The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VII, Issue 12 - March 24, 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 #12 - March 24, 2008
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2008
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hi again bocce fans,

I've been looking for signs that the economy might be taking a turn in the right direction. Everyone I talk to who is in business (bocce or other business) says sales have been down and are not getting any better.

While sales of my bocce book are OK in bookstores, they've been slow on line. Others in the bocce arena tell me that sales of all things bocce are off. That mirrors what's going on with the economy nationally. A friend of mine who sells coffee and coffee brewing machines told me..."Not only are people not buying, the ones who are buying aren't paying!" He's chasing a company who owes him for a $1500 coffee order. Better days are coming, soon, I hope.

Stay close (to the pallino),
Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

Check out pictures of the Dante Club (W. Spfld., Mass)...

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

Marsha Golletti sends the photo to the right and the following (in response to questions posed in previous issues)...

"The Golletti family in John's Creek, GA plays to 11 points and does not use the deuce win rule. Our bocce set came with a telescoping metal 'stick' that looks a lot like a car's radio antenna. It extends from 3" to about 30" and works just fine for close measurement. When the distances are bigger than that we usually step it off.

Thanks for your newsletter. We always enjoy it."

{I asked about their bocce venue and Marsha answered...}

"We play on a court my husband built a couple of years ago (and still has not finished--he always gets to about 80% completion of a project and loses steam, but that's another story...). It has wooden sides, gravel base and crushed granite as a top layer. We put a raised vegetable garden at one end, and maybe some day I'll see the board across that end for seating. At the other end there is a park bench. It's about 60' x 10' in size, and that size works well for family games. We don't play as often as I was hoping because the weather is so darned hot here, and the mosquitoes eat us up."


Sam Ciroalo from Lighthouse Bay - Bonita Springs, Florida sends news...

"Thought you might be interested to know our Southwest Florida Bocce Conference has completed their first year. This Conference included eight different communities. Our season ended with a double elimination tournament. We expect to expand to 12 teams for the 2009 season. This sport has and is growing rapidly in this area. Several communities are in the process of constructing new courts due to the popularity of the sport.

If you want more detailed info or pictures, please let me know."

{Yes Yes, Yes, we always want pictures. Let's see what the courts and the venues that you play on are like. Joy of Bocce readers LOVE to bocce venues and bocce play from around the globe.}


Kim Shedd sends news of a NY event...

"The 5th annual Spaulding Support Services Bocce Tournament Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, July 26, 2008 at Bishop Ludden High School in Syracuse, NY.

For Fun and Competitive Division Play. Proceeds to benefit Spaulding Support Services, a not-for-profit Human Service agency providing services to persons with developmental disabilities in our community. For more information email Kshedd@spaulding .


Big Do-ins at the Palazzo di Bocce

Spring Leagues Begin April 7

Instruction for beginners
Our friendly staff will be happy to show you how to get rolling
One night a week commitment

Spring Evening Leagues at 7pm to suit your busy schedule

Sign up a full team or individually for team placement

Fabulous food and drink available courtside

Sign up your team or individually for team placement

Please call or email for more information on leagues
248 371 9987 ext 11


Officials of the May 3rd Saint Augustine Sons of Italy Lodge #2780 Bocce Tournament have sent pdf files for you to download.


Registration form:


The New Jersey Bocce Invitational set for May 17 (supporting New Jersey charities) has a pdf file for you to download:

Also, you can contact Frank Valanzola @ 973-793-5406 or for more info. View the web site at



Volume #1, Issue #6 February 11, 2002

Variations of the game - backboard dead?

There is a movement afoot (a good one, I think) to make any ball that hits the backboard without first hitting another bocce ball or the pallino a dead ball. The ball is removed from the court and may not score a point. This is a compromise of sorts between the very strict International Rules and today's so-called Open Rules. International rules include "calling" shots, and marking the positions of previously played balls (which are returned to their original positions if the caller fails to make an accurate shot). Even top players think that the International rules are a "tough sell" in this country. Critics claim that international play is too complicated and makes the game long and dull.

The movement though, is toward making the game one of touch and finesse, while minimizing the luck factor. In the East where many play everything "live" off the backboard, early in a frame they often attempt to hit away an opponent's close point. If they miss, they reason, "That's okay. I wanted a ball at the back anyway, in case the opposition knocks the pallino there later." With the backboard always live, a poor shot can come into play later.

In some areas they play the back wall dead no matter how a ball got there. Say you try to knock away a close point and miss. If your missed attempt hits the backboard, it is dead (taken out of the court and not figured in the scoring for that frame). If your shot successfully hits its target and causes the struck ball to hit the back wall, then that ball is dead. Furthermore, if you hit your target causing it to roll to the back and your ball has sufficient momentum so that it too hits the back, then it also is dead.

I think that somewhere in bocce's past (all of these games - bocce, bowls, petanque, croquet - have their evolution lost in the mists of antiquity) the game was played with ditches at both ends. Causing an opponent's ball to end up in the ditch was a big advantage - it couldn't score a point.


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.

Pictures of Lakes Region (NH) Bocce...

Photos of the week
Like last week's pictures, this week's photos were taken by yours truly during a side trip while my bocce posse and I were in Florida to run a corporate bocce outing.

The outing was run by Kirkland Event & Destination Services, Inc. Their client was Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co. (If you missed the photos, view them here: ). Visit Kirkland's web site at They are a first-rate outfit that I can recommend without reservation.

This week's photos show off the courts at the beach in Hallandale, Florida. Dr. and Mrs. Cordano took us on a little tour of bocce courts in Ft. Lauderdale and the surrounding area. The two excellent courts featured this week measure approximately 12' by 70'.

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

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}

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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 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 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 - Raffa, women's doubles. Contact Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.


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, OPEN, 4-players, 2-men & 2-women. Contact Susan Botti @ 650-589-4356.


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.


July 26, 2008 - New York - Syracuse. 5th annual Spaulding Support Services Bocce Tournament. Bishop Ludden High School. Proceeds benefit the not-for-profit Human Service agency providing services to persons with developmental disabilities. More info: Kshedd@spaulding


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.


September 21, 2008 – California - San Mateo. Beresford Park. Peninsula Italian American Social Club. OPEN, 4 players including at least 1 woman player. Contact Adriano Undorte @ 650-591-3318.


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

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