Boccia can be played by anyone, but official competitions are restricted to those with certain disabilities. Boccia competitors must have either cerebral palsy or another severe hindrance of their locomotor abilities. The only other Paralympic sport without an Olympic counterpart is goalball.
The sport of boccia is a unique yet entertaining game that involves throwing balls towards a common target. The game is played in the court shown in the image with plenty of space to create target areas.
The game of boccia has grown to be very popular and seems to be growing across all individuals in the future too because of its combination of skill and strategy that make the game so enticing to play and master.
Boccia can be played with either 2, 4, or 6 players in teams of 1, 2, or 3 playing against each other. The objective of the game is to throw the balls from your respective team closest to the previous set "jack" which is out in the target area. Each team takes turns throwing the "jack" out at the start of the round and then the team gets 6 balls each to land as close as possible to it. There is a lot of strategy involved in the game as players can knock the opponent's balls away from the "jack" or push theirs closer as the round progresses.
Boccia is a Paralympic sport however it can be enjoyed by everyone who wants to play. It has roots in ancient times as variations of the game have been played throughout time. Boccia was first played in the Paralympic Games in 1984 and is one of the most popular events in the games. Multiple different medal event variations were played at the last Paralympics in Rio with over 100 athletes competing.
It is unknown who specifically invented boccia, but it has roots in ancient Egypt and Greece.
Boccia balls are made of leather around a foam core.