Boccia United States

Boccia United States National Team athletes and coaches wearing red USA polos.

Lakeshore is proud to be the National Governing Body of Boccia United States. Since Boccia’s introduction as a Paralympic sport in 1984, the United States has won seven medals.

Support Boccia United States

Boccia United States is pleased to announce the 2024 National and Development Team. The 2024 selection process included a three-day selection camp at Lakeshore Foundation September 28-30, 2023.

2024 National Team

Nick Taylor (BC4)
Cassie Mitchell (BC4)
Daniel Castillo (BC3)
Angelina Randez (ramp operator)
Kalvin Blauert (BC3)
Tony Blauert (ramp operator)

2024 Development Team

Wyatt Struxness (BC1)
Michele Lynch (BC2)
Henry Sawyer (BC4)
Fawad Zakai (BC3)
Mohammad Zakai (ramp operator)
Natalie Chastain (BC3)
Rebecca Prince (ramp operator)

Staff

Dr. Kathy Brinker, High Performance Consultant
Jeremy Finton, Coach
Sam Williams, Coach

About Boccia

The modern day version of Boccia was developed as a competitive sport for individuals with cerebral palsy but has since expanded to include any athlete with a severe disability which requires the use of a wheelchair. The sport made its Paralympic debut in 1984, with a total of 19 athletes representing five countries and is now practiced in over 50 countries today. The sport can be played indoors or outdoors on a smooth, flat surface. Athletes take turns throwing or rolling colored balls (red or blue) as close to a white target ball (the “jack”) as possible. The athlete, pair or team with the most balls closest to the jack wins. To learn more, visit www.worldboccia.com or watch this video.

Boccia athletes can compete individually, in pairs or in teams of three and are assigned one of four sport classes based on their functional ability:

  • BC1 athletes have severe activity limitations affecting their legs, arms and trunk, and typically dependent on a powered wheelchair.
  • BC2 players 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.
  • 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 with the help of a Sport Assistant.
  • BC4 class contains players with non-cerebral impairments that also impact their co-ordination.

Interested in learning more about the sport and Boccia United States? Contact High Performance Consultant Dr. Kathy Brinker.

U.S. Center for Safe Sport

Lakeshore National Adapted Sports Organization (LNASO) is committed to providing a safe, healthy and fun learning environment for our athletes. All participants are required to have a Background Screening and current U.S. Center for SafeSport training.

The Minor Athlete Abuse and Prevention Policy (MAAPP) is a proactive prevention and training policy. The Center developed the MAAPP to assist National Governing Bodies, such as LNASO, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, and other individuals to whom these policies apply in meeting their obligations under federal law.

The U.S. Center for SafeSport (The Center) is an independent nonprofit headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The Center provides a safe, professional and confidential place for individuals to report sexual misconduct within the U.S. Olympic Movements. The Center also provides resources on abuse prevention and policies.

If you suspect child abuse is occurring, which includes emotional, physical, or sexual abuse of a minor (under the age of 18) you must report to law enforcement immediately. Additionally, if any of the individuals are involved in the Olympic & Paralympic Movement, a report must also be filed with the U.S. Center for SafeSport. Keep in mind filing a report with the U.S. Center for SafeSport does not satisfy the requirement of reporting to local law enforcement.

LNASO Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies

Reporting

If you see questionable behavior, say something! Report all sexual misconduct and child abuse to law enforcement and file a report with the U.S. Center for SafeSport at uscenterforsafesport.org/report-a-concern. Violations such as non-sexual child abuse, emotional and physical misconduct, including stalking, bullying behaviors, hazing, and harassment; criminal charges or dispositions not involving child abuse or sexual misconduct and minor athlete abuse and prevention policy violations should be reported to LNASO at .

Report a Concern

U.S. Center for SAFESPORT LNASO

The U.S. Center for SafeSport has exclusive jurisdiction over allegations of sexual misconduct and discretionary jurisdiction over allegations of physical and emotional misconduct and MAAPP violations.

U.S. Center for SafeSport Reporting Line: 833-5US-SAFE

There are no associated costs or fees to report. You may report anonymously by leaving your name off of the reporting form.

How to Report a Concern

Official Procedures and Documents