2020 Bocce Season
When bocce was added as a state level Special Olympics sport in Minnesota in 2002, 18 athletes participated. Today thirty-four Minnesota delegations currently offer athletes the opportunity to train and compete in bocce. In fact, next to soccer and golf, bocce is the third most participated sport in the world.
In bocce, athletes roll a bocce ball to get closer to the target ball (called the pallina) than their opponents. Athletes can participate as individuals and/or on a doubles team (two Special Olympics athletes) or on a unified team that consists of one Special Olympics athlete and one partner. As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender.
Where and When
Begins in late June or early July – Time and Location – TBA
Now would be a good time to make sure you will have an up-to-date application on file with Special Olympics of Minnesota when the season begins. This needs to be updated every three years and is required before you will be allowed to practice and compete.
Friday and Saturday, September 26 and 27
HealthEast Sports Center
4125 Radio Drive
Woodbury, MN 55129
You will have the choice to compete in up to two events
Doubles (two athletes playing together) *
Unified Partners (one athlete and one partner without a disability) *
* you can only choose one of these two
Remember that you must have an up-to-date application on file with Special Olympics of Minnesota before you will be allowed to practice and compete. This needs to be updated every three years. And make sure to check your calendar for conflicts before you register to complete.