The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VI, Issue 3 - February 5, 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 #3 - February 5, 2007
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2007
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello again bocce friends,

This week I met with some investors who are building an indoor sports facility in Peabody, Mass. that will have space for soccer, lacrosse, basketball, and other sports. There will be Astroturf in some areas and a product called Taraflex on others. Taraflex is somewhat similar to the kind of surface on the bocce courts at the Palazzo di Bocce. I'll visit a couple places that have Taraflex to determine if it is acceptable as a bocce playing surface.

The concept I pitched the facility builders is this...why not have the frames for bocce courts hoisted to the rafters and out of the way and only lowered for bocce play? I have been envisioning this since I coached baseball at our local high school. For Spring indoor practice in the field house, I'd push a button to lower the batting cage, then push the same button to raise it after practice to get it out of the way of the next day's physical education classes.

An arrangement like this for bocce would mean virtually no set-up time. The incoming bocce group could run their event and then quickly and easily leave the facility ready for the next soccer or basketball group.

The builders were open to the idea and will do some research as to the feasibility of creating such a system.

I'll keep you posted,
Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

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

George Anderson writes...

"I have played Bocce for the first time in my life and enjoyed it immensely. We were talking about how to rake out the court and someone mentioned using a leaf rake. Is this Ok? Also we need to make a scoreboard and need some advice on dimensions, etc."

{A leaf rake is OK. You might want to rake "lightly" so as not to disturb the playing surface too much.

There are many variations on scoreboards. Search around on bocce sites like , , and see what you can find. I like the ones that can be placed near the center length of the court and can be viewed from both sides. The one pictured to the right is a home-made one that our group uses.}


Gail Terp writes...

"I am writing a children’s book and want my main character and her grandfather to watch a bocce game and maybe play, too. I don’t know enough about the game yet to do this well. Can you recommend some resources so that I can get a better feel for the game?"

{Of course I recommended the ebook version of The Joy of Bocce...}

"I live in South Glens Falls NY, between Lake George and Saratoga, about 50 miles north of Albany.

Thanks again for turning me onto your book. It was very helpful. I started looking for bocce venues around here and actually discovered a local restaurant with a court out back. They aren’t using it right now but I plan to talk to the manager soon. If you come across any active venues, I’m still interested. I could drive to one within 100 miles or so if it is on the weekend."

{Can any reader suggest a bocce venue for Gail to visit? Please REPLY.}


Last issue described an upcoming magazine article about bocce courts in restaurants (Restaurant Business, March 07). I listed a couple links to restaurants with bocce courts...

I also mentioned that Il Vagabondo in Manhattan has a court and they use a washer instead of a pallino for safety sake. Management is afraid a pallino might inadvertently get knocked into the nearby dining area.

Mike Grasser tells me he will soon be offering a stainless steel pallino on his web site - . This pallino is 40 mm in diameter but weighs approximately 240g, making it a lot less likely to ricochet out of the court. I'm going to experiment with one and will report my findings in a couple weeks.

If you missed last weeks photos of Il Vagabondo (one of the links had a typo), you can view them at .


Mike Grasser also called with news of America's Pallino D’oro (TM) coming up in June. He notes that "All players must have an understanding of raffa international rules before the tournament starts."

US Pallino d' Oro (TM) 2007 - Men's, singles, raffa, International rules bocce tournament. Livermore, California, Campo di Bocce of Livermore.
June 16 and 17. $200.00 per athlete.
Prizes: 1st $2,000.00, 2nd $1,200.00, 3rd $800.00, 4th $400.00. Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th.

U.S Pallino d' Oro 2007 (TM) Women's, singles, raffa, International rules bocce tournament. Los Gatos, California, Campo di Bocce of Los Gatos.
June 16. $150.00 per athlete.
Prizes: 1st $1,000.00, 2nd $650.00, 3rd $450.00, 4th $250.00. Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th.

Information and registration for either men's or women's event: Mike Grasser 248-495-4059 or 248-505-4744 or


Bryan Mero of always sends me words of encouragement and just check out these impressive stats for for 2006.

176,858 Total Visitors (that's an increase of over 62,000 unique visitors from 2005)
294,946 Total Pageviews (increase of over 82,000 pgviews from 2005)
1,474,102 Total Hits (increase of over 450,000 hits from 2005)

Check out the totals/graphs here:

"I'm planning to use online videos this year (with the help of to help explain the rules, techniques, etc. Wish me luck on's seems so simple to do but there's a lot of work that goes into it.

I always look forward to your Newsletters...good luck to you and in 2007!"

{Great job Bryan...keep at it. Like the kids say..."You the Man!"}

******************************************************************************************** liked my comments on the year in review (2006) and added his own thoughts...

