The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VI, Issue 27 - September 24, 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 #27 - September 24, 2007
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2007
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello bocce faithful,

We're gearing up for two big local events. The Haverhill Downtown Associates Bocce Tourney (9/30/07) and the Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tourney (10/7/07). We're sanctioning these events with the United States Bocce Federation. This lets players know that we will use USBF open rules and that we are supporting "the governing body of bocce in America". If you want to sanction your event or group, contact John Ross at Doing so will promote unification of our great sport.

This will be our third annual Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament. Previous MFCBT events have raised funds for The Jimmy Fund and The Joey Fund. This year we're shooting for the lofty goal of $50,000 for Alzheimer's Research. Hope you can help us with a donation or, better yet, come on down and play in the event. More details at

Best regards,
Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

See photos from last year's Martignetti FCBT...

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

Dan Piselli sends this timely update...

"FYI- the New York City bocce tournament is coming up at the end of September:

and a related video from NYC Park & Rec: "

{I hear good things about this event - check out the links above for more details.}


Good news from old friend Art Bjork (State Bocce Director - Special Olympics Florida)

"I am off to China with the Special Olympics for their World Games. I will send you some pictures as soon as I can!"

{Great - will look forward to posting the photos for our readers to enjoy.}


Last week's Sunday's NY Times (9/16/07) article about beach bocce sparked just a tad of controversy... .

Writer Kayleen Schaefer wrote that she "... got that the word bocce was derived from the Italian word for kiss in your book. We wrote, (The name of the game, after all, is derived from the Italian word for “kiss.”)

This prompted a learned NY Times reader to respond...

"...although the article asserts that '...the name of the game, after all, is derived from the Italian word for kiss,' the word has nothing to do with kissing!

In Italian the word for kiss is bacio (from the first-conjugation verb baciare) and the plural is baci. The term bocce is derived from boccia, which in turn gave rise to the verb bocciare (to hit or strike an opponent's ball, causing it to move further away from the pallino, or object ball. The confusion stems from the mispronunciation of the word bocce. Most American English speakers pronounce it BAH-che instead of BOH-chay. There ARE kisses that knock you off your feet, but not in this game!

Un salutone,

Michael P. San Filippo Guide to Italian Language"

{Yikes! Sounds like the man knows that of which he speaks. I found it interesting that the Times was looking into printing a correction. I mean, it's not like anyone was slandered or anything. It was an error. I don't recall where I found that original reference to "kiss" (it was in the first edition of my book - circa 1995). I do remember finding the reference in print somewhere and reprinting it in my book. Do any readers have additional info? Please REPLY}


Dominic, one of the beach bocce players from the NY Times article sent this...

"I hear you made a link on your newsletter to the NY Times article from yesterday.

We also did a video for our finals...Check it out."


Linda Mead is still looking to connect with bocce lovers in the Concord, NH area...

"We are trying to find others that play bocce on a regular basis for fun in New Hampshire. We live near Concord, NH. Do you know of anyone we could contact up here that could help us find others who like to play? Thanks for your help!"

Bob DiTursi responded...

"My wife and I had about thirty neighbors over in Barrington to break in our new bocce court. We live about 26 miles from Concord and would be interested in a get together for future play. Please forward this to Concord and hope to see you sometime in October if you can visit us."

{Yes, Yes, Yes, I can visit. I'll bring my camera too! And we hooked the DiTursis up with the Meads.}



Rudy Diaz...

"On December 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, 2007, the Florida Senior Games State Championships for Bocce will be held in Cape Coral, Fl. The women will compete on Dec. 1st, & the men on Dec. 2nd. Dec 3rd will be reserved for any games not completed. There will be 4 players to a team. This is the first time Bocce will be included in the State Championships for men & women. For more info, you may contact me, Rudy Diaz, director of the event. 239-542-8877 or email me at . "

{Nice going, Rudy. The more states that add bocce to their Senior Games the more likely we can get the sport to the "Senior Olympics" at the national level. Right now there aren't enough states offering it. We'd all love to see it offered at the National Senior Games in San Francisco in August of 2009.}


Peter Gravallese asks...

"Do you have a site I can go to get a tournament pairing sheet? Something I can print out and post. I think I’m going to have 6 four man teams."

{I don't have anything like that - I use an Amateur Softball Association bracket book and just photostat the page with the correct # of teams.

You could also put the 6 teams in two pools of three and have the teams play the other two teams in the pool. Everybody gets two games in.

Then you can seed the teams 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each pool (based on win/loss record and other tie-breakers like point differential) and have the top seeds on each side play the # two seeds on the other side. Then the two winners play for the title and, if you want, the two losers can play for third place.

Another format is to bring all 6 teams back after pool play and have a single elimination tourney. You could have 4 play 5 with the winner playing 1. Then you could have 3 play 6 with the winner playing 2. Winners of those games are in the finals.

There are a number of different formats to choose from. Factors for deciding include things like how many games and days you want to play, how many courts are available to you, etc.}


Don't forget this charity tourney in Kentucky

Bob Valvano writes...

"We are holding the 4th annual V BOCCE EVENT, a celebrity bocce tournament for the V Foundation. It will be at Jim Patterson Stadium, home of the University of Louisville Baseball team, a gorgeous venue. Teams play 4 games with a different celebrity each game, and are given a great lunch by Carrabas, a wonderful gift bag, and there are champions crowned in 4 flights, as well as individual celebrity champs. The night before is the V BOCCE BALL, a wonderful evening of food and fun along with a great silent and live auction.

Email me at"


Martignetti Family Charity Bocce Tournament

Please consider helping with this great cause. Here's a letter from Sandro Martignetti that says it all...

