What is Boccia?
Boccia (pronounce bot-cha) is a Paralympic sport with no Olympic equivalent and is similar to bowls.
The game is played on a flat. smooth surface, usually indoors, with a court the size of a badminton court.
Boccia is a tarhet ball sport which tets both muscle control and accuracy. From a seated position, players propel balls to land as close as possible to a white marker ball, known as the Jack. Two sides compete as individuals, pairs or as a team of three over a set number of ends (4 for individuals and pairs and 6 for teams).
Each side plays six balls (red or blue) each end. After each end, the athlete, pair or team with the ball closest to the Jack receives 1 point plus an additional point for each ball closer to the Jack than their opponents. Points are accumulated over the course of the match to find a winner.
Balls can be rolled down a ramp. thrown or kicked. If the player is unable to release the ball with their hands, they can use assistive devices, such as a head pointer.
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We were delighted to help out with the Back to Boccia Cup which took place on 18-19th September at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) in Sheffield.This event was the first opportunity for some of our most talented athletes to compete against each other.more