August – November


What is Bocce?

Bocce is an Italian game. The basic principle of the sport is to roll a bocce ball closest to the target ball, which is called a palina. Bocce as a Special Olympics sport provides people with special needs the opportunity to have social contact, develop physically and to gain self-confidence. Next to soccer and golf, bocce is the third most participated sport in the world.

Special Olympics Pennsylvania – Philadelphia currently offers Doubles Bocce and Unified Sports Bocce Doubles. 


Training Schedule

DayStart DateTimeLocationAddressSite Contact
SundayAugust 18, 201911:30-1 pmCafe Michangelo11901 Bustleton AvenueCarole Canady
FridaySeptember 13, 20196 – 8 pmCecil B. Moore Rec Center2251 N. 22nd St.Myra Ausberry
SaturdaySeptember 15, 201911-1 pmEast Passyunk Community Ctr.10th & Mifflin Sts.Michelle Cordell

*Training site recommended for all athletes, but especially for younger athletes, ages 8-15

Events for Competition:

  • Singles
  • Doubles
  • Team Competition (4 players/team)
  • Unified Sports Bocce Doubles (2 players/team)
  • Unified Sports Bocce Team (4 players/team)

Bocce Competition Schedule

Athletes training for at least 8 weeks in our Fall sports are eligible to compete in these tournaments: 

September 16, 2018
  • Area M Fall Classic Invitational (Hershey Middle School – Hershey, PA)
October 14, 2018
  • Eastern Fall Sectional (DeSales University – Center Valley, PA)
NOVEMBER 2 – 4, 2018
  • Fall Festival (Villanova University – Villanova, PA)
April 6, 2019 
  • Delaware County Invitational (Widener University – Widener, PA)
April 27, 2019 (TENTATIVE) 
  • Philadelphia Spring Games (William Penn Charter / Philadelphia University – Philadelphia, PA) 
May 30 – June 1, 2019
  • Summer Games (Pen State College – State College, PA)

Rules and Regulations


Special Olympics Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Bocce Photos: