The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. V, Issue 8 - February 20, 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 #8 - February 20, 2006
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2006
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

This week we shoveled our way out from under 16 inches of snow here in Massachusetts, but got help from warmer weather the last couple days.

We ran our first Birthday Bocce Bash recently for a gentleman and his 30 guests - this made for an nice, 8-team tournament on 4 courts. Details below in Photos of the Week.

Keep the ball rollin'.


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Bocce news & readers' feedback
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Willie Itzkowitz of the Marine Park Bocce Club (Brooklyn, New York) responds to the questions of bocce stats...

"In the last Joy of Bocce newsletter a reader said he wanted to know if there was a way to see how well him and his friends are doing. A while back I came up with the idea of keeping a record of players stats.

In bocce there are basically two types of shots: rolling in for the point and shooting. Punto and raffa. My club does not allow the volo shot because 'it makes holes in the court.'

When rolling for a point, if the player's ball is eighteen inches or less from the pallina this would be considered a successful roll. When shooting, the player must say what target he is going for. It could be the pallina or a bocce ball. If the target is hit, the shot is considered successful. A third category that can be kept track of is selling the point. This happens when a ball delivered by a member of the team that is 'in' results in the other team becoming the 'in' team.

Here is an example:

Player A
R = 15
SR = 7
Avg. = .466
S = 3
SS = 1
Avg. = .333
SP = 0

Player B
R = 12
SR = 8
Avg. = .666
S = 5
SS = 3
Avg. = .600
SP = 1

During the course of league or tournament play it can be determined who is better at pointing and shooting. These stats can be used to determine the MVP of a league or tournament. They can also be helpful when forming a future league or tournament. The stats can help in forming balanced teams."

{Willie - thanks for the excellent info. Headings I suspect are as follows: R = Roll, SR = Successful Roll, S = Shot, SS = Successful Shot, SP = Sold Point. Nicely done!}


Steve Watkins of Cincinnati writes...

"It's a little belated, but I wanted to let you know that bocce got a nice plug on the NFL Network during Super Bowl week.

Steve Mariucci, former 49ers and Lions head coach, had hosted an annual fund-raising bocce tournament in the San Francisco Bay area for several years. Being a native of Michigan and, until recently, head coach of the Lions, he hosted it at, I believe, the Palazzo di Bocce in the Detroit area, the week of the Super Bowl.

He was being interviewed on TV on the NFL Network during the week and talked about the tournament and about bocce for several minutes. It was good publicity. I just thought you and your readers would want to know."

{Yes, I knew of this, having consulted on the event with NFL Alumni program organizer Doug Beaudoin (a former NE Patriots player). Beaudoin had hoped to get some live TV coverage of the bocce tourney, but it just didn't happen. Still, we're slowly moving into America's collective conscious mind.}


Jean Anthony from Bath, Maine asks...

"The patient folks in Florida who introduced me to Bocce emphasized that complete silence was the unwritten rule when a player stepped up to the line and was about to make his shot. I know that in both tennis and golf this is also the case and is a matter of courtesy.

However, in our recently formed group, there are one or two players who feel they should be allowed to talk and call to fellow team members at the other end of the court at this time. I, and others, feel that a few seconds of silence to enable concentration is not too much to expect. How does one handle this diplomatically?"

{You are right to expect common courtesy from the competitors. In our Monday morning league we arrive at 9:00 AM to set up our four portable courts and have coffee and pastry. At about 9:30 AM we meet at center court to update all on upcoming events and league matters. This would be the time for the league director to cover things like we expect competitors to be quiet when teammates or opponents are preparing to roll. Get in the habit of having a brief (5 minute) meeting before play starts. The diplomatic part is up to you. Some organizers I know would simply say "Shut up or find a new place to play!"}


Get quite a few variations on this request...

"Do you have a type of open chat room for Bocce enthusiasts? - and if so, how does one participate?"

{I'm doing research on setting up a 'bocce blog' - where we could all post our thoughts, questions, comments...hope to have more details in the next 4 to 6 weeks (he said tentatively).}


Elio posted this on the Yahoo group Bocceanonymous...

