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.

2022 Sectional Competitions

North Bocce Sectional

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes or coaches through SONJ and must have valid medical and coach requirements completed, along with the Communicable Disease and COVID Waivers!

Date: Sunday, April 24, 2022 (tentative)
Location: TBD
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Events: 

  • Traditional Doubles Competition
  • Unified Doubles Competition

Areas: 1,2,3,9,12

South Bocce Sectional

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes or coaches through SONJ and must have valid medical and coach requirements completed, along with the Communicable Disease and COVID Waivers!

Date: Sunday, May 1, 2022 (tentative)
Location: TBD
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Events: 

  • Traditional Doubles Competition
  • Unified Doubles Competition

Areas: 7,8,13

Central Bocce Sectional

REQUIREMENT: In order to participate, individuals must be registered athletes or coaches through SONJ and must have valid medical and coach requirements completed, along with the Communicable Disease and COVID Waivers!

Date: Saturday May 7, 2022 (tentative)
Location: TBD
Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Events: 

  • Traditional Doubles Competition
  • Unified Doubles Competition

Areas: 4,5,6,10,11

2022 Summer Games

SONJ is excited to announce the return of Summer Games in 2022!  Competition will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ.

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.

Event Calendar

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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.