COVID PROTOCOL

The HOC will follow the Covid measure from the National Health Autohority and WorldBoccia. More details will be sent shortly and published on our web site.

https://www.worldboccia.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/BISFed-COVID-19-Return-to-Competition-Protocol-3.0_Revised-in-June-2022.pdf

Warm Up Area

  • Receptionists must wear masks.
  • Athletes and team staff must wear masks in the warm-up area.
  • Athletes may remove the mask only when warming up on the court. However, it is recommended to always use a mask or face shield.
  • Coach and Sport Assistant must wear a mask.
  • In addition, it is recommended that Sport Assistants use a face shield.
  • All users of the warm-up area must adhere to their groups and schedules and must minimise contact between groups.
  • Athletes, Sport Assistants and Coaches should arrive at the area immediately before their scheduled time and must leave the area as soon as warm-up time is over.
  • After the warm-up of each team is completed, the staff in charge of the warm-up area will immediately clean the court and disinfect the court and chairs.
  • Training groups and schedules should be consistent, minimising contact between groups.
  • During Training sessions, Athletes, Sports Assistants and Coaches should:
  • Arrive and depart strictly according to the published training session schedule.
  • Maintain social distancing, including in rest periods or when receiving technical guidance, ensuring a physical distance of at least 1.5m when involved in warming up.

Call Room

  • At the reception of the call room, the participants will line up according to the distance markers on the floor and wait their turn to proceed to the Call Room. 
  • Receptionists must wear a mask.
  • Wearing a mask is compulsory in the Call room (unless there is a valid medical reason not to do so.)
  • If possible, each waiting area should be separated by a splash prevention board in the center of the space so that Athletes, Coaches and Sport Assistants do not mix unnecessarily.
  • All Technical Officials (TO) must wear a mask in the Call Room.
  • TOs should confirm the court number in the waiting area in advance to minimise conversation.
  • If an Athlete, Coach or Sports Assistant wishes to check an opponent’s boccia balls, they must first sanitise their hands.

Physical Distancing During Matches

While the risk presented by COVID-19 remains high, the following amendments to the BISFed rules (2021 v.1.1) will be followed in competitions:

1. When not throwing, players must move 1.5m away from other players To maintain the 1.5m distance between players during play, the side not throwing MUST be out of their boxes: Players are permitted to move outside the court to designated places – e.g. behind the back line of the box (wheels over the line).

  • If they are told by the referee to move further away, they must comply (Ref. 10.5.1).
  • If a player on the throwing side wishes to throw from the back of his/her box then some nonthrowing player(s) may need to move further away to maintain the correct physical distance from the throwing player. When the order of throw changes, the side that has just thrown will leave their boxes and the side to throw will move to their boxes.
  • At BC3 individual competition, the non-throwing side should remove its equipment only when it disturbs another athlete’s throwing.

After an athlete has thrown, the referee shows the paddle to the side which is going to throw next. The referee waits until the side not throwing goes behind the back line of the box and continues showing the paddle. When the side which is next to throw have all four wheels in their box, the referee shows the paddle to the timer. And if, in the opinion of the Referee, there is deliberate disruption from the non-throwing side when moving out of the box, Rule 15.7.1 shall apply.

Once the referee has shown the paddle to the side that has to throw, if this side decides to enter the court to watch the game, or in individual and Pairs BC3 the side decides to orient the ramp from an empty box without first entering their throwing box, the referee will show the paddle immediately to the Timer. In these two situations it will not be necessary to wait for the side to have the 4 wheels inside their throwing box (Ref. 14.3)

2. For players with a Sport Assistant:

  • 2.1 For BC1, BC3, Pairs BC3 and Teams Divisions, collecting balls, including the Jack, should be done by their Sports Assistants/Ramp Operators.
  • 2.2 When the Referee indicates that the side not throwing is to throw next, the Sport Assistant can move their player in or out of the box WITHOUT an instruction from the player.
  • 2.3 A BC1 Sport Assistant can enter the box on seeing the referee signal for the other side to throw.
  • 2.4 A Ramp Operator can move the player when they see the other side preparing or if the Referee tells them to.

3. For BC1 Players using a manual wheelchair, when the Player wishes to move on the court the Sport assistant can assist to move to any place.

4. For BC3 Players using a manual wheelchair, when the Player wishes to move on the court the liner can assist to move to any place. All courts should be surrounded by court dividers, if possible; if a ball goes out of court it will be declared out and will remain where it lies outside the court lines. If the ball goes out and returns to the court, the referee will pick the ball up and place it out of the court.

NOTE: During the match, if the referee must touch a ball (e.g., for measurements), the Sports Assistant may clean the balls between ends and the referee must disinfect his/her hands immediately after the measurement.

EXTRA TIME at the CALL ROOM – The Call Room may open 15 minutes earlier than the official time at the discretion of the Technical Delegate.

Equipment check

Balls: Prior to Check: Balls must be seen to have been cleaned / disinfected before inspection.

  • Equipment: All equipment must be cleaned / disinfected prior to the start of each check.
  • Those carrying out the weighing of the ball must disinfect their hands after each athlete’s balls have been checked.
  • Those carrying out the roll test and circumference test must disinfect their hands after each athlete’s balls have been checked. ▪ Ball check: Balls will be checked in the usual way, observing physical distancing, and the referee and/or liner will take the boccia balls onto the court.
  • Ramps: Prior to check: Box floor to be cleaned / disinfected between checks.
  • Ramp check: As per the usual check (person checking has no need to touch the ramp), observing physical distancing. The Sports Assistant will fix the stickers on the ramp, under direction of the Referee doing the check.
  • Wheelchair check: Prior to check: Measuring equipment to be cleaned / disinfected between checks. Checks will be carried out by the Sports Assistant or coach under the direction of the responsible Referee, observing physical distancing. The Sports Assistant/Coach will fix the sticker on the wheelchair under direction of the Referee carrying out the check.
  • Additional time will be made available to carry out equipment checks if necessary

Field of Play

  • Officials, Coaches and Sport Assistants must always wear a mask.
  • Athletes must use a mask while inside the sports venue but may remove the mask while playing. However, using a mask or visor at all times is highly recommended.
  • Ramp Operators and BC1 Sports Assistants are advised to use a visor while competing/training.

Classification

Guidelines for classification produced by the International Paralympic Committee.

Meals and Accommodation

  • Use the sanitisation points. 
  • Individuals that are from the same ‘bubble’ (e.g. Athlete and Sport Assistant) should share rooms.
  • All hotel rooms should be 'deep cleaned' prior to arrival and on departure.
  • Where possible, each team should be accommodated on the same floor of the hotel.
  • HOC should minimise opportunities for interaction, for example by staggering mealtimes, whenever possible.