Bocce is one of those sports that goes somewhat unnoticed among the student body, but this year that is going to change.
Bocce is considered a corollary sport, meaning that spots on the team are open and designed for students with or without disabilities, who are interested in playing on a school athletics team. Students on a corollary sports team are often those who want to play a sport and be part of a team, without necessarily having the skills and/or the desire to play at the varsity or junior varsity level. About 50 percent of participants in the corollary athletics program in the county include students with disabilities. The corollary athletics program offers students who have never been on a varsity or junior varsity team an opportunity to participate on a competitive athletics team.
The program provides students an opportunity to participate in social activities, improve self-esteem, meet new friends and enjoy friendly competition.
Bocce ball, which can also be called bocci or boccie, is a “relaxed but strategic game with an ancient lineage,” according to wikiHow. Although it most likely emerged from ancient Egypt, Bocce started to hit its stride with the Romans and Emperor Augustus.
The game began to gain massive popularity in America with the influx of Italian immigrants at the turn of the 20th Century.
The bocce team is led by Coach Steve McMahon, who is also a physical education teacher here. McMahon said he is excited about this year’s team. “We just finished establishing this years’ squad, and we have a great group of players, but more importantly, they are good kids. We are looking forward to practicing and competing at a high level this season,” McMahon said.
The first game of the season took place on Dec. 19 at home, against the Whitman Vikings. Wootton won the first game 6-2, and the second game 8-2. This was a great way to start the season for the Patriots.
Bocce’s next game will take place on Jan. 4, at Richard Montgomery against the Rockets.