Boccia is a highly competitive precision ball sport played on a flat, smooth surface where players must throw or roll colored balls as close as possible to a white target ball, known at the “jack”. The player, pair, or team with the most balls near the jack is the winner.
Boccia, similar to bocce, and related to bowls and pétanque, is contested at local, national and international levels, by athletes with severe locomotor dysfunction. For competition purposes, athletes are classified according to their disability into one of four classifications.
Boccia balls are made in a variety of hardness and some players use a custom designed ramp to roll the ball onto the court. Additionally, some players are allowed to use a pointer, a device or stick that can either be attached to their head or held in their mouth to help them propel the ball onto the court.
World Boccia (or BISFed) is the governing body of the sport.
For more information about Boccia and how to get involved, please contact the CMAA Therapeutic Recreation Complex at (561) 966-7088.