The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VI, Issue 30 - October 22, 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 #30 - October 22, 2007
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2007
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello once again bocce lovers,

With fall weather moving in things are starting to slow up a bit hereabouts (on the bocce scene). It's about time, because I've been hopping from one event to the next and the hectic schedule has interrupted my newsletter publishing schedule.

Here in New England we are the last to catch up to whatever trends or happenings are gaining momentum around the USA. Since bocce is beginning to boom here, this bodes well for the growth of our sport in the very near future. I have been telling anyone who will listen that we are very close to hitting the mainstream.

Those of us who love to promote this game need to keep at it and, you should excuse the expression, "roll with it."

Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

Have you seen the cool apparel with the Joy of Bocce logo?

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

Peter Rabito sends this on the NYC Columbus Day Parade in which the NYC bocce champs participated...

"The parade went up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan from 47th street to 83rd Street. It was a beautiful day and thousands lined the parade route. The Bocce float would always get a loud cheer from the fans as we passed by partly due to the unexpectedness of it! People were cheering Bocce! Bocce! Bocce! as we went by...I believe this was in part to a nostalgic remembrance of their past or just a way to associate it with an integral part of the Italian culture."

More on the 13th annual NY Citywide Bocce Tournament

More than 300 bocce players from all over New York City and State competed in parks in all five boroughs.

The event hosted a record number of participants this year with 85 teams, up from 60 last year. Teams from Queens clinched 1st and 2nd place while a Manhattan team earned 3rd place. Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe cheered on competitors at the Manhattan preliminaries on Saturday, watching players like American Bocce President Peter Rabito.

“The Citywide Bocce tournament brings New Yorkers out from every borough and from all age groups,” Commissioner Benepe said.

“Bocce is sweeping the country and the Department of Parks is proud to bring this international sport to the City.”

Participants from the Bronx played in Pelham Bay Park while Brooklyn players competed at Marine Park. In Manhattan, bocce enthusiasts gathered at J.J. Walker Park and in Queens, teams faced off in Juniper Valley Park. Winning teams from each borough dueled at Juniper Valley Park in Queens on Sunday, September 30.

On hand for the finals was world renowned chef and TV personality Lidia Bastianich. “Lidia’s Italy”, her new cooking show, is being premiered and she was more then pleased to help kick off the event and award the $1,000 in prize money to Angelo Visone, captain of the first place team “The Devils” hailing from Queens.

Visone credits the Devils' strenuous training regimen to their success, "I train like a professional athlete," the 67-year-old Naples native said. "I don't drink, I don't smoke and I watch what I eat."

The borough of Queens always seems to be well represented in the finals and once again fared very well this year. Queens team “Adriatica” earned 2nd place overall and $300 in prize money. Manhattan was represented by Rabito’s American Bocce Club which clinched 3rd place and $200.

“Playing against New York City’s best bocce players is always a challenge!” said Rabito. “You have to play your best and try to limit your mistakes”.

In addition to the prize money, the top three finalists received trophies and were awarded the honor of riding atop the NYC Department of Parks float in the Columbus Day Parade as true Bocce Ambassadors!

The Citywide Bocce Tournament was presented by New York City Parks & Recreation, in conjunction with the Columbus Citizen’s Foundation.


Last week I published some thoughts on the future of bocce.

I wrote about the momentum we're experiencing and about how the United States Bocce Federation needs to gain more credibility and visability. They need to embrace and promote the concept of "The Governing Body of Bocce in America." They need to plaster it on all their signs, banners, ads, letterhead, business cards, etc.

Finally, I wrote that someone has to step up and become the "face" of bocce - preferably someone without a "hidden agenda". Someone has to do some big time national TV appearances. S/he should be young, enthusiastic, energetic and literate (with a sense of humor and a generous helping of charisma mixed in).

I was pleasantly surprised that a number of people actually sent me a kind of resume, offering to become the face of bocce. Wow! I hadn't anticipated that. I wish I were in a position to "hire" someone for the job. It's really gratifying to think that so many are vested in the success of our game.

One forty-something woman asked "how young is young?" and I replied that I only mentioned young to combat the stereotype of the old, cigar-smoking, wine drinking Italian men playing our game.

In 1989, when I wrote my book on softball, it was the fastest growing sport in America. That book stayed in print for 15 years. It's only a matter of time. Bocce is destined to become the fastest growing sport in America.


Rich Reedy asks...

"Where may I buy a USBF flag?"

{You have to register with the United States Bocce Federation (The Governing Body of Bocce in America). For a club/league/civic group it is $50 for a calendar year. Contact John Ross at . You'll be a USBF sanctioned group and you'll be supporting the growth of the game and the USBF. The more people and groups who do this the faster we'll hit the mainstream.}


Wayne Farinacci, Tournament Director for the Cleveland International Challenge Cup of Bocce needs some help...

"Our Club Molisani is looking to erect a cover for two outdoor bocce courts so we can play in the winter months. It gets cold in Cleveland. We have looked into several structures. If any of your readers has solved this problem in the past, I hope they can direct us to a financially manageable solution. The end result is that we need cover, sides of some sort and heat. Any ideas?"

{Please REPLY if you have cost effective suggestions or success in this kind of endeavor.}


Guy De Santis asks...

"I'm trying to purchase a set of Caudera bocce.
Maybe you can help me in finding a distributor here in the USA."

{I don't think there is a distributor in the states. I know of this Italian/French site... - Does any reader know of an American distributor? }


Bocce Bob Whitlow is still at it and still doing a great job...


After winning all three games last week and receiving a bye this week, the Bankers still maintain a thirteen point lead in the Bocce USA Monday night Bocce league. The Barney sisters of Hurst carried Stotlar’s for all three games and their 42 points.

