Welcome to Boccia New Zealand Inc
Boccia New Zealand promotes and supports the sport of boccia amongst all people with a physical disability throughout New Zealand.
Boccia is a precision ball sport similar to petanque and bowls whereby athletes throw, kick or use a ramp to propel a ball onto court aiming to get close to a target ball (Jack). Played indoors from a seated position using soft leather balls on a smooth rectangular court, boccia can be played as individuals, in pairs or teams of three. Boccia is a game of skill and strategy and is a truly inclusive sport in which men and women of all ages and abilities can play together. Boccia is a Paralympic sport with no Olympic counterpart and is designed specifically for athletes with a disability affecting locomotor function.
How to Play:
- The aim of boccia is to get closer to the "Jack ball" than your opponent
- One individual, pair or team has six red balls, and their opponent has six blue balls
- The white (Jack ball) ball is played first
- The individual, pair or team not closest to the jack ball continues to play until they get closer or run out of coloured balls
- Once all balls have been played an individual, pair or team receives one point for every ball closer to the Jack ball than their opponent’s closest ball
- Boccia balls are leather and are filled with tiny plastic pallets so they don't bounce but will roll