Bocce Could Be A High School Sport
First off, I will confess and get it over with quickly.
I have watched the game of bocce being played, but that's it. Don't know the rules or how points are scored. That's not to say I won't learn. In fact, that's now on my list - and here's why?
Bocce could be coming to a school near you.
From what my friend tells me, and he plays the game like I swim (and that's quite a bit), it's something between curling and bowling - but on grass. The court is about 10 feet wide and 76 feet long. Players have eight balls to throw to the pallina - or the target. Apparently, this game requires lots of skill and lots of luck too. Seniors play it quite a bit and now the kids are wanting in.
So much so, that on Friday at St. Marcellinus Secondary in Mississauga (that's the school that has an artificial turf and the Argonauts sometimes practice on it), something like 17 schools from the Region of Peel will have an invitational tournament. If things go well, look out.
Kathy Knafelc at the Peel District School Board told me that a motion will be made at the Region of Peel Secondary School Athletic Association annual meeting in June for bocce to be added to the list of some 30 other varsity sports.
No champ will be decided this Friday. No final. Just a tournament and teams are made up of four players, two with a developmental disability. This isn't the first inter-school sport for people with disabilities. There's swimming and track and field.
What's next beach bocci? All kidding aside, I like the idea.