Similar to lawn bowls, boccia is a game of precision that demands intense focus. The primary objective is to throw leather balls as close to the jack as possible. There are four classifications, three of which are for players with cerebral palsy. It is practiced in more than 50 countries today.

Boccia is played indoors on a flat, smooth surface. The players propel leather balls (six per competitor) as close as possible to a white target ball (called the "jack") on a long, narrow field of play. A match has four ends. At the end of the game players receive one point for each ball closer than their opponents' to the jack.

All events are mixed gender and feature individual, pair, and team competitions for a total of seven medal events. Throwers with cerebral palsy play in teams of three members for six ends; each team member "throws" two of the six balls per end. Pair games are played by athletes with non-cerebral palsy disabilities who are able to throw and by athletes who may use a ramp as an assistive device to propel the ball.


Special Olympics Saskatchewan
Hayley Wall
Program Development Coordinator
(306) 780-9181
Toll Free: 1-888-307-6226

Boccia is governed by the Cerebral Palsy International Sports & Recreation Association (CPISRA) (www.cpisra.org) internationally and The Canadian Cerebral Palsy Sports Association (CCPSA) (www.ccpsa.ca) within Canada.

The Adaptive Sport program is made possible through the financial contributions from the Sask Lotteries; the program is administered through Sask Sport.