The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VII, Issue 24 - June 30, 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 #24 - June 30, 2008
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2008
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844
http://www.joyofbocce.com (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello bocce faithful,

Sorry I missed you last week. Two things came up. One of my good friends was rushed to Boston's Beth Israel Hospital with a potentially serious health issue but is doing much better now.

Also, I had my annual stick ball game with the guys I grew up with in Springfield, Massachusetts. We play in the elementary school yard where we attended from kindergarten to grade 6. It is a great reunion and a kind of reliving our childhood (something I've become quite expert at).

So, I was otherwise occupied and couldn't quite find the time to get the ezine out - my apologies.

Stay close and always be up front,
Mario Pagnoni (The Bocce Guy)

East Hills Bocce (Pennsylvania)...

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

Bob Arserio sends news about his Deerfield Beach Bocce Club...

"The Deerfield Beach Bocce Club held its first annual picnic May 18th. The club is a group that grows and shrinks with the Florida tourist season.

We play on a condo recreation area in Deerfield Beach, Florida. We have a great view of the beach and a breeze most of the time. Our court is 12’ by 60’ on grass outlined by plastic link chain and tent stakes.

Anyone who complains about the rolling turf must view the DVD 'Watch the Pallino'. After they see the rough terrain in that movie our turf seems like a carpet! Our best games are played on the clay infield on a local baseball diamond when leagues are not playing.

We have a set of Perfetta bocce balls and measure points with a Premier Boule Measure. With members from all around the country and Italy we settled on games of 12 points. We start with a coin toss and try to alternate throws by team members so everyone has a chance on being the hero on the final toss.

We play a wide open style of pointing and 'busting' the points or the pallino. Fanny is the pointer with most shots trying to 'kiss the pallino' her husband German has the nickname 'Buster' on his shirt. When he breaks them up take cover, the pallino and or the point balls fly! The rest try to do the best we can at both shots.

We range in age from 7-81 years old. Pat has been playing the longest dating back to Wooster St. in New Haven, CT. Bob picked it up in Connecticut and took it around the country during 22 years in the Air Force.

We like to call the teams we started here as 'branches' of the Deerfield Beach Bocce Club. We stretch across the country and into Costa Rica.

The core members of the Cheyenne, WY branch group are Dwight Giorgis, Rick Tennant, and Tyler Renner. The Macon, GA group is are Sinjn, Saxon and Sagan Tompkins who are only 7 and 8 years old and teaching their parents and friends to play.

The Connecticut branch is run by Pat Arserio whenever he goes back north. The newly formed Costa Rican branch was started by Tondree Robinson. The most scenic branch is run by Rob and Nicky Arserio in Honolulu, Hawaii!

The next interbrach tournament will be in Wyoming in July with Florida, Wyoming and Georgia playing. Hope to send some 'action' pictures.

{Standing left to right in the photo = Tondree Robinson, Pat Arserio, Moe Orue, German Pimentel, Fanny Pimentel. Front row = Bob Arserio, Kim Arserio}

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John Ross sends results from the Nationals held in Highwood, IL...

"The women's raffa team winner (Left Coast Bocce Club) will represent the United States at the women's team world championships. The top two women's teams (Left Coast Bocce Club and Stelle Brillante) will represent the United States at the North American Championships September 19 - 21 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The top four men's raffa teams (Alpine Country Club, Da Vinci #2, Da Vinci # 1, and Three Stooges - a team from Livermore, CA) will also represent the United States at the North American Championships.

We also elected new (USBF) officers: President, Danny Passaglia, Homer Glen, IL; Vice President, Peter Rabito, Huntington, NY; Treasurer, Mario Veltri, Pleasanton, CA; Secretary, Colleen Randazzo, Martinez, CA.

It was a long week but everyone enjoyed the hospitality of the Highwood Bocce Club. Everything went according to the schedule and everyone went home with fond memories of the week's events."

WOMEN'S RAFFA SHOOTING:

Gold - Megan Wiseman, Livermore, CA
Silver - Salinna Grant, Livermore, CA
Bronze - Colleen Randazzo, Martinez, CA

MEN'S RAFFA SHOOTING

Gold - Tie: Sal Lini, Oakland, MI, Ben Musolf, San Jose, CA
Bronze - Benedetto Nicosia, San Jose, CA

OPEN, B DIVISION

Gold

YONKERS BOCCE CLUB, Yonkers, New York
Guy De Santis, Captain
Frank De Santis
Dino Vitti
Jack Bilancia

Silver

CAMPO di BOCCE 2, Livermore, CA
Joyce Woo, Captain
Jean Godin
Richard Ridley
Margaret Shindelus

Bronze

LEFT COAST BOCCE CLUB, San Rafael, CA
Debbie O’Sullivan, Captain
Rena Harel
Maria Narayan
Colleen Randazzo

OPEN, A DIVISION

Gold

HIGHWOOD BOCCE TEAM # 2, Highwood, IL
Leo Ori, Captain
Bruno Serradimigni
Joe Pacini
Frank "Garibaldi" Mugnaini

Silver

CLEARWATER IAC, Clearwater, FL
Angel Cordano, Captain
Virginia Cordano
Anthony Ceresoli, Sr.
Anthony Ceresoli, Jr.

