Region C Bocce
All participants should self-screen prior to arriving at this event and should remain home if feeling unwell or displaying coronavirus symptoms.
All athletes, coaches and spectators are required to wear a mask while inside the Bocce facility regardless of vaccination status. All athletes and Unified Partners are required to wear a mask indoors while they are competing.
Unless fully vaccinated, participants who are medically able should continue to wear a mask at outdoor venus the majority of time while at Special Olympics Illinois activities.
Athletes and Unified Partners do not have to wear a mask while competing in outdoor competitions.
Vaccination is not required to attend in person events.
Special Olympics Illinois will not be providing masks. Athletes and coaches must bring their own.
SOILL will have hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes/spray and other cleaning/sanitizing products on-site.
Spectators will be permitted to view the competition outside of the flagged competition area. Spectators will not have access to the athletes or indoor spaces during the 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.
Bocce Events Offered in Illinois
- Singles competition
- Doubles Competition
- Team Competition
- Doubles competition
- Team competition
As of today- any scratches will be considered a forfeit. We will not redo the divisions/schedule.
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.
All Coaches must bring valid picture ID’s. These will be checked at registration.
Registration is 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Packets will include name tags and lunch tickets.
Athletes will play two matches in each event.
DAY OF SCRATCHES: Upon arrival, notify the Registration table volunteers 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.
STAGING: There will be no formal staging area. Coaches are required to take athletes to their assigned court five (5) minutes before the start of the first game for each division. Courts will be marked with signs. If an athlete is not at their assigned court at their scheduled game time the athlete will be scratched from the match. In most cases, athletes will play back to back matches within their division. This will mean that the court volunteers will move the winner and loser from each court over to the other court, and the athlete will already be in place for their second match. 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.
SCHEDULE: A court schedule can be found under Supporting Documents below. Each athlete is scheduled to play two (2) matches per event. In most cases, athletes will play back to back matches within their division. There is a 5 minute passing time built into the schedule.In the schedule, doubles teams are noted as “last name/last name – agency”
*Coaches, please note that TD-01,TD-04 and TD-05 have a minor conflict with singles games. If your athlete(s) are in these divisions, there may be a delay of games. Additionally, your athletes should compete in their singles events before competing in their doubles event*
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.
Lunches will not be provided this year due to the shortened schedule. Snacks will be provided.
Awards will be presented at the outside awards areas assigned to each court as soon as possible after each division is completed. There will be four awards areas.
First place winners will be eligible to advance to the 2022 State Summer Games Competition in Bloomington Normal.
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.