Soccer & Unified Bocce Programs

Soccer & Bocce Schedule

Soccer and Bocce are generally held from the first week of August through early September each year.

In 2021, only traditional bocce will be held.  Sorry, no partners!

  • Practice August 4, 2021 – September 8, 2021  (Wednesdays), 6:30-8 pm
  • Cottonwood Complex on South 12th Street, Bismarck
  • District Tournament:  August 22, 2021 at Cottonwood
    • Athletes, partners, volunteers there by 8:00
    • Volunteer training at 8:30 pm
    • Opening Ceremonies at 9:00 am – ish
  • State Tournament:  September 11-12, 2021 in Grand Forks (BELOW DETAILS MAY CHANGE FOR 2021)
    • Bus leaves KMart at 3 pm Sept. 10
    • We will stop in Fargo at the Mall food court – you must bring your own money
    • We are staying at TBA
    • Competition is at TBA
    • Saturday
      • Athletes must be present and checked in NO LATER THAN 8:20 a.m.
      • Competition begins by 9:30 a.m.
      • Opening Ceremony 12:30 p.m.
      • Dinner TBA
      • Dance following dinner TBA
    • Sunday
      • Athletes must be present and checked in NO LATER THAN 8:30 a.m.
      • Competition begins by 9:00 a.m.
    • Anticipated return to KMart at 7 pm Sept. 12

Soccer Description:

Played in just about every country, soccer’s success is due to the fact that it can be played by boys, girls, men and women of just about any physical build and ability. Soccer requires little in the way of specialized equipment and is organized using simple, intuitive rules. Soccer is perfect for Special Olympics Unified Sports, in which people with and without intellectual disabilities play on the same teams.

Bocce Description:

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.