On 5th December 2013, BISFed announced a review of the current ball testing procedures to ensure that the tests can more accurately determine the circumference of a ball and the degree to which a ball can distort.
This was as a result of a result of the trend over recent years towards players using balls which have a greater circumference than allowed in the Boccia Rules (i.e. a maximum of 278mm.) Such balls are often so soft that they cannot properly be described as ‘balls’ because they deform so much when they are thrown. However, because these balls are so soft, they are able to pass the existing circumference test under Rule 2.1.
We are pleased to announce that a team consisting of members of both the Rules and Competition Committees, working with research specialists from universities and technical equipment manufacturers, have designed two simple devices which will measure the balls much more accurately.
Download the PDF to view the the process we will be putting in place over the next few months.