The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. V, Issue 25 - July 10, 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 #25 - July 10, 2006
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2006
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

Hello again bocce pals,

This past weekend my Ken Waldie Senior Sports group hosted the bocce segment of the Massachusetts Senior Games {see this week's photos below}. Although basketball, softball, and track and field are national sports (you qualify one year and play in the nationals the next), there aren't yet enough states playing senior bocce to make it a national event (what a shame!). Too bad - because next summer the nationals are in Louisville, KY - home of Bob Valvano's indoor bocce facility, Gotcha Bocce. {View pics here }

We need to work to get open rules bocce in the senior games in more states so that 2008 will be a qualifying year for bocce at the 2009 nationals (in San Francisco, I believe). Then, with all these qualifying teams present from around the USA, we could broaden their horizons by putting on a demonstration of Punta Raffa Volo international style play.

Can anyone help by contacting the Senior Games officials in your state and offering to host the bocce event? Bocce is great for youngsters and people of all ages, but it is also a natural for the Senior Games.


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

Dr. Cordano writes...

"By now you already know about the Palazzo's team winning at the Nationals in St Louis on June 24th. The winning team was Jorge Moreno, Dr. Angel Cordano, Mike Lapcevich, and Jason Wisniewski and we played in the modalities of singles. doubles and triples winning 16 of the 18 games played.

The second place went to the good team of The Italian Athletic Club from California: Ron Jacobs, Romano Lotti, Norman Freshet, and Rick Wagstaff.

After Palazzo won the Triples and the Singles there was no need to play the double's game (matches are won 2 out of 3). However, the games were highly competitive and hundreds of spectators enjoyed the international modality of punto raffa volo played at a very high level on the magnificent synthetic surface courts.

The players matched the quality of the courts and the final match was of the highest caliber and well worth viewing.

I must add that Palazzo earned the right to represent the US in Brasil at the World Clubs P-R-V tournament to be held September 18-26 and also be one of the 4 men's teams that will compete at the North American bocce games (October 12-14) in the new beautiful 'international' facilities just inaugurated by Campo di Bocce in Livermore, CA.

There's no doubt that the United States Bocce Federation continues to make big strides in the development of the sport of bocce and mantains its high profile nationally and internationally.

With the help of all the national bocce institutions, the sport will continue to move to even higher levels. The appearance of many young ladies and young men in St. Louis with excellent skills playing P-R-V as well as Open is proof of the progress.

Let's continue to work hard for our beloved sport."



George Mackanic of Brentwood, CA sends this interesting tidbit...

"I agreed to participate in a 2006 Gallup Poll - Media Usage and Consumer Behavior. All 27 pages arrived in the mail today. On page 2 under the heading - Entertainment and Recreation the following question (have you done this in the last 12 months or do you do it regularly?) was asked.

'Organized team sport/league (softball, soccer, bocce, etc.)'

I just found it mind blowing that of all the sports they chose to include, bocce is one of the examples in a Gallup poll.

Don't know what that says about the sport but found it interesting."

{I don't know what it says either, but I too find this quite interesting. Anyone have any ideas or comments? Please REPLY.}


Bocce Ball Sets


Tom "Boccemon" McNutt sends this query...

"I recently received this question from a client and thought to put it out for general consideration. Anyone having a design concept for this sort of thing in a public location please scan and send it in..."

(Do you have any type of signage similar to what is used at tennis courts? Reservation times, how long a group has the court for, etc.? We have people who use the courts all day. They should be self-regulated, but argue over the courts and how long a group plays.)

McNutt says "Having witnessed two elders standing over a pallino yelling at each other about proximity and trust while both held tape measures in their hands, leads me to believe there is enough to argue about if folks want to disagree. This type of board regulating players' time on the court etc. might be helpful for tournaments as well."

{Any ideas? Please REPLY.}



I've had so many requests from readers who want a bocce court built that I have struck a deal with Vernon Real Estate & Construction (Topsfield, MA). I'll act as the consultant on the job and to make sure that your court is first rate.

We'll specialize in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, but will travel farther if necessary. Contact me at or call 978-686-8679. I'll be on site during construction to make sure things go well, and will even include 4 hours of bocce instruction.


Palazzo di Bocce Co-Ed Tournament – July 28th:
All skill levels are welcome to play in this fun, light-competitive tournament. 2-person teams (1 gal & 1 guy) / Great prizes throughout the night - Buffet dinner included for registered players - Only $30 per player - Contact Jason: 248-371-9987 ext. 11.

View pictures of another bocce venue...

Photos of the week
This week's photos are from the Massachusetts Senior Games. My non-profit group got to host the event this time around as it has had trouble getting off the ground in Western Mass. (Springfield College is where most of the events take place). We're in the eastern part of the state, north of Boston about 30 miles. We drew 19 teams (doubles teams of men, women, or mixed) from our group and the Boston and southern New Hampshire area (out of state residents can participate too).

My teammate Peter "Pic" Picarillo and I won the gold medals to earn bragging rights for 2006 - Massachusetts State Champions of Senior Bocce {Yes, that's the dashing duo to the right}.

Here is my secret to success...hook up with a partner like my friend Pic. All you have to do is make a decent shot every once in a while and he takes care of the rest, carrying his team to the "promised land."

Many thanks to the good people at Grella Financial Services (Tom Sr., Joanne, Bridget, and Tom Jr.) who sponsored this year's event.

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}

Health & Nutrition - Digestive Health - Ultimate Aloe Juice

From the company web site...

"A rejuvenating tonic made from 100 percent aloe vera, Ultimate Aloe contains over 200 nutrients and is rich in enzymes, vitamins and minerals, including 13 of the 17 essential minerals needed for good nutrition. Studies have suggested that aloe, when consumed orally, imparts a wealth of health benefits, including aiding digestion, maintaining cardiovascular health and supporting the immune system. Delicious cranberry-apple flavor."

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

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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.


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.


July 14, 2006 - Massachusetts - Methuen. Nevins Library Bocce in the Park. Family (children welcome) open rules tourney and demonstration. Contact Mario Pagnoni at 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 22, 2006 - West Virginia - Wheeling. Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival Bocce Tournament. Visit for more info.


July 28, 2006 - Michigan - Orion: Co-Ed Tournament - Open – 2-person team (1 man / 1 women). Palazzo di Bocce - Contact Jason Wisniewski @ 248-371-9987 ext. 11 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, 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 20, 2006 – Californai - Los Gatos. Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. Juanito Cuneo Memorial Tournament. Volo, 2 person teams. Contact: Marco Cuneo @ 415-713-5939 or


August 21st through 25th - Michigan - Orion: Open Tournament – 4-person teams. Palazzo di Bocce - Contact Jason Wisniewski @ 248-371-9987 ext. 11 or


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 16, 2006 - California San Francisco -XXX Italian/American Games - Raffa – 3 person team - So. SF IACC, Orange Ave. Mem. Park. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.


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 .


September, 2007 - Virginia - Oronoco Park, on the Potomac - First Annual San Gennaro Italian Festival of Alexandria. Contact Jay DeCianno @

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