The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VII, Issue 10 - March 10, 2008 
•   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 7, Issue #10 - March 10, 2008
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2008
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Greetings once again Bocce faithful,

It was quite an effort, but I was able to sift through and post a representative sampling of photos from our recent corporate bocce outing in Ft. Lauderdale.

In fact, I added them (and additional info) to the Joy of Bocce web site under Bocce Outings to offer our services for corporate outings and parties. We'll travel anywhere to run events, and until someone builds a Campo di Bocce or Palazzo di Bocce type facility in the East, we'll be the best New England alternative.

We can run outdoor events like the one shown in this week's pictures. Or, we can run them indoors with temporary courts set up right on the carpet in a large function hall. Check out the pictures and please consider recommending my bocce posse to any corporate types you know. We think it's a great way for us to promote the game.

Remember to keep your first roll in front of the target ball...

Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

Check out pictures of Campo di Bocce of Livermore...

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

Dave Recchione sends the license plate photo to the right along with the message "For all my fellow Bocce lovers."


Becky Wesley of the National Senior Games sends this...

"We’re excited that Cleveland, Ohio will be announced as the host city for the 2013 Summer National Senior Games today! Read the press release attached. The Cleveland and Northeast Ohio newspaper, The Plain Dealer, ran the story on the front page today and top story on line. View the link below:"

{We haven't gotten much response from the Senior Games hierarchy about getting bocce in the San Francisco games in 2009. So maybe we'd better start lobbying for Cleveland in 2013?}


Don Augustine sent news that I hadn't heard...

"The 2008 Winter Issue of the Italian American Magazine on page 21 has section titled Honors and Awards.

Here is what it says:

And in Massachusetts, Mario Pagnoni in the Lawrence Lodge #902 has turned his love of bocce into action. He wrote and published 'The Joy of Bocce 2nd Edition' to promote the game and also runs charity bocce tournaments. A recent event raised over $34,000 for Alzheimer's research."


Ken Hallenius sends news of a loss in the bocce family...

"I thought I'd pass along a note on the passing of a Pacific Northwest Bocce player who brought people together through his love of the game:

I went to the funeral this past weekend of William 'Bill' Dehnert of Kent, Washington, who died of pancreatic cancer at age 53. Bill was a man who touched many lives through his years as a language and history
teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School in Federal Way, Washington. However, two of the people who gave remembrances of Bill at his funeral spoke of getting to know him through Bocce.
'I only knew Bill as a Bocce player,' said one eulogizer, 'but I wish I'd gotten to know him sooner.'

Bill leaves behind a lovely wife and two beautiful daughters, and will be greatly missed by hundreds of friends and acquaintances. I trust that he's now rolling the Pallino in the Great Bocce Court in the sky..."



Marilena Cugini of Powell, Ohio announces...

"The First Annual Co-ed Youth Bocce Tournament will be held Sunday June 22nd from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. It will take place at the Abruzzi club located at 8397 Cleveland Ave NW (street also known as Hanawalt) in Westerville, Ohio 43081. Children varying from ages 5 to 16 will compete together with a grandparent or parent in a mini bocce tournament.

Cost is $15.00 per team for members and $20.00 for non members and it covers the court fee, participation medals, awards for the children and adults as well as prizes for the winning teams. Pre-registration is required and the deadline is June 18, 2008. Playing times and team sizes will be determined after registration forms are received.

For more info, contact Marilena Cugini at 740-549-0076 or by email at or Lisa Solazzo at 614-890-1945. We look forward to an event where children of Italian and non-Italian descent can savor the traditions of the wonderful game of bocce.


Illinois' Bocce Bob is still at it...


Boneyard Boccie Ball Club of Benton made it a clean sweep taking all three games from the league leaders, Franklin-Williamson Foundation 9-7, 9-5 and 9-3 dropping them to third place in the point standings. It was Pat Hollada of Benton finding the groove with key points.

McCord’s Market and Northern Baptist locked in a heated three games. McCord’s slipped by winning the first game 9-8. The church bounced back winning the second event 9-2. In the third and final game, the church found the winning point taking the game 9-8. Donna Ellis of West Frankfort was the key player for McCord’s. Pastor David Utley and wife Lashanda were the top scorers for the church.

J & S Professional Pharmacy took the first game from Stotlar Lumber by a score of 9-1 with Tyler Mathews of Benton scoring big. However, the lumber jacks prevailed winning the two remaining games 9-2 and 9-7.

It was Brenda Barney of Hurst pointing for Stotlar’s.

