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12th Edition of Competition Rules

12th Edition of Competition Rules

The rules committee has been working long and hard sifting through the proposals and responses from our members. We specifically considered FAIRNESS and EQUALITY when making these decisions.

After many hours and much debating we have our first draft of the 12th edition ready to present to you. These rule changes were proposed and accepted from survey results. In page 3 of the Rule book you will notice that we ask for your observances throughout 2017.

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BISFed World Ranking System – UPDATE

The BISFed Competition Committee presented their proposal for the 2017-2020 Competition System at the BISFed Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) in March 2016, and the new Competition System was approved and published in July 2016 . In the feedback session at the EGM, it was agreed that a reliable World Ranking system was a key component of an effective competition system. The Committee explained that developing a World Ranking system which would support the new Competition System would be our next priority.

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Provisional 2017 Event Calendar

The BISFed Competition Committee would like to announce the provisional calendar of events for 2017. These events are confirmed subject to contracts so some information may change.

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BISFed Board and Committee Meeting

This weekend over 20 delegates from around the world were invited to attend the BISFed board in London. The focus of the meeting was to get the Referees Committee, Rules Committee and Development Committee in the same room to discuss how we can all work together to develop the game.

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Brazil’s BC3 Pair win Allianz Team of the Month

Brazil’s BC3 pair has been voted by the public as the Allianz Best Team of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games! Comprised of Evelyn de Oliveira, Antonio Leme and Evani Soares da Silva, the team beat the overwhelming favourites and world No. 1 South Korea last month. Brazil lost to South Korea in the early rounds but came back to dominate 5-2 in the finals.

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Last Chance to Comment on Rule Change Requests

Time is running out to make your comments regarding the rule change proposals. I have inserted comments in some of the threads on Facebook to generate more feedback. To make Boccia be the best it can be for all our athletes, it is important that we understand your thoughts. As you make any comments keep in mind fair play for everyone!

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Rule Change Requests

The final requests have now been posted on Facebook. We’re delighted with the feedback that we have received and want to thank everyone that has taken part. It isn’t too late to have your say! We’re giving the boccia community until the end of October to submit feedback.

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Rule Change Requests

Its day 7! More requests will be going up over the weekend on social media. Keep your comments coming!

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Rule Change Requests

We are half way through the rule change requests that have been sent through to our rules committee. We are delighted with the feedback that we have had so far and want everyone to feel that they can contribute towards our rule improvements. To help you with this we will post each request separately. With 5 more days of requests to go we want to urge you to join the debate on our Facebook page!

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Rule Change Requests

Today the requests look at alterations to penalty balls. Take a look, remember to follow the instructions on the attached document to ensure your opinions are heard by the committee! Better still, follow BISFed on Facebook and join the debate!

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Rule Change Requests

It’s day 4 of the rule change proposals that have been released by the BISFed Rules Committee. The feedback has been filtering in from the boccia community following the first 3 days of the campaign as the rules committee work hard to ensure everyone has the opportunity to input ahead of the release of the rules for 2017-2020.

We ask that you provide your feedback on all of these rules no later than the 31st October 2016 to ensure the committee can discuss the feedback before publishing the draft rules in before the end of the year.

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Rio Round Up

As the dust settles on a memorable Paralympic Games eyes in the Boccia community are now turning to the 12 scheduled 2017 events. Before we look ahead we want to look back at some numbers from the games:

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Rule Change Requests

5 more rule changes have been proposed by various athletes, coaches and officials. We want to hear your input and value the feedback from everyone. Please take look at the attached document and tell us what you think!

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Rule Change Requests

Over the next 2 weeks a number of rule changes will be released on the website. Take a look at the first 4 rule change requests that have been submitted. We want to ensure our members have the opportunity to feedback on all of the potential changes before our committee meet to discuss the final amendments to be made ahead of the 2017 season.

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Rules Changes – New Rules Ready for Implementation

Hello Boccia folks!

Now that the Paralympics are over we are progressing with the proposed rule changes that have been submitted by world members. Thanks to all of you who have submitted an proposal! Please look at the proposals and provide any feedback relating to that particular topic.

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Day 7 – Final Results

The games are over and the medals have all been awarded. Many of the athletes will have to wait 4 more years for their chance at Paralympic glory and for many their final opportunity may have slipped by…

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Day 6 – Spectacular Semis!!

It was a gripping afternoon in Rio as the semi-finalists competed against each other for a converted spot in the Paralympic final. The afternoon session started with the BC1 and BC3 semi finals.

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Day 6 – Pulsating Quarter Finals

The standard of boccia on show this morning has seen the game taken to another level. There were shocks, huge wing margins and 3 matches that needed a tie break to decide who progressed.

