|Bocce originated in Italy and is also known as “boules,” which is similar to bowling. At the 1992 Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) Summer Games, bocce boasted the largest increase in participation of any sport, from 40 athletes in nine local programs in 1991, to 108 athletes from 18 local programs in 1992.
SONC offers singles, doubles, Unified Sports doubles, team, and Unified Sports team competition. Bocce is a game of skill and strategy. Depending on the event, players take a turn rolling a bocce ball toward the smallest ball (pallina), which has already been thrown onto the field. The players are given points for the balls thrown closest to the pallina.
As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level and age and gender when appropriate.
Area/Divisional Qualifiers are offered for bocce in the month of September. Particpation at a bocce qualifier is mandatory to be eligible for state-level competition. Doubles and teams must be consistent from qualifiers to the state-level competition.
SONC Bocce Tournament is split into two separate regional state-level competitions in October.
All forms must be submitted by the local program coordinator.
Qualifier Registration Forms
Bocce Tournament Sport Registration Forms
Below are the sport-specific registration forms which must be submitted by the local program coordinator along with the remainder of the Bocce Tournament registration. Click here for a full list of Bocce Tournament registration forms.
Sport Development Team
These volunteers advise SONC staff regarding sport rule modifications, officiate at competition, and also train coaches in their sport! For more information on the bocce sport development team, contact one of the members below or Michael King, SONC staff liaison.
Rob Holmes, SDT director
In addition to the sport development team, these volunteers are able to conduct local sport specific training schools on behalf of SONC. Contact the clinician in your area if you would like to schedule a training (their county of residence is located under their name). For more information on becoming a certified clinician, contact Andrea Stamm.