The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VI, Issue 19 - June 25, 2007 
•   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 6, Issue #19 - June 25, 2007
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2007
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello bocce buddies,

Still time for you to support the Massachusetts Senior Bocce Games. Send a team or send a check to sponsor - or both!

The Games are set for Saturday, July 7th.

I hope that some of you playing or watching the action at the Pallino D'Oro and US National Open Championships at the Campo di Bocce Livermore will send photos.

Best regards,
Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

Visit the Campo di Bocce web site...

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

Mike Grasser sent the picture to the right with this comment...

"Albert Guerrera of Montreal, Canada sent me this picture of a great raffa shooter from Italy. His form is perfect."

{Looking Good!}


John poses an excellent question...

"Aren't there any more tourneys in the midwest near my home? I hail from Kenosha, WI. Home of Don Ameche, Al Molinaro, and Daniel J.Travante. My Grandfather got the family involved in recreational bocce in 1965 when he built his court, The Lone Oak. I started playing there at the age of 10 in 1989. Right now there's only 2 cities that host recreational tourneys, Racine WI at the Roma Lodge and Rockford, IL. I get your weekly ezine and I'm always disappointed when I see all of these tourneys in California and elsewhere. One of our dreams is to go back to Rome, NY where my Father and his team went in the 1980's. But for now, it would be great to find some places around here."

{Wow, The Lone Oak. It's interesting when people have names for their bocce courts. It reminds me of my days with the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston. Everybody had a cool name for his/her home-made observatory...mine was Zubenelgenubi after a star in the constellation Libra. Its companion star, Zubeneschamali was a close second in the name game.

But I do feel for you - it seems like all the action is out west. But that's because the USBF and their followers faithfully send me their tourney schedules to post. Other groups send me info only sporadically. If you know of events, please get the data to me and I'll gladly help get the word out.

The World Series of Bocce that you allude to is one of the biggest tourneys in the USA - coming up this July 20th - see Tourney Update below.}


Michael Sciaraffo sends this info on the Festa Italiana and Bocce Tournament in Portland, Oregon...

"The Festa is a great event located in our Piazza (Pioneer Courthouse Square) in downtown Portland, Oregon. This is a celebration of Italian Culture. A true family event that offers Italian food, music and dancing in a beautiful setting.

The Festa is held August 23-26. Our Bocce Tournament takes place on August 19th. Please see our website for more information."

{Sounds like a great event - click to view a pdf... }


Shelby Greene asked this question a while back...

"We have two carpeted, curbed courts. We have a drag broom. It doesn't do the job of cleaning off pine needles and live oak leaves. We are being told that a low speed blower will ruin the carpet. What do you think?"

Faithful reader Matt DiPaula answered...

"We have two carpeted outdoor courts going into its 6th year in New Jersey - open to all the weather and we use a high speed blower all the time. This year we scrubbed the carpets with 1 bleach 18 cleaner and water. They still look great and the balls roll great."


Donna writes...

"We are new to bocce and we have a question.

We were playing bocce and one player hit the pallino so hard that it popped off the court. So we looked at each other and said, Now what?"

{This is the generally accepted action...
When the pallino is knocked out of the court, the frame is dead and you start the frame over - no points scored. Some skilled players attempt to knock the pallino out on purpose when the other team has the advantage - better to start the round over than to give up multiple points.

I hit the pallino out quite often because my league plays on Astroturf set on concrete (very bouncy). So, we started using heavy stainless steel pallinos which are much tougher to hit out. (Available at )

Note: most people play that when the pallino bounces out, you resume play from the opposite end of the court.

In my league we play 4 vs. 4 with two teammates stationed at each end of the court. Dr. Cordano tells me that America is the only country that plays this way. The rest of the world plays singles, doubles, and triples.

Anyway, we start the frame over from the same end if fewer than half the balls have been played.
The rationale: this style of play means you only to get to play every other frame. You have to wait for the other four players to finish their rolls before you get to play your end. If they played, say seven balls, then hit the pallino out, you'd have to return the balls to them and start your wait all over again. So...fewer than half the balls played we start over from the same end - half or more played, start over from the other end.}


Ron Grassi, President of the Iowa City Bocce Club
( ) sends a link to a recent bocce newspaper article...


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Photos of the week
I'm going through old "Photos of the Week" from years past trying to determine which ones should be permanent parts of the web site, adding them to pages like Bocce Venues or Bocce Tidbits.

This week’s photos were taken by yours truly. In 2005, my non-profit group (Ken Waldie Senior Sports) qualified to play age 55 - 59 softball in the Senior Olympics in Pittsburgh. (We snared a bronze medal against some fierce competition).

While there, we made a side trip to Guy DiCarlo's group's bocce venue. Guy and his clan were gracious hosts and the bocce experience was the icing on our sports cake that summer.

The competition at the bocce venue was very good, and a lot more cordial than on the softball diamond. The court has a limestone meal surface and measures 80' by 10'. The place is beautifully laid out and aesthetically picture perfect.

On the property of Earl Hartman, it is home court for the locals' entry in the East Hills Bocce League (in existence since the early 1960's).

They have scoreboards that register 15 points but generally play games to 12. The court is nicely lighted. We played one evening after the softball competition and were treated extremely well by our hosts - they didn't let us win, but they fed us.

The court features a ditch at both ends. I had heard of this type play, but never saw it before. There are no backboards - any ball that ends in the ditch, no matter how it got there, is "dead."

If the pallino gets knocked into the ditch, there is a nail that is used to measure for point(s) - see photos. Closest to the nail gets the point(s).

View this week's photos

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}


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.


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, 2007 – 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, 2007 – California - San Rafael. Marin Bocce Federation. OPEN, 2 men players. Contact Diana Pellegrini @ 415-485-5583.


July 14, 2007 – 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, 2007 – California - Stockton. Italian Athletic Club. OPEN, 4 players. Contact Ron Jacobs @209-957-1223.


July 28, 2007 – California - San Rafael. Marin Bocce Federation. OPEN, 2 women players. Contact Diana Pellegrini @ 415-485-5583.


July 28, 2007 – California - Fairfield. Fairfield Bocce Federation. OPEN, 4 players. John Magnetti Memorial Tournament. Contact Richard Costales @ 707-425-7167.


July 28, 2007 - Michigan State Championships. Three person teams. Open rules, back wall dead. $150.00 entry fee per team. $50.00 additional for substitutes. One sub allowed per team. Prize money and trophies. Contact Mike Grasser @ or 248-505 4744.


August 4, 2007 – 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, 2007 – California - Stockton. Italian Athletic Club. OPEN, 2 women and 2 men players per team. Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.


August 18, 2007 – 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, 2007 – 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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