USA Boccia West Coast Regional Development Tournament - Los Angeles Area

USA Boccia West Coast Regional Development Tournament - Los Angeles Area



Sat, January 20, 2024 @ 9:00am


Santa Ana College


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Los Angeles, CA @ Santa Ana College, 1530 W. 17th Street Santa Ana, CA 92706-3398
  • Thurs:                  January 18: Local Areas (L.A.) Boccia Introduction Clinics
  • Friday:                 January 19: Set-Up, Referee Training Clinic & Classification
  • Sat & Sun:          January 20 & 21: Tournament Competition
Tentative Tournament Weekend Schedule:
Jan 19, Friday
  • Court Set up                    Begins at 9:00am
  • Classification                   Begins 2:00pm-6:00pm
  • Referee Training              From 4:00pmpm-8:00pm
  • Timer Training                 From 6:00pm-8:00pm
  • Athlete Clinic                   From 6:00pm-8:00pm
Jan 20, Saturday             
  • Sport Asst Meeting           8:00am
  • Ramp Operator Meeting  8:00am
  • Call Room Opens            8:15am
  • First Games Begin           9:00am
  • Lunch provided for all registrants 12:00pm
  • Games continue after lunch
Jan 21, Sunday
  • Call Room Opens            8:15am
  • First Games Begin          9:00am
  • Awards (anticipated)      1:00pm
  • Breakdown                      Begins 2:00pm
Tournament Registration Deadline: Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Volunteers: are always needed in many capacities.  Positions needed: Referees, Timers, Sport Assistants, Ramp Operators, Court Set up.  Please contact

Rule modifications will be enacted and discussed in the Call Room.

Hotel: TBD

Classification: is the official assessment by a panel to determine the appropriate playing category.  This MUST be complete in advance. Here is the process: athlete registers in advance and claim their best classification guess.  The tournament will collect medical forms and assemble a panel to assess classification.   The final classification will be conducted on Friday afternoon, Jan 27 BUT we prefer to complete this process virtually the week prior.
Boccia Classification Simplified
For all players who wish to compete at USA Boccia sanctioned events which lead up to Team USA Paralympics, players must be classified into one of the four currently World Boccia standard, International Paralympic Committee recognized start classes.  There are also non-World Boccia classification categories which expand the range of participants in Boccia - while these participants cannot partake in international championships - they can still partake and enjoy boccia play at the USA Boccia National Levels.
BC1 - athletes have severe activity limitations affecting their legs, arms and trunk, and typically dependent on a powered wheelchair.  Typically use a Sports Assistant.
BC2 - athletes have better trunk and arm function than those in class BC1. The abilities of their arms and hands often allow them to throw the ball overhand and underhand and with a variety of grasps. Does not use a Sports Assistant.
BC3 - class athletes have significant limitations in arm and leg functions, and poor or no trunk control. They are unable to consistently grasp or release the ball and are unable to propel the ball consistently into the field of play and allowed to use a ramp. Athletes may also have non-cerebral impairments such as High Spinal Cord Injury*, Muscular Dystrophy, MS.  *(must be cervical tetraplegic not paraplegic (affecting all 4 limbs)).   Must use a Ramp Operator.
Note: BC1BC2 and BC3 will have athletes who have cerebral (brain) originating impairments, these include Cerebral Palsy, Stroke and Brain Injury.  To clarify, this is a physical impairment originating in the brain
BC4 - class contains athletes with non-cerebral impairments that also impact their co-ordination.  Athletes have impairments where there is no cerebral involvement, these are conditions such as High SCI*, Muscular Dystrophy, MS.  *(must be cervical tetraplegic not paraplegic (affecting all 4 limbs), Ataxia, ALS, SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy), Peripheral Neuropathy, Arthrogryposis & TAR Syndrome.  Athletes who once played in BC4 but whose condition deteriorates, may be eligible to be reclassified as BC3 athletes. Does not use a Sports Assistant.
BC5 - less Impairment than BC1 - BC2 - manual wheelchair user - may walk with assistance. Does not use a Sports Assistant. Does have a Neurological Diagnosis.
BC6 - players that do not fit into BC1 - BC5, who however meet the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 - 42 U.S. Code § 12102 - Definition of a disability. Do not use a Sports Assistant. Does NOT have a Neurological Diagnosis.
BC7 - Visual Impairment - players need hold a valid classification from the USABA (United States Association of Blind Athletes) at either B1, B2 or B3 - they play using eye shades and V.I. grid system. Will use a Sport Assistant
BC8 - players with intellectual or developmental disabilities [IDD].  This category is common for Special Olympians.  May need a Sport Assistant.

BC 9 - players that are 55 and older.  This master’s category plays seated in any type of chair.  Ages will start at 55 and ascend to the oldest registered participant age.  This is a great category for active and inactive senior citizens.

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