The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. V, Issue 34 - September 25, 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 #34 - September 25, 2006
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2006
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Bocce friends,

No issue last week - sorry. I was ill. I rarely get sick, being kind of a health freak. I work out regularly and take a wide range of vitamin supplements. But, I just got run down from being on the go with one sports program after another. But I'm back! I think you will like the photos of the week which show how to "color code" a tournament to streamline the event.


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Bocce news & readers' feedback
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A while back we helped Rosa Magnus (Competition Manager, Special Olympics Minnesota) find vinyl mesh courts (the ones pictured in the photo to the right - they're discontinued and no longer available through Chris Pfeiffer's Backyard Bocce). Magnus says...

"I just wanted to thank you for helping us find another bocce court. We were able to borrow some from Special Olympics Wisconsin as well which put us at 9 courts for a little over 100 athletes and partners. It was a great day of singles and doubles."

{Glad to help - too bad those courts were discontinued. Backyard Bocce couldn't sell enough of them to make it worthwhile. The less expensive 1-inch and 2-inch vinyl template courts sell much better. To view them click .}


Brian Walsh sends along a link for an article printed in The Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Says Brian...

"Me and the local French guys, keeping the flickering flame of boules alive...A little publicity for Le Mistral Club and boules de petanque in Massachusetts in general."


Ron Grassi of Iowa sends a link to a recent bocce article...

"If you've been to City Park, you may have noticed the four rectangular wooden boxes, approximately 60 feet long, filled with crushed rocks. Are these the city's new rock gardens? Some sort of strange sandboxes?

No; they are the City Park bocce courts."

To read the complete article that appeared in The Daily Iowan - Iowa City, IA - Aug. 29, 2006 click the link below...



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"Bocce Bum" Ben Musolf sends this reminder...

"Don't forget to mention the North American Bocce Championships. They are bing held at Campo di Bocce of Livermore, October 12, 13, 14, 2006. This event will consist of the best Punto, Raffa, Volo players from the United States and Canada.

This very prestigious three day event only takes place every 2 years and will not return to the United States until 2010.

There will be 4 men's teams from both the United States and Canada along with three women's teams from the United States and Canada.

Three of the four men's teams were chosen at the 2006 National Championships which were held in June in St. Louis. The teams are as follows: Palazzo di Bocce, St. Louis Italia American Bocce Club and the IAC of Stockton California. The fourth men's team will be chosen Saturday, September 16, 2006 at the men's singles qualifying tournament at Campo di Bocce of Livermore. 32 men will compete for the final four spots which will complete the four American men's teams.

The women were chosen by committee and teams will be chosen soon. The 12 women all have international experience and or multiple years of experience at the National Level. In late August, Campo di Bocce of Livermore hosted the Women's selection tournament with 16 women from California. The top four finishing women and the newest United States team is: Elizabeth Wong-Fontana, Laura DeLarosa, Maria Narayan and Lee Cerri.

We are looking forward to hosting this event and showcasing the level of play that now exists at the National Level of American Bocce."

{If you've never seen this type of play, it is well worth the trip. As a bonus, you'll enjoy viewing a world class bocce facility.}

************************ CHARITY BOCCE EVENT ************************

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.


Al Orbinati Jr., who is the Coordinator for The World Series of Bocce sends this press release...

"Fellow Bocce Lover,

Greetings from Rome! My name is Albert Orbinati Jr., and I am the Coordinator of the World Series of Bocce, here in Rome, NY.

The World Series of Bocce has been in existence each year since 1974. Largely a regional tournament for the past few years, we are in the midst of expanding our reach and getting the word out to Bocce players all over the country. We are excited to have new major sponsors, as well as some great facilities which will be expanding here in the near future.

FYI - Our courts here are made from powdered/crushed stone, and measure 60 feet in length. I am finding the make and length of courts vary from region to region...just wanted to fill you all in.

I just wanted to get the word out to you all, and let you know that we Italians out here in Rome (New York that is...), welcome you here any time you would like to visit. The World Series of Bocce is held in Mid-July each year, and one of our major sponsors is the Turning Stone Casino Resort ( ), so if you like world-class entertainment, golf, food, and lodging (who doesn't?) have even more of a reason to take a road-trip to Central New York!

Our brand new website with various bits of information is located here:

I would enjoy networking with you all, and if you would not mind passing the word along to your fellow Bocce players, I would greatly appreciate it."

{The World Series of Bocce is one of the biggest events in the country, and it sounds like they are looking to get even bigger.}

Click to view some photos of The World Series of Bocce from a couple years ago...

Photos of the week
This week's pics show how we "Color Code" our teams when we run a tournament.

We run an annual Clambake Bocce Tourney (and other similar events) and found a way to streamline the day. We often have guests who have seldom if ever played bocce before, so we even up the teams with "veterans" and "rookies". We print out stickers with the team member names and a colored square. As the guests enter the venue we slap the sticker on their shirt and tell them "You're on the blue team and these are your team members."

We print out 4 copies of each (one for each team member). If you want the sticker to also identify the player, you could print one name on each sticker in boldface or in another color. Now, just by looking at your sticker I can tell your name and which team you are on.

We can call out "Blue Team vs. Red Team - Report to Court 1" and things tend to run smoothly and on schedule.

By using the color coding system and playing games to 12 points or 30 minutes (whichever comes first), we were able to finish all but the finals BEFORE lunch (from 9:30 AM to about 12:30 PM). This was an 8 team, double elimination format.

Then, after the clambake, we let spectators and the eliminated team players pull chairs up alongside the courts to watch the finals and root on their favorite team.

Click the photo to view the pictures - they're worth 1000 words.

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Everybody Seems to Need a New Pallino

So many recreational bocce players lose pallinos. They play in a variety of terrains and tell me that "It got lost in the woods" or "It bounced over the cliff" or just that "It disappeared without a trace."

Fear not. Playaboule comes to the rescue with quality pallinos at a very good price.

Click this text or the photo for more info and pricing details...

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 - Men's Health - MPC: Maximum Prostate Care

From the company web site...

"Maximum Prostate Care combines nine potent herbs and two select nutrients to safely, naturally and effectively promote prostate health. Taking MPC is a smart step men can take to strengthen and promote a healthy prostate."

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


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 14, 2006 - Georgia - Peachtree City - The 5th Annual American Cancer Society Richard Bartelli Bocce Ball Tournament @ The Vaccaro Arena. Contact Jim Vaccaro @ .


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 .


November 11, 2006 - Massachusetts - North Andover. DB's Baseball School on Rte. 125. Exchange Club charity fund-raiser for Child Abuse Prevention. Four-player teams - includes "closest to the pallino" competition. Contact Al Pappalardo @ Guesthouse Inn - 978-686-2971 or .

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

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