Region A Bocce

What Is Bocce?

Bocce is an ancient sport invented during the Roman Empire. The game combines the skills of bowling with the accuracy of darts. Players try to get their bocce balls closer to the pallina (target ball) than their opponents. Individuals can participate in Bocce as a traditional single player or as part of traditional doubles or team. Unified bocce is available in doubles and team formats. Unified sports combine a Special Olympics athlete with a non-disabled peer as partners or on teams for competition.

As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped into competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender when appropriate.

Athletes in Illinois who participate in Bocce compete locally at a region qualifying event. Gold medal winners are eligible to advance to state championship held at Summer Games held in Normal in June.

Bocce Events Offered in Illinois


  • Singles competition
    • Doubles competition
    • Team competition


  • Doubles competition
    • Team competition

Competition Information

Region A bocce is the qualifier for Summer Games. Traditional and Unified bocce will be available.
Athletes must choose one event to participate in.

As in the past, we are using match slots, and not times.  The maximum amount of time a match can take is 30 minutes. Pay attention to your assigned court as the next match will start as soon as possible to the conclusion of the match before.  We will present awards after the division has completed play in a separate awards area that can be accessible for spectators.

Only coaches and athletes will be allowed on the competition area, but there is seating in a second story balcony and some space on the main floor for spectators.  Spectators will not be allowed in the immediate competition area.  There is not much seating on the field, so we are recommending to bring your own chairs. 

A Reminder on the Uniform Requirements for this competition –

  • No advertising or sponsorship is allowed to be worn on competition uniforms or warm-ups.
  • Athletes/Unified Partners will not be allowed to wear jewelry or awards during competition.
  • No jeans, jean shorts, street shoes or other non-athletic attire will be allowed to be worn during the competition.
  • Athletes/Unified Partners will be expected to dress appropriately for the weather and competition.
  • Athletes/Unified Partners not in the proper attire will be disqualified.
  • Tennis shoes, shorts, sweat pants, agency t-shirt or polo shirt will be the proper attire for competition.
  • Players will not be permitted to play without shoes.

Facility Information

We will have use of the fieldhouse and turf field.

Event Details

Registration: 8:00 AM
Opening Ceremony: 8:45 AM
Competition: 9:00 AM

Volunteer Information

Click the button below to register as a volunteer.


Athletes should bring their own PPE and water. Athletes should follow the rule interpretations regarding uniforms. Bocce equipment will be provided.


Awards will be given after divisions finish in designated areas.


Lunch will be provided for all registered athletes, coaches, Unified partners and volunteers.

Concession stand is not available. You can bring your own snacks, but they are not to be eaten on the turf playing field.

Supporting Documents

To see a complete list of all State Championship Competitions, click here.

To find out more information about the Knights of Columbus, who support Special Olympics Illinois throughout the year, click here.


2024 Region A Bocce Results

Who We Are

Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit sports organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports to a community of more than 55,000 traditional athletes, Young Athletes, Unified partners, coaches, volunteers, and more. It strives to be a global leader in shaping a culture where people with and without intellectual disabilities are fully integrated into the community by providing year-round opportunities in competitive sports, health education, leadership and personal development. 

If you are interested in being a part of Special Olympics Illinois and its vision, contact your local region, call 800-394-0562 or visit our website. Follow Special Olympics Illinois on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok and X.  


Apr 20 2024


9:00 am - 6:00 pm




DeKalb Sports & Rec Center - Kiwanis Fields
1765 S. 4th St., DeKalb, IL 60115
Trent Geiger


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