vice versa).

Against one of the top teams in New England we scored a whopping 78 points - very impressive for playing only two fifteen minute halves (running time). Unfortunately, the others guys shot about 85% from the field, and scored 101 points. We think it might be an area record for total points by two teams in a single game. Hey, defense is highly over-rated!

Time to start thinking about outdoor bocce. Keep the ball rolling...


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Bocce news & readers' feedback
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Reina from Honduras contacts us again - this time to send a photo of the bocce venue where they are teaching the game to newcomers to the sport. That's the picture to the right...


Bocce Bob Whitlow explains how cash prizes (generated from playing fees and sponsorship monies) are awarded at his season's end...

"Each game is played to nine. The winner of each game also receives 5 bonus points for winning the game, so if a team won all three games they obtain 42 maximum points for the evening.

The loser in each game gets to keep the points they obtained in each game. Say a team won two games and lost one - they would get 9+5 bonus for the first game, 9+5 bonus for the second...since they did not win the last game, but scored 7 points in their loss, they would receive only the 7 points...for a total of 14+14+7, 35 points for the night.

The teams keep their points from week to week creating a running total for the weekly standings. The league estimates that a grand total of 4830 points can be obtained by all eight teams for a 21 week period. At 50 cents a point, we pay back to the teams on points earned.

Our team accumulated 640 points. We will receive a check for $320.00 or $80.00 per player.

We also present eight special awards with the recipients voted on the last night's play. With these come a nice plaque and a $50.00 check from the league. Categories are: best female hitter, best female pointer, best male hitter, best male pointer, sportsperson of the year, most improved player of the year, female player of the year and male player of the year."

{Interesting way to award the winners something other than medals or trophies. I've always been partial to jackets or sweatshirts with our logo and "Bocce League Champions" on them. The winners can wear them around town. They get "bragging rights," and we get a few more people walking around the community "advertising" our programs.}


Bede Kortegast of Playaboule sends this good news in response to recent requests for bocce software...

"You can download a free demo version of the tournament software from our web site. It is fully functional but you cannot save or print. I took a lot of time researching trying to find a suitable software and this stuff is a winner. We work closely with the developer in Germany and the price cannot be beaten."

Download demo here...


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Tom McNutt writes...

"I had a chance to visit the Italian Athletic Club in Stockton, CA two weeks ago, where the US Bocce Nationals were held a couple years back. It was awesome to be in a hall with 140 people gathered as they do on most Wednesday nights to share a meal, their heritage, and some bocce.

This was a small night for them. In the warmer months folks will spill from the indoor courts out onto the 10 outdoor alleys and the fun continues. This was a great day for me and a wonderful community to witness. In case anyone was curious... Bocce is alive and well in Stockton, California."


"We held our first outdoor tournament of 2006. The weather cooperated. Heavy fog in the morning, sun breaks by noon, and light snow by the finals. Perfect weather for bocce in the northwest.

We played on two courts surfaced with Boccemon RainCountry Blend. Entry fees went to the club's general fund and to support our memberships in the US Bocce Federation. Once again, we all won. Next stop, the Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament to benefit HOSPICE of Whatcom County, April 29, 2006."

Click to learn about the rules of our game...

Photos of the week
This week’s pictures show how the speed shooting event works in the international volo game. I've made this a separate page on the web site so that it will be permanently available (not just this week). To navigate there, web surfers can click on SpeedShooting from the International Rules or Volo Play pages.

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Bocce 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.

7' Drag Brush

Manufactured by Lee Tennis (makers of the Har-Tru surface), this court maintenance tool 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 $149.95 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 $54.95 plus shipping.

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

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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}

Fine line of health and nutrition products from Market America...

I discovered this company's excellent products ten years ago and have been one of the faithful ever since.

Many of the supplements (Isotonix) are in an "isotonic state." By adding a specified amount of water to these powdered vitamins they approximate the composition of your body fluids. There is no need for digestion, the product passing directly into the small intestine and the blood stream. It becomes what nutritionists call bio-available, not like pills and tablets which are poorly assimilated by the body.

Health & Nutrition - offers vitamin and mineral supplements, antioxidants, weight-management formulas, heart-health supplements and more.

Product lines include...

Antioxidants - Isotonix Antioxidant, Isotonix Maximum ORAC Formula, Isotonix OPC-3, and Oxygen Plus.

Blood Sugar Maintenance - Advanced Level 90 and Isotonix Isochrome.

