The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. V, Issue 17 - April 24, 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 #17 - April 24, 2006
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2006
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

Hello bocce gang,

I am still recuperating from a very tough weekend as our nonprofit group ran two big events on Saturday. First was a senior basketball tournament (3-on-3) with teams from all over New England in the following age brackets: age 50-59 (4 teams), 60-64 (4 teams), 65-69 (4 teams), 70+ (2 teams). The event was in honor of one of our board of directors (Harvey Lewis) who passed away recently. It was a lot of work organizing, but the event was a smashing success and all were pleased, especially the Lewis family.

Often, a team or two is shorthanded, as someone who was supposed to play for the Rhode Island team couldn't attend, or someone from Vermont came up lame, etc. I filled in and played for several different teams because I am at a "good" age - I'm 59 and filled in with the "young pups" and was close enough to 60 that they let me slide in to help out the short-handed 60-64 teams. It was great fun, but by the end of the tourney I was "running on fumes" and was nearly comatose the following day!

The second event (in the evening after we wrapped up the hoop tourney) was a birthday party with a bocce theme for a 14-year-old Andover, Mass. girl and her friends. See this week's photos below for details on that gala happening. Please feel free to copy the model of our Birthday Bocce Bash if you would like to run similar parties in your area.


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Bocce news & readers' feedback
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Bill Jones of Chilliwack, Canada sends the first photo (right) of his indoor bocce setup. He promises more to follow. Bill was one of the first to copy our lead - using vinyl fence posts as borders for a court set up on carpet.


Another Canadian, Toni Bos writes...

"I am writing an encyclopedia of hobbies and interests for the North American market, called Things To Do When You`d Rather Not Watch TV. In addition to a description, photos, and resources, a personal story will be featured to help readers understand the activity better. I was hoping that you would have such a story. Maybe you have an amusing anecdote, favorite memory or interesting story?"

{Can any reader submit such a piece? Below is my favorite - adapted from The Joy of Bocce 2nd Edition...}

It’s Easy!

My friend, four-year-old Ryan Hamilton, has watched the adults playing bocce at my house many times.

A Monday morning league, we have coffee and pastry, then play games separated by short breaks for additional libations and more food. Ryan, already an avid sports fan (NE Patriots, Boston Red Sox), became so enamored of the game that he asked for a bocce set for Christmas. Santa delivered. Recently he taught his parents and sister how to play. "It's easy," he said. "First you eat. Then you roll some balls. Then you eat again!"

{Send your anecdote - I'll forward it to Toni Bos - but I might steal it for the bocce ezine first.}

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Sandro Martignetti of Martignetti Enterprises, Inc. (Masonry, Hardscape and Landscape Supply) informs us that the Martignetti family charity bocce tournament will raise funds this October for the Joey Fund. The event is set for Sunday, October 8, 2006 at The Sportszone, 7 "A" Street - Derry, NH.

Visit the event's web site at and the company site at


Michael Fortunato sends news from Connecticut...

"On Friday, May 19, the Wethersfield Chapter of UNICO National is holding a dance at the Wethersfield Community Center from 7pm-11pm with the goal of raising money to build bocce courts at Millwoods Park.

The event has been dubbed 'Bocce-Palooza!' Music will be provided by The Accounting Crows. In addition to the live music, pizza, snacks, setups, dessert and coffee will be provided at this BYOB event. Tickets are only $20 and the dance is open to the public.

Mike Fortunato, Past President of the Wethersfield chapter, stated that his Bocce Committee has already raised about half the funds required to build the courts, and Bocce-Palooza is an opportunity for the chapter to reach their goal.

UNICO’s plan is to build and donate two 70’x12’ bocce courts to encourage all people in town, both young and old, to play this great game as well as to promote our Italian heritage.

To supplement this effort, Memorial Brick Pavers are being sold at one hundred dollars ($100.00) apiece, which will be installed around the bocce courts."

For more information, call Mr. Fortunato at 860-529-3828 or email him at

Donations to Wethersfield Unico can be sent to:
Wethersfield Unico, 28 Fairmont Street, Wethersfield, CT 06109.

Click for portable courts by Backyard Bocce...

Photos of the week
This week's photos show off our recent Birthday Bocce Bash for a 14-year-old and 31 of her friends.

The host put all 32 birthday guests on one of 8 teams of 4 players, naming them after some of the birthday girl's favorite things - precious gems. Teams were Diamond, Opal, Topaz, Amethyst, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, and Pearl. Four teams were in Group I and the other four made up Group II.

The teams played within their groups - a 20 minute game, then the winners played and the losers played (they preferred the term non-winners).

Next it was time for pizza and hot dogs.

While the guests dined, we put the teams into two new groups based on their win/loss record and point differential. The new groups were The Precious Gems bracket and the Costume Jewelry bracket.

We played a little more (20 minute time limit), with the new brackets ensuring that players competed with teams more nearly at the same skill level.

As an added twist we turned down the house lights and played with Playaboule's excellent light up bocce balls. These were a big hit with the kids.

A retired teacher (32 years), I had almost forgotten how much energy teenagers have. They got a little rambunctious near the end, but this was a terrific party. The parents did a great job creating an event where teenagers could have good wholesome fun in a safe environment.

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Glo Boules by Playaboule

We tried this new product recently during a Bocce Birthday Bash for a 14-year-old girl and her 31 guests. The light up balls were the hit of the party.

They are solid plastic and more durable than other light up balls that I have evaluated. The rambunctious teenagers were bouncing these balls off the floor and off the court side and end boards with reckless abandon - and the LEDs kept on flashing properly.

This product is very reliable and vastly superior to similar light up balls I have tried. Comes in a handy and attractive nylon carry case. Balls are 73 mm - two red, two blue, two green, two yellow and a small white object ball. {I'd prefer four balls of one color and four of another. And I'd also favor a larger size - 90 to 107 mm - Despite these minor objections, this is by far the best product of its kind that I have seen.

Click to view more info on Playaboule's Glo Boules...

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}

Health & Nutrition - Blood Sugar Maintenance - Isotonix Isochrome

From the company web site...

"Featuring chromium, which is thought to work with insulin to promote proper uptake and use of blood sugar by your muscles, Isotonix Isochrome also plays a role in fat metabolism, helps increase energy and stamina, helps to manage weight and contains coenzyme Q10 for energy production."

{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.}

Click the link below to get more info...improve your health and maybe even your bocce game too!

Click for more info on Market America Isotonix Isochrome and other health products

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.


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.


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 5 - 7, 2006 - Illinois - Highwood. Pallino d'Oro - Men's International Rules Rafa Singles Championship. Men's Competition (Highwood Bocce Club) begins Friday morning at 8:00 AM. Participants must reside in USA. Contact Mike Grasser @ 248-505-4744 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 - AAU National Raffa Championships - 3-person teams - Crockett Bocce Federation. Crockett Community Center, 850 Pomona St. MUST HAVE ABA or AAU 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 8, 2006 - Massachusetts - North Andover. Massachusetts Senior Games (must be age 50 and above). Contact Mario Pagnoni @ 978-686-8679 or


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 5, 2006 – California - Stockton. Italian Athletic Club - Open - Western Sector Championships, 4 person teams. Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223 or


August 12, 2006 - California - Fairfield - AAU Senior National Championships, Open – 4 person teams. Must be age 55 and over - MUST HAVE ABA or AAU 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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