The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. V, Issue 18 - May 1, 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 #18 - May 1, 2006
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2006
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

Hello again bocce friends,

Under the category "No rest for the weary," we are following up our senior basketball season and 3-on-3 tournament by gearing up for softball. Our age 50 and up slow pitch softball league will be up and running in a couple weeks just as our bocce playoffs conclude.

For our bocce playoffs, we've decided to place our 8 four-person teams in a one-day double elimination tournament (we just copy the format out of an Amateur Softball Association tourney bracket book).

It will go this way - the team that finished first in the regular season will play the one that finished 8th, 2 plays 7, 3 vs. 6, and 4 vs. 5. Two losses and you are eliminated. An awards ceremony and a luncheon of pizza, meat pies, and spinach pies follows.

I’ve ordered some gold jackets for the winning teams (with our logo embroidered in blue). These were a big hit at our recent 3-on-3 hoop tourney. Everybody wanted one – the spectators, the EMT, the high school custodian…I always prefer awarding articles of clothing rather than trophies, medals, or cash prizes. The winners get “bragging rights” and our group gets a few more people walking around the community advertising for us by sporting our logo.


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Bocce news & readers' feedback
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Rosa Magnus, the Competition Manager for Special Olympics Minnesota, needs to track down some of Chris Pfeiffer's Backyard Bocce Courts - the vinyl mesh ones that used to sell for about $350.

Pfeiffer recently discontinued the product since it didn't sell nearly as well as his one- and two-inch vinyl boundary courts.

Tom "Boccemon" McNutt has one such court which he used only once and he is willing to part with it at a discounted rate. I am hoping that other readers might know where we might locate others.

Rosa would like four courts for "our Special Olympics state competition that is in August."

Please REPLY if you know where we could locate new or used Backyard Bocce vinyl mesh courts. Picture - above right - is the kind we are looking for...


Joe Zajac, president of the Michigan Petanque Club writes to let us know that there may be a bocce/petanque competition after the upcoming Pallino d'Oro event.

"Mike Grasser is holding a bocce tournament the weekend of May 5th. I guess he has 24+ people attending {a singles event - Highwood, IL}, many from Michigan, many from Chicago, but the rest are from other states; Florida, New York, California, etc.

Since Mike and I happen to be close friends, we've decided to match up our crews along with a brand new petanque club in Chicago after his tournament. And we'll likely have a petanque tournament...the CPC, my MPC, and Mike's bocce guys on Sunday, May 7th. The location will likely be Forest Park, 9 miles west of Chicago. So we'll see how the bocce guys do against our petanquers."

{Great! This will make a great "photos of the week" spread - Bocce Meets Petanque - please send pics.}


Bocce Ball Sets


News from Ben Musolf of Campo di Bocce fame...

"After many conversations regarding the selection process for the North American Games that will be hosted at Campo di Bocce of Livermore October 12, 13, 14 and 15, 2006, a decision has been made.

The top three finishing teams in the club competition that will be held in St. Louis at the National Championships will be invited to represent the United States in the North American Championships in October. The Fourth men's team will be granted to the host sector which is the Western Sector.

This decision was made by the Singles ranking committee by way of suggestion due to the inability of the East and Midwest Sectors to host the recommended three singles ranking tournaments in a year. This inability is due mainly in part to the massive amount of distance required for travel in order to participate in such named ranking events.

With this decision being made, two of the three singles tournaments in the Western Sector have been canceled. May 13, 2006 at Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos and August 26, 2006 in Martinez. The September 16 tournament which is currently a singles tournament will be relocated to Livermore and treated as a qualifying event for the one team granted to the Western Sector. The format is still up in the air - it may remain a singles tournament or it may become a two day tourney with the international format of team play with the triples, singles, doubles format. That decision will be made in the near future.

In regards to the women representing the United States in the North American Championships, there are currently three women's singles ranking tournaments scheduled. One in Livermore, one in Los Gatos and one in Martinez (According to our web site). We will definitely need to decide how we are going to field the three women's teams (from across our country) since there will not be singles tournaments in the East and Midwest (unless they will be scheduled later), or at the nationals coming up in June."

{Contact Ben at or 408-857-0074.}

Click for more info on Backyard Bocce portable courts...

Photos of the week
This week's photos were submitted by Boccemon Tom McNutt. He says...

"In recent months I have made three trips to the Portland area and been pleasantly surprised at the interest in bocce. There are quite a few private courts and a handful of public ones. Attached photos are of the North Park Block courts near Old Town Portland and Cuneo Cellars.

In recent years Portland gave huge tax breaks to businesses willing to come build up the Downtown area. Now it is thriving with urban condos and excellent food and drink. I was contacted by a few people who are hoping to resurface these park block courts.

Two new bocce venues are in the planning stages in the downtown area. One is called Atwater Place, a residential community, and is in the 34th block of the South Park District. The other is big news! Campo di Bocce has been looking for a spot to expand their awesome concept. Having enjoyed the feel of the Los Gatos club, I really look forward to the chance to experience the joy of bocce in a Portland franchise of Campo di Bocce.

I really liked the simple score boards that were mounted on the light poles. Easy to replace if vandalized while small enough to be unobtrusive. Also was pleased to see the US Bocce Federation 'Open Rules' posted on a similar sign board.

Note that the parks were able to raise some funds by selling an engraved plate to be mounted on either side of the court at throw lines and midcourt, and the detail denoting the Ponzi's contribution to this project ( ). There are many ways to pay for courts. This is the most tasteful and functional way to sell advertising I have seen. Engraved bricks around the court area can be sold to offset costs as well. The Marin Bocce Federation implemented this method and seems that they sold quite a few.

This perimeter design has the most active rails I have ever played on due to the density of the wood rails and the way they are 'embedded' in the cement sides and ends. Unfortunate surface but again, they are looking to remedy this problem. We like to play as much of the year as weather will allow in Washington. If the court doesn't drain - we cannot play. What good is such a court? Also, if you like to work really hard maintaining your court perhaps you would rather have a Zen Rock Garden and play bocce on the lawn. I hope they will resurface their courts soon so that more folks will enjoy the community this sport can build.

The Cuneo courts ( ) are an interesting study. Synthetic building materials for the sides attached about every two feet or less. They have league play during the few months of the year the courts are playable and it is a great way to have visitors come to a winery and spend the day. Wedding receptions or corporate gatherings benefit from having bocce available.

The biggest problem with courts in the Portland area is that the perimeters get all the attention and funding. They hit a budget crunch on the most important part of the court. The playing surface. We don't play pool in our driveways although we could. We hope that the popularity of the sport will motivate them to resurface one day soon. Great wine and really nice folks at Cuneo.

We look forward to adding the Oregon Bocce Tour to our Washington and California Tour links."

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 - Bone and Joint Health – Glucosatrin

From the company web site...

"Featuring special nutrients and herbs, Glucosatrin helps relieve joint stiffness caused by overactivity and helps reduce the overall stress on your body caused by aging or being overweight. Glucosatrin also promotes healthy cartilage and helps maintain appropriate levels of the vitamins and minerals that control bone resorption "

{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 Glucosatrin and other health products

Tournament update
{chronological order}

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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


October 8, 2006 - Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament will raise funds for the Joey Fund. The Sportszone, 7 "A" Street - Derry, NH. Visit the event's web site at .

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