The Joy of Bocce Weekly
In This Issue: Vol. VII, Issue 25 - July 7, 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 #25 - July 7, 2008
Publisher: Mario Pagnoni Copyright 2008
76 Emsley Terrace, Methuen, MA 01844 (vm 800-211-1202 ext 4949)

Hello bocce lovers,

Bocce weather is really heating up here in New England. My bocce posse is on its outdoor summer schedule. Every other Monday morning (about 9:00 AM to noon) we play at Methuen's Sweetheart Inn Restaurant which has two outdoor courts (70' by 10', stone dust surface). Then, on the other Mondays we travel to the various bocce venues in the area. This gives us the opportunity to play each week while viewing and experiencing bocce on all manner of courts within about a 20-30 minute driving time radius.

Our numbers are usually small in the summer (8 to 16 per session). Play is informal and attendance is optional. Some players check their email to see where the group is headed and pick and choose the venues they want to view and play on.

The Sweetheart Inn venue lets us have two games going on at once, while most of the other venues (usually at someone's home, sometimes in a public park) feature only a single court. Coffee and pastry are always the order of the day, along with spirited bocce play. In the fall we get back to our more formal, indoor league play.

This might be a good model for you to follow. It keeps the group together (albeit loosely for the summer) and gets them familiar with the bocce venues in their neck of the woods.

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

Orange Memorial Park (S. San Francisco, CA)...

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

Interesting news from Elizabeth Jade Wong Fontana...
{That's Elizabeth in the photo - she's the one on the left posing with a bocce friend.}

"I have been reading Joy of Bocce for a long time, and have been even mentioned in it as a serious competitor of Punto, Raffa, Volo. I thought that your readers might want to know of my bocce tour business in Italy, BocceItalia.

Being one of the few Americans with 4 years of serious playing experience in Italy, I have found that most American bocce enthusiasts who would like to tour Italy, find a bocce and play with and/or against Italian players, don't know where to begin.

This is where I come in. I, as their personal interpreter and guide, introduce them to my bocce friends and top players of Italy. Two directors and a member of the USBF can testify to the wonderful, thrilling, and personal experiences they had when they met up with me in Tuscany. Mario Veltri and Paolo Pro came in September and got to play in the 2007 National Juvenile Diabetes fundraise tournament. They are now officially members of the Viareggio bocce club and the FIB because of my personalized assistance. View the video of Jerry South's March 2008 tour on - bambinajade is the code search word.

For more information about this exciting 'once in a lifetime' opportunity, your readers can to go

Thank you for sharing this information with your readers who want to play in Bocce Heaven - Italy, where it all began."

2004 USBF National Punto, Raffa, Volo 3rd Place Winner
2005 USBF Western Sector Ladies Champion
2006 USBF North American Championship Top American Women's Team
2007 World Bocce Federation Trick Volo Champion
2007 Federazione Italiano Bocce Top 10 Category D in the Toscana Region


John Luther is spreading the joy in Texas...

"A business development in Austin has constructed two courts with Astroturf surface. Four retired guys (me included) play twice a week and have been approached by the manager concerning establishing a bocce club, encouraging more players and holding contests there in the fall. Although we love to play, we are pretty new at this and are seeking information, advice, and assistance in starting a formal group. Any assistance you can provide would be appreciated.

{First off, just start playing and you will attract newcomers as you go. See what you can do to get the word out (emails, posters hung in conspicuous, well traveled places, notices in newspaper, etc. Next, get players to sign up for the Joy of Bocce Weekly and stay informed about all things bocce. Maybe you'll want to travel to an event to see how they run things.}

The courts seem to have a hard base, then a thin layer of sand covered with Astroturf. It looks nice, but plays very uneven with the result that the balls do not always run straight and true. What can we suggest to the owners to improve the court and get an even flat throwing surface?

{Sometimes, playing on uneven surfaces can be fun, requiring you to "read the green". This problem of subsurface below the carpet or synthetic surface is one we are all dealing with. As you build a group, someone with ideas for court improvements will miraculously appear.}

Many thanks in advance for your help. We are trying to bring bocce to Texas and share the joy."

{Great! Keep at it - you can't help but succeed. Anyone with ideas or suggestions, or anyone who wants to join the Texas group can contact John directly at }


Sharon L. Mowry, Director of Corporate Relations for Easter Seals Colorado sends this...

"Easter Seals Colorado is holding its 2nd Annual Bocce Tournament to raise funds for children & adults with disabilities.

For additional information on our event and on Easter Seals Colorado, our website is ."

