The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VI, Issue 18 - June 18, 2007 
•   Notes from the publisher
•   Bocce product of the week
•   Bocce news & readers' feedback
•   Non bocce product of the week
•   Tournament update
Notes from the publisher
The weekly Ezine for bocce aficionados everywhere
Volume 6, Issue #18 - June 18, 2007
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2007
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hi gang,

It was a tough week for me. We're hustling to get sponsors for the Massachusetts Senior Bocce Games while still running our weekly bocce and softball programs.

I've decided that it's better to get a short ezine out than it is to skip a week. So, this abbreviated issue is missing the most time-consuming publication part - Photos of the Week. My apologies.

Last chance for you to support my non-profit group's bid to host the bocce segment of the Massachusetts Senior Games (We're going to press next week). The Games are set for Saturday, July 7th and we're seeking sponsorships.

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Best regards,
Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

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

Watch the Pallino - One small town’s love affair with bocce ball

A film by Stephanie Foerster produced in collaboration with the Marshall County Historical Society.

A Review by Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

Wow! One small town’s love affair with bocce ball. That’s quite a sub-title!

First off, don’t get bent out of shape by the use of “bocce ball” instead of bocce. I’m not crazy about it either, but we bocce folk need to accept it. Americans love football, basketball, and baseball. The word “ball” is contained in the names of most of our favorite sports. Heck, we may as well make it one word – bocceball. What’s the big deal anyway, as long as people are enjoying the game and each other in the process?

Fast forward a couple years. You tune in to a nationally televised bocce tournament. Can’t you just hear the announcer bellow…Are you ready for some Bocceball?

This 42-minute film is a documentary telling the story of Italian immigrants coming to Toluca, Illinois to find a better life and passing through customs with the game of bocce in tow. A big Labor Day bocce tournament is the backdrop for the film (big as in a couple hundred two-player teams).

Toluca (SW of Chicago) was started in 1887 as a train stop for the Santa Fe Railroad for farmers in the area, and later became a coal mining community.

History buffs and bocce buffs alike will enjoy this film. It showcases some fascinating bocce characters in small town America, many of whom return each year to renew old friendships and to play in the tourney. Annually, more than 10,000 people converge on Toluca for the weekend activities, which include a parade, family events, and the darnedest bocce tournament you’ll ever see.

There’s a Northern Illinois Bocce Association hereabouts and they do things their own way. The NIBA president proudly proclaims “We aren’t affiliated with anyone else.”

They play what they call “open bocce” up and down the streets on black top and gravel, in alleys and back yard lawns, even across railroad tracks. One scene shows players on the street motioning a vehicle to pass before they roll their next ball.

They call the pallino the Buleen, and it’s the size of a baseball. This makes sense since smaller object balls tend to be obscured when nestled in the grass.

I’ve seen play on the lawn where you had to take your shots while placing one foot on a mat, but I had never seen this style – you get to take two steps in any direction before you roll.

Bede Kortegast of Playaboule likens this type of open lawn play to “petanque with bocce balls”. And oh those balls… They look like they belong in a museum. Full of dents, cracks, and even home-made grooves, they’ve got almost as much character as the players in the tourney (well, almost…they have some REAL characters in this line-up).

What a contrast to the top players in the world who get a new set of balls as soon as the old ones get a nick of two.

Foerster moves deftly back and forth between the bocce action and interviews with townsfolk and historians. Toss in some great old black and white photos and you get a history lesson without even knowing it. High school should have been like this.

In a neat touch, every now and then a bocce ball rolls across the screen with an informative message like “Kids in Toluca play bocce in gym class” or “The winners buy the losers a drink”.

There are interviews with senior townsfolk who, besides extolling Toluca’s virtues, share their first-hand knowledge of the area’s history. There’s even a brief interview with our own Mike Conti (United States Bocce Federation) who plays at the opposite end of the bocce competitions, world-class courts, bocce balls balanced and weighted to precise specifications. Still, Conti gives credit to the skill and enthusiasm of the organizers and the undeniable success of the annual event.

Foerster has captured the essence of bocce which is people enjoying the competition and each other. The film reminded me of how much fun it is to play off the court. Many of us who built backyard courts don’t often play on the natural terrain anymore. We may have lost something in the transition.

Stepanie Foerster is a talented film-maker. I’ll look forward to more of her work.



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Bocce product of the week
Har-Tru Top Dressing for Bocce Courts

Sales are booming for this top dressing once strictly reserved for tennis courts. I have it on my backyard court and like the way that it sets up hard and plays fast and true.

The product ships from Charlottesville, Virginia, so the farther away your court is from there, the higher the shipping costs. Click the link below and fill out the form and we'll get a price quote to you including the product, stretch wrap and pallets, and shipping.

If you are in Massachusetts or Southern New Hampshire, click the logo to the right and connect with Martignetti Enterprises, Inc.

Cool items with the Joy of Bocce logo...

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}

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Tournament update
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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.


