What is Boccia?
Boccia is a Paralympic sport that can be played by anyone, with or without a disability. Originally designed for people with severe cerebral palsy, it is now enjoyed by players with a wide variety of disabilities. It’s easy for a beginner to pick up quickly but builds in intensity and complexity as players hone their skills.
Boccia is a co-ed sport of control and accuracy, similar to curling or lawn bowling. Games last four or six ends. Players propel balls towards the target or “jack” ball. Each side has six balls (red or blue) per end to try and score points. The closest side to the target ball when all the balls have been played, scores. If the game is tied after all ends have been played, a tie-break end is played. Boccia can be played head-to-head, in teams of three, or in pairs.
If you can’t throw the ball, you can roll it or kick it. If a player cannot roll the ball or hit it with the foot, a ramp can be used. If he/she/they cannot release the ball with the hand, her/she/they can use the head or a hand pointer.
Boccia is played indoors, on a court that is similar in size to a badminton court.
The court includes six throwing boxes, one for each athlete. Athlete must stay in their box during their turn.
Boccia is a sport of precision, focus and accuracy. It is a complex and technical game where players must employ a great degree of both physical coordination and mental foresight. Boccia was introduced onto the Paralympic program in 1984. Today, it is played in over fifty countries.
How Can you get Involved?
Thanks to the Government of NL's Community Healthy Living Fund, we have been able to purchase all necessary equipment to start a Boccia Program in our region.
BBBAA's Regional Recreation Director is a trained Boccia Coach and as the program grows we hope to get more people engaged and interested in becoming a coach as well.
As this is a new program we are building awareness of what Boccia is and giving people the opportunity to try it out! Have have schedule time to host 5 'Try-It' sessions free of charge. Our hope is that we gain enough interest to open registration for a full program in the Fall of 2022.
Monday, May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 30th, & June 6th are booked for those interested in learning more.
Where: Bay Bulls Regional Lifestyle Centre Gym
Time: 6:30 - 7:15pm
No experience necessary!
Registration is required, please email Carla to register! All children under 12 years of age will need to be accompanied by an adult 18+
Healthy snacks will be provided
Interested in volunteering? Email Carla - firstname.lastname@example.org