Southern Illinois Bank took two out of three games from the West Frankfort Lions Club. The bank won the first game 9-5. The Lions roared back strong to take the second event 9-3. The bankers would not be denied by winning the third game 9-4. Bob Ellis was the key player for the Lions while Jan Tripp of Hurst and Tom Borgra of Christopher scored for the bankers.

Two of the top four teams battled hard for Italian bragging rites as Greg Galli Auto Body hooked up with Severin’s All-Stars-n-Stitches. Severin’s won the first game 9-4. Shirley Galli and Jesse Burress of Marion found the groove taking the second game 9-6. In the final and deciding match, it was all Severin’s winning 9-6. For the second week in a row, it was Ted James of Herrin and Mary Lynn Whitlow of West Frankfort pointing big in all three games.

Edward Jones had the bye and the automatic 42 points.

Standings as of Mar 3rd, 2008. Two nights remaining in league play

Severin’s All-Stars-n-Stitches………………..652
McCord’s Market………………………………..642
Franklin-Williamson Foundation…………….637
Greg Galli Auto Body…………………………..635
Stotlar Lumber Company………………..……617
West Frankfort Lions Club……………………606
Southern Illinois Bank…………………………596
Boneyard Boccie Ball Club…………………...544
J & S Professional Pharmacy………………..526
Edward Jones……………………………………501
Northern Baptist Church…………….…………454


Teena Marie from Campo di Bocce writes in response to recent issues on what score we play to and other things...

"I'd love to head out to New England and build a Campo there! If you talk Ben & Tom into it, I'm there!

{That would be Ben Musolf and Tom Albanese}

I was just reading and I can tell you here we have up to 15 on our scoreboards. Depending on time limits we go to 12 in the early tournament rounds & in our leagues. In finals/playoffs we go to 15. It is all dependent on time limits.

I found out that a local high school teaches bocce in its physical education curriculum (Foothill High School in Pleasanton, CA). We would love to see our facility put to use for teaching bocce at the collegiate or secondary level. I can imagine creating a curriculum that would include learning some Italian as well as incorporating history & culture in relation to bocce.

I'm currently in physical therapy for acute sciatica and my therapist was telling me how her French teacher in high school taught them petanque as part of their French lessons.

I know this is possible...heck if bocce gets as much recognition as it should, kids will grow up saying, 'I want to be a professional bocce player when I grow up!'

Sempre Bocce!

{I love that - Sempre Bocce! Good name for a team.}


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Volume #1, Issue 4 January 29, 2002

Basketball guru Dave DeVenzio describes in his book, Smart Moves, how he went to the playground early in the morning before high school to practice his game. His goal was to become the best basketball player in the nation, in part, by out-practicing the competition. "The extra hours of practice I was getting were not nearly as important as the confidence I was developing. Nearly everyone with whom I was competing was sleeping while I was advancing, getting better." DeVenzio was named the best basketball player in Pennsylvania and one of the top five players in the nation. So, I want everybody reading this to develop the bocce confidence you need by getting up at 5:00 AM every day from now on to practice pointing.


Joy of Bocce 3rd Edition - Photos Needed

I’ve decided to do a third edition, re-doing almost all the photographs. I’ve got a great new digital camera and can re-take many of the shorts. In addition, I’m asking readers to submit new shots – at least 300 dpi is the goal. I'm asking you and my friends like court builders David Brewer, Mike Grasser, and Tom McNutt to re-submit photos of their best courts. The new edition will probably not be much different in terms of text (although I may tighten it a bit – friends of mine say to me…”Leave it to you to write a book this thick on bocce”).

I'll need your help with this effort. Please submit high quality (300 dpi) pics (and permission to reprint) of bocce in your neck of the woods. This project will be my main focus for 2008. Please help.

Bocce for the sightless. Ya gotta see this to believe it...

Photos of the week
This week's photos were taken by yours truly with a couple shots contributed by Ronni Reinhardt, the ace event planner at Kirkland Event & Destination Services, Inc. (Kirkland's the outfit that contracted with me to run the bocce portion of this corporate event for Hartford Steam Boilers Inspection and Insurance Co.). Visit Kirkland's web site at They are a first-rate outfit that I can recommend without reservation.

The photos illustrate how the event progressed from start to finish. If you know of any companies that might be interested in such an event, please recommend us. We'll do a great job, and we think it's a great way for us to promote the game we love.

After the bocce competition, I did a book signing by the pool while the guests enjoyed a wonderful gourmet olive oil tasting. Besides the olive oils, there was a parmigiano reggiano wheel the size of a truck tire as well as assorted olives, roasted peppers, and Italian bread. Dinner followed the book signing.

It was a first-class event put on by a first-class corporate event manager (Heather Huebner of Hartford Steam Boilers Inspection and Insurance Co.) with the help of a renowned Florida event planning outfit (Kirkland).

