Bocce is an Italian sport where the basic principle is to roll a bocce ball closest to the target ball, which is called a palina. Special Olympics bocce provides people with special needs the opportunity to have social contact, develop physically and gain self-confidence.

Bocce is a summer sport where athletes train and compete from March through June.

Bocce Guidelines

Available Events

Athletes must select one (1) of the following:

  • Traditional doubles competition
  • Unified double competition

2020 Sectional Competitions

  • There will be no Sectional competition for 2021.

2020 State Competition

  • Summer Sports Finals
    • Date: June 11-13
    • Location(s):  TBD

Participation Information

  • All practices must align with the current SONJ RTA guidelines.
  • Masks MUST be worn at all times by all participants.
  • No equipment should be shared between athletes and must be sanitized between athlete use.
  • Refer to the “Bocce Guidelines” at the top of the page for more information.

Criteria for Advancement

  • There will be no sectional competition.
  • Programs must practice and submit qualifying scores to be eligible to attend Summer Sports Finals in June.

General Guidelines

  • No more than fifty (50) total individuals at a venue at one time.
    • This includes athletes, partners, coaches, volunteers, and spectators.
  • While at the venue, ensure all participants practice social distancing and maximum group number limitations as outlined in the current RTA plan.
  • Programs must use minimum number of volunteers possible for training/practice. Spectators are discouraged to attend training/practices.

Event Calendar


2019 Summer Games Results

Use the button below to download results from the 2019 Summer Games held June 7-9, 2019 at The College of New Jersey.

Results by Athlete 

Sports Registration Checklist

Read through and complete this checklist of to-dos before signing up for a local program.