When bocce was added as a state level Special Olympics sport in Minnesota in 2002, 18 athletes participated. Today thirty-four Minnesota delegations currently offer athletes the opportunity to train and compete in bocce. In fact, next to soccer and golf, bocce is the third most participated sport in the world.
In bocce, athletes roll a bocce ball to get closer to the target ball (called the pallina) than their opponents. Athletes can participate as individuals and/or on a doubles team (two Special Olympics athletes) or on a unified team that consists of one Special Olympics athlete and one partner. As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are grouped in competition divisions according to ability level, age and gender.
This year bocce is moving to a new location in Inver Grove Heights. We’ll be setting up our courts at Grace Christian Reformed Church, 3540 75th St E (about four blocks east of Cahill).
We’ll also have a new time for part of the season. We’ll start, as usual, practicing on Thursday evenings from 6:00-7:15 pm. Then, on August 24, when it gets darker earlier, we’ll switch to Saturday mornings from 10:00- 1:15 am. (See the calendar)
NEW AREA NEWS!
But wait – there’s more. This year’s area competition will be on SUNDAY, August 11 at the West St. Paul Sports Dome!
REMAINS THE SAME
What remains the same is that, most importantly, we need to measure our athletes’ skill level so that we can register them and ensure that they are in the proper divisions. We will be measuring July 11, 18, and 25, in addition to getting a few practice rounds under our belts.
AREA AND STATE COMPETITIONS
The bocce team participates in two competitions: the Area Meet and the State Competition. Athletes must participate in the Area Meet if they plan to advance to the State Competition.
Sunday, August 11
West St. Paul Sports Dome
1655 Livingston Ave
West St Paul, MN 55118
State Bocce Tournament
Saturday-Sunday, September 28-29, 2019
HealthEast Sports Center
4125 Radio Dr
Woodbury, MN 55129
Choose one or two events
- Doubles (two athletes playing together) *
- Unified Partners (one athlete and one partner without a disability) *
* you can only choose one of these two
It is important for athletes to register for participation, whether competing in both the area and state level competitions, or just at the area meet. Don’t forget you also need an up-to-date application with Special Olympics of Minnesota.