{These photos are now a permanent part of the Joy of Bocce web site at Bocce Outings.}

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
BoHo Bocce Special
Joy of Bocce subscribers...

This product I first described last October - issue 29 in 2007. The company, "Outside In", is bringing outdoor games indoors safely.

At that time I wrote...

"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 packaged set 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

From Outside In's promotional material...

"Enjoy your beloved game of Bocce, rain or shine, with this unique indoor version, which doubles as a beautiful home décor piece. Hand crafted in Nepal, these solid felt balls are furniture-safe so you can use your entire home as a playing field. No court required."

Click the photo or the link below and use this special promotion code for Joy of Bocce subscribers – DSC225 for a 20% discount on BoHo Bocce.

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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}


Don't let the West Coast players hog all the space!


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 8 - 10, 2008. Maryland - Linthicum. Special Olympics Coaches and Officials school. Volunteers/coaches/clinicians needed (especially for Tactics and Strategy teaching session on Sunday morning). Contact Jason Schriml, Sr. Director of Coaches Education and Training - Special Olympics Maryland.
1-800 541-7544 ext 118,,


March 15, 2008 – California - Stockton. Italian Athletic Club. Elkhorn Bocce Club’s Inaugural Tournament. RAFFA, 3 Players. Contact Luca Fontana @ 209-931-4639.


March 21, 2008 - Massachusetts - North Andover. Come on down for an informal bocce event at our indoor venue at 1600 Osgood St, off Rte. 125. We'll sign up at 7:00 PM and draw teams for play beginning at 7:15 PM. Might be doubles, triples or four-player teams (depending on the turnout). $30 covers play, prizes, and refreshments (pizza and soft drinks). Call Mario @ 978-686-8679 or email .


March 22, 2008 – California - Sacramento. East Portal Bocce Club. OPEN, 4 players. Contact Vernon Cooper @ 916-961-2404.


March 29, 2008 – California - Los Gatos Campo di Bocce. Twelfth Annual Los Gatos Bocce Club Tournament. OPEN, 4 players. Contact Bill Schlaefer @408-379-9409.


April 5, 2008 – California - Stockton. Waterloo Gun and Bocci Club - OPEN, 4 players, including at least 2 women. Contact David Canclini @ 209-957-3314.


April 12, 2008 – California - San Francisco - Aquatic Park Bocce Club. VOLO, Men’s U.S. Volo Championships, Progressive Throw and Precision Throw. Contact Benji Tosi @ 415-238-7995.


April 13, 2008 – California - Martinez. Left Coast Bocce Club, RAFFA, doubles, 1 woman and 1 man. Contact Maria Narayan @ 415-454-7853.


April 19, 2008 - Washington - Bellingham. 6th annual Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament - Http://www. . Open rules - 32 four-person teams. Contact Tom @ 360-224-2909 or check the link at to register.


April 19, 2008 – California - Fairfield. Fairfield Bocce Federation. OPEN, 4 women players. Contact Nancy Scocci @ 707-428-4471.


April 26, 2008 – California - South San Francisco. Italian American Citizen’s Club - OPEN, 3 players. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.


May 3, 2008 – California - San Mateo. Beresford Park. Peninsula Italian American Social Club. OPEN, 4 women players. Contact Rose Viscuso @ 650-349-7732.


May 3, 2008 – California - San Mateo. Peninsula Italian American Social Club. RAFFA, 3 players. Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.


May 3, 2008 - Florida - St. Augustine. "Bocce on the Beach"- Open Rules - $20 per person. Barbeque lunch. First, Second, and Third place cash prizes. Contact Guy Tomasello @ 904-824-7043.


May 10, 2008 – California - Sacramento. East Portal Bocce Club. RAFFA, 3 players. Contact Vernon Cooper @ 916-961-2404.


May, 10, 2008 - Massachusetts - North Andover. Massachusetts Senior Games. 4-player teams may be male, female or co-ed. Players must be at least 50 years of age. Great food, fun, and competition. Contact Mario Pagnoni @ 978-686-8679 or


May 17, 2008 – California - South San Francisco. Italian American Citizen’s Club - OPEN, 4 players, 2 women and 2 men. Contact Susan Botti @ 650-589-4356.


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


May 24, 2008 – California - Carmel Valley. Carmel Valley Athletic Club. OPEN, 4 players, 2 women and 2 men. Contact Giovanni Napoli @ 831-521-5092.


May 31, 2008 – California - South San Francisco. Italian American Citizen’s Club, RAFFA, women’s doubles. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.


June 1, 2008 – California - Sutter Creek. Italian Benevolent Society. OPEN, 4 players including at least 1 woman. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.