"I know it is only February, but I wanted to give plenty of notice to all of you who live in the NorthEast part of the US. Especially near Maryland. I am one of the committee members in charge of putting on the Baltimore Italian Festival 2006, and would like to let everyone know the dates are September 23 & 24. Saturday and Sunday.

We will have a bocce tournament on 2 courts. Last year, we gave away over $1500 in prize money! Put the date on your calendar, and you'll hear from me again as the time gets closer!

{Contact Elio at - I've added the event to the Tournament Update below.}


Paula Byers of Special Olympics of the Lowcountry (South Carolina) sends news of the Sixth Annual Slate Bocce Bash (April 22, 2006 - to benefit Special Olympics).

Contact her at 843-795-5316 or or visit .

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Photos of the week
This week's photos show off our first Birthday Bocce Bash at our bocce venue in North Andover. It was a birthday party with a bocce theme.

The venue is acutally an Astroturf covered baseball/softball practice facility. Once baseball practice is over, we convert to bocce by setting up 4 courts (80' by 12'). We do a little tidying up and supply 4 scoreboards and 4 sets of 107 mm bocce balls.

The hostess brought in "Brian's Dad's Hotdogs" (a favorite hereabouts) as well as the birthday boy's favorite foods - turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce and Italian rolls. {be sure to visit }

With 32 guests in all, we set up an 8-team bocce tourney. We broke the teams into two groups of 4, naming each team after a luxury automobile (Maserati, Ferrari, etc.).

This format is good for multiples of 4 teams. There are two games in your bracket, then the winners play and the losers play - next we seed the teams and play 2 more games. Everyone plays 4 games for the night - each to 12 points or 30 minutes, whichever comes first. If you think this is too much, you could play a double or even single elimination tourney (everyone guaranteed 2 games). The first format gets everyone playing more, the second allows for more "down time" for chatting, dining, etc.

We always gather the troops, give a little primer on bocce, and explain how the event will play out. With 8 teams of 4 players on 4 courts, all participate at the same time.

The party host needs to come up with awards for the winners. This event featured trophies and Henselite Measures (precision, telescopic bocce measuring devices). The night was a resounding success.

If you are in the Massachusetts/Southern New Hampshire area and want to run a bocce party or corporate outing, please contact Near Detroit try Palazzo di Bocce ( ). California - Campo di Bocce ( ).

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Bocce product of the week
Bocce Ball Polish

Maybe you’ll want to shine ‘em up instead of buy a new set. This product is specially formulated for cleaning and polishing bocce or bowling balls. It restores shine and superior grip for high performance, and the non-abrasive formula will not harm ball surface. Four fluid ounce bottle - $9.95.

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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}

Calcium in Isotonic form from Market America...

Calcium is essential for building and maintaining strong bones. For optimal bone health, Isotonix Calcium Plus delivers three-quarters of the recommended daily value of calcium and vitamin C in an efficient solution that is more readily absorbed by the body. Its flavor is superior to the chalky taste of typical calcium tablets.

The entire vitamin line is in an "isotonic state." By adding a specified amount of water to these powdered vitamins they approximate the composition as your body fluids. There is no need for digestion, the product passing directly into the small intestine and the blood stream. It becomes what nutritionists call bio-available, not like pills and tablets which are poorly assimilated by the body.

Vitamin C
Vitamin B-12
Trace Minerals
Co-Enzyme Q10

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.


February 24 & 25 - Tennessee - Memphis. Memphis Italian-American Society/Memphis Bocce Club (4217 East Holmes Road). Four-player teams - double elimination - $200 entry fee. Prize money based on 20 teams - 1st - $2000, 2nd - $1000, 3rd - $500, 4th - $250. Contact Ralph Galtelli @ 901-272-2124.


March 4, 2006 - California - South San Francisco - 10:00 AM - American Bocce Association is conducting a FREE Learn how to Play Punta, Raffa, Volo class at Orange Memorial Park. To register, call Alfredo Herrera 510-787-2317.