Bronze

ITALIAN ATHLETIC CLUB, Stockton, CA
Romano Lotti, Captain
David Canclini
Danny Passaglia
Rick Wagstaff

WOMEN'S TEAM RAFFA

Gold

LEFT COAST BOCCE CLUB, San Rafael, CA
Debbie O’Sullivan, Captain
Rena Harel
Maria Narayan
Colleen Randazzo

Silver

STELLE BRILLANTI, San Rafael, CA
Diana Pellegrini, Captain
Teresa Rea
Andrea Ross
Carol Wenson

Bronze

CAMPO di BOCCE 1, Livermore, CA
Tiffany Martini, Captain
Teena Marie Campiotti
Salinna Grant
Megan Wiseman

MEN'S TEAM RAFFA

Gold

ALPINE COUNTRY CLUB, Round Lake, IL
Phil Ferrari, Captain
Bimbo Bianchi
Mike Conti

Silver

DA VINCI BOCCE CLUB # 2, Sylvan Lake, MI
Mike Grasser, Captain
Salvatore Lini
Joseph Masternick

Bronze

DA VINCI BOCCE CLUB # 1, Webster, NY
Natale Scala, Captain
Brian Polantz
Pete Russo

{Note: photos have been promised - stay tuned.}

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Newly elected USBF Vice President Peter Rabito writes...

"I look forward to working with Danny Passaglia, Colleen Randazzo and Mario Veltri as well as many of you who continually support the USBF. Together, we can explore many new possibilities and opportunities that perhaps were not available to us in the past. It is time to usher in an era of interactive web presence, progressive membership approaches, aggressive marketing and individual competitive achievement recognition."

{We really need to get a much wider recognition of the USBF. It has to be recognized by the rank and file bocce players that it is the governing body of bocce in America. Local clubs should register with the USBF and sanction their events, proudly flying the USBF flag. Visit http://www.bocce.com for more info. }

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John Brock of Clinton, IN says...

"I'm relatively new to the great game of bocce. I've been playing for a couple years now with a fine group of guys and gals. The way I've learned the game is just playing in the yard with no court and it's a lot different than what I read about here.

I'm wanting to learn court play so I actually know the real game. No courts locally so we will have to travel to play and see what we think before we construct a court of our own. Our playing of yard play most guys try and lift their balls almost all the way to the pallino and the ladies and some of the elder gentlemen roll. My question, (finally) is anyone else playing anything like this? It would be interesting to compare notes. Please dont take me wrong. I try to be a respectfull person. But I know this type of play is really not respecting the true game, but its my only option if I want to play with the local group.

Hopefully I can learn the true game and eventually we can play both ways cause we do have loads of fun the way we play."

{Hey John...Any way you play and have fun is fine. Just enjoy the play and the players. Lots of people play on the lawn and loft the balls as you describe. You have to alter play to accommodate the terrain. Stay with it and you will learn to enjoy all kinds of bocce. Any readers with advice for John may email him directly at jbrock5016@aol.com .}

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Many of you may know that Bocce Bob Whitlow has been dealing with some health issues. Well wishers may contact Whitlow (one of the really "good guys" of bocce) at go_dawgs@verizon.net .

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30th annual NorCal Championships (Northern California) flier posted here...

http://www.joyofbocce.com/filecabinet/Ezines/nor_cal_flyer_2008.doc

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Blast from the past...

Volume #1, Issue #22 - June 2, 2002

I was honored and humbled to get positive feedback from Dr. Angel Cordano, one of the top bocce players in the world today. He shares some excellent ideas for the sport in this excellent letter. Publisher's comments in {brackets}.

First of all congratulations for the enjoyable Joy of Bocce, that I eagerly read every week. You are doing a great service to our sport by exposing what's going on all over the US.

Also, I would like to say thanks for the picture and comments about our team in your 1/31/02 publication. I'm sure that in the future we will see more and more tournaments with purses that will entice players to travel. Good sponsors will be the key for progress since we have so many good organizers spread all over the US. {Dr. Cordano and his teammates won the SuperBall Classic held at the Golden Nugget Casino in Las Vegas where I served as Games Official. He alludes to a photo of his winning team that I ran last January - reprinted here, that's Dr. Cordano second from the right}

I could write books about this beautiful sport, which by 2008 will become Olympic in Cina according to European sources. For many years it has already been played at the Mediterranean Games and for almost 20 years many world competitions have taken place. I have had the honor to play for the US team seven times and the pride felt in representing our great country can't be described.

