The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VII, Issue 15 - April 14, 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 #15 - April 14, 2008
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2008
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello my weekly bocce friends,

This is the fifteenth week of the year and I am launching issue #15. So far, so good on my pledge to get the ezine out more regularly than last year (I was in a kind of bocce slump for much of last season).

I'm still super focused on the bocce segment of the Mass. Senior Games that my group will host on May 10th. See details below...the event doubles as a fund-raiser for the Senior Games and my non-profit group in the name of my late friend Ken Waldie who was a 9-11 victim. Thanks to all who have made a contribution. It is greatly appreciated and the funds will be put to good use...promoting senior sports (including bocce) to those wishing to pursue a healthy lifestyle into their senior years.

Stay close,
Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

Check out Il Vagabondo Restaurant's court (NYC)...

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


My non-profit group ( ) will host the bocce segment of the Mass. Senior Games. This May 10th event doubles as a fund-raiser as it generates funds for the Mass. Senior Games as well as for the Ken Waldie Senior Sports Circuit, Inc.

We have struggled to get bocce to the Senior Games at the national level, and have come up empty so far. Our best bet is to keep growing and improving our Massachusetts event in an attempt to make it a model for other states to follow.

You can help.

We are seeking teams, sponsors, and contributors for this event. To enter a team, see the listing below under Tournament Update.

If you are interested in sponsoring, we are offering ads in our program booklet for $1000 (back cover), $500 (full page), $250 (half page), and $100 (quarter page).

We'll post your sponsor info in The Joy of Bocce Weekly with a link back to your web site. REPLY with your interest and I'll get all the details to you.

If you want to make a modest contribution (just because you like the good work we are doing) you can do so via PayPal. Click here:

We'll put your name and a good luck type message in our program book AND YOUR CITY & STATE {this would be an impressive thing to show the "powers that be" at the National Senior Games headquarters. Might give us a little leverage when lobbying for bocce's inclusion in the next Senior Olympics}.

To learn more about my friend and 9-11 victim, Ken Waldie (for whom our non-profit corporation is named) click here:


The Quest for a New Book Publisher

Been there - done that. It's never easy to land a publisher (unless you are a celebrity, professional athlete, or supremely talented author - no, I'm not in any of those categories).

I'm searching for a new home for the third edition of The Joy of Bocce and have received some encouraging advice from readers who have connections in the publishing industry.

The quest goes like this: you purchase the current issue of Writer's Market which lists names and addresses of book publishers. You sift through the publishers and try to find the ones who might be interested in what you are pitching.

Next you write a well-crafted query letter that describes the book and why you are the person to write it. You mail them out tirelessly for months.

Most get ignored. Some illicit a polite "thanks, but no thanks" card or letter. Occasionally, one comes back with "I'd like to take a look at your book proposal."

Now you submit a full proposal, which usually includes a table of contents, chapter outlines, at least one complete chapter, and some marketing info bolstering your position that this book can make money. You might describe the competition and suggest who out there in readership land might actually purchase the book.

Next, you wait. And you wait some more. If you get lucky, someone offers you a contract. And if you land a really good publisher, they spend some money on advertising.

My hope is to land a publisher who has the vision to see that bocce will boom and hit the mainstream in the next couple of years. Maybe I'll keep the second edition alive via the present, print-on-demand outfit, AuthorHouse. That way, the e-book version will stay available to consumers.

I'll keep you posted.


Bellingham Bay Bocce Tourney is coming up this weekend - April 19th. Boccemon Tom McNutt says "Check out these recent links about the event..."

More from the Boccemon...

"I thought you might like to see this.

It is a project in downtown Seattle that is pushing bocce as a lifestyle to promote their condo sales. Click on the "the building" link. They are using Boccemon's RainCountry Blend for the court surface.

Went down to visit the Microsoft campus the other day and was happy to see this new court outside their brand new Administration Building #99. Benches should have no backs so people can face either direction. They currently face away from the courts. Still needs the finishing touches and a grooming but otherwise it's playing well.

Lastly, I wanted to let you know that after 6 years we finally have a different business sponsor for each of the 32 teams playing in the Bellingham Bay Bocce Tournament. This is a great way to promote both bocce and philanthropy in any community. We will update the page ASAP but you get the gist. The page will stay up until the next tournament. We pick a different local non-profit each year and raise money on their behalf. Really fun and totally rewarding. The local micro brewery Boundary Bay Brewing Company is also promoting our cause to over 1000 web visitors a day....

Check out the newsletter too (middle of the newsletter has a short quip on Boccemon). Five local radio stations have been running PSA's for weeks and will continue to up to the day of the event. For years this was a one man show to get people to embrace the tournament and now enough people have played and/or benefited from the proceeds that volunteers are coming out of the wood work."


Blast from the past...

Bocce quote of the week

Volume #1, Issue #10 March 11, 2002

When I introduced bocce to my friend Walter, he took to it right away. A competitive, athletic type, Walt likes softball, racquetball, and karate. He particularly enjoys the strategic aspects of bocce, like leaving a ball in front to block, tapping the pallino to another, more advantageous position, and thinking ahead a move or two. This cerebral aspect of our sport is missed by most beginners. They enjoy playing. They begin to get better at the sport. But, once they see the broader picture - that the game involves tactics and maneuvers that require advance planning, they are hooked. Sure, you still need good touch and finesse, some occasional brute force, and even a little luck, but this is a pensive person's pastime. "This game is a lot like chess" says Walter. "The problem is, I know where I want to put the pieces, but I can't always get them there."


Sweetheart Inn Summer League

Good news for anyone in my neck of the woods. Finally a summer league on multiple outdoor, covered courts.

