In it’s simplest form Boccia is an attack and defend game, two sides (one using the red balls and one using blue) compete over a set number of ends to score as many points as possible. Points are scored by placing your ball/s closer to the jack than any of the other teams balls. For example, if the red team had 3 balls closer to the jack than any of the blue teams balls they would score 3 points.
The Main Rules
- All players must be seated during a game
- All games consist of a series of ends – Singles and pairs is 4 ends whereas teams games are played over 6 ends
- An end consists of 13 balls being propelled onto court, the jack ball, 6 red and 6 blue
- Decided using a coin toss, the winning player/captain chooses to be red or blue, both have their tactical advantages
- Both sides must stay in their designated box from where they propel the balls
- The red team is always the first to play, beginning the first end by propelling the jack
- In pairs or a team match each player takes it in turns to propel the jack onto court, in a singles match both players will do this twice
- Once the jack is propelled the player who has done so follows up with a shot at the jack with their first coloured ball
- It is then the turn of the opposite colour to see if they are able to get their ball closer to the jack than the last
- Following on from this it is the player/team which is furthest away from the jack that plays their shot, this continues until they get closer or run out of balls
- The end is complete when all balls form both sides have been played
- For every ball of the same colour that is closer to the jack than the other colour, a point is awarded to that team
- The points from each end are accumulated over the match to give a final score
These rules are from the Boccia England website. To find out more, click here to visit the Boccia England website.