Region A Bocce
All participants should self-screen prior to arriving at this event and should remain home if feeling unwell or displaying coronavirus symptoms.
Vaccination is not required to attend in person events.
SOILL will have hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes/spray and other cleaning/sanitizing products on-site.
Please check with your Region staff on the status of spectators attending competitions. The decision on allowing spectators is based on the facility being used for the competition, the rules they have and the amount of people above the number of registered athletes and coaches they can safely accommodate. It is very important you relay to all parents and guardians if spectators will be allowed at this competition.
Special Olympics Illinois is committed to providing the best athlete, volunteer, coach and supporter environment possible. While we are excited to resume in-person events, the health and well-being of our constituents remains our top priority. All of our in person events follow the COVID-19 recommended IDPH and CDC guidelines.
Please review the COVID High-Risk fact sheet for more information:
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 the Summer Games held in Normal in June.
Bocce Events Offered in Illinois
- Singles competition
- Doubles Competition
- Team Competition
- Doubles competition
- Team competition
Registration at 8:00 AM.
OC at 8:45 AM
Competition at 9:00 AM
As in the past, we are using match slots, and not times. Pay attention to your assigned court as the next match will start as soon as possible to the conclusion of the match before.
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.
Inside fields will be used for this event.
Regional qualifier for Bocce. Singles, doubles, team, unified doubles, unified team.
Please check back closer to the event for more information.
Athletes should bring their own PPE and Water.
Awards will be distributed after the division has completed play
Lunch will be provided to registered athletes, unified partners and coaches and will consist of a sandwich, chips and a water.
No concessions are available at this event, so bring snacks if you will need them. There is no food or drink other than water permitted on the turf field.
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Who We Are
Special Olympics is a global organization that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sport, every day around the world. Special Olympics Illinois is a not-for-profit organization offering year-round training and competition in 18 sports for more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and 13,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics transforms the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential in sports and in life. Special Olympics programs enhance physical fitness, motor skills, self-confidence, social skills and encourage family and community support.