June 7, 2008 – California - Livermore Campo di Bocce. Western Sector Raffa Championships. RAFFA, 3 Players. Contact Teena Marie @ 925-249-9800.


June 7, 2008 - New York - West Albany. Italian benevolent Society, 50 Exchange St. Outdoors under a pavilon with six bocce courts. Men's and Women's divisions. Contact Gloria Pacella @ 518-438-8545 or


June 16 - 17, 2008 – Illinois - Highwood. (Monday - Tuesday). Highwood Bocce Club. United States National Open Championships. OPEN, 4 players. “A” Division and “B” Division. Contact John Ross @ 408-892-2983.


June 18 - 21, 2008 – Illinois - Highwood. Highwood Bocce Club. United States National Punto, Raffa, Volo Championships. RAFFA 4 players, (3 player teams are also acceptable). Match Play (triples, singles, doubles). Women’s Team Division and Men’s Team Division. Contact John Ross @ 408-892-2983.


June 22, 2008 - Ohio - Westerville. Co-ed Youth Bocce Tournament. The Abruzzi Club, 8397 Cleveland Ave NW. Children ages 5 to 16 together with grandparent/parent. Pre-registration required. Deadline June 18. Contact Marilena Cugini @ 740-549-0076 or email or Lisa Solazzo @ 614-890-1945.


June 28, 2008 – California - Antioch. Antioch Bocce Federation. OPEN, 4 women players. Contact Lydia Romo @ 925-754-4890.


July 4, 2008 – California - Martinez. Martinez Bocce Federation. OPEN, 2 players. Contact Gene Rittburg @ 925-370-0633.


July 12, 2008 - California, San Rafael. Marin Bocce Federation - Open - Men's Doubles. Contact Diana Pellegrini @ 415-485-5583


July 18 - 20, 2008 - New York - Rome. 35th annual World Series of Bocce. 4 person teams - open division and ladies' division. Contact Al Orbinati Jr. at or download application at .


July 19, 2008 – California - Fairfield. Fairfield Bocce Federation. John Magnetti Memorial Tournament. OPEN, 4 players. Contact Nancy Scocci @ 707-428-4471.


July 26, 2008 – California - Martinez. Martinez Bocce Federation. Nor – Cal Championships, OPEN, 4 players. Contact Donna Allen @ 925-229-2644.


August 2, 2008 – California - Sacramento. East Portal Bocce Club. Western Sector Open Championships. OPEN, 4 players. Contact Vernon Cooper @ 916-961-2404.


August, 2008 - Michigan - Coloma. Giardiniera Cup Championship. Round robin seeding followed by double elimination for the top 8 teams. Great food & comaraderie. Contact Paul Cozzi @


August 9, 2008 - California, San Rafael - Marin Bocce Federation - Open - Women's Doubles. Contact Diana Pellegrini @ 415-485-5583.


August 16, 2008 – California - Antioch. Antioch Bocce Federation. OPEN, 4 players, 2 women and 2 men. Contact Manny Romo @ 925-754-4890.


August 22 - 24, 2008 - Ohio - Mayfield Heights. Marshall Ford Cleveland International Challenge Cup of Bocce. Mayfield Heights City Park. Sponsored by Marshall Ford, Club Molisani, and City of Mayfield Heights. Wayne Farinacci, Tournament Director (initiated this tournament in 1984). Open and Women's divisions, 4 person teams. Entry Fee $150 per team. Prize money to be determined. Contact Wayne @ 216-509-4353 or


August 22 - 24, 2008 - Ohio - Wickliffe. WICKLIFFE ITALIAN-AMERICAN CLUB. 25th annual CLEVELAND CHALLENGE CUP OF BOCCE sponsored by Pat O'Brien Chevrolet. $5000 first prize, $15,000 in total prize money. Contact Gino Latessa @ 216-789-6393. Applications and info online @


August 23, 2008 – California - Los Gatos. Shady Oak Cellars “Little Johnny Tournament”. RAFFA, doubles, 1 woman and 1 man. Contact John Ross @ 408-354-0625.


August 30, 2008 – California - Stockton. Italian Athletic Club. RAFFA, 3 players including at least 1 woman. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.


September 13, 2008 – California - South San Francisco. 23rd Annual Italian American Games. Italian American Citizen’s Club - RAFFA, 3 players. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.


September 20, 2008 – California - Los Gatos. Los Gatos Bocce Club Tournament, RAFFA, 3 players. Contact Bill Schlaefer @ 408-379-9409.


Sept 27, 2008 - California, San Rafael - Marin Bocce Federation - Open - 4 players. Contact Diana Pellegrini @ 415-485-5583.

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