"I agree with your statements except I can go anywhere in the U.S. and play horseshoes and shuffleboard on standard courts and rules of play. I can't go across town and do that for bocce. We need standards for our U.S. style of bocce if it is ever going to be recognized as a national sport."

{Point taken. The international rules are standardized and the United States Bocce Federation, which is the governing body for bocce in America, has clear and simple Open Rules outlined on their web site. We need to get more people and groups to "get on board" and become affilated with the USBF - .}


Stephen Norris ( is looking to play some bocce:

"I love to read the newsletter from week to week! I picked up the game of Bocce after I joined and Italian/American club in New Jersey a few years back I'm in my early 40's and was taken to school by my elders on the fine art of Bocce. I seemed to pick the game up nicely and really looked forward to my Friday night Bocce games at the club. I got so hooked that I ended up leading a project to upgrade and refurbish the court.

Alas, I ended up moving last year to Columbus
Ohio. I truely miss my bocce nights and was wondering if you or your subscribers could tell me of some bocce play in my area. I do love the game but Jersey is just too much of a road trip on a Friday night! So if anybody knows of some fine Bocce addicts like me in the Columbus Ohio area, please give out a shout!"


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Photos of the week
This week’ photos are now part of the Bocce Venues page at

They come from Pasquale D’Aliesio who has helped organize a bocce club called Bocce Arizona. Visit their site at

Here is a press release from their inaugural tournament held on January 19 - 21, 2007...

International Bocce Tournament a Sweep for Italian Teams!

St. James Catholic Parish, Glendale, AZ

Rain postponed the first International Bocce Competition on day one, but play resumed on Saturday, January 20th. The semi- and final rounds were held in all three divisions on Sunday the 21st , with the Italian teams sweeping championships for A, B, and C divisions.

Italy’s Azzurra team, captained by Maurizio Ascani, claimed the top prize of $4000 in the “A” Division, defeating “The Gamblers” of Antioch, CA, by a score of 13-8.

In “B” Division’s final, Italy’s Civitanovese team, led by brothers Alberto and Andrea Giordani and captained by Genesio Ercoli, defeated the John Ross team of Shady Glenn, CA by a score of 13-11, winning $2000.

In “C” Division, Terzieri di Montecassiano, captained by Antonio Profili, defeated the Gino Gullo team of Downey, CA by a score of 13-2, winning $1000.

Azzurra’s Ascani was named the Tournament Most Valuable Player.

There were 33 teams from all over the country, as well as Italy, participating in this year’s inaugural tournament.

Cash prizes totaled nearly $15,000 for all three divisions.

About Bocce Arizona, LLC. A newly formed sports organization which currently has 6 professional Bocce Ball courts, located at St. James Catholic Church in Glendale, AZ (ideally located on 35th Ave just south of the 101 fwy). 4 additional courts are to be constructed by October, 2007. The purpose of hosting Bocce Ball tournaments is to publicize this great sport while working to one day host the National and World Championships in Glendale, ultimately having Bocce Ball sanctioned as an Olympic Sport. For membership information in the Bocce Club of Bocce Arizona, please contact Pasquale D’Aliesio at (602) 569-9149 or email: . Go to for more information.

Bocce Arizona, LLC is made up of four managing partners: Pasquale D’Aliesio, who was a founder of the Sons of Italy in Phoenix as well as serving as President of the Arizona American Italian Club Bocce League for many years, and a National Champion Bocce Ball Player himself, Dr. Tom LaBlonde, who has served in many capacities in promoting the Olympics, John Nanni, MBA, who is the current President of the Mountain Sector of the USBF, and Vincenzo “Vince” D’Aliesio, who grew up watching (and playing) with his dad (Pasquale) in this great sport.

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Bocce Court Maintenance Tools

I’ve seen all kinds of home-made court maintenance brushes and scrapers. Two things have always struck me about them. 1 – they look like they are home-made and 2 – they tend to be HEAVY.

7' Drag Brush

Manufactured by Lee Tennis (makers of the Har-Tru surface), this court maintenance tool created for tennis courts works exceptionally well for bocce courts. The 7-foot drag brush is light-weight and, even if you have a 13- or 14-foot wide court, you can smooth it over with just two passes. This is quick enough to do between games without players standing around waiting very long.

Bristles are 4 ½ inches of synthetic fibers and the strong but light-weight frame is aluminum. Retails for $149.95 plus shipping.


This strangely named 30” wide device is actually two implements in one. It is an all-aluminum combination tool for scarifying, leveling, and removing loose court material.

