The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. V, Issue 28 - August 7, 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 #28 - August 7, 2006
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2006
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

Hello again bocce friends,

No ezine last week - my apologies. Last Saturday our age 55-59 softball team traveled about 55 miles south and competed (not very well, I must admit) in the Massachusetts Senior Games. After losing our first two games in the Canton, Mass. double elimination event, my wife and I drove south some more to spend a couple days on Cape Cod. We had a very relaxing stay in Falmouth, right on Vineyard Sound.

Just couldn't get a publication out and really needed the break. But we're back and better than ever. This week I am meeting with the local blog guru in the hopes of beginning the Joy of Bocce Blog. Stay tuned.


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

Paul Malone, coach of the New Hampshire Special Olympics bocce, writes about his team's trip to the nationals...{My group hosted some practice sessions with the athletes, and they turned out to be very coachable - looks like it paid off. That's one of the Stylish NH sharpshooters to the right - Style with a capital S...}

"I just want to drop you a line and let you know how we did in Iowa. First of all, I have to say it was one of the most exciting and rewarding trips I've ever been on. Every turn of events and every hour of every day was both exhausting and thrilling (not to mention emotional). What a week....

You would have been very proud of the Bocce team. They were listening, Mario. They could not have done any better. In fact during divisioning, Big Art (you know him, Mario) came up to me and asked where we had been practicing. Of course I mentioned your name, Mario, and he looked surprised and nodded his head with a look of understanding. {That would be Art Bjork from SO Florida}

The ladies got a gold for doubles play, while seated in the second best division. The men got silver in the sixth division. Very competitive divisions. They had me a nervous wreck. Very close games.

Best of all was when they played team bocce. All four on one team. They won gold in the top division! They came back from a first round loss and won three in a row. We were all very excited.

I want to thank all of you for your support and help during the training. I can't say enough about people like yourselves who are willing to help for no reason but that you want to."

{Wow! Great job. Coaches can give helpful tips and strategies, but athletes have to execute, and it looks like they did!}.


Henry Senatore of Hanover, PA writes to invite us to view the Photo Gallery at .


Great Back Yards


Bryan Mero's Budget Bocce Court got some ink recently...

"Alex Heard from Outside Magazine just posted on article on about building his own backyard bocce court. He used my book to build the court! Check it out!"


News from Bocce USA's Bob Whitlow...

"At the end of the season, teams will play one game on 'Fun Night' against their rival opponent. Cash money will be awarded per point to all players scoring points.

Bocce USA has a waiting list for business wanting to sponsor a league bocce team. Citizens interested in bocce should come out and get acquainted and enjoy the best kept secret in Southern Illinois.

After four years of bocce competition at Bocce USA, there has NOT been one argument, misunderstanding or any severely upset player. The only senior players not now participating at Bocce USA are those that are unable due to sickness or have moved from Southern Illinois.

Bocce USA is very proud of this feat and consists of a great group of helpful, polite and respectful individuals.

Undesirable characters, trouble makers, and deadbeats are NOT tolerated within the confines of Bocce USA. One bad apple can spoil an entire basket and ruin what we have accomplished in the past four years. We intend to keep fresh fruit at Bocce USA."


News from the Palazzo di Bocce

Open Bocce Tournament
August 21st -25th
Competitive play tournament.
2-person teams play M-W OR T-Th (Finals on Fri.)
Tournament Purse: 1st $800, 2nd $400, 3rd $200, 4th $100.
Fee: Only $40 per player.
Contact: Jason: 248-371-9987 ext. 11

Fall Bocce Leagues
Fall league registrations are now being accepted.
Contact: Jason: 248-371-9987 ext. 11

Weekday Evening Leagues:
10 week leagues begin the week of August 28th
Choose from Open, Couples, Men’s, Competitive, Beginners and Restaurant League Options.

Youth Leagues:
Ages 9 to 18 will receive instruction & coaching throughout this fun 6 week league.
Weekly prize drawings & Pizza Awards Banquet/Tournament on Nov. 4th included.
Begins Saturday September 16th (10:30am to 12noon)
Optional practice sessions 9/2 and 9/9.

Senior Lunch Leagues:
Two 8 week leagues for Seniors age 50+ begin Tuesday, Sept. 12th & Thursday, Sept. 14th.

Selective Singles Lunch League:
This 6 week league for Selective Singles Social & Travel Club Members begins Wednesday, Oct. 4th.

Click for info on other outdoor games...

Photos of the week
This week's photos prove the old adage that "imitation is the highest form of flattery." The good people at Brooksby Village (an age 55+ community in Peabody, Mass.) copied our group's system for setting up temporary, indoor bocce courts. They had heard about us through the ezine, came to visit our bocce venue to consult with our "engineers," and went off to build a similar set-up.

Our group sets up 4 courts measuring 80' by 12' on an indoor baseball/softball facility that has Astroturf flooring. The courts are of heavy duty 5" by 5" white vinyl fence posts connected with wood inserts and metal latches. The Brooksby group opted for lighter, less expensive 4" by 4" posts and came up with a variation for connecting the pieces (see photos).

They had to purchase an indoor outdoor carpet from The Home Depot to roll out to cover their wood floor.

Feel free to copy this set-up for your group - if you build it they will come...or...Martignetti Enterprises of Amesbury and Woburn, Mass. will build custom courts for you and ship them anywhere in the USA. A good way to go is a double court where the two courts share the inner rail. Eight-foot sections are easiest to ship and store when not in use, so some multiple of 8-foot length is recommended (64', 72', etc.), but not essential. REPLY with dimensions and I will ask the Martignettis to work up a quote for you.

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 - Energy and Mind Enhancement - Vita-Mind

From the company web site...

"The vitamins, minerals and natural herbs in Vita-Mind help create a healthier environment for the brain by boosting the brain’s metabolism and fortifying it against stress. Designed for a greater mental resistance to stress, added mental clarity and improved memory."

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 Vita Mind 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.


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 – 2-person teams. Palazzo di Bocce - 1st prize = $800, 2nd = $400, 3rd = $200, 4th = $100. 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.


August 26, 2006 – California - Martinez. Punto, Raffa Volo, Women’s Ranking Tournament. Contact Keith Tate @ 925-370-0633 or .


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 16, 2006 – California - Livermore - Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. Punto, Raffa, Volo, Singles, Men’s Ranking Tournament. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074 or .


September 18 – 26, 2006 – Montenegro, BRAZIL (40 km from Porto Allegro) - 7th Club Punto, Raffa, Volo, World Championships.


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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