Pathways to Participate

Boccia is a beautiful game with everyone working together to achieve great things. Together we are stronger. Together we accomplish more – much more. The athlete takes the shot but it is guided by the countless hours, days, months, and years of dedication and support by coaches, parents and family, volunteers, officials and referees, classifiers, fans, and teammates. Each play a part, and together they play an integral role in preparing and guiding the athlete to be the best. As the ball impacts to score the point, we impact each other to score the win.

Would you like to play, coach, officiate or volunteer with boccia? Follow the links below to connect with the pathway that’s right for you. Each pathway includes information about the training and programs available to support you on your boccia journey.

Long-Term Athlete Development Model

All the pathways are inter-related and were developed based on the philosophy of Long-Term Athlete Development. This is an athlete centred model focused on ensuring athletes develop their skills in programs that are appropriate for their age and stage of development. The detailed Long Term Athlete Development Model for boccia can be found here.

Athlete Pathway

For more information about how to get involved, click here.

Pathways to Participate - Athlete Pathway

Coaching Pathway

At all levels, coaches have a critical role to play in helping athletes to uncover their potential. They create the environment in which athletes develop their boccia skills. Whether you are a parent, club coach, provincial coach or national team coach, you have the opportunity to have great influence on a player’s sporting experience.


Find out more about becoming a boccia coach and how to access resources to become the best coach you can be.

  • Community Coach  Community Coaches have a basic understanding of boccia and can lead recreational boccia sessions. Community Coaches can be parents, recreation leaders, staff of residential homes, or teachers.
  • Training: Community Initiation (8 hours)
  • For more information about courses, including schedules, contact or call 613-748-1430.
  • Competition Coach
    Coaches are responsible for preparing athletes for competitions from the community to international level. Competition coaches prepare training programmes, focus on analysing player performances and identifying performance gaps while encouraging and motivating athletes to reach their full potential. Within this stream, coaches may choose to focus on a particular level of competition, or could work with athletes at a variety of levels.
  • Training: Introduction to Competition (16 hours) and Competition Development (multi-day)

Officials Pathway

There are five different game officials in boccia – linesperson, timekeeper, referee, head referee, and technical delegate. All play a key role in providing boccia athletes with a chance to test their skills in competition.

    Assists the referee on court during the game, particularly with calling violations.
    Operates the timing and scoring system during the game.
    Manages the game during a competition and makes decisions according to the rules.
    Oversees all referees during a competition. Prepares the referee schedule and deals with any rule issues. Works with the Technical Delegate to ensure all aspects of the competition run smoothly.
    Oversees the competition structure, including setting up athlete pools and game schedule. Works with the Head Referee to ensure all aspects of the competition run smoothly.

To learn more about becoming an official and what resources and training are available contact

Classifier Pathway

Classifiers are responsible for reviewing athletes prior to their first competition experience. Classifiers determine which classification group the athlete is eligible to compete in. There are two types of classifier roles, each requiring a different background, although all classifiers complete the same training.

Medical Classifier

  • Physician (ideally specialising in Rehabilitation or Neurology)
  • Physiotherapist

Technical Classifier

  • A sports technical expert in boccia

To learn more about becoming a classifier and what resources and training are available contact

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