The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. V, Issue 31 - August 28, 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 #31 - August 28, 2006
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2006
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

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Bocce news & readers' feedback
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Recently I read The Game of Boules by Michael Haworth-Booth (Farall Publications, 1973). I figured I'd enjoy learning about boules while broadening my knowledge. I wasn't disappointed. How's this for an author turning a phrase..."It is the nature of a sphere to roll and when the sphere is of the size to fit perfectly into the human hand the primordial urge to throw it is peremptory."

His hunches on boules history make sense too..." was certainly played a long time ago by naval and military personnel on foreign stations...iron cannonballs...too heavy to hit with a bat or club, or to catch safely when thrown, the natural instinct would be to pitch or bowl them to a definite point perhaps marked by a little coloured stone or other such object."

And I found what might be the origin of that antique three-attempt rule still used in bocce in some areas..."If, after three consecutive throws by the same team, the jack has not been thrown within the regulation conditions defined above, the jack is handed over to the opposing team who equally can also have three attempts."

I was introduced to boules one year while visiting Holland. I liked it very much, still prefer bocce, but would like to give the game another try this fall. I have been in contact with a petanque group that plays nearby - will keep you informed.


Matt DiPaula asks...

"A year or so ago you had mentioned that there was a movie going to be made named "The Tournament." Have you heard anything about it? Do you know who to contact to find out any details?"

{Thanks for the reminder - I'd forgotten about this. I first heard of it from Emelise Aleandri, a singer, actress, author and folk dancer who had landed a role in the film. Does any reader know what became of the movie? Please REPLY. I've emailed Emelise and will report back if I hear from her. The picture was supposed to be filmed in Rhode Island - a "coming of age" story with a bocce backdrop.}


Mike Conti emailed about last week's World Poker Tour/Bocce relationship - saying "ESPN also called and interviewed me...maybe TV is next?"

************************ THIRD 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.

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.



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Lisa Jewel of Charlotte, NC is looking to connect with other bocce players in her neck of the woods...

"We are looking to find clubs or individuals who are interested in playing. We are beginners who are installing a bocce court at our home."

{North Carolinians can reach Lisa @ .}

Click for links to other bocce sites of interest...

Photos of the week
This week's photos were contributed by Louis Sclafani of Kenwood, California. They show off one of the most beautiful courts I've ever seen.

Says Louis..."My bocce area is still under construction. There's still more landscaping to do, which will include a small hobby vineyard and an outdoor kitchen and dining area. Another note, the quarry was the Pedroncelli Quarry which was worked by Italian immigrants at the turn of the century. The quarry produced cobblestone for the streets of San Francisco. The coming of the automobile ended the need for quarry stone and the business.

I always leave the bocce balls on the court at night so that the ghosts of the old Italian immigrants can enjoy a game or two.

This is my retirement project, but I've never worked physically harder nor had so much fun!"

Booce Details:

Located in Kenwood on an old rock quarry.
Vineyards and Chateau St. Jean Winery in the distance.
Court built with the actual quarry stone found on the land.
Court size interior 11 feet by 77 feet.
Surface DG (decomposed granite) screened thru 1/8 inch mesh.
Designed and built, with help, by Louis Sclafani.

Wineries in Kenwwod:
Kenwood Winery
Chateau St. Jean
SL Cellars.
St. Francis

{Please follow Louis' lead by sending bocce photos from your area.}

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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 - Heart Health - Isotonix Coenzyme Q10

From the company web site...

"A valuable supplement found in spinach, broccoli, nuts, meats and fish, Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a fat-soluble nutrient that has a multitude of therapeutic benefits. At the cellular level, it serves to revitalize and energize the body's cells and immune system and contributes to increased stamina and endurance by fueling the body's energy production (adenosine triphosphate, ATP) cycle. CoQ10 is beneficial to the body’s cardiovascular system, helping to protect and strengthen the heart, normalize high blood pressure without side effects in addition to enhancing mental alertness and brain activity for those with hypertension. The supplement has also been shown to bolster natural weight loss by speeding the body's metabolism of fat and it can even serve to control, and sometimes reverse, periodontal disease."

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 Coenzyme Q10 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.


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 .


October 17 - 22, 2006 – China - Wenzhou, - Volo, Women’s World Championships.


October 28, 2006 – California, Los Gatos Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos. Punto, Raffa, Volo, 2 Players, “Big Ben Tournament”. Contact Ben Musolf @408-857-0074 or


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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