The US has innumerable players scattered all over, playing almost independently on their local turf and it is time to get together (don't know how...) in order to become a world power. There is so much to do, but I would like to see... 1) that we can play with similar size and weight bocce balls - I want to congratulate Mr. Rico Daniele, the USBF and others who promote bocce balls of 107 mm and 920 grams, since those are the official measurements at world level competition.
2) We should keeep having tournaments with the so called OPEN rules and AT THOSE events, HAVE EXHIBITION GAMES (20 minutes in duration), by TOP PLAYERS, so everybody is exposed to the International rules. By doing so, some players may be interested in working toward competing for the US in the future. {I absolutely LOVE this idea} The so called recreational type of game should go on, but we must foster bocce at the higher level too.

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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.

Temporary Indoor Courts...

Photos of the week
This week’s photos show how we run our annual Bocce in the Park tourney on the beautiful grounds of the Nevins Memorial Library (library web site = http://www.nevinslibrary.org/ ). We target middle school age kids but their parents and grandparents are also welcome.

The event has become the library's most eagerly anticipated program of the summer. This year will be our sixth annual and is scheduled for July 11. If you are going to be in our neck of the woods, come on down.

Please feel free to view the photos and copy the model in your area. If you do, you'll be spreading the joy of bocce - and that's a good thing!

View this week's photos

Bocce product of the week
Precision Bocce Measures

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 $5.00 shipping and will be shipped US Priority Mail.

Click the photo for more info, pictures, etc.

Click to go to merchandise order...then scroll down a bit

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}

BeachChairs

Tournament update
{chronological order}

WHY ISN'T YOUR TOURNEY LISTED HERE?

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

SEND INFO - WE'LL POST - NO CHARGE

Please - anyone running a tournament - do me a favor - put a notice near your tourney bracket board informing players that they can go to http://www.joyofbocce.com 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.

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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.

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

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July 11, 2008 - Massachusetts - Methuen. Nevins Library Bocce in the Park for Kids. Third to sixth graders (parents & grandparents too). 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM. Register at 978-686-4080 - http://www.nevinslibrary.org . Come join us for this popular annual program - the library's most eagerly anticipated program of the summer. Run by the Bocce Guy - Mario Pagnoni.

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July 11 - 13, 2008 - Ohio - Dayton. Bocce Classic XIV at Bella Villa (Dayton). 70+ teams compete for more than $7200 in prize money. This event has raised more than $75,000 for local charities. Information and entry forms at http://www.bocce-classic.com .

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

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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 orbinati@worldseriesofbocce.org or download application at http://worldseriesofbocce.org .

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

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July 26, 2008 – California - Martinez. Martinez Bocce Federation. Nor – Cal Championships, OPEN, 4 players. Contact Donna Allen @ 925-229-2644 or 925-229-2157.

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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 support.org

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

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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 @ pauljcozzi@gmail.com

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

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

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August 22 - 24, 2008 - Ohio - Mayfield Heights. Second annual MARSHALL FORD CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL CHALLENGE CUP OF BOCCE, Mayfield Heights City Park. Sponsored by Marshall Ford, Club Molisani, and the City of Mayfield Heights, Wayne Farinacci, Tournament Director. Open Division with $11,910 in guaranteed prize money. Women's Division with $1,950 in prize money, based on 16 teams. Trophies for top teams and tournament t-shirts given to all participants. Four person teams (plus one substitute) - $150 entry fee per team. Contact Wayne at 216-509-4353 or mrnach23@sbcglobal.net.

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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 @ http://www.wickliffeianda.com.

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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.

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

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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 bobwrite@comcast.net or call Mark Charonis @ 206-524-1416.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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 http://www.boccearizona.net

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October 18, 2008 – California - South San Francisco. Italian American Citizen’s Club, VOLO, doubles. Contact Alvaro Bettucchi @ 650-871-9278.

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October 25, 2008 – California - Los Gatos. Campo di Bocce, “Big Ben Tournament”. RAFFA, doubles. Contact Ben Musolf @ 408-857-0074.

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November 1, 2008 – California - Sacramento. East Portal Bocce Club. OPEN, 4 players. Contact Vernon Cooper @ 916-961-2404.

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November 13 - 16, 2008 – Nevada - Reno. Peppermill Hotel & Casino. OPEN, 4 players. Contact Peppermill @ 800-648-6992.

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