Bocce is one of Special Olympics’ newer sports, having been introduced at the World Games level for the first time in 1995. Bocce is a Fall sport and training season is usually from July to November.

Details for Delaware County Program

***Delaware County hosts 2 separate bocce trainings (Wednesday and Thursday). Wednesday training typically takes place at St. Mary Magdalen’s Parish, while Thrusday training typically takes place at Maris Grove. All athletes are welcome to participate in both (or just one). Please see details below on each training location.***

Thursday Training - Maris Grove (Glen Mills)

SOPA Season: Fall (Jul – Oct)

Head Coach: Carl MacMullett

What to Expect: Teams consist of two (2) athletes.

Training SpecificsThursday’s from 6-8pm at Maris Grove starting July 8th, 2021.

Competition Dates: Historically, the Thursday training has only attended Bocce Bash @ Bloomsburg University in mid October, but we are hoping to get out to other competitions soon!

Equipment: We will provide all the required equipment.

Uniform Requirements: We will provide athletes with collared shirts for competition.

Wednesday Training - St. Mary Magdalen's (Media)

SOPA Season: Fall (Jul – Oct)

Head Coach: Mary Wells

What to Expect: Teams consist of two (2) athletes. Held on outdoor bocce court. We hold practice rain or shine. Do not call the school/parish, they will not have any information regarding Special Olympics. All information will flow through coaches.

Training SpecificsWednesday’s from 6-7pm at St. Mary Magdalen School starting in June 9th, 2021. The final practice will be the last Wednesday in October before Fall Festival.

Competition Dates: Eastern Fall Sectional (date tbd) and Fall Festival (Nov 5-7th, 2021)

Equipment: We will provide all the required equipment.

Uniform Requirements: We will provide athletes with collared shirts for competition.

**IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS** 

ALL athletes must have a current medical (on Special Olympics PA medical form) that runs through the end of the season. If the athlete medical is not up-to-date, athletes WILL NOT be able to participate. Unfortunately, there are no exceptions to this rule since it poses a safety risk to the entire program. An up-to-date medical must always be on file with the coach as well as sent to register.sopadelco@gmail.com. To download a copy of medical application, check our resource page. To check on medical expiration date, please go here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1gZlc7Rupri51R_2SAgbVRI8DwrOVf2nDOvmssWKBXfo/edit#gid=0

ALL athletes must attend at least 8 trainings and participate in qualifiers to be eligible to compete in State Games (Summer Games/Fall Festival/Indoor Winter Games).

ALL athletes can participate in multiple sports during the same season, but must declare a primary sport for State Games (Summer Games/Fall Festival/Indoor Winter Games).