See the Athletes List for the Euro Boccia Póvoa 2017.
Updated version on the 25th October, 2017
Boccia competitions are organised on a two-part basis; Pool Rounds followed by Elimination Rounds.
Pool Rounds are based on pools of 3 -7 sides which all play each other once, with an agreed number of sides progressing to the Elimination Rounds.
Elimination Rounds are based on the winner progressing to the next round and the loser being eliminated from the competition.
The only exception to the above two stage competition is where there are up to 8 sides in the competition and all the sides are in one pool. In this situation, only the pool round will be played with the positions of the sides after the completion of the pool, being the final positions for the competition.
Boccia current Rules have been altered throughout time in order to keep up with the continuous development of this sport and of the athletes (as well as other interveners) abilities.
You can access Boccia’s Rules, the Court Venue and other important documents on the official site of BISFed (click here).
The Classification Rules for Boccia will be applied according to the latest version of BISFed Classification Rules.
Classification refers to the process by which athletes are assessed to determine the impact of impairment on Boccia performance and to ensure that the athletes compete equitably. Classification provides a structure for competition and can take place on a club, State, National, Regional and International level.
Classification has two important roles:
a) To determine eligibility of athletes with a severe physical impairment that impacts their ability to play Boccia;
b) To group athletes equitably for competition purposes.
Every athlete wishing to compete in a Boccia event or competition must be allocated a Sport Class and a Sport Class status in accordance with the BISFed Classification Rules. No athlete is exactly the same and each athlete’s sport Class is considered on the basis of his/her individual assessment.
Today Boccia is a played competitively at national and international level by athletes who require a wheelchair because of their disability. In its current form, Boccia was originally played by athletes with cerebral palsy, but now includes athletes with other disabilities which affect motor skills. Boccia is also widely played as an educational and recreational game, particularly in schools and old peoples’ homes. At Paralympic level, Boccia is one of only two sports which do not have an Olympic counterpart (Goal Ball being the other.)
For competition purposes, athletes are classified according to their disability into one of four classifications:
Players in this class throw the ball with the hand or foot. They may compete with an assistant who stays outside of the competitor's playing box, to stabilize or adjust their playing chair and give the ball to the player when requested.
Players in this class throw the ball with the hand. They are not eligible for assistance.
Players in this class have very severe locomotor dysfunction in all four extremities. Players in this class have no sustained grasp or release action and although they may have arm movement, they have insufficient range of movement to propel a Boccia ball onto the court. They may use an assistive device such as a ramp to deliver the ball. They may compete with an assistant; assistants must keep their back to the court and their eyes averted from play
Players in this class have severe locomotor dysfunction of all four extremities as well as poor trunk control. They can demonstrate sufficient dexterity to throw the ball onto the court. Players are not eligible for assistance.
First of all, I would like to thank all the NATIONS participating at the BISFed 2017 Boccia European Championships, for your understanding, allowing to posptone the event. It is always a great pleasure to receive your visit in this excellent venue of the wonderful city of Póvoa de Varzim. Once again we hope to welcome you all in the best Portuguese way and contribute to making the competition a great success for everyone. Even though a few can reach the top, this means that the level is very high.
See you soon in Póvoa!
Skill and effort are essential to a good performance in boccia - these traits are very much treasured in Póvoa de Varzim, where you will find a hospitable people used to facing the hardships of the fisherman life. I trully hope you feel their warmth and that the results obtained meet your objectives. Enjoy your BISFed Euro Póvoa 2017 and welcome to Portugal!
25th Oct - 2nd Nov, Póvoa 2017