What is boccia?

In boccia, a set of balls is thrown or rolled onto a court by opposing players, getting as close as possible to a target ball.  Players can strategically knock opponents' balls away from the target ball.  In adaptive boccia, a ramp can be used to propel the ball, and someone can be used to assist with lining up to ramp during games.  

Who is a boccia athlete?

Participants should be at least 12 years old and have the ability to either propel a boccia ball with their hand or foot or utilize a ramp to aim and propel the ball onto the court.

Competitive boccia is open to persons described as quadriplegic with cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, stroke survivors, OR persons who have conditions of a non-cerebral origin that affect all four limbs (such as high spinal cord injury, muscular dystrophy, arthrogryposis, MS, or ALS).  For recreational purposes, Turnstone allows individuals with other physical disabilities to qualify for this program. 

Turnstone’s boccia program

Boccia is played year round at Turnstone.  In this program, participants can expect to learn the history and rules of the game, learn the skills and techniques needed to play boccia, enjoy opportunities to play recreationally or competitively, have opportunities to network with other people with physical disabilities, and engage in a fun and challenging sport.

Want to learn more?

For more information or to sign up for the program, contact Molly Cinker, Competitive Sports Coordinator, at molly@turnstone.org or (260) 969-7642. or complete the online contact form