Bocce is the fastest growing sport in Special Olympics. First off, anyone who can roll a ball can play. Secondly, as athletes age, becoming less able to participate in more rigorous sports like track and field and soccer, they often opt for a smooth transition to bocce. I volunteered as a bocce referee for two Special Olympics World Games, and it was a hectic job. Not only did we have spirited competition among athletes from all over the world, but we were bombarded with questions from coaches of other sports asking how to get their athletes started with bocce.