Bocce originated in Italy and is similar to bowling. It has become increasingly popular among Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) athletes.

SONC offers singles, doubles, Unified Sports doubles, team, and Unified Sports team competition. Depending on the event, players take a turn rolling a bocce ball toward the smallest ball (pallina), which has already been thrown onto the field. The players are given points for the balls thrown closest to the pallina.

State level bocce competition has become part of the SONC Fall Tournament  hosted in Charlotte, North Carolina during the first weekend in November each year.

Athletes and partners also have the opportunity and are encouraged to participate in various local invitationals. Check the bocce sport calendar for upcoming invitationals being hosted by local programs.

Sport Development Team

These volunteers advise SONC staff regarding sport rule modifications, officiate at competition, and also train coaches in their sport! For more information on the bocce sport development team, contact one of the members below or Lauren Saulter, SONC staff liaison.

Addie Carmon
Tarboro, NC

Richard Evans
Greensboro, NC

Betty Lewis
Concord, NC

Deb Pontenberg
Cedar Point, NC

Lisa Reynolds
Asheville, NC

Charlote Webb
Tarboro, NC

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Bocce Invitationals

The following invitationals are hosted by the local program indicated. Information will be posted as soon as it is received. Please note that these events may have a per person registration fee for the local program to cover expenses for the event.

Wayne County Bocce Scrimmages: June 23rd, 2018

Wayne County will be hosting bocce scrimmages for interested programs on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 from 9am-3pm. Competition will include traditional doubles and singles.Registration is limited. For more information on registration, contactDonna May at


All forms must be submitted by the local program coordinator.

Fall Tournament Sport Registration Forms

Local program coordinators should submit entries along with the remainder of the Fall Tournament registration.  Click here for a full list of Fall Tournament registration forms. These forms will be made available closer to the event date.

  • Bocce Registration Form

Certified Clinicians

In addition to the sport development team, these volunteers are able to conduct local sport specific training schools on behalf of SONC. Contact the clinician in your area if you would like to schedule a training (their county of residence is located under their name). For more information on becoming a certified clinician, contact Andrea Stamm.

Scott Boucher
Hoke County