June 18 – 19, 2007 – California - Livermore. Campo di Bocce. OPEN, 4 players. United States National Open Championships. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074.


June 21 – 23, 2007 – California - Livermore. Campo di Bocce. RAFFA, 3 or 4 players, team competition. Match play including triples, singles and doubles. United States National Raffa Championships. Winner will represent the United States at the 2007 World Championships. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074.


June 30, 2007 – California - San Francisco. Aquatic Park Bocce Club. VOLO, 2 players. Contact Marco Cuneo @ 415-713-5939.


July 4, 2007 – California - Martinez. Martinez Bocce Federation. OPEN, 2 person teams, four balls each. Each team’s players are stationed at opposite ends of the court. Contact info unavailable at this time.


July 7, 2006 – California - Martinez. Martinez Bocce Federation. OPEN, 4 players. Nor-Cal Championships. Contact info unavailable at this time.


July 7, 2007 - Massachusetts - North Andover. Senior Games for Massachusetts - USBF Open Rules - Triples (3 player teams - roll 2 balls each). Players must be at least 50 years of age by 12/31/07. Contact Mario Pagnoni @ 978-686-8679 or



July 14, 2006 – California - San Rafael. Marin Bocce Federation. OPEN, 2 men players. Contact Diana Pellegrini @ 415-485-5583.


July 14, 2006 – Washington, Auburn. Auburn Bocce Club. OPEN, 4 players. Contact Sal Cascone @ 253-939-3502.


July 15-17, 2007 - Ohio - Dayton, Bella Vista - Bocce Classic XIII - The annual charity event features over 70 teams from as far away as West Virginia, Illinois, Michigan and Canada. Over $7500 in prize money awarded & over $20,000 is raised for local charities. For information go to Contact Dick Bloom @ 937-439-7936.


July 20 - 22, 2007 - New York, Rome. The World Series of Bocce. 4-player teams - Open Division (all men or co-ed) and Women's Division (all women). Visit for information, an application, and various bits of interest, or contact Al Orbinati @ or Chris Klepadlo @ 315-271-9701.


July 21, 2006 – California - Stockton. Italian Athletic Club. OPEN, 4 players. Contact Ron Jacobs @209-957-1223.


July 28, 2006 – California - San Rafael. Marin Bocce Federation. OPEN, 2 women players. Contact Diana Pellegrini @ 415-485-5583.


July 28, 2006 – California - Fairfield. Fairfield Bocce Federation. OPEN, 4 players. John Magnetti Memorial Tournament. Contact Richard Costales @ 707-425-7167.


August 4, 2006 – California - Sacramento. East Portal Bocce Club. OPEN, 4 players. Western Sector Open Championships. Contact Vernon Cooper @ 916-961-2404.


August 9, 2007 - Michigan - Orion. Michigan Senior Olympics (MSO). 2-person team event will take place at Palazzo di Bocce and includes breakfast and lunch (spectators may register for meals only).

Registration deadline: July 6th, 2007. Contact MSO: 1-800-400-8161 or .


August 11, 2006 – California - Stockton. Italian Athletic Club. OPEN, 2 women and 2 men players per team. Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.


August 18, 2006 – California - South San Francisco. Italian American Citizen’s Club. OPEN, 4 women players. Contact Elda Mazzanti @ 650-588-4924.


August 19, 2007 - Oregon - Festa Italiana Portland. Cedarville Park, 3800 W. Powell Loop, Gresham. 4-player teams, double elimination, $100 entry includes AM coffee & donuts, spaghetti lunch & beer. Contact Larry Cereghino @ 10006 S.E. 40th, Milwaukie, OR 97222.


August 25, 2006 – California - Sacramento. East Portal Bocce Club. OPEN, 2 players. Contact Vernon Cooper @ 916-961-2404.


August 25, 2007 – California - San Francisco. Aquatic Park Bocce Club. Juanito Cuneo Memorial Tournament. VOLO, 2 Players. Contact Marco Cuneo @ 415-713-5939.


September 15, 2007 - Virginia - Oronoco Park, on the Potomac - First Annual San Gennaro Italian Festival of Alexandria. Ben Brenman Park in Alexandria Virginia (just outside Washington DC). Info on website: . Contact = Jay DeCianno @


September 16, 2007 (rain date Sept. 23rd) - Colorado - Fort Collins - 3rd Annual "Bocce for Meals" Tournament; benefit for Fort Collins Meals on Wheels. Pre-registration required. Call 970-484-6325 or email 4 member teams; $120 registration - 3 games guaranteed.


October 7, 2007 - New Hampshire - Derry. Third Annual
Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament. The SportsZone, 7 A Street. Proceeds benefit McLean Hospital Geriatric Psychiatry Program for Alzheimer’s Research. Contact Sandro Martignetti @ 781-983-1472 or visit jttp://


November 2, 2007 - California - Santa Paula. John Ratzenberger's Bocce In The Orchard celebrity tourney fund-raiser benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Clara Valley and The Education for Children with Diabetes Foundation. View for more info.

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