Strong and sturdy, the tool is light enough to handle with ease and is excellent for spreading new material during top-dressing. The concave shape of the 30” wide blade allows the tool to “float” along the surface without digging in. Use the serrated edge to scrape material from high spots, then flip the tool over to rake and smooth that spot and drag the loose material to fill in a lower point. Retails for $54.95 plus shipping.

Besides a heavy roller, the lute/scarifier and 7-foot drag brush should be all the maintenance tools a bocce court owner needs.

Click to go to merchandise order...then scroll to bottom of page.

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}

Market America Isotonix® OPC-3

From the Market America company web site..."Composed of grape seed, pine bark, red wine, bilberry and citrus extracts, Isotonix OPC-3 is a safe, nontoxic antioxidant that delivers unparalleled protection from free radicals and helps support the body’s circulatory system."

"Potent free radical scavenger & neutralizer Helps maintain healthy circulation Supports healthy blood glucose levels."

Click the link below to get more info...improve your health and maybe even your bocce game too!

Click to learn more about OPC-3 and other great products...

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 9 & 10, 2007 - Michigan - Palazzo di Bocce. 2nd Annual Winter Bocce Blast. Two-person teams - Open Rules - backboard dead - $150 per team includes continental breakfast & lunch buffet on Saturday. $6000 guaranteed purse. Contact .


February 10 & 11, 2007 - Tennessee - Memphis. 2nd Annual Memphis Bocce Club Tournament. 4-player, double elimination event. Prize money based on twenty teams = 1st: $2000, 2nd $1100, 3rd: $600, 4th $300. Contact Ralph Galtelli @ 901-272-2124 or .


February 17, 2007 - California - Los Gatos. Maureen Albanese Valentine's Day Bocce Tournament. Campo di Bocce. 4-player teams, $30 per player. Contact Cassie Duren @ 408-395-7650 Ext. 117 or . USBF card required.


February 24 & 25, 2007 - Washington - Auburn Bocce Club. OPEN - 4 players. Contact Sal Cascone @ 253-939-3502.


March 9 - 11, 2007. Florida - Cape Coral - Veterans Park Bocce Courts, 4140 Coronado Pkwy. 4 player teams w/ 1 alternate. Open Rules, Round Robin format. Prize money to top 5 place finishers. 1st place $7,000.00 guaranteed. 2nd - 5th place amounts determined by number of teams entered. Entry fee = $400.00 per team. Must register by Feb 10, 2007. More info: George Furlan at 239-275-9968 or 1-800-226-0604 - Cell 239-229-2348, e-mail = .


March 17, 2007 - California - Sacramento - East Portal Bocce Club. OPEN - 4 players. Contact Vern Cooper @ 916-961-2404.


March 24, 2007 - California - Vacaville - Nut Tree. Grand Opening Tourney. OPEN - 4 Players. Contact Kelli Valle @ 707-448-6411.


March 31, 2007 - California - I. A. C - Stockton. OPEN - 3 Players (at least 1 woman player). Contact Ron Jacobs @ 209-957-1223.


April 28, 2007 - Washington - Bellingnham. Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament - Http://www. . Contact Tom Mcnutt @ or call 360-224-2909 for info or to register.


May, 6, 2007 (rain date May 20) Colorado - Fort Collins - "Bocce for Meals" Ice Breaker Tournament (1st year); benefit for Fort Collins Meals on Wheels. Pre-registration required. Call 970-484-6325 or email 4 member teams; $100 registration. 2-3 games guaranteed.


June 3, 2007 - New Jersey - Franklin (Colonial Park). Bocce Invitational - "Proceeds benefit our soldiers through the efforts of Operation Shoebox New Jersey." Contact Frank Valanzola @ 973-793-5406. {Note: Operation Shoebox is an initiative to create a "care package supply line" to US troops serving overseas.}


June 16, 2007 - California - Los Gatos Campo di Bocce. U.S Pallino d' Oro (TM) 2007 Women's, singles, raffa, International rules bocce tournament. $150.00 per athlete. Prizes: 1st $1,000.00, 2nd $650.00, 3rd $450.00, 4th $250.00. Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th.

Information and registration: Mike Grasser 248-495-4059 or 248-505-4744 or


June 16 & 17, 2007 - California - Livermore. Campo di Bocce. US Pallino D' Oro (TM) 2007 - Men's, singles, raffa, International rules bocce tournament. $200.00 per athlete. Prizes: 1st $2,000.00, 2nd $1,200.00, 3rd $800.00, 4th $400.00. Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th.

Information and registration: Mike Grasser 248-495-4059 or 248-505-4744 or


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.


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; $100 registration. 2-3 games guaranteed.

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