Boccia (pronounced 'Bot-cha') is a sport similar to bowls for athletes with a disability. Boccia is totally inclusive and can be played by anyone regardless of age, gender, ability or disability. The aim of Boccia, a paralympic sport, is to throw leather balls - coloured red or blue as close as you can to a white target ball, or jack.
An Overview of Boccia
Boccia can be played by individuals, pairs, or teams of three. The balls can be moved with hands or feet, or, sometimes, with an assistive device It is played indoors on an area similar in size to a badminton court. At the end of each round, or end, the distance of the balls closest to the jack is measured, and points awarded accordingly - one point for each ball which is closer to the jack than the opponent's closest ball. The team/player with the highest number of points at the end of play is the winner.
- Requires high levels of accuracy, concentration and tactical awareness.
- Provides physical, mental and social benefits.
- An inclusive sport which allows people of all abilities and ages to play against one another.
The costs will vary from club to club however generally boccia balls will be provided and costs will be kept at a minimum. If you wanted to purchase equipment and play at home or with friends; a set of Boccia balls is approximately £120.
A set consists of one white 'jack' ball, six red and six blue weighted leather balls. Other useful equipment to play could include ramps, referee paddles and tape measures/calipers.
- Boccia is a target sport first introduced to the Paralympics in 1984.
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