Federacion Española Deporte de Personas con Discapacidad Física (FEDDF) announced this morning that they are taking steps to prepare to add the new BC5 classification to their competitions and programs. This will be the third boccia classification that FEDDF will be supporting.
Because of the nature of this new classification, FEDDF will work with Federación Española De Deportes De Personas Con Parálisis Cerebral y Lesión Cerebral (FEDPC) to determine exactly how this classification will be governed inside Spain. For FEDDF competitors, competitors will need to be in the 4/5 range on the Daniels Scale. Competitors in this group range from movement with partial resistance to movement with maximum resistance. This compares to people on the 0/1 range of the Daniels Scale who have absence of contraction or contraction without movements.
BISFED, the international federation that governs boccia, announced in late 2014 that they plan to implement the BC5 classification in late 2015. FEDDF classifier Raul Reina was referenced in their announcement as believing that this classification will not be used internationally until the next season, and will not be on the 2016 Summer Paralympics program.
Other national federations are also looking ahead. New Zealand started planning for the implementation of this classification back in October 2014, with former Boccia New Zealand Director Luke Morriss having led the charge in terms of creating lists of potential BC5 players, along with following how this classification will impact Kiwi / Open graded national events.