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Region C 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.

Bocce Events Offered in Illinois

Traditional

  • Singles competition
  • Doubles Competition
  • Team Competition

Unified

  • Doubles competition
  • Team competition

Competition Information

Important Reminders and Information:

  • All Coaches must bring valid picture ID’s.
  • Athletes will play two matches in each event (the second is listed as consolation or championship).
  • First place winners will be eligible to advance to the 2023 State Summer Games Competition in Bloomington Normal. 

Day of scratches:  Upon arrival, notify the registration table of any athlete who is not in attendance. In the event there has been a scratch from their division and an athletes has a bye for their first game, it is recommended to have the athlete wait at the court so that they do not miss their second game.

SOILL Bocce Rule Interpretations At all levels of competition including the State event, the following procedures will be utilized to determine winners of a match:

  • Single and Double games will be played to 12 points or 30 minutes whichever comes first.
  • Teams will play to 16 points or 30 minutes whichever comes first.
  • If the score is tied when the time limit is called, one additional frame will be played to determine the winner.

Event Information

All Special Olympics Illinois Bocce competitions abide by Special Olympics Incorporated rules. Any modifications to these rules done by Special Olympics Illinois can be found in the linked rules interpretation.

2024 Bocce Rule Interpretations

Competition will be broken up into an AM session and PM session. AM session competition will begin at 8:30am. PM session competition will begin at 12:30pm.

AM Session â€“ All athletes scheduled to compete in the AM session should on site by 8:00am.

AM Session Divisions listed below will report to their assigned courts by 8:00am. Athletes in divisions listed below not present at their courts by 8:30am will be scratched. All remaining divisions in AM session will be called individually to the bullpen and assigned an open court once a division is completed.

Court 1Court 2Court 3Court 4Court 5Court 6Court 7Court 8Court 9Court 10Court 11Court 12Court 13Court 14Court 15Court 16Court 17Court 18

Addition Divisions in AM Session (these divisions will be called to the bullpen individually once a division above is finished and awarded). Athletes not present when their division is called will be given three (3) calls before they are scratched.

PM Session â€“ All athletes scheduled to compete in the PM session should on site by 12:00pm.

PM Session Divisions listed below will report to their assigned courts by 12:00pm. Athletes in divisions listed below not present at their courts by 12:30pm will be scratched. All remaining divisions in PM session will be called individually to the bullpen and assigned an open court once a division is completed.

Court 1Court 2Court 3Court 4Court 5Court 6Court 7Court 8Court 9Court 10Court
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Court 12Court 13Court 14Court 15Court 16Court 17Court 18

Addition Divisions in PM Session (these divisions will be called to the bullpen individually once a division above is finished and awarded). Athletes not present when their division is called will be given three (3) calls before they are scratched.

Facility Information

Directions

Directions into the parking lot: Traveling on North Ave. turn North onto Wolf Rd. The second light will be Whitehall, turn left, then into the driveway past the Baseball Field into the Parking Lot.

Concessions

Lunch will be provided for athletes and coaches on a 4:1 ratio. Lunch will include a subway sandwich, chips and water. If your athletes have any dietary restrictions please plan accordingly.

Awards

**NEW** awards will be presented on the court once the entire division is complete. Please make sure athletes are present or nearby during the final game so awards can be presented in a timely manner.  

Supporting Documents

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.

Date

Sep 14 2024

Time

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Cost

Free

Location

Grant Park
44 W. Golfview Dr. Northlake, IL 60164
Amanda Nelson

Organizer

Amanda Nelson
Phone
331-725-0188
Email
anelson@soill.org
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