Boccia can be played by individuals, pairs, or teams of three. All events are mixed gender. 

The aim of the game is to throw leather balls — coloured red or blue as close as they can to a white target ball, or jack. The jack is thrown first, then the first two regular balls are played, after which the side furthest away from the jack goes next in an attempt to either get closer to the jack or knock the opposition's ball out of the way.