The Italian-American Bocce Mafia Club is a non-profit organization founded by Jack DeLeonibus in September 2009. I dedicate promoting and understanding of the great Italian culture. The players who are members of this club all have Italian lineage. Those who are a part of this Bocce club are members of my famiglia, my Paisanos, or a vouched made member (with the club taking a vote to approve membership).
The reason I started this club is to bring a little part of Italy back to my hometown in Pittsburgh and share it with Paisanos and famiglia. I have always been a huge fan of Bocce. The best part about it is that my famiglia loves playing it also. I will always remember playing every year at my famiglia reunions. We always had a blast: Bocce, cigars, homemade wine, and tough competition…what more could you ask for?
I bought my first set of Bocce balls in 1995, a Franklin set that I handed down to my children because I upgraded to the Perfetta’s 107mm. After years of playing with this set, I decided to take it to the next level and purchase the “Godfather” of all bocce balls, Super Martel Dea3 Series 107-920s. If you want a professional set, I highly recommend this. When Pittsburgh’s “Little Italy,” located in Bloomfield, constructed two Bocce courts, I was in heaven. The courts were only a block away from where I was living at the time. It was very difficult to get on the courts because the old timers had set teams and had already started the league.
However, after some time, a spot became available and I was finally able to join. I enjoyed myself and it was a great league to play in. After years of playing and learning more about the game, I’m dedicating my time into setting up my own court and starting my own league. I eventually would like to put together a kid’s co-ed league.
I created this site to share facts, videos, photos, club events, and schedules for the season. This club is serious and very competitive for the #1 spot at the end of the season, but we also take great enjoyment in the sport itself as well as enjoying homemade wine, quality cigars, and just spending time with our Paisans and our famiglias.
I would also like to thank a wonderful friend, Daniel Casciato, for developing this site and working closely with me to get this site to where it is today. I also want to thank G & S Signs for my scoreboard and shirt design—George Macino and Adam Comstock are great. The banner was designed by Vince Bahe, and as you can see he’s extremely talented. I want to thank him for making sure the banner was high quality and top notch. If you’d like work done from any of these friends of ours, please check out the links on the side and let them know that your friends from Bocce Mafia sent you.
Check the site out in its entirety; I feel that you will be interested in what we have to offer. I want to thank you for taking the time out to view what we like to do!