The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. V, Issue 22 - June 19, 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 #22 - June 19, 2006
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2006
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

Bocce friends,

Sorry, no publication last week. My non-profit group is into softball season in a big way and I just had too much going on with senior sports to put any time into the ezine.

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Bocce news & readers' feedback
{Publisher's comments in brackets...}

Jill Hannemann writes with a commonly asked question...

"We recently put a bocce ball court in and can't seem to find a nice scoreboard ANYWHERE? I've searched the internet high and low and can't find anything functional, attractive, useful. Can you steer me in the right direction, let me know any good links or websites or where to continue my search?"

{Here are some places to research - there is quite a variety of scoreboards to choose from...} (Tom McNutt) (Peter Rabito) (Rico Daniele) 413-732-8941 (David Brewer) 415-461-8842


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Dick Gomez of Vallejo, CA writes with news of AAU Bocce...

"We're getting back into the Bocce groove out here-finally, sun and warmth. Things seem to warming up for AAU Bocce, too. AAU has a regional Junior Olympics out here at UC Davis July 1-2 this year, and AAU Bocce is going to give Bocce demonstrations during both days of the event. A temporary court will be set up, and we'll do what we can to show off the sport to these Junior Olympic athletes. Anyone who wants to lend a hand can call me at 707.554.9916 or e-mail me at

AAU is going to have three sanctioned tournaments out here, too. There will be an AAU Raffa Championship July 17th, and AAU Open Championship on July 24th, and AAU Seniors Championship on August 12th. It's great to see Bocce as an AAU event again. There's exposure to people throughout the US. There are already AAU Bocce members in 12-15 different states. Not bad for a new organization. Also, so many young people will be shown the game, and I think once they see it, they'll like it. You can check out the Amateur Athletics Union at on the web. Click Bocce on the sports Bocce tab, and you'll find the Bocce web site. So far, you can click on the Rules tab, and see the AAU Bocce Open rules.

Hopefully, all Bocce clubs and their members will finally unite under one banner. Of course, all local clubs will still do their own thing, but we can all be AAU members and make Bocce a truly national sport. The AAU has over 500,000 members, not a bad group with which to be. Membership is open to all, and it would be great to see all the good Bocce folks in the East, North, South, and West together as one."

{Dick and his team have done a good deal of work getting bocce recognized as an AAU sport...I helped with editing the open rules. Click to learn more. Do any readers have experience with the AAU in other sports like basketball or softball? Please REPLY to give your comments on the experience.}


Richard Heisler (who also contributed this week's photos) has info on tournament organization...

"I found some interesting help for tournament organization while browsing this petanque website. The pool system is fairly familiar, but it's nice to see a table of how many rounds, etc.

The Swiss system is one I'm familiar with from running chess tournaments, although I haven't thought out the uses for bocce. It can accommodate the enormous number of competitors (up to 500) in large national chess tournaments.

I can only get this site to read with MS internet explorer, though it used to work with Netscape 7.1, so it may be my browser. There are other good features on this site, including explanations of related games and naughty French postcards."


Can any reader help with this?

"I was wondering if you knew of any clubs/leagues or players for bocce ball in San Antonio, TX. Your help would be greatly appreciated."

Lori Smith ( )


George Mackanic writes...

"Any leads on where we can find regulation balls that are not red/green? Some of our players have a vision color problem. When the balls get a little oyster shell dust on them and are 70 feet away it can be hard to see the difference between the red/green balls.

We have put a stripe of auto pin stripping white tape on the red balls and it works OK...Does wear off in time.
Checked out your Links page but only find red/green balls. We did find a regulation set at a local sporting goods store that were red/blue. It turned out that the blue balls didn't roll true. Believe it or not they were out of balance. Must have had an inner core that was slightly off center? Store took them back.

We are in a Senior community in Northern CA (Brentwood). We have 2 oyster shell courts. On a good Saturday we will have 20-25 players. Enjoy the weekly newsletter."

{Michael Grasser will be offering Italian made balls of all colors on his new web site in a couple weeks - stay tuned for that announcement. Playaboule offers many options for quality colored bocce balls - .}

Click to view a cool bocce venue in Maine...

Photos of the week
This week's excellent photos were submitted by Joy of Bocce supporter Richard Heisler of Eureka, CA.

Here is his well-written description...

"The wife/partner in crime and I motored down to the Gold Country for the 125th annual Italian Picnic and bocce extravaganza. We teamed up with Art and Joey from Stockton as Bocce Ink, and although we didn't exactly distinguish ourselves, we had a great time.

The Italian Benevolent Society in Sutter Creek puts on a real wingding stretching over three days and including everything from a Carnival with rides and games of skill to two stage areas with rock and Italian music, a BBQ, 5 course sit-down dinner, various bars and far from least bocce.

One added feature is 'Bocce for a Buck' where the public at large is encouraged to play under the guidance of experienced club members Rick and Teresa Wagstaff who once again organized a very pleasant tournament.

Two of the three courts had been resurfaced (synthetic putting green) and were considerably slower than an eight year old court of the same material. This provided some real surprises as adaptability was the winning skill. Ages ranged widely and teenagers were competing comfortably with players with 40 years experience.

Winners were 'the Sopranos' hanging tough against some serious opposition. Barbara and I spent the following day playing at the two Stockton clubs (about 40 minutes away). The outdoor Astroturf courts at IAC Stockton were fun until it started to get hot (we're from the cool coast) so we moved to the 4 indoor courts at Waterloo, safely in the shade. These bocce trips involve a 6/7 hour drive from Eureka on the Redwood Coast for us each way, but the central region tournaments have become our home away from home and always involve a reunion with good friends, good food and great bocce."

{Please follow Richard Heisler's lead and submit photos of bocce from your neck of the woods. Good people like the Heislers make this ezine possible.}

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Bocce product of the week
Bocce Apparel by CafePress

Check out these shirts, caps, and other items with the striking Joy of Bocce logo. I particularly like the mugs, and a big hit lately has been Joy of Bocce postage stamps (no kidding). See for yourself - click the image to the right.

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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}

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Tournament update
{chronological order}

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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 14 - 16, 2006 - New York - Rome. 2006 World Series of Bocce hosted by Toccolana Club. Open Division - 4-person teams - $4000, $2000, and $1000 guaranteed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Women's Division - $1800, $900, $500 guaranteed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Entry deadline 7/8/06 - contact Al Orbinati at 315-339-3609.


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.

July 29, 2006 - Australia - the Italio- Australian club on Queensland's Gold Coast. Contact Bradley Oliver @


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 12, 2006 – California - Martinez. Martinez Bocce Federation. Northern California Championships, Open, 4 person teams. Contact: Ray Marttellaci 925-228-5065 or Donna Allen 925-229-2157 ( ).


August 19, 2006 – California - Los Gatos. Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. Punto, Raffa Volo, Singles Women’s Ranking Tournament. Contact Ben Musolf @408-857-0074 ( ).


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.


August 26, 2006 - California - Pittsburg Bocce Federation - Judge Belleci Memorial - Open – 4 person teams. Contact Peggy Rossini @ 925-432-7794.


September 9 & 10, 2006 - California - Monterey. Santa Rosalia Tournament - Open – 4 person teams - Monterey Bocce Club Charter House. Contact Janelle Ansberry @ 931-915-0727.


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 1 - 10, 2006 - Australia - The Gold Coast will be the venue for the Special Olympics Australia National Games. Contact Bradley Oliver @


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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