The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. V, Issue 30 - August 21, 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 #30 - August 21, 2006
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2006
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

Bocce pals,

We're having a few technical difficulties with the Bocce Blog, but hope to launch it in a couple of weeks. I hope it will be a good thing for bocce without adding an undue burden on me to keep it up and running.

You'll be able to post comments, questions, and photos. You'll find it at, but you will be able to link to it from

Here's a recap on how I came up with The Bocce Guy...

I help run an annual summer youth bocce tournament at our local library, often drawing as many as 60 middle school students. Recently I ran into one of the kids in town who recognized me saying, "I know you. You're the bocce guy."

It made sense to me to be The Bocce Guy, because there are others referred to as "Mr. Bocce" but that includes the connotation of being a great player, which I am not. But "The Bocce Guy" is the perfect handle for me - the only person in the USA writing about the sport weekly. If I don't know the answer to your question, I can find it, or direct you to the person who can. Would you expect anything less from The Bocce Guy? Stay tuned.


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

************************ SECOND REQUEST *************************

We're gearing up to help run the second annual Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament on Sunday, October 8th at the Derry SportsZone (Derry, NH).

Last year we raised $22,000 for the Jimmy Fund and this time around our goal is $50,000 for the Joey Fund. {Click the photo to the right to learn more about the Joey Fund.}

We are looking for some big-time sponsors and we are seeking players who want to spend an enjoyable day playing bocce and dining on fine Italian cuisine, while helping raise funds for a worthy cause.

You can register on-line to play (either as part of a 4-player team or just by yourself - we'll put you on a team) at . If you can see your way to making a donation ($50,000 will take some serious effort on all our parts) of money or items we might raffle or award as prizes, please REPLY ASAP.


Did you know that the United States Bocce Federation's Mike Conti is a big time poker player, even competing in the World Series of Poker? Neither did I.

Conti was featured in a July article in (with Mike's photo and some background on how playing competitive bocce may have helped his poker game).

A couple of Mike's quotes in the article sum things up neatly...1) "Playing in world competition with the very best bocce players in the world makes it easy for me to play with some of the best poker players in the world."

2) "Bocce is a game of great concentration and I am sure it can also be used in poker."

View the complete article at


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The United States Bocce Federation is seeking sponsors for the North American Bocce Championships which will be held October 12 - 14 at Campo di Bocce of Livermore, California.

Contact Ben Musolf (408-857-0074) or Mario Veltri (925-437-5868) for info on sponsorship opportunities.

If you are interested in competing in the event, here's some info from United States Bocce Federation Western Sector President David Canclini...

"Dear Bocce Player:

You have probably heard that the North American Championships for 2006 will be held at Campo di Bocce in Livermore, CA., October 12th-15th. This is an official International event between the United States and Canada that is held every two years, and the location alternates between the two countries. There will be four men teams and three women teams from each country participating in Punto, Raffa, Volo team competition.

Three United States men teams qualified for this event at the 2006 National Championships. Players for a fourth USA men’s team will be made up from the top four players of a qualifying tournament to be held at Campo di Bocce in Livermore on September 16, 2006. The opportunity for local players to represent the United States in an official International Bocce event does not occur often and should not be passed up by interested players.

Only twenty-four men players will be allowed to sign up for the singles Punto, Raffa, Volo qualifying tournament. The deadline for sign ups is September 13th, but the tournament will surely be filled before that time. To register, each player must have a current United States Bocce Federation membership card, pay an entry fee of $30.00, and commit to participate in the North American Championships.

A selection committee has chosen women players for two teams already. A third team will be made up of the top four women competing at a qualifying tournament to be held on Saturday, August 19, 2006 at Campo di Bocce in Livermore. The deadline for registering is August 16, 2006. The entry fee is $20.00, USBF membership is required, and players must commit to participate in the North American Championships.

Play will begin at 8:00 a.m. for both tournaments. The format will be round robin with the top two players from each division advancing into the single elimination playoffs. For women to register, contact Mario Veltri at (925) 437-5868 or e-mail him at For men to register, contact Ben Musolf at (408) 857-0074 or (925)249-9800 or e-mail him at Campo di Bocce is located at175 E. Vineyard Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550."

