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Bocce is a game of skill and strategy. The object is for one team to get as many of their balls (boccia) closer to the pallina (the smallest ball) than the opposing team's closest ball. There may be anywhere from two to four to eight players on a team. Each player is given two balls. Each player must then take turns rolling (lagging) the ball toward the pallina ball, which has already been thrown onto the field. The players are given points for the balls rolled closest to the pallina ball. Players may also throw on the fly (volo), striking the ball to move the point ball. Balls, including the pallina, may also be displaced by the balls of other players.
The Special Olympics bocce program has events for singles, doubles and team competition. As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are placed in divisions according to ability, age and gender.
Divisions: SinglesDoublesTeam CompetitionUnified Sports Doubles and Team5-on-5 Unified Sports
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