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Boccia is a game of precision that requires extreme muscle control, accuracy and intense focus and concentration. It is practiced in more than 50 countries today. Strategically similar to lawn bowling, Boccia is played indoors on a flat, smooth surface. The objective is to throw, kick, or use an assistive device to propel leather balls (six per competitor) as close as possible to a white target ball (called the “jack”) on a long, narrow field of play. A match has four ends. At the end of the game players receive 1 point for each ball closer than their opponents’ to the jack. All events are mixed gender and feature individual, pair, and team competitions for a total of seven medal events. Throwers with cerebral palsy play in teams of three members for six ends; each team member “throws” two of the six balls per end. Pair games are played by athletes with non-cerebral disabilities who are able to throw and by athletes who may use a ramp as an assistive device to propel the ball.  A pair of two plays four ends with each playing three balls.