Comments on the New Draft Boccia Rules

In response to my teammate’s (Josh Vander Vies) blog post about, draft changes to the Boccia rules and “An athlete was not on the very small committee that decided which proposals to reject or approve. It is very important that we hear from as many players as possible so that the rules reflect realities of the game.”:
http://joshvandervies.com/boccia-rule-changes-after-london-2012/

I hereby, publicly submit my comments on the new draft boccia rules:

– In multiple locations in the text of new rules, the player is referred as “he” or “his”. Boccia is a unisex game, and as such, the rules should respect and reflect this.

– In rules 9.6 and 13.1, the rule says:
“Some routine actions are allowed without a specific request to the Sport Assistant. (i.e. “Ball!” might mean, “Roll ball, place in athlete’s hand and move the chair forward”, but not orientating the chair).”
I suggest:
“Some routine actions are allowed without a specific request to the Sport Assistant. (i.e. “Ball!” might mean, “Roll ball, place in athlete’s hand.”)
Reason:
In 3 dimensional space, moving the chair forward, is the act of “orientating the chair”. All players must direct any orientation of the chair (if they require this).

– I have concerns about the throwing of the Jack ball being included in a sides time. This creates an inequality of time between sides during an end. One side has 7 balls to play, while the other has 6, given the same amount of time. The time it takes to prepare to throw any ball is significant (especially for BC3 players who must line up their ramp for every shot). Throwing the Jack is that side’s opportunity to take advantage. The side should not be disadvantaged by having less time (in the end) to throw their coloured balls. This could cause situations that a side could quickly purposely foul their Jack to put the “time pressure” on to the other side. I propose 2 alternatives which address my concern, while still having the Jack “timed”:
– Give each side their whole time, for the whole match. This spreads out the time for Jack throwing over the whole match (not just one end), and is therefore fair during every end and throughout the whole match. Sides should made responsible to be able to manage their time for the match as a whole.
– Give specific time just for throwing the Jack, then each side would have their normal allotted, equal time to throw their coloured balls.

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