{Sponsors may contact Sharon at }


Shaun McCollum writes...

"I built a court for a client, then one for myself. I love to play, but would love to go watch a tournament so I could see how other people play. I live in the Los Angeles area, and with gas prices as they are it is a little expensive to drive to San Francisco to see a tournament."

{First off, you can periodically check the Tournament Update in this ezine for one near you. Also, you could car pool to an event and share the cost. Better still, get a foursome together and enter the tournament you are car pooling to. Even if you are overmatched in the competition, you are likely to find the other players very helpful and supportive of you interest in the game we all love.

Contact Shaun directly if you know of an event he could attend -}


Teena Marie from Campo di Bocce Livermore is running a "way cool" event...

"We are starting a new bocce challenge at Campo di Bocce of Livermore and would like to invite players interested in the game of raffa to come out & join in the excitement.

Starting July 13th and every other Sunday through November 30th, we will be hosting a Singles Showdown.


Bi-weekly singles competition with an accumulative points ranking system to determine a top eight player list that will compete for the money prizes during the playoffs.

Every other Sunday from 8:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

Starting July 13th and ending on November 30th.

Playoffs to be held on December 7th.


Play will be head to head match up with spots given to the first 32 people signed up. Sign-ups are are on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no separate men’s & women’s divisions.

Match-ups are RANDOM.

The first two rounds will be elimination rounds.

Round One 8:00-9:15 First Flight of 16

Round Two 9:20-10: 35 Second Flight of 16

Winners of Rounds One & Two will move forward to Round Three 10:40-11:55.

Winners of Round Three will move forward to Round Four 12:00-1:15. (8 Players move forward)

Winners of Round Four will move forward to Round Five 12:00-1:15. (4 Players move forward)

Winners of Round Five will move forward to Round Six 12:00-1:15. (2 Players move forward, 2 players play consolation)


Players are awarded points based on where they placed for the week.

All players will receive 100 participation points per week and have the opportunity to receive more points depending on their rank for the week.

The top eight players will receive points in the following manner:

1st 5000
2nd 4000
3rd 3000
4th 2000
5th 1000
6th 750
7th 500
8th 250

To determine points, 5th through 8th place goes to highest points scored. In the event of a tie, the combined total of points possible are divided by teams in a tie.

Ex: 2 teams are tied for 6th & 7th place, 750 + 500=1250/2= 625 per team. Same goes for 3 way ties.

3rd & 4th place will play each other to determine ranking

Points are cumulative throughout the season with the top eight point getters play in the money playoffs at the end of the season.

1st $1500
2nd $1250
3rd $1000
4th $750
5th $500
6th $400
7th $350
8th $300

Prize money to be determined by potential sponsorship dollars. This is the minimum prize money.


Seeded rankings as listed below based on points accumulated throughout the season.

RR RR for playoffs
8:00-9:15 1:00-2:30
9:20-10:35 2:35-4:05
10:40-11:55 4:10-5:40

Blue Red
1 2
8 7
3 4
6 5

Winners Bracket

Losers Bracket

{Wow! Makes me wish I lived closer to the Campo di Bocce. Contact for more details.}


Here's a pdf file with all the info you need for the October 17, 18, and 19 bocce event in Phoenix, Arizona.


Blast from the past...

Volume #1, Issue #33 - August 26, 2002

Self proclaimed "Bocce Bum" Ben Musolf sheds a little light on last week’s question about playing “cut-throat” with 3 players…

”We play cut-throat all the time. The rotation of play is as follows. First you determine who goes 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Then it is the same as regular bocce. Who ever is farthest away from the pallino goes. We play up to 30 points where the closest ball gets 3 pts, second gets 2 pts and the third gets 1 point. Therefore you can score up to 6 points in the round if you have the three closest. We only use three balls each though. Maybe this can be utilized around the country more thoroughly.”

{Thanks Ben. This clears up the rotation of play with three players. Whichever of the three is farthest away must roll the next ball. The scoring is unorthodox in several ways. Score three, two, and one points for the three closest balls instead of just one point each…and more than one player can score in a round – in fact all three could score…interesting. Now we’ll need a scoreboard to track three players’ totals. A final thought…we need a better term than “cut-throat” for this style of play.}


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.

Bocce for the sightless...

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 = ). 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.

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}


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.


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 - . 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.


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 .


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 or 925-229-2157.


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. 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


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


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


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


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


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


December 6, 2008 – California - Stockton. Italian Athletic Club. OPEN, 4 players, including at least 2 women players. Contact Romano Lotti @ 209-951-8256.

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