All contracts for 2017 are almost signed and we are in a position to start confirming dates of events.
Check the event calendar for the latest dates and to see which dates are confirmed!
The entry slots for 2017 competitions will be announced tomorrow. The BISFed Competition Committee reviewed over 45 Expression of Interest forms and allocated entry slots to ensure all events this year will be at capacity with many events already having comprehensive waiting lists.
The ‘old’ world ranking system has been used for qualification to events in 2017. It will be used for seeding purposes for all events held in 2017. The world ranking positions are calculated in the same way, with the four highest points totals from any event making up the points total. continue reading
As we come to the end of BISFed’s first Quadrennial as boccia’s international governing body, it is appropriate to reflect on our achievements to date and to look forward to the future.
2016 has by any measure been the most successful year yet in the history of boccia:
In a bid to deal with the growing demand for international Boccia events the BISFed Competition Committee have introduced a far more expansive calendar of events for the next quadrennial. To ensure members are able to attend a fair number of events the expression of interest for all events will be centrally managed. Members have until the 16th December 2016 to return their EOI form to email@example.com
The Hong Kong Paralympic Committee and Sports Association for the Physically Disabled will host the upcoming BISFed 2017 General Assembly on 29th May 2017.
The meeting will take place at the conclusion of the BISFed 2017 Asia and Oceania Regional Championships. More information will be made available in January 2017, but members wishing to attend should save the date NOW!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.