Bocce - Thief River Falls


Event Description:

Special Olympics Minnesota Area 1/2 Bocce Tournament is being held August 8th at Oakland Park in Thief River Falls, MN.


No bocce experiences? No problem! A detailed training is given at the beginning of each shift. Volunteer opportunities include assisting with registration, bocce court monitors, awards, facilitating games and much more. In addition to offering traditional singles and doubles events, bocce offers unified competition to allow athletes to compete with a Unified Partner.

  • You May sign up for one or more shifts.
  • The time listed includes time for sign-in and orientation.
  • You will receive a volunteer t-shirt to wear at the competition.


Bocce Ball Volunteer Position Descriptions


Awards Assistant/Announcer: This position will be working as part of a team to set up awards, announce awards, and award athletes their ribbons or medals.  These individuals will take results that come in and fill out the award label for the correct athlete and then put in on the appropriate ribbon or medal.  Then they will set up awards by division to be handed out to athletes.  Some members of this team will be responsible for announcing the awards by announcing the athletes name and place while other members of the team award the ribbons or medals to the athlete. 


Bocce Pitch Assistant: This position will either be officiating the bocce game or managing the score for that game.  If you are officiating, you will be responsible for managing the game play, indicating which player should go next, measuring the bocce ball distances to determine the winner of a frame, and assigning points.  All officials will be trained in game play and rules.  If you are responsible for scoring, you will be adjusting the score board to reflect points as well as recording the final score for each game on your court.  In addition, you will keep track of the time and notify your official when time has expired for that game.  Each scorer will also be trained in game play and the rules.  These individuals will be assigned to a specific court for the duration of their shift.  There will be court supervisors available for questions, concerns, or problems as well as helping to manage each court and make sure games progress appropriately.


Delegation Check-in:  Assist in checking in delegation by handing out team packets and information to the head coaches of the delegation.


Pitch Managers:  This is an event management position where they will be in charge of managing volunteers at 7-8 pitches.  They will help answer any questions the volunteers might have, help to ensure games progress in a timely manner, provide opportunities for volunteers to run to the bathroom if needed, etc.  This person will need to be very familiar with Special Olympics Bocce rules, game formats, etc.  as they will be answering questions from the volunteers that are running each pitch.  These individuals will report directly to the event director and will contact the event director with any issues or questions they can’t resolve.  This is a leadership role, so this person needs to be a good leader, be responsible, have good knowledge of Special Olympics Bocce Ball and be friendly and courteous to our volunteers.


Staging Assistant:  This position will work with the Staging Manager in the staging tent and be responsible for helping to get athletes checked in for their next match, get them organized in their group and ready to go out to their court. 


*Please note training for each of these positions has been scheduled into your shift time. You will be trained before you are placed in any of these positions. Allow 5-10 minutes before your scheduled shift time to allow time to check-in and receive your t-shirt.


Age Eligibility for Event Volunteers

  • 15 years and older can volunteer by themselves.
  • 12-14 year olds must be accompanied by parent, guardian, or chaperone.
  • 11 years and younger are not given volunteer assignments, but are welcomed and encouraged to be cheerleaders as long as they are accompanied by a parent, guardian, or chaperone.  Please do not register for any position.
  • 12-14 year olds in a group situation need a 4 to 1 ratio-meaning one adult (18 years old or older) for every three children.  These groups usually include scout troops, school classes, church groups, etc.

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Date/Time &
Thu, Aug 8, 2019 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM   
Awards Assistant
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Thu, Aug 8, 2019 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM   
Bocce Pitch Assistant
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Thu, Aug 8, 2019 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM   
Pitch Manager/Head Scorer
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Thu, Aug 8, 2019 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM   
Score Table/Announcer
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Thu, Aug 8, 2019 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM   
Staging Assistant
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Event Meeting Location: Oakland Park

123 Baken Street
Thief River Falls, MN 56701

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Event Organizer: Dani Druse
Event Category:
Area Competition (Area 01) / Bocce (Summer/Fall)