The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. V, Issue 9 - February 27, 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 #9 - February 27, 2006
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2006
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844

As I work on this issue there is another snow storm on the way to beautiful downtown Methuen, Massachusetts. Those of you in milder latitudes please send warm thoughts our way.

Things are starting to get hectic for our non-profit group which promotes senior softball, basketball, and bocce. We've got another Birthday Bocce Bash scheduled as well as two fund-raising bocce tourneys. In addition, we'll host the bocce competition for the Massachusetts Senior Games.

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Bocce news & readers' feedback
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Bob Potts writes from Albuquerque, New Mexico...

"My wife and I left Massachusetts 6 months ago to move to Albuquerque, New Mexico. We had lived in Boston’s Italian North End near the famous Bocce courts on Boston Harbor across from the USS Constitution.

The 4 outdoor, and 2 new indoor courts are part of Boston’s history, and are a stop on the trolley tours. We miss our Boston friends from the North End, and the Bocce courts. We had spent many hours in practice, tournaments, and late night neighborhood games under lights.

We decided to build a Bocce court in the backyard of the new adobe style house we’re building in New Mexico. The back yard overlooks the Rio Grande River, the city of Albuquerque, and the Sandia Mountains.

The Bocce court has been constructed, and is now being landscaped with “Xeriscape” plants from the desert. The court is 50’x10’ interior dimension with a poured concrete frame that extends 18” below grade.

The 18” deep court consists of large stone, then gravel, then fines with a top coat of Har-Tru tennis court topping. The interior banking boards are extruded plastic boards, bonded to the concrete walls. This material will eliminate any decay or effects from the bright sun that we have 325+ days per year.

A native flagstone patio on the long dimension of the court is being installed this week. The other 3 sides outside of the court will be reddish Santa Fe ¾” stone with plantings. Hopefully, the Rattlesnakes will stay out of the court.

We understand that a family over by the Sandia Mountains has a court at their house. We will locate them, and extend a challenge for a friendly tournament.

We would be glad to share the installation with your readers with digital photos and a text description.

Let me know if you are interested… and keep up the great work on the publication. The first ball will roll at the end of March."

{Yes! Please send photos. They will make up the first Joy of Bocce pictorial from New Mexico.}


Larry Stein is looking for bocce administration software...

"One of our residents runs a bocce league with more than 100 participants on 30 teams. She is looking for software to set up the schedules and maintain the statistics during the season. Any help will be greatly appreciated."

{I don't know of any software programs specifically for bocce, but I think that one for softball, baseball, basketball, soccer, etc. might be adaptable to bocce. Most sports have roughly the same many games to play on how many fields/courts...# of home games vs. away games...etc. A Google search for "sports scheduling software" produces quite a few choices. So does "sports league software" and "sports administration software." Some software packages have a free trial period. You might also try contacting the manufacturer/retailer to inquire if his/her product might be suited for bocce.

Can any reader offer any help here? Please REPLY.}


Benjamin Musolf sends news from Campo di Bocce...

"I am pleased to be able to announce that our second Bocce club will have its grand opening sometime in mid to late June. We will have 8 world class state of the art synthetic courts and an atmosphere of casual elegance with traditional Italian cuisine.

I would like to thank all of the Bay-Area bocce supporters and faithfuls for the continued support over our very successful 9 years in the Bocce business. Campo di Bocce is America's First Complete Bocce Ball Facility and Restaurant. We thrive on community growth and support while hosting charity tournaments for local and National non-profit organizations. We have helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars in our short 9 year existence, along with donating bocce play and food for local educational purposes and of course allowing families to enjoy the wonderful old-world game with their closest loved ones.

Sometime this fall we will be hosting the John Madden/ Steve Mariucci charity bocce tournament at our new Livermore location. Photos and a re-cap of this private event will be submitted upon the conclusion of the tournament. This event is closed to the public.

Please visit our web site if you are interested in viewing our construction progress and learn more about our facility. Once again, a personal thank you goes out not only to our local supporters but to everyone who helps to contribute with the growth of our wonderful sport we have all grown to love."


Peter Rabito from NY sends news...

