The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VI, Issue 6 - March 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 #6 - March 5, 2007
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2007
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Bocce friends,

No issue last week - sorry. I had personal business to attend to and just couldn't make the deadline.

I finally got to visit the YMCA in Melrose, Mass. where I evaluated their Taraflex surface to see if it was OK for bocce play.

Recap: recently I met with investors who are building an indoor sports facility in Peabody, Mass. that will have space for soccer, lacrosse, and other sports. There will be Astroturf in some areas and Taraflex on others. Taraflex is similar to the kind of surface on the bocce courts at the Palazzo di Bocce.

The concept I pitched the facility builders is this...why not have the frames for bocce courts hoisted to the rafters and only lowered for bocce play?

This arrangement 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 lacrosse group.

The problem I encountered is that there is a seam every six feet on the Taraflex flooring. This just won't do for bocce. I'll recommend that the builders put the bocce courts over the Astroturf flooring.

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

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

Last issue's info (size and price) on DaVinci Bocce's stainless steel pallino was incorrect.

Michael Grasser of is offering a stainless steel pallino which is much heavier (international size - 41 mm, but 283 g compared to the usual 120 g) that is much less likely to get knocked out of the court.

I tried it out recently with our bocce posse and found that it is indeed likely to stay in bounds. We play on Astroturf set on top of concrete, so bouncing balls and flying pallinos tend to be a problem for us.

We also found that when the stainless steel pallino is struck with a gentle roll, it doesn't move very far from its original position. Click the photo above right to view the stainless steel pallino at - retails for $16.00.


Can any reader help with this request?

"Have you ever heard of a combination bocce court and putting green? I was told they can be made with a golf hole at both ends with plugs in the artifical turf which can be in place for bocce and removed for putting. Do
you have any experiece with that kind of arrangement? We are at a retirement community and trying to accommodate both the golfers and the bocce players."

{Bocce & golf - It is interesting to note that when the Palazzo di Bocce got started in Michigan, the proprietors were pleasantly surprised that many of their new bocce converts were golfers looking for something to do in the winter.}


Speaking of Palazzo di Bocce...Chef's Wine Dinner (March 26th) at Palazzo di Bocce {sounds great to me - wish I were in the neighborhood}

"A fabulous 5-course Italian Ecclectic meal by our talented Chef Neal. Each course will be paired with Italian Varietal Wines presented by Paul Mann of L&L Wines. Special 'Tonight-Only' Pricing on wine offerings
$49.95 per person includes tax, gratuity and Bocce (optional) after dinner."

{Call 248-371-9987 for reservations. I can't wait until there is such a venue here in New England so I can join in the food & fun.}


Lonny from NY has set up a new bocce site...

" is now open. Attention Bocce Clubs, Venues and Bocce Product Vendors.

Get listed for free.

Visit to register.

Members are always free."


Dr. Cordano offers suggestions for streamlining the play at our local Sons of Italy described in a previous issue:
{the doubles tourney was going too long into the night with just two courts available for play.}

"I would like to comment and provide some suggestions in relation to the activities of the Sons of Italy in your area and the first one is to charge a minimum of $10 to make it worthwhile.

The described competition can be run in 3 to 3 1/2 hours:
If 24 players = 6 quads
If 18 players = 6 triples

SIX is the KEY for SUCCESS, ...12 players = 6 doubles...But it can be done with 5 by adjusting # of teams to 2 & 3 per group.

By having 2 groups with 3 teams on each one and playing in a Round Robin fashion.

Have the games to 10 points, and limiting the time to 45 minutes (whatever comes first). If necessary, alert the players at 40 minutes, so they can complete the ongoing frame and finish in time.

The winners of the groups will play an additional game to define first and second place.

Scores in favor and against will have to be kept for every game in case there is a tie situation in order to define position.

I always like ranking the top 6 players, in order to balance the teams. The rest may just be drawn into the teams to form doubles, triples or quads.


{As usual, the good doctor makes good sense. I particularly like the idea of first determining the top six players, then drawing the rest of the teammates by a "blind draw."}


Dr. Alfred Falcone sends news from Syracuse, NY...

"The fourth annual Spaulding Support Services bocce tournament will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2007.

Six state of the art new courts are available for the charity event. Spauling Support Services is a human service agency providing for the needs for the developmentally disabled. The fun event awards trophies in various skill levels of play. For info e-mail


Michael Grasser has updated the prize money for the U.S. Men's Pallino D'Oro (based on 40 players). Click below for an official registration form which is due by April 28th. For both the men's and women's Pallino D'Oro "all players must have a 2007 USBF membership card and must have lived in the United States for at least the last six months or since November of 2006."

Registration form for U.S. Pallino D'Oro to print out and submit

Photos of the week
This week’s photos are now part of the Bocce Tidbits page at (will be available permanently - not just for the week).

Promoting Your Bocce League

{As always we encourage you to follow our model and duplicate what we have done. If you can improve it, let us know how so we can copy you. They say that “Imitation is the highest form of flattery.”}

This week’s photos show how our non-profit group has successfully promoted our bocce league in the community. The Monday morning league consists of eight teams of four players each. We have 32 regulars (21 men and 11 women) placed on teams and we also encourage guests to show up and fill in as substitutes or alternates.

