Region K Bocce – Cancelled
Due to the continued heavy rain and forecast of thunderstorm conditions, the Region K Bocce competition at Herrin, scheduled to take place on Friday October 15th, has been cancelled. We are hoping to reschedule this event to the spring so that the athletes will still get to compete.
As always, the safety of our athletes, coaches, volunteers and staff is our number one priority and the weather conditions make hosting the competition unsafe.
Thank you for your understanding.
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.
Please check with your Region staff on the status of spectators attending competitions. With a few exceptions, only registered athletes, coaches and partners are allowed at these events. It is very important you relay to all parents and guardians the importance of only allowing registered persons into the event.
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
Region K bocce will be a competitive bocce event. Athletes will be participating in singles, doubles, or team games. Each game will follow the rules and regulations for the sport as outlined in the Special Olympics Illinois Policies.
Athletes will be able to leave after their division is complete and awards have been issued.
The event will take place in the open lot at the back of the church. Please park toward the back of the church to allow for handicapped parking closer to the playing fields.
Agency registration will begin at 8:15 am.
Opening Ceremonies will start at 9:00 am.
Competition will follow the conclusion of Opening Ceremonies.
Athletes and coaches should bring their own chairs, or blankets to sit on as seating is not provided. Canopy tents can be brought as we will be outside all day.
Awards will be issued after competition is complete at the awards area under the awards pavilion.
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.