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Day 5 – Headlines From the Final Day of Pools Games

After a tense day of competition in the final pools games of the individual contests, the knock out games have been decided. The first job has been done for many of the athletes who have given themselves the best chance of a medal at this years Paralympic Games. See all the headlines from day 5 below:

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Day 4 – Highlights from Day 4

After a pulsating 3 days of team and pair competition the individual event is now underway. Athletes will compete in the 4 classes for the right to call themselves the Paralympic champion! The highlights from Day 4…

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Day 3 – Brazil Claim Gold!!!

The afternoon session started with Brazil in action once again. This time they were up against the overwhelming BC3 pairs favourites, Korea. The challenge didn’t faze the home team as they raced into a 3-0 lead after some erratic play from Korea.

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Day 3 – Bronze medals for Thailand, Portugal and Greece

In a pulsating first game of the day Great Britain came up against Thailand in the BC4 pairs bronze medal match. GB took a 1-0 lead after the first end but after playing long in the second Evie Edwards was unable to get her first blue to stick to the jack.

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Day 2 – Brazil’s BC3 and BC4 Pairs Make the Finals

All eyes were on court 3 and 5 at the beginning of the afternoon session. A packed arena with over 5,000 spectators watched on as Dirceu Pinto, Eliseu Dos Santos and Marcelo Dos Santos booked their place in the final and guarantee themselves at least a silver medal in the BC4 pair final.

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Day 2 – A Morning of Mixed Results

The morning session saw an end to Great Britain and Brazil’s chance to get a medal in the Team competition. Great Britain were beat 11-0 in their contest with favourites Thailand and Brazil narrowly lost out 6-5 Portugal. The Brazilian spectators were treated to a master class of boccia from the two teams with the home team unfortunate to get knocked out of the competition. The next round sees Thailand face Argentina and Japan face Portugal.

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Day 1 – Brazilian Teams and Pairs Deliver!

On a noisy day in Carioca 2 the home boccia fans were not left disappointed!

All the noise was directed towards the only Brazilian athletes in action on court number 4. The BC1/BC2 team took an early lead but their opponents, Hong Kong, pulled the game back to take a 3-1 lead in the second and 4th ends. The crowd turned the volume up and their athletes responded eventually taking the game 5-4.

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Ones to Watch from the Americas!

 

We’ve looked at the strength of the teams from Asia, we’ve looked at who might provide a challenge from Europe and we’ve had a thorough look at what the Brazilian athletes have to offer but now its time to see what the rest of the athletes from the Americas can do!

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Home Advantage for Brazil?

The 2016 Rio Paralympic Games get underway later today so when better to take a look at the Brazilian team to see how likely they will be able to turn home advantage into medals!

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European Challenge in Rio

It is going to take strong performances to prevent the current World umber 1’s from taking home the gold medals in Rio. Pattaya Tadtong (Thailand), Zhiqiang Yan (China), Ho Won Jeong (Korea) and Yuk Wing Leung (Hong Kong) will all be hoping they can beat their rivals to claim the most prestigious gold medals in the sport.

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Asian Athletes Dominate the World Rankings

Anybody new to boccia would be forgiven for looking at the current world rankings and thinking that Asian athletes dominate the game. All 7 disciplines have an individual, team or pair from Asia sat firmly at the top of the rankings table going in to the 2016 Paralympic Games.

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Updated Rio Training Schedule

The training schedule and equipment check has been updated. Please see the updated documents here:

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BISFed Classification List

Dear Members: Please note the current classification list has been published on the Classification page of the site (http://www.bisfed.com/about-boccia/classification/) Should you have any questions contact admin@bisfed.com.

 

Rio 2016 Training Schedule

BISFed are please to release the Boccia training schedule for the Paralympic Games. Training commences on the 31st August and runs through to the end of the competition on the 16th September (no sessions on the 7th September due to the Paralympic Opening Ceremony. Download the documents below:

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Rio 2016 Entry Lists

BISFed can now confirm the entry lists for 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Late substitutions due to injuries may still occur. Any changes made from this point are only permitted in accordance with the Late Athlete Submission policy.

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Rio Rules Clarifications

Throughout the last quadrennial it became apparent to the BISFed Rules Committee that there were slight inconsistencies in the way that referees from around the world interpreted different rules. As and when these became apparent the committee published clarifications to inform players, coaches, referees and spectators of exactly how the rules were intended.

Ahead of the Paralympic Games these have been re-published to ensure athlete are fully aware of how the rules will be enforced in Rio:

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Open Letter to Boccia Ball Manufacturers

Manufacturers of boccia balls will be aware of the recent challenges regarding the testing of boccia balls which have occurred during BISFed-sanctioned competitions. In short, the existing tests do not provide the confidence needed that all the balls used in competition allow a fair competition. At BISFed’s General Assembly in 2014, a motion was passed authorising BISFed (as the sport’s Governing Body) to find a solution to the problem.

