Boccia is an attack and defend game, with two sides competing over a set number of ends. The aim is to score as many points as possible by placing their set of coloured balls closest to the white jack ball.

  • All players must be seated during a game
  • A game consists of a series of ends
    • Singles & Pairs = 4 ends
    • Teams = 6 ends
  • An end consists of all 13 balls being propelled onto court (the jack, 6 red and 6 blue)
  • Decided using a coin toss, the winning player/captain chooses to be red or blue
  • Both sides must occupy a designated box on the court from where balls are propelled
  • The red side always begins the first end by propelling the jack into court
  • In a pairs or team match each player propels the jack onto court in turn
  • In a singles match both players will alternate twice
  • The player who propels the jack ball also propels their first coloured ball
  • A player from the opposite side then propels their first coloured ball
  • The side not closest to the jack plays until they get closer, or run out of balls
  • The end is complete when all balls from both sides have been propelled
  • One point is awarded for every ball of the same colour, which is closest to the jack
  • Points scored each end are accumulated to give a final score.

Boccia England’s competitions for the 2018/19 season will be held under the 2018-v.3 BISFed Competition Rules published January 2018.

To find out more on how to play boccia and what's needed visit our introduction to boccia page.