Boccia is a game of strategy and accuracy that was originally designed to be played by people with cerebral palsy. Now, the sport includes athletes with impairments that affect motor skills.
Boccia is played on a flat, smooth surface, where players must throw or roll colored balls as close as possible to a white target ball, known as the “jack.” The player, pair, or team with the most balls near the jack is the winner. Boccia has been a Paralympic sport since its introduction in the 1984 New York Paralympic Games.
If you have never played Boccia before, come join us and learn how much fun it can be. Competitive Boccia is fairly new to DASA and we’re looking to add to our awesome team of athletes! We compete locally, in travel games, and nationally, and are always ready to train for the Paralympics. Boccia season is from September through July.
DASA hosts a large competition every year in May. The Gateway Games offers competition for track and field, archery, boccia, paralympic powerlifting, and swimming. Keep an eye on our calendar for dates, times, and locations.
The DASA Competition Team will also travel to several out of state competitions. Keep an eye on our calendar for dates, times, and locations.
USA Boccia Nationals
To be eligible to register for USA Boccia Nationals as an athlete, coach, or sports assistant, you must be a member of USA Boccia. An athlete’s eligibility for the USA Boccia Nationals is based on meeting the classification requirements outlined in the BISFed Boccia Rules for BC1, BC2, BC3, & BC4, BC5, and Open.
You can also train for the USA Paralympic Boccia Team!
It was originally presented as a sport for athletes with cerebral palsy but is now open to male and female athletes with severe locomotor disabilities of a cerebral or non-cerebral origin, including individuals with CP, stroke, traumatic brain injury, high-level spinal cord injuries, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and arthrogryposis.
If you’re new to Boccia and interested in playing on the DASA team or going for the gold, contact us today!
Boccia (BOCH-ə) is a precision ball sport, similar to bocce – a sport common in Europe today.
Boccia is a sport for wheelchair athletes. The rules governing boccia include a sophisticated classification system that matches athletes based on their level of disability. Boccia is contested at local, national and international levels
In 1984 boccia became a Paralympic sport, and by 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.
USA Boccia is the nonprofit, high-performance maintenance organization for boccia in the USA. At USA Boccia our mission is to provide persons with physical disabilities the opportunity to learn, play, and compete in the sport of boccia on the local, regional, national, and international level.
Participate in Boccia this Season
Participating as part of the Boccia Team or in any of DASA’s adaptive competitive team sports is a wonderful way to socialize, build comradery, become physically fit, gain independence, develop self-confidence, and achieve great things. Please join us this season!
To get started, please fill out the New Athlete Form first, then fill out the registration form for the sport you’d like to play, and be sure to check out our calendar for the latest information. If you need assistance, contact us today. 636-477-0716
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