Bone & Joint Health - Glucosatrin and Isotonix Calcium Plus.

Children's Health - Isotonix Might-A-Mins

Customized Nutrition - Gene SNP DNA Analysis, Isotonix Champion Blend, Isotonix Custom Cocktail, and Isotonix Custom Formula.

Digestive Health - Isotonix Digestive Enzyme w/Probiotics, NutriClean, and Ultimate Aloe Juice.

Energy and Mind Enhancement - Bliss: Anti-Stress Formula, Caffeine Free Energy Drinks, Mochatonix, and Vita-Mind.

General Health - Complete Greens, Isotonix Mineral Blast, Isotonix MultiTech, Isotonix Vitamin B-12, and Isotonix Vitamin C.

Heart Health - Essential Omega III Fish Oil with Vitamin E, Heart Health System, Isotonix Coenzyme Q10, LipiTrim Ultra Advanced Cholesterol Support Formula, and TriActive Arterial, Cholesterol & Homocysteine Support Formula.

Men's Health - MPC: Maximum Prostate Care

Sports Nutrition - Torch: After Burn, and Torch: Pre-Burn

Vision Health - Isotonix Vision Formula with Lutein

Weight Management - ThermoChrome Ephedra Free, Transitions Anti-Stress Formula, Transitions CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid), Transitions Carbohydrate Absorption Inhibitor, Transitions Entrees, Transitions Fat Conversion Inhibitor, Transitions Kit, Transitions Snacks, and Transitions TC AMP.

Women's Health - Feminene

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Tournament update
{chronological order}

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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.


March 18, 2006 - California - Stockton - Waterloo Gun & Bocci Club - Open - 4-person teams. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314 or


March 24, 25, 26 - Florida - Cape Coral. THE CAPE CORAL WORLD SERIES OF BOCCE. 4 person teams - Round Robin Format - Minimum of Three Games. 1st Place $6000.00 (Guaranteed), 2nd Place $2,500.00, 3rd Place $1,500.00, 4th Place $500.00, 5th Place $500.00. Contact GEORGE P. FURLAN @ 239-275-9968 or 1-800-226-0604, Cell: 239-229-2348.


March 25, 2006 - Massachusetts - North Andover - Bocce fund-raiser for North Andover High School Softball. $100 entry fee covers prizes, tourney play and pizza. Coach Brian Martin hopes to raise funds for softball equipment. Contact him at or 978-685-3336.


March 26, 2006 - Florida - The Punta Gorda ELKS Lodge Each participant must be an ELK (any lodge). Double elimination - four-person team, one sub allowed. $100.00 entrance fee. First, Second and Third prize money. 50% of the proceeds go to a charity and the other 50% will go towards the prize money. For more details contact George Farruggio @ 941-575-0482 or


March 31 - April 1, 2006 - Arizona - Phoenix - $200 team entry / 4 person teams and $4000.00 first prize. Second place = $2,000, 3rd = $1,000, 4th = $500. Contact Pasquale D'Aliesio @ 602-569-9149 or


April 8, 2006. Massachusetts - North Andover. Bocce fund-raiser for Methuen High School Baseball. $100 entry fee covers prizes, tourney play and pizza. Coach Fabrizio hopes to raise funds for batting practice L-screens. Contact him at


April 8, 2006 – California - Los Gatos. Campo di Bocce - Open, 4 person teams. Contact Bill Schlaefer @408-379-9409.


April 15, 2006 – California - Stockton. Italian Athletic Club. Open, 4 person teams. Contact Ron Jacobs @209- 957-1223 or


April 22, 2006 - California - San Francisco - Orange Ave. Mem. Park - Triples (3-person teams) - Open rules - contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.


April 22, 2006 - South Carolina - Charleston - 6th Annual Slate Bocce Bash benefits Special Olympics of the Lowcountry. Contact Paula Byers at 843-795-5316 or or visit .


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.


April 29, 2006 - California - Concord - 10:00 AM. American Bocce Association is conducting a FREE Learn how to Play Punta, Raffa, Volo class at Concord Bocce Federation. To register, call Alfredo Herrera 510-787-2317.


April 29, 2006 – California - Sacramento. East Portal Bocce Club. Open, 4 person teams. Contact Rick Wagstaff @209-296-6151 or


May 6, 2006 – California - San Mateo. Peninsula Italian American Social Club. Women’s Open, 4 person teams. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.


May 6, 2006 – California - San Mateo. Peninsula Italian American Social Club. Men’s Punto, Raffa, Volo, 3 person teams. Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.