March 18, 2006 - California - Stockton - Waterloo Gun & Bocci Club - Open - 4-person teams. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314 or


March 24, 25, 26 - Florida - Cape Coral. THE CAPE CORAL WORLD SERIES OF BOCCE. 4 person teams - Round Robin Format - Minimum of Three Games. 1st Place $6000.00 (Guaranteed), 2nd Place $2,500.00, 3rd Place $1,500.00, 4th Place $500.00, 5th Place $500.00.
Contact GEORGE P. FURLAN @ 239-275-9968 or 1-800-226-0604, Cell: 239-229-2348.


March 26, 2006 - Florida - The Punta Gorda ELKS Lodge Each participant must be an ELK (any lodge). Double elimination - four-person team, one sub allowed. $100.00 entrance fee. First, Second and Third prize money. 50% of the proceeds go to a charity and the other 50% will go towards the prize money. For more details contact George Farruggio @ 941-575-0482 or


March 31 - April 1, 2006 - Arizona - Phoenix - $200 team entry / 4 person teams and $4000.00 first prize. Second place = $2,000, 3rd = $1,000, 4th = $500. Contact Pasquale D'Aliesio @ 602-569-9149 or


April 8, 2006. Massachusetts - North Andover. Bocce fund-raiser for Methuen High School Baseball. $100 entry fee covers prizes, tourney play and pizza. Coach Fabrizio hopes to raise funds for batting practice L-screens. Contact him at


April 8, 2006 – California - Los Gatos. Campo di Bocce - Open, 4 person teams. Contact Bill Schlaefer @408-379-9409.


April 15, 2006 – California - Stockton. Italian Athletic Club. Open, 4 person teams. Contact Ron Jacobs @209- 957-1223 or


April 22, 2006 - California - San Francisco - Orange Ave. Mem. Park - Triples (3-person teams) - Open rules - contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.


April 22, 2006 - South Carolina - Charleston - 6th Annual Slate Bocce Bash benefits Special Olympics of the Lowcountry. Contact Paula Byers at 843-795-5316 or or visit .


April 29, 2006 - Washington - Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament - 4th annual charity fundraiser ( this year for Hospice ). Four person teams $20/person, 32 teams. Details at or contact Tom at 360-224-2909.


April 29, 2006 - California - Concord - 10:00 AM. American Bocce Association is conducting a FREE Learn how to Play Punta, Raffa, Volo class at Concord Bocce Federation. To register, call Alfredo Herrera 510-787-2317.


April 29, 2006 – California - Sacramento. East Portal Bocce Club. Open, 4 person teams. Contact Rick Wagstaff @209-296-6151 or


May 6, 2006 – California - San Mateo. Peninsula Italian American Social Club. Women’s Open, 4 person teams. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.


May 6, 2006 – California - San Mateo. Peninsula Italian American Social Club. Men’s Punto, Raffa, Volo, 3 person teams. Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.


May 13, 2006 - California - Martinez - Debbie Gerow Memorial Bocce Tournament/The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Fundraiser - Open – 4 person team. Contact Traci Malley @ 916-456-7169.


May 13, 2006 – California - Los Gatos - Campo di Bocce. Punto, Raffa, Volo, Singles, Men’s Ranking Tournament. Contact Ben Musolf @408-857-0074 or


May 20, 2006 - California - South San Francisco - Open -2 men/2 women - IACC - Orange Ave. Mem. Park. Contact Rudy Bertolozzi @ 650-583-9936.


June 3, 2006 - California - Fairfield - Women’s Tournament - Open – 4 person teams - Fairfield Bocce Federation, 1200 Civic Center Dr. Contact Richard Meccette @ 707-434-0190.


June 17, 2006 - California - Crockett - ABA Raffa Championships - 3-person teams - Crockett Bocce Federation. Crockett Community Center, 850 Pomona St. MUST HAVE ABA CARD - contact Dick Gomez @ 707-554-9916.


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 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 29 - 30, 2006 - West Virginia - Wheeling. Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival Bocce Tournament. Visit for more info.

August 12, 2006 - California - Fairfield - ABA Senior Championships, Open – 4 person teams. Must be age 55 and over - MUST HAVE ABA CARD. Contact Traci Peters @ 916-456-7169.


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 23 & 24, 2006 - Maryland - Baltimore. The Baltimore Italian Festival 2006. Contact Elio at

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