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International Paralympic Committee Awards Agitos Foundation Grant to BISFed

International Paralympic Committee Awards Agitos Foundation Grant to BISFed

The IPC has announced the 2014 recipients of grants from its development arm, the Agitos Foundation. BISFed has been successful in its application for grant funding for the second year:

The 2014 grant will be spent on designing and implementing on-line education tools for training Referees and Classifiers which in turn will support the growth of our sport. Working with our technology partner, Sport80, design and development work will start in October 2014 and we expect to be able to launch the new on-line tools during 2015.

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General Assembly Update

The deadline for the general assembly has now been extended. Members will now have until Thursday 31st July to submit their delegates entry and their federations motions and nominations. The general assembly is an invaluable opportunity for members to have their say and express the issues that affect them in the world of Boccia.

The assembly is being held after the BISFed World Championships in Beijing on Sunday 28th September and delegates will have the opportunity to attend a sight seeing tour on Monday 29th September.

We urge all federations to ensure they send one of their delegates to the assembly to ensure they can see how BISFed want to work together with its members to build a better Boccia for everyone.

BISFed World Championships News

BISFed President, David Hadfield and Board Member Martin Lam visited Beijing on 3 & 4 July to review the preparations for the 2014 Boccia World Championships.

They held several meetings with the Local Organising Committee and visited the Competition Venue and accommodation. The photograph shows Martin Lam, Mr Li (Director General, China Administration of Sports for Persons with Disabilities), David Hadfield, and Mr Qi (Deputy Director, CASPD).

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Rule Change Announcement

Notice to all BISFed Members:

On 5th December 2013, BISFed announced a review of the current ball testing procedures to ensure that the tests can determine more accurately the circumference of a ball and the degree to which a ball can distort. This announcement was as a result of a trend over recent years towards players using balls which have a greater circumference than allowed in the Boccia Rules (i.e. greater than the maximum of 278mm.) Such balls are often so soft that they cannot properly be described as ‘balls’ because they deform so much when they are thrown, thereby giving the thrower an unfair advantage. However, because these balls are so soft, they are able to pass the existing circumference test under Rule 2.1.

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2014 BISFed General Assembly

Information has been sent to all federations detailing the requirements for the first BISFed General Assembly. The General Assembly registration process will be managed by the Sport:80 Sports Management System and all federations will be able to log in and complete their registration and pay for the event online. Keep an eye on inboxes as a username and password will be sent directly to the primary email address in our records. General Assembly documents can be downloaded below along with all job descriptions for the elected positions.

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Athlete to Staff ratios for the BISFed World Championships

The competitor to staff ratio is 1:1. Each Pair or Team category are allowed to enter 1 coach/manager and each total delegation can bring one member of medical staff. For example, a country with 7 athletes competing with 1 Team and 1 Pair BC3 means that the maximum number of staff allowed is 10.

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World Open Results – Montreal

The results for the BISFed World Open in Montreal can be downloaded below.

 

BISFed World Open Results – Montreal

Online Forum is HERE!

The online forum function is now live! We have been working hard to improve every aspect of our organisation. One of the biggest changes in the last few months has been the development of the website and the use of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Whilst we continue to develop we are keen to get the opinions of everyone that plays, coaches, officials or supporters of boccia.

Whether its having a discussion with other players about the recent rule change announcement; suggestions as to what you want from us or discussing your latest training methods with others, we want everyone to log in and get involved.

Visit the FORUM now and sign up!

Online Forum Coming Soon…

Here at BISFed we have been working hard to improve every aspect of our organisation. One of the biggest changes in the last few months has been the development of the website and the use of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Whilst we continue to develop we are keen to get the opinions of everyone that plays, coaches, officiates or supports boccia. We are currently in the process of incorporating an online forum to our website. Here we want you, the people who love the game, to share your thoughts and let us know exactly how you think we can continue to improve.

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How does Boccia benefit athletes?

Boccia is a strategic target sport requiring skill, accuracy, mental toughness and an ability to think clearly and execute tough shots when under pressure. By developing the technical skills required to play boccia, a player will develop their movement skills. A player can apply the improvement in the movement skills to enhance their functional ability and remain active for longer.

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BISFed World Championships 2014 – UPDATE

Invitations for 2014 Boccia World Championships

Invitations to those who have qualified for the 2014 Boccia World Championships have now all been sent. We are currently waiting to hear back from those who have been asked to fill the remaining spaces and will make a further announcement on April 15th.

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Rule Change Announcement

On 5th December 2013, BISFed announced a review of the current ball testing procedures to ensure that the tests can more accurately determine the circumference of a ball and the degree to which a ball can distort.

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23 Days until Montreal pay host to the first BISFed event of 2014

With just 23 days to go until the first BISFed event of 2014 excitement is mounting. The Maurice-Richard Arena will host athletes from around the world and give competitors their first opportunity of 2014 to earn valuable world ranking points. The 4 day competition has attracted 76 athletes from 14 different countries and will start on 1st May.

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Making Boccia Accessible

After receiving funding from the AGITOS Foundation and further support from Hogan Lovells and UKSport, the Making Boccia Accessible Project has ensured the project can now be expanded to ensure more sets reach beneficiaries in more countries.

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Welcome to BISFed’s new website…

Welcome to BISFed’s new website, the first of many changes to come as a direct result of our relationship with Sport:80. We hope you like it and enjoy using it. We welcome your feedback on Twitter and Facebook or by email: info@bisfed.com. Use the Twitter and Facebook links to post your comments.

Annual Review for BISFed Membership…

BISFed President, David Hadfield, presents a review of our first year. Additionally David sets the federation’s sights on our targets for 2104. Please read the review here – 2013 Review for BISFed Members

BISFed become first international federation client of Sport:80…

Sport:80 has signed an agreement with BISFed, the new IPC-recognised federation that governs the Paralympic sport of Boccia, to build and maintain a bespoke membership management and events system.

 

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BISFed Membership of IPC Approved…

BISFed was accepted as a full member of the IPC at the General Assembly meeting in Athens on 23rd November 2013.  The photo shows IPC President Sir Philip Craven handing the Certificate to BISFed President David Hadfield.

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BISFed – 100 days on

It is nearly 100 days since BISFed was formed, and a lot of work has been done – some of it behind the scenes, so we thought it would be interesting and useful to summarise our progress to date:

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2013 Asia and Oceania Championship Awarded

BISFed is pleased to announce that the 2103 Asia and Oceania Championship has been awarded to Australia and will be held in Sydney from 17th – 26th October 2013

CPISRA General Assembly Meeting

In an historic vote at CPISRA’s biennial General Assembly meeting, members voted unanimously to endorse the creation of a new governing body for Boccia.

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London 2012

In the words of the IPC President, Sir Philip Craven, the London 2012 games were the best Paralympic Games ever. And so it proved for Boccia which consistently attracted the biggest ever crowds, anxious to see the game being played at the highest level of skill

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Membership Applications now open…

Applications for membership of BISFed are now open, and you are invited to apply using the link below. BISFed will have three classes of membership as follows:

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