{Sorry that the deadline is already passed for the third team women's qualifier - I received this letter a little late to publish it in time for that event.}


Can anyone help with this question from Eugene Jack Gianforti?

"We met up with some players who were playing court bocce with billiard ball sized metallic balls and a smaller metallic pallino. I have always known balls of this size to be used for petanque, but the instructions in the wooden case were for the game of bocce. I have also seen this set being sold online and at the pro shop at the Palazzo Di Bocce. Have you seen any extensive use of this type of set in competitive play in your travels? It was always my understanding that these sets were more of a showpiece."

{Please REPLY if you can shed any light on this subject.}


Laura Erickson asks about tournament brackets...

"I have been trying to locate charts for a small bocce tournament for a family reunion. Would you be able to provide me with charts for a double elimination tournament for 20 to 40 people (teams of 2)?"

{I copy brackets out of an old softball tournament bracket book. You can find brackets on line - here is one I found via a Google search (this one for darts)

Also, Bryan Mero at has brackets at - these are free, but you can make a small donation via PayPal if you find them useful.}


A reader asked me to customize one of our CafePress t-shirts to say REFEREE on the back. So, I've done that and you can view it and order one here: .

Click for photos of 'the most scenic court in the south'...

Photos of the week
This week's photos were graciously submitted by Eugene Jack Gianforti. They show the two courts in Ithaca, New York's Stewart Park (off Rte. 113).

Says Gianforti, "I think they are about 60' long, no swingboards. They are, I believe, a concrete bed covered with gravel.

There are two things I love about these courts: The imprints and ball trails are left so, like the fossil record, you can see some of the styles of other bocce players in the area (even if you haven't met them)... Bocce Detectives! Also, the courts are uncovered, so all it takes is a hard rain or quick sweep to smooth it out again.

I've played on courts that are a pure clay surface with no gravel or loose dirt dusting, and found that the imprints left on these courts are deeper, more permanent (especially on covered courts) and affect play more.

I would also like to direct readers to my newly formed Finger Lakes Bocce Association yahoo group.

This group is starting with the humblest of roots, but we are hoping to meet and add bocce players of all types and levels in the area as well as increase interest in the Finger Lakes community. We are playing almost every night in Stewart Park. Come find us!"

{Please follow Eugene's lead by sending photos of bocce in your area. Sharing the pictures will benefit our readers and will also help promote your program.}

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Let’s Play Bocce!

The fourth entry in American Production’s Backyard Sports Series (others include Let’s Play Badminton! Let’s Play Croquet! and Let’s Play Horseshoes!), this video runs 45 minutes.

Billed as “the essential beginner’s videoguide” Let’s Play Bocce! is just that. It includes sections on the history of bocce, the court and equipment, playing the game, ball deliveries and more.

The section on the History of Bocce is excellent, acknowledging the murky details of bocce’s birth and referencing the common ancestry of boules and lawn bowls. The production makes wonderful use of art work depicting notables such as Sir Francis Drake, Queen Elizabeth I and others associated with the games’ evolution. It brings together the information a newcomer to the sport needs to get started. This professionally produced tape definitely deserves a look-see.

$22.95 plus shipping - click the Let's Play Bocce! image to order.

Click to go to other outdoor games page...then scroll down.

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 - General Health - Isotonix Mineral Blast

From the company web site...

"Providing essential and trace minerals that support enzymatic and cellular functions in all tissues, Isotonix Mineral Blast also helps provide structural material for bone and teeth formation."

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 Mineral Blast 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 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 @ 970-484-6325


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 17, 2006 – California - San Mateo - Peninsula Italian American Social Club. Open, 4 person teams (Team must include at least 1 woman). Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.


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


September 23, 2006 – California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce. Punto, Raffa, Volo, 3 person teams. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408-379-9409.


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 .


November 4, 2006 – California - Sacramento. East Portal Bocce Club. Open, 4 person teams. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151 or .


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

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