Rules & Equipment
Balls: Boccia balls are made of natural or synthetic leather and are slightly bigger than a tennis ball. Any ball will be accepted for play from any manufacturer providing they weigh 275g (+/- 12g) and measure 270mm in circumference (+/- 8mm). All balls will be checked at each competition. There are six red and six blue balls to indicate which team is playing and one white ball called the “jack”.
The Court: The boccia court measures 12.5m x 6m with 2m of free space around it. The surface of the court is flat and smooth. The throwing area is divided into six rectangular throwing boxes. On the court is a V-shaped line over which balls must cross for the throw to be valid. A cross marks the position where the jack must be placed if it touches or crosses the boundary line or in the case of a tie break.
Dead Ball Container: Placed at the end of the court. A ball is ‘dead’ if it is thrown after the time limit, if it is thrown out of the competition court or if, during a throw, an athlete makes a rule violation.
Measuring Device: Used to accurately measure the distance of each ball from the jack.