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.  Read below for futher information on the upcoming 2022 season.

Upcoming Events

  • June 10, 2022June 12, 2022 2022 Summer Games The College of New Jersey
    2000 Pennington Rd
    Ewing Township, New Jersey 08618

Additional Bocce Information

Stay Safe

Regular physical activity is vital for good physical, social and emotional health. While there is a risk of injury with any type of physical activity, the benefits of staying active far outweigh the risks.

You can reduce your risk of exercise injury by:

  • wearing the right shoes
  • using the correct equipment
  • drinking water and staying hydrated
  • warming up and stretching properly
  • being aware of your surroundings – always exercise and compete in a safe and level area clear of any obstacles or items
  • maintaining social distancing rules when necessary (stay at least six feet away from others)

Stop exercising and seek medical help if you experience symptoms such as:

  • discomfort or pain
  • chest pain or other pain that could indicate a heart attack, including pain in the neck and jaw, pain traveling down the arm, or pain between the shoulder blades
  • shortness of breath
  • a rapid or irregular heartbeat
Participation Information
  • Athletes and Unified partners must compete in either traditional or Unified doubles at a sectional competition in order to be eligible to compete in Summer Games.
  • At sectional competitions, athletes and Unified partners may only compete in one event. At Summer Games, athletes and Unified partners may compete in up to two offered bocce events.
  • LTP Coordinators must submit their registration, which includes a list of sectional doubles teams for their program as well as any additional
Criteria For Advancement

• Athletes and Unified partners must compete in a sectional
competition in order to be eligible to compete in Summer Games.
• Coaches are responsible for submitting the activation list at the sectional event
for those athletes and Unified partners who wish to advance.

General Guidelines

• Coaches may use additional criteria (i.e. behavior, overnight stay, medical) to
evaluate the athlete for higher-level competition.
• Athletes and Unified partners must be properly uniformed including matching
collared shirts with dress shorts or cotton pants and sneakers. Jeans and casual
shirts are not permitted.
• Lunch will not be served at sectional competition. Lunch will be served on a
4:1 athlete to coach ratio at Summer Games.

Sports Registration Checklist

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