Boccia England

Officiating

Officials are essential to boccia and the running of the game – we couldn’t do it without them! Officiating is a great way to give back to the sport and ultimately help widen participation for players. With no two matches being the same, every boccia match offers fresh, new challenges and gripping action.

It is important that officials have an in depth understanding of the sport, have attended the necessary training and have the required knowledge for the role and level they are officiating at.

This section is designed to tell you more about becoming an official, getting involved in volunteering and accessing resources to allow you to become the best official you can.

Roles

A boccia official is anyone assisting with the application of the rules. The different officiating roles within boccia include:

Head Referee:
Oversee the referees. Controls and manages the competition.
Referee:
Oversees, manages and controls the game and makes decisions according to the rules.
Linesperson:
Assists the referee, especially with regard to violations.
Timekeeper:
Operates the timing and scoring system.

Pathway

Ages 14–19

  1. Young Official

Young Official

Requirements
Skills and knowledge to be an effective boccia official and community referee.
Attend course & complete voluntary hours.

Age 16+

  1. Level 1
  2. Level 2
  3. Level 3
  4. Level 4 (A, B, C)

Level 1

Requirements
Attend and pass the Level 1 Award in Officiating Boccia.
Competitions permitted
Referee local league matches and in clubs. Invited to higher level competitions as part of the Officials Development Programme.
Linesperson or timekeeper at higher level competitions.

Level 2

Requirements
Completion of the Level 2 Award as part of the Officials Development Programme (which includes mentoring and assessment).
Competitions permitted
Referee Regional level competitions.
Linesperson or timekeeper at higher level competitions.

Level 3

Requirements
Attend and pass the Level 3 Award in Officiating Boccia.
Age 18+
Competitions permitted
Referee National and UK level competitions.
Linesperson or timekeeper at higher level competitions.

Level 4 (A, B, C)

Requirements
Attend and pass the BISFed International Officials Course.
Age 18+
Competitions permitted
Referee International level competitions.

Officiating Awards

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Useful Information

Classifiers

Classifiers assess players to determine which classification group they should compete in. Classifiers are usually from a medical background, e.g. doctor, physiotherapist, or have technical expertise within the sport, e.g. coach.

It is important that classifiers have attended the necessary training and have the required knowledge for the role and level they are classifying at.

Pathway

  1. Level 4
  2. Level 3
  3. Level 2
  4. Level 1

Level 4 - Boccia England National Classifier in Training

Accreditation conditions:
Previous experience with boccia and disabilities
Enrolled on the BENC Training Scheme
Competitions permitted to assess:
Regional Boccia Championships alongside a BENC or higher

Level 3 - Boccia England National Classifier

Accreditation conditions:
Completed BENC training with success
Classify at a minimum of one Regional Boccia England Championship and one National Boccia England Championship
Complete ongoing classifier training
Competitions permitted to assess:
Regional Boccia England Championships
Part of the National Classification Panel at Boccia England National Championships

Level 2 - BISfed National Classifier

Accreditation conditions:
Nominated by Boccia England
Participated with success in the online BISfed course
Competitions permitted to assess:
Regional Boccia England Championships
Part of the National Classification Panel at Boccia England Events
To be nominated by Boccia England to become an BENC Tutor
Chief Classifier as nominated by Boccia England

Level 1 - BISfed International Classifier

Accreditation conditions:
Nominated by Boccia England
Participated with success in the BISfed International Classifier training
Competitions permitted to assess:
Regional Boccia England Championships
Part of the National Classification Panel at Boccia England National Championships
Chief Classifier as nominated by Boccia England
Classify at BISfed international competitions

Get Involved

Local Clubs

A great way to provide much needed resource to the sport is through linking with a local boccia club, many of which are part of the National Boccia League. Use the Boccia England club finder to find your closest group and get in touch with the club contact to see how you can support.

School Boccia Programme

In partnership with the Lord’s Taverners, Boccia England hosts an annual U19s boccia programme for physical and pan disability players. In line with these county, regional and national competitions, Young Officials are trained and subsequently selected to move through the competition pathway. For more information visit School Competition.

Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp

Each year since 2012, Boccia England joins forces with Youth Sport Trust to deliver a developmental experience for young Coaches, Officials and Players. The National Talent Camp is a unique multi-sport, multi-role, three dimensional camp, where young people are stretched and challenged to be ambitious and achieve their sporting best in their relevant disciplines. Details regarding officials recruitment will be advertised via the news section.

Boccia England

Throughout the season, Boccia England hosts a range of events and competitions where referees, liners and timers are required. Find out more about volunteering with Boccia England and register your interest to be involved.