"Please join us for our third annual charity bocce tournament. Proceeds from this year's event will be donated to Alzheimer's Research at the Geriatric Psychiatry Program of McLean Hospital, where our cherished mother / grandmother / mother-in-law and wife Elena is being treated for Alzheimer's Disease. Last year we raised over $34,000 for the Joey Fund. This year, with your generous support, we know that we can surpass that amount for this very personal and worthy cause.

If you are interested in either playing, making a donation, sponsoring the event or just joining us for lunch, I have attached a registration form. Please complete the form and return it soon to the address noted. You can also sign up online by visiting . Please note that registering for Tournament play is on a first come, first serve basis as there are only 64 spots available.

If you've never played bocce before and would like to play, don't worry. Mario Pagnoni, our honorary chairman, is the author of The Joy of Bocce and he will provide a demonstration prior to the start of the Tournament. I'm sure that after just a few minutes of playing, you'll catch the bocce bug.

Besides the bocce action, we have raffle prizes, activities for the kids and a closest to the pallino contest. Lunch will be an authentic and delicious Italian buffet prepared by Sabatino's of Boston's North End. The top three teams receive medals and the winning team will have their name inscribed on the Martignetti Cup.

So please SAVE the DATE -- Sunday, October 7. Join us for a fun filled and exciting day of bocce and family as we support Alzheimer’s Research at McLean Hospital.

Thank you for your support!

P.S. We are privileged that Dr. Jim Ellison, Clinical Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Program at McLean Hospital, will also be joining us. He will make a brief presentation on Alzheimer's Disease and I'm sure that he'll be able to answer any questions you may have."

What others say about The Joy of Bocce...

Photos of the week
This week's photos are from old bocce friend George Danner of Griffin, Georgia.

"I just wanted to send you pictures of the Doc Holliday Tournament wall at the "Doc Holliday Museum, located at 1522 Lucky Street, Griffin, Georgia.

First picture is me standing near the plaque and pictures of the champions.

Bill Dunn, distant cousin of John H. "Doc" Holliday set up this area in his museum for the purpose of introducing bocce to all the people who visit the museum. And you would be surprised how much interest the display has gotten over the last month. I started the Doc Holliday Bocce Tournament in 2004 and we roll every year in October. I try and set it up as close to the date of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral which took place on October 26, 1881 in Tombstone, AZ.

The annual Griffin v Peachtree City Bocce Cup will be played September 22, 2007. PTC has won 3 and Griffin 2. This tournament is played every two years.

If you can recover any article you wrote on the first 3 Doc Holliday tournaments, please send them to me, Bill wants to frame them and put up on the wall."

{Back issues =

I've added these new photos to the Bocce Tidbits section on the Doc Holliday tourney that was previously posted.}

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week

Just in time for fall - if you have problems with leaves on your outdoor court, this might just be the answer. I've experimented with it for a while and it passed the test.

From the marketing materials...

"This unique combination tool came all the way from Australia to help pick up and remove those troublesome leaves, pine needles, stones and other debris found on your court. The PVC tines literally lift the debris and flip it on top of the unit so it can be carried off the court.

Grooms the court surface like a drag brush. This dual-purpose tool will save you hours of tedious clean up of your court. Available in 4' and 8' widths."

I found the 8' width to be too cumbersome for bocce courts...much better suited for tennis courts. If you turn the product on one side the tines pick up debris. If you flip it over on its other side it grooms the court like a dragger on softball and baseball fields.

Suggested retail = $189.95. Click below to order...

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
{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.


October 6, 2007 – California - Sutter Creek - Italian Benevolent Society. OPEN, 4 players including at least 1 woman player per team. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209- 296-6151.


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


October 7, 2007 – California - South San Francisco. Italian American Citizen’s Club. VOLO, 2 players. Contact Alessandro Bettucchi @ 650-697-7702.


October 8, 2007 - Kentucky - Louisville. 4th annual V BOCCE EVENT (a celebrity bocce tournament for the V Foundation). Teams play 4 games with a different celebrity each game. The night before is the V BOCCE BALL, an evening of food and fun along with silent and live auctions. Each three man team entry fee is $1000 & proceeds go directly to cancer research, through the V Foundation. ( Email: Bob Valvano @


October 11 – 13, 2007 – Nevada - Crystal Bay, Lake Tahoe. Biltmore Hotel and Casino. OPEN, 4 players. Contact Biltmore Casino @ 1-800-245-8667.


October 20-21, 2007 - Arizona - Phoenix. 2nd Annual Arizona International Open Bocce Tournament. 4-player teams - >$4500 in prize money to top ten finishers. Entry fee $150 per person. Contact tourney directors PASQUALE D’ALIESIO (602-569-9149) or VINCENZO “VINCE” D’ALIESIO (480-220-4629) or


October 27, 2007 – California - San Francisco. Aquatic Park Bocce Club. VOLO, 1 man player and 1 woman player. Contact Marco Cuneo @ 415713-5939.


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.


November 3, 2007 – California - Sacramento. East Portal Bocce Club. OPEN, 4 players. Contact Vernon Cooper @ 916-961-2404.


November 17, 2007 - California - Los gatos. The BIG BEN 2 person Punto Raffa Volo tournament. Open to the first 24 Teams. Cost: $150 per team ($75 per player). USBF card required. Minimum $1000 first place guaranteed. Format: Round Robin, 8 divisions of 3 teams, 16 of the 24 teams will go to the playoffs. Contact:


December 1, 2007 – California - Stockton. Italian Athletic Club. OPEN, 4 players with at least 2 women players per team. Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.


December 1-3. Florida - Cape Coral. Florida Senior Games State Championships. The women will compete on Dec. 1st & the men on Dec. 2nd. Dec 3rd will be reserved for any games not completed. Four players to a team. For more info, contact Rudy Diaz @ 239-542-8877 or email

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