The Sweetheart Inn, 80 Myrtle St., Methuen is building covered, lighted courts for outdoor night play. There will be a women's league on Wednesday evenings and a men's league on Thursday evenings beginning in June.

Send an email if you want a registration mailed to you. Otherwise, drop by the Sweetheart Inn to pick one up, or keep an eye on this ezine and we will post a flier that you can download.


Guy Tomasello sends a downloadable registration form for the May 3, 2008 St. Augustine, FL bocce tourney.


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


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 shots. In addition, I’m asking readers to submit new pics – 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.

Color code your event...

Photos of the week
This week's pictures are actually a new page of the Joy of Bocce web site. I've created a page, with pictures, called Bocce Balls. The page serves a couple purposes.

First, I've attempted to write a kind of primer on bocce balls that will help newcomers to the game make an informed decision when purchasing their first bocce set.

Next, it should help my web site come up more often via search engines because many people "Google" the terms "Bocce Balls" or "Bocceballs." There is so much bocce misinformation on the web. This small change to my site might steer searchers to my site, which has accurate and current info. Hey, no one can say I don't try!

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
A reader who was considering top dressing his court with either Har-Tru or oyster shell sent this...

"You must get this all the time but here goes….Is there a less expensive top dressing that will perform? I am sure this is a 'get what you pay for' situation but I just did not account for this much cost for the surface material."

Yes, I do get this all the time, and it's partly because you can find plans on-line for "bargain basement" courts that, for the most part, are more trouble than they are worth.

Ya gotta spend some bucks to get quality. You need to look at projects like this as a one-time expense. Do it right the first time and get many years of enjoyment thereafter.

Sure, you might find some oyster shell and flour and slap a court surface together (one reader told me he gets oyster shell at a local feed store). But someone like Boccemon Tom McNutt has spent years developing a proprietary blend that is mixed "just so" for bocce play. See his Rain Country Blend here:

Har-Tru makes a great tennis and bocce surface too. The problem is that it ships from the warehouse in Virginia. If you are on the West Coast, it's gonna cost more to ship than for the cost of the product.

One thing you can do is check with local tennis court builders. They might just have a couple tons of Har-Tru in stock that's left over from a big tennis court job.

Some builders tell me that the way they cut down on the Har-Tru cost is to mix it with a lower cost top dressing. They then say they have a Har-Tru/stone dust or Har-Tru/granite fines mix. We recently posted photos of courts in Hollywood, FL that were 70% clay and 30% Har-Tru ( ).

I've never been the type to cut corners. I'd rather "bite the bullet" and "pony up" for a quality product. If you want a quote on a Har-Tru surface for your bocce court, click the link below and fill in the data on your court dimensions. We'll email a price quote including shipping ASAP.

Get a quote on Har-Tru top dressing for your bocce court...

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}

Here's a "non-bocce" product that has relevance for bocce players too...


One of my bocce posse, noted entertainer/hypnotist Jerry Valley (that's the dashing looking guy in the photo to the right), has collaborated on a golf DVD that might just help your bocce AND golf games. {I can't vouch for his golf, but I know he's an excellent bocce player as well as a first-rate hypnotist and entertainer. Click the photo to view his web site.}

"Bob Toski, of Coconut Creek, Florida, famous golf instructor, Golf Teacher's Hall of Famer, Top PGA Money Winner and TV Broadcaster and Jerry Valley, of Methuen, Massachusetts, world-renowned stage and certified hypnotist have teamed up to produce a unique and dynamic DVD by which the golfer will learn how to apply self-hypnosis.

By combining Bob Toski's teaching expertise with self-hypnosis, golfers, at any level, can improve their golf game consistently and dramatically. This DVD will teach them how to feel calm, relaxed, confident and develop Super Focus. They can also recall their best shots and eliminate doubt, fear, anxiety and have the ability to block unwanted habits and shots.

This is what Bruce Davidson of Canada, a golfer for 40 years with an index between 4 to 7 had to say about our product:

'After 9 straight days of using your DVD and playing 6 rounds of golf, I am both impressed and happy with the program. My ball striking is solid and my approach shots leave me with several birdie opportunities.' "

{This is a 97 minute, professionally produced, high quality DVD that focuses on self-hypnosis to keep the right mental images in your head. The idea is to get yourself into a calm, relaxed, receptive state before listening to and viewing the golf pro's instructions.

Many of the techniques and strategies in the DVD readily transfer to bocce. Visualize successful shots. Learn to Super Focus on your game. Develop "instant amnesia" when you make a poor shot. You'll learn better and play much better when in a calm, relaxed, confident state of mind.

Retails for $39.95 plus shipping. Click below to Buy-Now.}

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.


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 24, 2008 - Massachusetts - North Andover. Come on down for a "blind draw" tournament beginning at 7:00 PM. DB's Baseball School - 1630 Osgood St. Building #37. $30 pp fee includes pizza & soft drinks, tourney play and awards. Contact Mario @ 978-686-8679 or


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 @ 908-400-0851 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 6, 2008 - Washington - Seattle. 3rd Annual Woodland Park Bocce Classic. Open play 4-person teams on grass courts (putting surface quality). Registration fee $15 per player includes barbecue. For registration form, send e-mail to or call Mark Charonis @ 206-524-1416.


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.


October 4, 2008 – California - South San Francisco. Italian American Citizen’s Club - OPEN, 4 women players. Contact Elda Mazzanti @ 650-588-4924.


October 11, 2008 – California - Sutter Creek. Italian Benevolent Society. OPEN, 4 players including at least 1 woman. Contact Rick Wagstaff @ 209-296-6151.


October 17 -19, 2008 - Arizona - Phoenix. 3rd Annual International Bocce Tournament. Arizona American
Italian Club. Four-person teams. Contact Pasquale and Vince D'Aliesio via

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