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.


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Bocce takes place in the gymnasium at Fall Festival (St. Andrew's School) and the Bob Carpenter Center gymnasiums at Summer Games (University of Delaware).

Mid-Season North competition (Wilmington, Newark, MOT areas): Sunday, May 6 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the University of Delaware  Field House

Mid-Season South competition (Kent, Sussex areas): Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Delaware Turf Sports Complex in Frederica



Special Olympics Delaware offers the following bocce events:

- Doubles Team Competition (two people per team) -- Summer Games

- Foursome Team Competition (four people per team) -- Fall Festival