May 6, 2006 - Florida - Saint Augustine Beach. Charity event to benefit USO of Northeast Florida. OPEN - 2 person team - USBF OPEN RULES. Surface:Clay and Mixed Sand. Barbeque included with fee of $20.00 Paid in Advance or $25.00 day of Tournament. Contact Guy Tomasello @ 904-82-7043 or


May 13, 2006 - California - Martinez - Debbie Gerow Memorial Bocce Tournament/The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Fundraiser - Open – 4 person team. Contact Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169.


May 13, 2006 – California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce. Punto, Raffa, Volo, Singles, Men’s Ranking Tournament. Contact Ben Musolf @408-857-0074 or


May 20, 2006 - California - South San Francisco - Open -2 men/2 women - IACC - Orange Ave. Mem. Park. Contact Rudy Bertolozzi @ 650-583-9936.


May 20, 2006 – California - Carmel Valley (Carmel Valley Athletic Club). Open, 4 person teams (2 Men, 2 Women). Contact Janelle Ansberry @ 831-915-0727.


May 27, 2006 – California - Carmel Valley (Carmel Valley Athletic Club) Open, 4 person teams (2 Men, 2 Women). Contact Janelle Ansberry @ 831-915-0727.


June 3, 2006 - California - Fairfield - Women’s Tournament - Open – 4 person teams - Fairfield Bocce Federation, 1200 Civic Center Dr. Contact Richard Meccette @ 707-434-0190.


June 3 - 4, 2006 – California - Sutter Creek (Italian Benevolent Society) - Open, 4 person teams (No more than two men per team). Oldest continuous Italian Festa in the United States. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151 or


June 10, 2006 – California - Martinez - Volo, 2 person. Western Sector Championships. Contact Jarrod Garner @ 925-783-6796.


June 17, 2006 - California - Crockett - ABA Raffa Championships - 3-person teams - Crockett Bocce Federation. Crockett Community Center, 850 Pomona St. MUST HAVE ABA CARD - contact Dick Gomez @ 707-554-9916.


June 19 – 24, 2006 – Missouri - St. Louis. Italia-America Club. United States National Championships: Open and Club Punto, Raffa, Volo. Contact Robert Della Croce @ 314-773-5574 (after 7:00 PM CST) or email


July 4, 2006 – California - Martinez - Open (Two person teams, four balls each. Each team’s players are stationed at opposite ends of the court). Contact Russ Calhoun @ 925-295-2003.


July 8, 2006 – California - Livermore - Campo di Bocce of Livermore. Open, 4 person teams. Contact Mario Veltri @ 925-437-5868.


July 14 - 16, 2006 - Ohio - Dayton. Bocce Classic XII at the John Pirelli Lodge will feature over 70 teams competing for over $7500 in prize money. This annual charity tournament will raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House of Dayton and the Dayton House of Bread. For entry information go to


July 15, 2006 - California - Fairfield - John Magnetti Memorial Tournament. Open Rules – 4 person teams - Fairfield Bocce Federation, 1200 Civic Center Dr. - Contact Richard Meccette @ 707-434-0190.


July 15, 2006 – California - San Jose. St. Frances Cabrini. Frank Guidace Memorial, ICF #191. Open, 4 person teams. Contact Betty Antuzzi @ 408-559-4268.


July 22, 2006 – California - Livermore. Campo di Bocce of Livermore. Punto, Raffa, Volo. Western Sector Championships, 3 person teams. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074 or


July 29, 2006 – California - San Rafael. Marin Bocce Federation. Women’s Open, 2 person teams. Contact: Diana Pellegrini @ 415-485-5583 or


July 29 - 30, 2006 - West Virginia - Wheeling. Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival Bocce Tournament. Visit for more info.

August 12, 2006 - California - Fairfield - ABA Senior Championships, Open – 4 person teams. Must be age 55 and over - MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Traci Peters @ 916-456-7169.


August 19, 2006 - California - South San Francisco - Women’s Tournament - Open – 4 person team - SO SF IACC Orange Ave. Mem. Park. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-871-7732.


September 10, 2006 - Colorado - Fort Collins - "Bocce for Meals" Tournament to raise funds for Meals on Wheels for Fort Collins. Open Rules. Contact Valerie DiBenedetto @ 970-232-3028


September 23 & 24, 2006 - Maryland - Baltimore. The Baltimore Italian Festival 2006. Contact Elio at

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