Competitions Update Competition Programme Stage 3: Local/Regional and Pathway activity - from 20th August 2021 A small number of local/regional competitions will take place with restrictions. A return to Pathway activity with restrictions. .. National Boccia League (NBL) We have been taking expressions of interest from clubs to take part in the 2021/2022 NBL season. Approximately 60% of teams that entered in 2019 have expressed an interest. Currently this does mean that not all leagues are feasible, therefore, Boccia England are proposing a delay in the start of the league season. This will allow those clubs who have only just returned or, plan to return soon, to decide whether they want to enter a league team. Remember, all teams that paid an entry fee into the 2019/2020 league season will have their entry fee carried forward to the 2021/2022 season. NBL 2021/2022 Key dates: Monday 6th December 2021, 9am – Entries for the National Boccia League will open. Monday 10th January 2022, 12pm - Entries will close. Monday 17th January 2022 – Teams will be notified of their league group. Monday 6th June 2022 – All fixtures must be completed. Super League (SL) The eight Super League teams that took part in the partly completed 2019/2020 season are planning to complete their campaigns to become Super League champions. Super League team managers have been contacted to confirm that they would like to compete on 2 fixture days between January and April 2022. SL 2021/2022 Key dates: Friday 29th October 2021 – Deadline for interest. Friday 5th November 2021 – Teams informed of proposal. Friday 10th December 2021 – Dates released for fixture days. *NEW* Individuals league We are extremely excited to be working on the launch of a new Social boccia initiative - a recreational boccia opportunity for individuals to take part in friendly competition. We will be launching this new initiative soon so keep your eye on our website! Remember you will need club membership to enter a team into the National Boccia League or take part in the Super League! *NEW*‘Back to Boccia Local’ competitions We are pleased to announce that we have funding to support locally delivered competitions. We are looking for competition organisers to arrange and deliver boccia competition in their area. Don’t worry if you’ve not delivered a competition before, we can provide full training and support. If you are interested, please email [email protected]. Check out our new Boccia Boost resource ‘Delivering a Boccia Competition’ for an overview of what is involved. Back to Boccia ‘Local’ competitions will be advertised via your local Club Forum and listed on Boccia Base. To access this list, you will need to be a Boccia England member so sign up today! Boccia England Schools Programme Why not check out our *new* ‘Virtually Boccia’ programme that has been engaging schools using online weekly challenges. Virtually Boccia Key dates: Entries are open NOW! Deadline for results Friday 17th December Stage 4: Modified Boccia England competitions - Spring 2022 TBC A limited number of regional and national modified competitions will be available. Back to Boccia Opens The traditional BE Cup and Heathcoat Cup competitions will not take place in the 2021/2022 season. Instead Boccia England will deliver a limited number of modified ‘Back to Boccia Open’ competitions which will take place between February and May 2022. Entries are now open! Check out our website to enter. Back to Boccia Open Key dates: Saturday 26th February 2022 – Back to Boccia Open – North (BC1-4) Sunday 27th February 2022 - Back to Boccia Open – North (BC5-8) Saturday 19th March 2022 – Back to Boccia Open – South (BC1-4) Sunday 20th March 2022 – Back to Boccia Open – South (BC5-8) Saturday 30th April 2022 – Back to Boccia Open – Central (BC1-4) Sunday 1st May 2022 – Back to Boccia Open – Central (BC5-8) Stage 5: Return to BE competition programme - September 2022 A return to the full BE competition programme is expected for the 2022/2023 season. More information will be released in the new year. .. Outstanding National Classification Reviews Back in October 2019 we released a classification update. The update outlined that any player with a confirmed national status would need to be reviewed under new international guidelines. If you were notified about needing a National Classification review and haven’t uploaded your medical diagnosis form onto your Boccia Base account please do this AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If you need any help with this, please contact [email protected] or call 0115 9678455. Over the last year we have been conducting a full review of our classification policy, processes and paperwork. We have some exciting new guidance for all very soon so watch this space! Rankings In May 2020 Boccia England confirmed on its website that the Boccia England Rankings Lists would be frozen and would not be updated due to the remainder of the 2019/2020 being cancelled. We would like to clearly set out an explanation for the rationale for this decision by the Competition Review Group in light of recent concerns raised by players. Please click here to read the statement.