Bocce is a game of skill and strategy played by 300,000 Special Olympics athletes around the world. There may be anywhere from four to eight players in a game.

Each player is given two balls (boccia) and then must take turns rolling (lagging) the ball toward the pallino ball (the smallest ball), which has already been thrown onto the field.

Players are given points for the balls thrown closest to the pallino ball.

Delaware offers the sport during the fall (Fall Festival) and spring (Summer Games) seasons.



  • Doubles Team Competition – two players per team – offered in the spring.
  • Foursome Team Competition – four players per team – offered in the fall.



  • Fall practice for Area foursome teams begins in late August/early September. Athletes must train with an Area program to be eligible to participate in the following events:
  • SODE Qualifying Bocce Tournament for Wilmington, Newark and MOT teams:  Saturday, September 29, 2018, at the University of Delaware Athletic Complex, Newark.  Schedule TBD. 
  • SODE Qualifying Bocce Tournament for Kent and Sussex teams:  Saturday, October 13, 2018, at the Stockley Center, Georgetown. Schedule TBD. 

           Athletes who participate in one of the above qualifying tournaments may advance to the State Tournament.

  • The Fall State Bocce Team Tournament and Skills Competition takes place at Fall Festival, Saturday, November 10, 2018 at St. Andrew’s School, Middletown.
  • Spring practice for community doubles teams begins in late March/early April 2019.  Dates and locations for the Spring qualifying tournaments will be available at a later date. The Spring State Bocce Team Tournament will take place at the 2019 Summer Games, June 14-15, 2019, at the University of Delaware, Newark.


If you are brand new to Special Olympics, please visit our "New Athletes/Unified Partners" page.

Current Athletes/Unified Partners can find more information on the SODE area pages:

Kent Wild Kats  
MOT Tigers  
Newark Dragons  
Sussex Riptide  
Wilmington Wizards