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Anti-Doping Announcement

Then IPC medical manager has requested the cooperation of all assistants to athletes in the BC3 class. Any assistants who are taking any prohibitive substance on the 2016 Prohibited List need to complete the BISFed TUE form for assessment according to the World Anti-Doping Code.

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Cor Van Beers

The BISFed family is deeply sad to announce the news that one of our top international referees, Cor Van Beers, has recently passed away.

Cor was a highly regarded in the sport of Boccia and had been due to officiate at the Paralympic Games in Rio this summer. Over the years working in the world of Boccia, Cor has made an immense contribution to the sport and will be greatly missed.

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Competition Pathway and Bid Documents Released

BISFed are pleased to announce the release of the bid documents for 2017-2020 quadrennial. To supplement the bid document, a competition pathway document has been produced to assist perspective bidders. This document identifies the specific requirements for each event tier and indicates the costs that are associated with each.

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New Competition System Confirmed!

The BISFed Competition Committee are delighted to confirm the the Competition System for 2017-2020 has been confirmed. The committee, chaired by Dom Tremblay, have worked tirelessly to develop the system from the last quadrennial to help drive the sport forward.

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Nurulasyiqah Mohammad Taha to run for Election!!

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced the names of a record 22 athletes who will run for election for the IPC Athletes’ Council at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Elections for the six summer sport representatives on the Athletes’ Council will take place between 5 and 16 September, in the Proud Paralympian area of the Athletes’ Dining Hall in the Paralympic Village.

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BISFed 2016 World Open, Povoa

The world’s top boccia athletes will get to perfect their gaming strategies ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, when the BISFed 2016 World Open begins on Monday (13 June) in Povoa de Varzim, Portugal.

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Open Letter from the BISFed Rules Committee

Gary Vander Vies has released an open letter to the BISFed Community explaining the rational behind the rules clarifications that have been released ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

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Making Boccia Accessible in Asia

20 new ‘Boccia Ambassadors’ attended a workshop in Dubai on 18 May, where they learned how to play boccia and how to teach others to play the game. Our new Boccia Ambassadors will return to their counties not only excited by what they have learned, but also with a stock of boccia balls which will help them to develop the sport. Countries which attended were: India, Indonesia, Jordan, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates

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Rules Clarifications – May 2016

Notice to all BISFed members: I was the Head Referee at the 2016 BISFed Individual World Championships. I discovered that some of our rules are dealt with differently in different parts of the World. Please see the attached clarification of three rules that were discussed with the International referees in Beijing and agreed upon by our Rules Committee. By following these rules the same way around the World we will have consistency at all Competitions.

Thanks – Gary Vander Vies

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Rio 2016 Announcement

The BISFed Competition Committee are currently reviewing the proposed teams, pairs and individuals that have qualified for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The committee were due to unofficially announce the athletes that have qualified on the 15th May however in order to check the information and produce the required documents there has been a slight delay.

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BISFed 2016 Fazza World Open, Dubai

The teams are starting to arrive in Dubai ahead of the BISFed 2016 Fazza World Open. The organisers have now revealed their logo for the event that will host competitors from 18 countries including Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates . Over 80 athletes will compete across the 5 days of competition that will also see a number of national referees gain their referee qualification to help drive boccia participation in Asia.

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BISFed World Rankings

The BISFed world rankings have now been updated. These final rankings will now be used to allocate slots for the 2016 Paralympic Games. Federations will receive a preliminary invitation informing them of the slots they have been allocated and a list of athletes that are eligible for selection before the 15th May.

Congratulations to all athletes from everyone at BISFed!

Slovakia and Korea take GOLD in the Team and Pairs events

The first 3 events have been decided in Montreal and the individual competition is underway! Follow live streaming HERE!

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BISFed Rules: Clarification April 2016

At several recent BISFed competitions it has been observed that some balls which slide more than they roll (if they roll at all) are now being used. These balls are having a detrimental effect on the spirit of the sport which is that the skill of the athlete, rather than the attributes of the sports equipment being used, should be the primary determinant of the outcome of a match. BISFed has been very concerned about this development with the balls for some time and we are currently taking expert independent advice on how to define and test boccia balls. However we believe that this issue requires immediate action, in particular ahead of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

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All BISFed 2016 World Opens at Full Capacity

The 3 BISFed World Open events that are scheduled for 2016 have all sold out. The events in Montreal, Dubai and Povoa have all seen applications rejected due to oversubscription. The first event gets underway in Montreal in 13 days time with competitors taking part from over 15 countries.

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