"I am meeting with town officials next month for construction of a possible Bocce Center in my town. It will be a six court, covered complex with room for additional family use: shuffleboard, BBQ, parties etc.

At last month's Town Board meeting, I submitted a multi-page document for their review. They would now like to meet with me to discuss it in greater detail. I incorporated some information about how beneficial it would be for Seniors and Special Needs individuals. With that, can you offer any guidance regarding how best to 'sell' this idea to them? I figured with your experiences, you may be able to shed some much needed insight."

{Can any reader offer guidance? Please REPLY. You can always pitch the senior sports angle...lots of Baby Boomers looking to pursue a healthy and happy lifestyle into their senior years. Also, bocce has become the fastest growing sport in Special Olympics as anyone who can roll a ball can compete. As SO athletes age, they sometimes have to move away from track and field and other more physically demanding sports. Bocce is a natual for them.

Also, covered outdoor courts sounds like a good bang for the buck. Once the construction is completed, there shouldn't be much in the way of overhead - pun intended.}

Home Theater Seating

Click to view the great Boston venue mentioned by Bob Potts above...

Photos of the week
This week’s pictures come from Patrick Dubiel and highlight play in the 2005 Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival Bocce Tournament in Wheeling, WV {view web site at }. This year's tourney will be held on July 29 – 30 and is listed below in the Tournament Update section.

Says Dubiel… “The courts have two different color carpets, and both play differently- the gold slow and the green fast. As you can see they are temporary courts and are made of plywood. Over the last few years they've developed a sag between the joints. When your ball reaches a joint, or peak, it picks-up speed and dies as it reaches the next point (peak). The local bank that sponsors the tournament offered to build permanent courts, but the City of Wheeling wouldn't allow it because of ‘liability reasons’. This is the same city that approved the construction of a skate park (ramps, rails, etc). Go figure. Maybe in your travels you've heard of someone being seriously injured while playing bocce (ha ha).”

{The only injury I know of was in volo with metal balls. In an under 18 division, a young man was shooting with the velocity of fast pitch softball. He hit his target and knocked a ball into the next court where it hit a player who was rolling in the opposite direction. The ball struck him over the eye, opening up a nasty gash.}

“They do play the backboards live, and I don't care for it. I prefer the open rules. We play the open rules in our indoor league. I think that the live backboard leaves too much to luck and not enough to skill. There were two or three occasions that we were defeated by the luck factor.”

{In some of the photos you can see 45 degree angle boards - a sure sign that they are playing the backboard live.}

“The only other drawback in this tourney is that they don't time limit the matches. With 15 to 20 teams it would help with time and scheduling. At least you could give a team a firm (or close) start time. We've played in the first match (10:00 AM on Saturday) and waited until 6 PM to play again. I guess that you also have to consider that this is a friendly tournament and that it's good that the tournament grows each year.”

{It’s tough to run anything but a small event with only two courts. Our venue has four courts and we sometimes wish we had six to accommodate a larger field more efficiently. Sometimes we play to 12 points or 30 minutes, whichever comes first.}

Please follow Patrick's lead and send pictures of bocce in your neck of the woods.

View this week's photos

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.

Click below to purchase...

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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}

Powerful Antioxidant in Isotonic form from Market America...OPC-3

I discovered this wonderful product after my first couple of knee surgeries while seeking relief from inflammation in my arthritic joints. I wasn't disappointed.

As an added bonus, I learned that the anti-oxidant also improves circulation and boosts immunity.

The entire vitamin supplement line is in an "isotonic state." By adding a specified amount of water to these powdered vitamins they approximate the composition of 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.


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 25, 2006 - Massachusetts - North Andover - Bocce fund-raiser for North Andover High School Softball. $100 entry fee covers prizes, tourney play and pizza. Coach Brian Martin hopes to raise funds for softball equipment. Contact him at or 978-685-3336.


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.


May 27, 2006 – California - Carmel Valley (Carmel Valley Athletic Club) Open, 4 person teams (2 Men, 2 Women). Contact Janelle Ansberry @ 831-915-0727.


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 3 - 4, 2006 – California - Sutter Creek (Italian Benevolent Society) - Open, 4 person teams (No more than two men per team). Oldest continuous Italian Festa in the United States. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151 or


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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