Interested in Boccia?
See below for information on our boccia programs. We currently have athletes across the province participating in boccia. Our athletes compete at recreational, regional, national, and international competitions.
We are always looking for people to get involved. Join as an athlete, official, classifier, volunteer, or sponsor. We have several clubs that offer Boccia programs in BC! If you are interested, please contact us.
BOCCIA PROGRAMS (CLICK TO VIEW)
|Program||Location||Practice Time||Contact Details||Program Description|
|Victoria Screamers||New Church Hall Pentecostal|
Sooke Rd., across the road from Colwood Hall
|Saturdays, 11am — 1pm|
November 26, 2023 to January 12, 2024
Resumes January 13, 2024 at a new time:
10:30am – 1:30pm
|A club program to prepare athletes of all ages and abilities for local and provincial competition.|
|City of Surrey||Newton Recreation Centre, Room #4|
13730 – 72 Avenue
|Mondays, 4:15 — 5:30pm|
October 16 — December 4, 2023
|A registered recreational program open to people of all abilities and skill levels. Ages 6+.|
|City of Vancouver||Douglas Park Community Centre|
801 W 22nd Ave, Vancouver BC
|Tuesdays, 12:45 — 2:15pm|
Sept 12 – Dec 19
|Register||A social, recreational, drop in program for people of all abilities and skill levels to learn and practice the fundamental skills and strategies of Boccia. Ages 19+.|
|City of Kelowna|
Boccia and Indoor Curling
|Parkinson Recreation Centre Gymnasium|
1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna, BC V1Y 4P9
|Fridays, 1:30 — 2:15pm|
Sept 22 – Dec 8, 2023
|This is a highly interactive program with an emphasis on fun. Ages 16+.|
|Chilliwack Junior Boccia||GW Graham Secondary School |
45955 Thomas Road Chilliwack, BC
|Tuesdays, 3:15 — 4:45pm|
Oct 17, 24
Nov 7, 14, 21, 28
Dec 5, 12
Questions? Contact Karen Natho:
|In partnership with ParaWell Play and the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) School of Kinesiology, SportAbility is excited to announce the Chilliwack Boccia Program! The program will focus on introducing Boccia and the basic skills involved in the sport through fun, interactive games and skill development activities.|
|Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence||Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence|
4371 Interurban Rd
|For upcoming dates and times, please contact program lead.||Contact||Our Power Sports program is for kids of all ages who use a power mobility chair, manual chair, walker, or who are interested in learning various Paralympic sports and Power sports! Each week we will delve into the elements of either power hockey, power soccer, and boccia. Participants will explore movement skills such as throwing, rolling, kicking, wheeling, and passing as well as learning strategy and team work through fun games and activities.|
What is Boccia?
Boccia the Paralympic version of Bocce. This game can be played individually, in pairs, or in teams of three. Boccia is a game of strategy and accuracy. Players score points by tossing or rolling their coloured ball closest to the target white ball called the jack. This game is typically played in a gymnasium or multi purpose area. It is very adaptable for people with a variety of disabilities. Equipment such as head pointers and ramps are available for those who may have difficulty rolling or throwing using their hands. The balls are made of leather material and can be soft or hard. Similarly, other objects such as beanbags or foam balls can be used in a recreational setting. This would help those who may have difficulty gripping the ball.
Opportunities to Participate in Boccia
Boccia in BC is open to all ages, abilities, and skill levels. Weekly programs are offered throughout the province. Moreover, each program can provide equipment support for those who need it. This includes participants who are new to the sport, those facing financial barriers, or for those who participate recreationally. Additional camps and tournaments are offered periodically throughout the season. This provides athletes seeking additional skill development with opportunities outside of their weekly programming. SportAbility runs these events together with our partners – check them out here.
Each season, a BC Provincial Team is selected. This team is made up of athletes seeking a competitive pathway. For more information on high performance opportunities, please contact us.
Can’t find a program near you? Then get in touch to let us know you want to participate! Our goal is to provide access to sport for all British Columbians with physical disabilities.
Interested in bringing boccia to students, clients, participants, children, or athletes? SportAbility offers opportunities to try a sport. Groups such as schools, clinics, and teams can try boccia. We also offer community events! Check out our Community Engagement page for more information.
Our Boccia Coaching Resource is a useful online tool for coaches and facilitators.
How is Boccia Played?
Check out this video from Boccia UK!
For more information on Boccia and the Canadian athletes that participate, check out the Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association website.
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