The West Frankfort Lion’s Club under the command of Bob Ellis took two out of three games from The Boneyard Boccie Club. Beth Lipscomb was the top roller for Boneyard.

After dropping the first game 9-5 to The Franklin-Williamson Foundation, Northern Baptist Church was all business in the second match and won their first game of the season 9-1. Lashandra Utley was their top roller.

Nadine Battioli was the top ace for the Foundation.

One would have to call the play of the J&S Professional Pharmacy a total team effort. With Jacob Woolard subbing for team Captain Joyce Fogleman, the drug pushers won two out of three from Greg Galli Auto Body 9-1 and 9-3 only to lose the other game 9-8.

In the night cap, Severin’s All Stars-n-Stitches hooked up in a heated battle with McCords Market. Severin’s won the first two games 9-5 and 9-6. With the score tied seven to seven in the last game, on her last ball, Betty Stipes bumped in the second point thus winning the match 9-7. Mary Lynn Whitlow was top pointer for the All-Stars.

Standings as of 10/15/07

Southern Illinois Bank………………………….84
Stotlar Lumber Company………………………71
J & S Professional Pharmacy…………………67
Boneyard Boccie Club…………………………65
West Frankfort Lions Club…………………….63
Severin’s All-Stars-n-Stitches………………...59
Franklin Williamson Foundation……………..54
McCord’s Market………………………………..52
Greg Galli Auto Body…………………………..42
Edward Jones……………………………………32
Northern Baptist Church……………………….31

What others say about The Joy of Bocce...

Photos of the week
This week's photos are actually a new page (Special Olympics) on the web site. The pictures come courtesy of Art Bjork who was one of the officials for the 2007 Special Olympics World Games held in Shanghai, China.

Art's also the State Bocce Director for Special Olympics Florida.

His photos show off the 2007 Special Olympics World Games Bocce Venue. There were 10 overseas officials - 5 from the US, 1 from Ireland, 1 from Malaysia, 1 from Trinidad & Tobago, and 2 from Puerto Rico.

Says Bjork...

"It was just an awesome time, 322 athletes from 63 Countries. There was a typhoon heading our way so they moved 10 courts inside and we never miss a beat!'

{Let me know if you want me to link to the SO web site for your area/state. Send me the info and I'll add it to my web site right away.}

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
BoHo Bocce - where home decor meets Bocce

Don't forget to use promo code (010111) when ordering at

Got this interesting email from Brad Droy who has developed a clever new bocce product…

“I've played Bocce for years with my neighbors in our backyards. No court. Recently I've developed new version of Bocce Ball call BoHo Bocce. It's a bocce game played indoors in your home without a special court. The playing field is your home including your furniture, walls, stairs, etc. Please check out the website:


I secured a BoHo Bocce game to evaluate. It came in a stylish pewter basket. Says Brad… “Remember, it's meant to be a more relaxed version of Bocce without the precision. It promotes creativity. Good for families with children. Fun game when you're stuck in your house because of bad weather. For most people the home decor aspect is big.”

I got a big kick out of the email receipt that came with my order…


Outside In Games Email Order Receipt

Buon giorno Mario,

Thank you for your Boho Bocce order with Outside In Games, where life is all fun and games.
Your order arrived in the middle of an excellent round of BoHo Bocce. We stopped everything and sang an old Italian song of praise in your honor. Then we ran to our packing stations, where your entire order was inspected for absolute perfecto-ness before carefully packaging it.
Just as soon as UPS picks up your order, we'll email you the tracking number. You can then follow your package every step of the way until it arrives at your doorstep. Since a signature isn't required, please keep an eye out for it.

Brad Drozynski, BoHo Bocce Master


More from Brad…”With the cold weather coming soon it might be a great alternative for the person who can't find an indoor bocce court or would enjoy the added dimension of playing bocce BoHo style using their home as the court. Plus I think it's a pretty cool home decor accessory. I'm finding that it's a huge hit at assisted living facilities too.

Be creative with your play. All obstacles are in play and using walls like bumpers on a pool table can be fun. It's really a different game.“


Fun Family Game Doubles as Home Décor

Sounds like Brad is on to something. His Outside In outfit seeks to bring indoors the games we enjoy playing so much outdoors (he plans on bringing other games indoors soon).

As I frequent antique shops in search of old bocce balls (especially nailed boules from France) I see a great many decorative bocce ball-like spheres for sale. These Boho Bocce mimic those but are made of tennis ball-like material instead of polished stone or plastic. So, you can put these on display on your coffee table and then take them in hand to roll a game when the spirit moves you.

I like the idea. You're playing bocce indoors safely with what are essentially oversized tennis balls.

The smartly packages set retails for $109.00 and includes:

four purple balls and four green balls (about 4 oz. & 3 ½ inches in diameter)
smaller white pallino (balls handmade in Nepal with 100 percent solid wool and Swiss dyes – machine washable).
Choice of baskets: pewter wire, twig, rattan spaghetti weave, small wire mesh, large wire mesh
Carry bag
Measuring string
Instruction booklet

If you decide to order, Droy has offered Joy Of Bocce readers a 20% discount. Use code 010111 when ordering on-line at . Or, contact BoHo Brad at 303-667-1293.

Code 010111 brings cost down to around $87.00.

Visit BoHo Bocce (use code 010111 at checkout for 20% discount)

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 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 10, 2007 - Massachusetts - North Andover. Michael B. Christensen Family Support Center Bocce Tourney. Raising funds for child abuse prevention. 4-player teams - Open Rules. Contact Al Pappalardo @ 1-978-618-0513 or


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


May 17, 2008 - New Jersey - 2nd annual NJ Bocce Invitational supporting New Jersey charities. Contact Frank Valanzola @ 973-793-5406 or . View web site at

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