Crossboccia 6. 5.

Author: Raúl Candido

Keywords: Cross Boccia as a trendy sport; physical adapted activity; sport for all.

We are in an age where the participation of communities is of the utmost importance for the societies. Sport is a factor that ensures equitable conditions and has been one of the strongest tools for people with disabilities to take an active role by creating close links in their communities.

The sports phenomenon, when valued by a significant number of people, allows minorities, in this case people with disabilities, a kind of affirmation that will pose new challenges, which will tend to find new answers in search of an increasingly inclusive participation. Cross Boccia, as a group game, can be a friendly instrument for socialization, establishing group and family ties, which can help draw attention to physical, psychological or group culture barriers, which at first sight are not visible, or when they exist seem insurmountable.

Some dilemmas put on people with disabilities, such as those that follow, may seem outdated, but in unfortunately, they are not.

Because I use a wheelchair I can´t play, or cannot throw the balls with enough strength for more distance I can never play Cross Boccia.

Because I have visual difficulties I do not know my street, my neighborhood, I cannot have friends to play Cross Boccia.

Because I do not understand all the Cross Boccia rules, or I find it difficult to learn some things on a daily basis, or do not have much concentration, I will therefore be condemned to being trapped in a life, like a force jacket, that will not let me make friends and relate to others, and enter the game.

As I do not hear, I cannot even speak, I am only isolated in my corner, because sports are not for me, because most people do not understand me.

In a time of such sophisticated conquests these questions are still of the daily life of those who have some kind of disability. It is true that adapted sport has grown in implementation in several countries and the number of informal or federated practitioners has increased, but it is not enough and we must continue to affirm the need for regular sports to maintain the necessary stabilization and progression of physical adapted activity and sport for all.

The Cross Boccia is a trend sport that takes advantage of the basics of traditional boccia and boules, but adds some aspects to it. The Cross Boccia, also called soft boccia, is therefore an additional development of boccia sport and therefore equates to sports formats like BMX, snowboard, parkour or headis, known as radical sports, which also expanded the game principles to create a new sport.

The fact is that Cross Boccia can be played everywhere, especially in the aspects of freedom, spontaneity and creativity. In February 2010, the sport was for the first time in the largest global start-up competition, “Brand New Award”, in the international recognition of the brand.

Cross Boccia is the new freedom. With the free-style variant of the well-known boccia or boules, you make the world the playing field. With the flexible balls, you can now, for example, play on the stairs, in the teams or on the 10th floor of the yard. Your creativity knows no bounds!

The idea of playing Cross Boccia also “crossed”, that is, in three-dimensional space, is much longer than the term boccia in street itself. For example, the use of plastic balls has been used to bring more movement into the game. The problem, however, was that the balls jumped and the control needed to play the game was no longer guaranteed.

The Cross Boccia as another sport that can be practiced outdoors by everyone, so the inclusive aspect of the game is very important. People with any type of disability can play it, and it is advisable that this participation has the greatest possible autonomy for the practitioner, attending naturally to the minimum safety measures for their practice, in the chosen space.

Just like a game that is fashionable, we set out to further develop this opportunity for inclusive sports practice. It provides group intervention strategies, space and time structuring, strategic reasoning, movement skills development, body notion, abstract thinking and group notions. GET THE FUNSPORT!


Overall characterization:

The game consists of sets of three (3) balls of the same color / designs / patterns and a main ball, the target ball, which is smaller and different from all the others. It can be practiced by players individually or in teams with three (3) players. In this variant there must be two sets of three (3) equal balls per team and each player has two balls at his disposal. It is played on any terrain, indoors or outdoors, without space limitations.


The objective of the game is to reach / stay in contact with the target ball or place the balls as close as possible to to target closer to the opponent’s balls and thus score points.

Development of the game:

Each player, in the individual variant, has three (3) equal balls (colors / drawings / patterns) to play; in games between teams, each player only has two (2) balls. A player / team is drawn or selected to start the game by throwing the target ball from a starting point he chooses. All other players also have to play from this same location. The target ball can be played anywhere; there is no special or delimited play area. The player who threw the target ball must start the game by throwing his first ball. All other players then play their first ball as well. The player having the ball farthest from the target ball must play the second ball and, if not closer to the target ball, the third ball. All other players also have to play their second and third game balls, according to the distance to the target ball. When all the balls are played, the points must be counted. The player who won the game begins the next game by throwing the target ball to a place he chooses. If in a game set two or more players are tied in number of points, the player who won the previous game starts to throw in the next game.


Each game ball that is closer to the target than any opponent’s ball counts a point. If in any of the two or more opponents’ throws, the balls are the same distance to the target ball, then each game ball scores with one point each. If a ball falls on an opponent’s ball and overlaps it, this is called “KO / kill” and the opponent’s ball is not counted. The game ends as soon as a player or team reaches 13 points, but there has to be a two-point advantage, for example, 13-11, 12-14, 15-13, etc.

Note: in these rules, the player who throws the target ball first and then the first ball of the game did not take it into account, that the opposing player had to reproduce the same type of gesture, and other conditions determined.

Examples: the ball must be thrown between the legs, the ball has to make two tables on the walls, before going to the target ball, we have to throw on our back, we have to throw with the left hand, etc…


1. Situation of KO and its consequences:

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The red (A) ball is KO, it does not count

Example 1: When one ball overlaps another, this ball, cancels the ball underneath (green - B ball covering the red - A) cancels the red ball.

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Take the ball off a KO ball

Example 2: In the case of a play in which a red ball removes the green ball covering the red, the red ball, which has removed the green ball, will be available to the player to be played again. The red ball that was covered by green is no longer KO, and can even score if that is the case, being closer to the target ball, than the opponents’ balls.

2. Ball combinations and punctuation reinforcement:

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Ball attach to target ball

Example 1: Whenever your ball (A) is in contact with the target ball (B), it gives a score of 2 points.

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Example 2: The green ball is in contact with another green ball, which is in contact with the smaller (black) target ball, gives a score of 3 points.

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Example 3: Two green balls touching another green ball, which is in contact with the smaller (black) target ball, gives a score of 5 points.

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Example 4: Two yellow balls leaning against another yellow ball, next to the top making a triangle, touching the yellow ball that is in contact with the smaller (red) target ball, gives a score of 5 points.

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Example 5: All yellow balls in contact with the smaller (red) target ball give a score of 5 points.

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Ball on the target ball or the top mountain

Example 6: The yellow ball is on top of the smaller (red) target ball, gives a score of 5 points.


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SCHMIDT, Alexander, OBERMANN, Anika GbR - Der urbane Trendsport für Abenteurer | Anleitung Crossboccia® get FREE! -

Author of photos: All the photos in the Annex are from the catalog of Mark Calin Caliman Retrieved on 20-07-2017.