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Bocce is a competition between two teams of two athletes who try to get their team’s ball the closest to the target ball, called the pallina. Bocce provides athletes of all abilities the opportunity to compete and be social. 

Participants will be divisioned by Special Olympics South Dakota by the following divisions: 1 – Basic understanding of Bocce and the rules (throws from the same spot, simply aiming bocce ball to pallina), 2 – Intermediate understanding of Bocce and the rules (some advanced understanding but not consistent hitting, blocking), and 3 – Advanced understanding of Bocce and the rules (Pallina placement, hitting, blocking, angles, strategy, and most important “taking advantage of opponents’ weaknesses”)

This sport offers a Unified option. This gives individuals both with and without intellectual disabilities a chance to compete on the same team. This sport also offers a MATP option that is for any athlete who needs assistance picking up the ball, entering/exiting the court, or physical assistance to stand. 

Athlete Resources

Events Offered

  • Doubles: Two players per team
  • MATP Doubles: Modified two players per team
  • Unified Doubles: Two players per team

Competition Season

Bocce competition season takes place from July through September.

Coaches Resources

Upcoming Bocce Events

Southeast Area Bocce

August 18 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
McCart Fields – Sioux Falls
901-999 N Western Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57104 United States
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Black Hills Area Bocce

icon of a person playing bocce ball.August 18 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Memorial Park
444 Mt. Rushmore Rd.
Rapid City, SD 57701 United States

Northeast Area Bocce

August 25 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Lake Norden
Lake Norden, SD 57248 United States + Google Map

State Fall Classic – Bocce (Tentative)

September 19 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Memorial Park
444 Mt. Rushmore Rd.
Rapid City, SD 57701 United States
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State Fall Classic – Bocce

September 20 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Memorial Park
444 Mt. Rushmore Rd.
Rapid City, SD 57701 United States
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