Boccia for Everyone
Boccia is the Paralympic Sport for athletes with severe physical disabilities.
Boccia (/ˈbɒtʃə/ BOCH-ə) is a precision ball sport, similar to bocce, and related to bowls and pétanque. The name “boccia” is derived from the Latin word for ‘boss’ – bottia.
The sport is contested at local, national and international levels, by athletes with more severe physical disabilities. It was originally designed to be played by people with cerebral palsy but now includes athletes with other severe disabilities affecting motor skills.
In 1984 it became a Paralympic sport, and in 2008 was being practiced in over fifty countries worldwide. Boccia is governed by the Boccia International Sports Federation, (BISFed) and is one of only three Paralympic sports that have no counterpart in the Olympic program.
Athletics for all
Boccia is designed so the individuals with different physical disabilities can participate in an integrated, adaptive, modified/unified format. Students of all ages, with or with out disabilities can play Boccia together or separately.
I look forward to the day when there are interscholastic boccia teams in every state!
Adaptive Physical education does not have to cost a lot of money to create opportunities for students who are disabled.
It is the mission of the Athletics for All Task Force to provide an organizational framework by which schools, school districts, state associations, state governing agencies, athletes and parents can work together to provide the opportunity for students with physical disabilities to participate in competitive interscholastic sports.
It is the vision of the Athletics for All Task Force that students with disabilities will have access to athletic opportunities throughout the United States in an equal manner as students without disabilities. The Task Force envisions an educational system that provides equal opportunities for student-athletes to derive the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of interscholastic sports, enabling each to develop into healthy, well-adjusted, contributing members of their respective communities.
Boccia for Seniors!
Want to learn a fun activity that everyone can play?
If you are looking for senior activity ideas, Boccia is a great idea.
It can be played in Senior Centers or Retirement homes. You do not need a full court to play Boccia. You can play in a dining room, Activity room or even a hallway!
The heath Benefits of Boccia –
- Assists in Balance,
- Assists with coordination and
- increases strength
PLUS it is FUN to play.
“I had never heard of the game Boccia. I now play it on a weekly basis and love it.
We all get on so well within the group, the banter is good and the games can get quite competitive,
but the session is always fun!” Older adult participant from England
Past 7 years Boccia has been a medal sport at the Nationals Veterans Wheelchair Games
In 2017 250 athletes competed at Games in Cincinnati.
Rehab hospital /Clinical Setting
Boccia is an excellent activity in a Clinical Setting.
Boccia being used by Craig Hospital in Colorado to assist patients
in their recovery.
See the following presentation
Clinical Therapeutic Approach to Boccia Ball
by Presented by Brenda Bertrand, CTRSCraig Hospital