USA Boccia Fall 2016 Newsletter
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2017 USA Boccia Nationals Head to Chicago

USA Boccia would like to announce that Western Dupage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) and Northeast Dupage Special Recreation Association (NEDSRA) will host the 2017 USA Boccia Nationals.  The dates are July 5th through July 9th in the great city of Chicago.  Due to the expected large numbers of athletes two venues will be used.  The main venue will be at the Fort Hill Activity Center and the second venue is at the Players Indoor Sports Center, which are right across from each other in Naperville, IL.
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Team Selected for BISFed 2017 Americas Regional Open, Montreal, Canada

The team has been selected to represent USA Boccia at the BISFed 2017 Americas Regional Open in Montreal, Canada. Congratulations to those selected and we look forward to these athletes competing for Team USA April 26 - May 1, 2017. 

BC1 Cornelius Oatis, Brigid Mason, Troy Berry (Alternate)  
BC2 Matt Hiltner, Michelle Lynch, Marck Harrison, Patrick Parkes (Alternate)
BC3 Jimmy Miranda, Joseph Avellone, Kenneth King, Fawad Zakai (Alternate), Howard Cohen (Alternate)  
BC4 Bobby Jackson, Michael Scott Richards, Adam Burnett
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Call for Coaches for Americas Regional Open Montreal, Canada

USA Boccia is looking for 3 coaches to prepare and travel with the USA team to Montreal, Canada for the Americas Regional Open April 26 - May 1, 2017.

Coaching positions available are as follows:
-BC1/BC2 Team Coach
-BC3 Pairs Coach
-BC3 Pairs Coach

Please send your letter of interest and resume by February 15th to

Updated BISFed Boccia Rules Released

BISFed has released updated rules for 2017-2020. Please review these rules to be prepared for your next tournament. Updated rules can be viewed here.

Coaches and Sports Assistants will be required to update their certification for the new quadrennium and show their familiarity with the rule revisions. USA Boccia has a tiered certification system. Coaching Level 1 is a regional certification. Level 2 Coaching certification will be required to coach at the 2017 National tournament. The next USA Boccia newsletter will provide information for upgrading a level or updating your present level.

Advanced Coaching Clinic Recap

(December 9-10, 2016 – Chicago, IL)   Mario Delisle, Head Coach of Boccia Canada, and Kathy Brinker, USA National Team Coach, gave a presentation to 20+ USA Boccia Coaches. This was funded through a grant from the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) with the help of Dan Schwieder from the USOC.

Mario’s presentation covered Coaching Philosophy, Recruiting and Development, Skill Development Training, Tracking Athlete Performance, Coaching Strategies for Team/Pair, Team Selection Strategies. A copy of Mario's presentation can be found on our website at here. Kathy’s presentation focused on using the iPad for coaching purposes and the different Apps. Her presentation can be also found on our website at here. The group felt that it was very informative and set the ground work to increase the abilities of our coaches around the country.

USA Boccia Grant Through the
Craig H. Neilsen Foundation

USA Boccia's goal through the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation grant is to identify and develop partnerships within the spinal cord injury (SCI) community that have a common dream to advance boccia for individuals with SCI. We have the ability to host local workshops, attend conferences, write articles and the like. Our purpose is to gain and give knowledge about the sport of boccia. If you have an idea for sharing and/or receiving resources, please contact

USA Boccia Youth Development Taskforce

“Boccia requires the strategy of a chess master, the patience of a hunter, and the precision of a billiards player.” -Bill Drobny, Boccia Coach

All these attributes are essential, not only in boccia, but in all aspects of life as well. Sports provide a training ground for developing the mind and body, and all children should have access to this asset. Boccia is significant in that it offers competitive sport for people with significant physical challenges. When other adaptive sports are not an option, boccia is often the answer.
“Paralympic boccia has been one of my most rewarding experiences. The opportunity to compete in sport has helped me develop the confidence and tenacity to overcome adversity within and outside the realm of sport. If I had not learned about boccia at a young age, I know I would have written off the possibility of participating in sport under the assumption that no competitive options existed for me. I do not want young people to miss out on this great opportunity, and the key is getting the right information to the right people.”
—Elizabeth Flora-Swick, Athlete
The Youth Development Taskforce is committed to raising awareness about boccia among youth with disabilities and the service providers they interact with. Youth participation is key to sustaining the growth of every sport. This is why the Taskforce feels called to bring the sport of boccia to more children with disabilities and their families.
In establishing a Youth Development Taskforce, USA Boccia aims to increase awareness of the sport in pediatric hospitals and rehab facilities around the country. We see a great avenue for reaching children with disabilities and their parents in connecting doctors to the sport. Our goal for 2017/18 is to provide information about boccia to pediatric hospitals in major cities. We hope to run 2-3 introductory boccia clinics over the next 2 years at these facilities. The goal of these clinics is to find new athletes and teach the sport to physicians that are the most likely to have future athletes as patients. We ask that the boccia community present the sport of boccia to their primary doctors and physical therapists. Any questions or leads regarding physicians interested in boccia can be addressed to
Celebrating Sports for All,
USA Boccia Youth Development Taskforce
Micah Flora-Swick
Elizabeth Flora-Swick
About USA Boccia
USA Boccia is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, headquartered in Bay Shore, New York, whose mission is to provide persons with physical disabilities the opportunity to play, learn, and compete in the sport of Boccia on the local, regional, national and international level.  USA Boccia is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the High Performance Member Organization for the sport of Boccia.  For more information about USA Boccia, visit
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