Originally we made up team names like Pallino Poppers, Goodfellas, Bocce Stars, etc. After each Monday’s matches we update the standings on our web site ( ) and call the scores into the local newspaper. The Eagle-Tribune has a Local Notes section where youth and adult recreation leagues can submit results. It took some persistence on our part to get the newspaper to print bocce results (no one had ever submitted bocce scores before). Now Bocce is a regular subhead under Local Notes along with the more mainstream sports like Basketball and Softball. We also submit names of players who played well, generally rotating the names so that everyone eventually gets his/her name in the paper.

This year we’ve taken our bocce league promotion to the next level. We secured eight sponsors for our teams, collecting $200 from each. Team sponsorships hereabouts go for $300 - $500, but sports like softball and baseball use paid officials, where our bocce players officiate our own games. So, since we wouldn’t incur referee expenses, $200 seemed a fair price. We’d use most of the money to purchase team shirts.

For their sponsorship fee, the companies get the standings posted on our web site and weekly results published in the newspaper (14 weeks plus playoffs). Also, we embroider our Ken Waldie SSC logo on the front of the team shirts and silk screen the sponsor name on the back. Having the players decked out in eight different colored shirts makes it easy for us to see which teams need an alternate for the day. We play with teams of four, so when we see only three green shirts for the Guesthouse Inn team on court 1, we know they need a substitute.

Nowadays when we call the scores in (or email) to the newspaper, it’s Martignetti Enterprises, Inc. defeated Ark Insurance instead of Pallino Poppers defeated the Bocce All-Stars. We’re at the next level.

The finances worked out this way: Eight sponsors times $200 = $1600 additional income minus 32 embroidered and silk screened shirts ($1064) = $536 extra in the operating expenses for the organization.

A couple final notes: Let the sponsors know how much you appreciate them. We will invite our sponsors to our end-of-season luncheon/playoffs. Encourage the players to support the sponsors. If you need insurance coverage, talk to our friends at ARK Insurance. If you are thinking of adding a room onto your home, consider All Pro Design Builders. We need to support the people who support us.

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Inexpensive bocce gift - Precision Bocce Measure

Choose the Clubhawk Gold, Henselite Bowls, or Premier Boule Measure. You can't go wrong with any of the three choices. Once a bocce aficionado has a set of bocce balls and my book, the next logical acquisition is a first-rate measure.

Each retails for $24.95 plus $4.00 shipping and will be shipped US Priority Mail.

Click the photo for more info, pictures, etc.

Click to view measures...

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 Glucosatrin®

From the Market America company web site...

"Glucosatrin® is a nutritional approach for healthy joints and bones. Featuring special nutrients and herbs, Glucosatrin® helps control joint inflammation and joint stiffness caused by over-activity and helps reduce overall wear and tear from growing old - or from being overweight. Each bottle contains 90 tablets."

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

Click for more info on Market America Glucosatrin® and other health 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.


March 9 - 11, 2007. Florida - Cape Coral - Veterans Park Bocce Courts, 4140 Coronado Pkwy. Doubles (2 players). Open Rules, Round Robin format. Prize money to top 5 place finishers. 1st place $3,000.00 guaranteed. 2nd - 5th place amounts determined by number of teams entered (hope to field 24 teams). Entry fee = $400.00 per team. 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 7, 2007 – California - Los Gatos. Campo di Bocce. OPEN, 4 Players. 11th Annual Los Gatos Bocce Club Open Tournament. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408-379-9409.


April 19 - 21, 2007 – Nevada - Crystal Bay, Lake Tahoe. Biltmore Hotel and Casino. OPEN, 4 players. Contact Biltmore Casino 1-800-245-8667.

April 28, 2006 – California - South San Francisco. Italian American Citizen’s Club. OPEN, 3 Players. Contact Ron Del Carlo @ 650-359-2310.


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


April 29, 2007 – California - San Francisco. Aquatic Park Bocce Club. VOLO, Precision Throwing (Singles, Skill Competition). Contact Marco Cuneo @ 415-713-5939.


May 5, 2007 – California - San Mateo. Peninsula Italian American Social Club. RAFFA, 3 Players. Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650591-3318.


May 5, 2007 – California - San Mateo. Peninsula Italian American Social Club at Beresford Park. OPEN, 4 women players. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.


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.


May 19, 2007- California - South San Francisco. Italian American Citizen’s Club. OPEN, 2 women players and 2 men players per team. Contact Susan Botti @ 650-589-4356.


May 26, 2007 – California - Livermore. Campo di Bocce. RAFFA, 3 players. Los Gatos Bocce Club Annual Raffa Tournament. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408-379-9409.


May 26, 2007 – California - Fairfield. Fairfield Bocce Federation. OPEN, 4 women players. Contact Richard Costales @ 707-425-7167.


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 9, 2007 – California - South San Francisco. Italian American Citizen’s Club. RAFFA, 2 women players. Contact Ginger Hanley @ 650-271-6009.


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 (based on 20 players). Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th.

Information and registration: Mike Grasser 248-495-4059 or 248-505-4744 or Note: players must have an understanding of international raffa rules.


June 16 & 17, 2007 - California - Livermore. Campo di Bocce. U.S. Pallino D' Oro (TM) 2007 - Men's, singles, raffa, International rules bocce tournament. $200.00 per athlete. Prizes: 1st $2,500.00, 2nd $1,500.00, 3rd $1000.00, 4th $500.00 (based on 40 players). Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th.

Information and registration: Mike Grasser 248-495-4059 or 248-505-4744 or Note: players must have an understanding of international raffa rules.


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


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.


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.


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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