Boccia is for co-ed athletes age eight and over with a physical disability. It can be an individual sport or team sport by classifications. Practices and competitive games are offered within the region throughout the season.
- Director of Multi-Sports, Boccia -
Boccia is a test of muscle control and accuracy, requiring high focus and concentration. The goal of the game is to throw/bowl game balls so that they land as close as possible to a special target ball, the "jack". Boccia is practiced in 42 countries and is open to athletes with severe cerebral palsy or related neurological conditions using a wheelchair. All events are mixed and feature individual, pair and team competitions per classification. It is played on a marked court, usually with a hard surface.
There are four classes in Boccia. Athletes are grouped according to their impairment as follows:
BC1: Athletes who have Cerebral Palsy. They either kick or throw the ball. They may request the use of an assistant, providing the assistant remains outside of the athlete's box.
BC2: Athletes who have Cerebral Palsy but are able to better throw the ball than BC1 players. They are not allowed the use of an assistant.
BC3: Athletes with a severe physical disability (Cerebral Palsy or other) that prevents them from throwing or kicking the ball three metres. They require assistive equipment such as a ramp. An assistant is also allowed within the athlete's box, however they are not allowed to observe gameplay.
BC4: Athletes who have a significant physical disability (non-Cerebral Palsy) that makes it difficult for them to throw the ball. No assistants or assistive devices may be used.
Ontario Provincial Championships
Paralympics / World Championships
The Boccia season runs from October thru to April.
Adapted balls made of soft leather are used indoor Boccia. There are 13 balls in total- six red, six blue and one white ball.
Boccia: Sudays, 3:00-5:00pm
Harold M. Brathwaite Secondary School
415 Great Lakes Drive