2019 OMD Rejuvenative Stay in Čičmany: “Replenish Your Energy and Pursue Your Interests” EvaluationWritten by bashtosports.com
The event was attended by 12 players from all categories of classic boccia (BC1 to BC5) and players of integrated boccia (BCi). It was also attended by the players’ assistants and the organizational team.
The players trained in three phases:
- The morning was when training exercises took place, focusing on specific game skills – throwing in a specific direction (boccia sjoelen) and solving model ball placement situations with a focus on breaking up, rolling in and getting closer to the white ball.
- In the afternoon, the individual tournament took place: the players were divided into two categories according their performance, i. e. their current position in the Slovak rankings (A – higher performance, B – lower performance). Two tournaments took place simultaneously, one for each category. Matches took place between players within each group and the best ones made it to the finals. During the first two ends, the coach placed the jack in different parts of the court, such as the tip of the V-line or the back boundary line (i. e. a modified match).
- Before and after dinner , an all-play-all tournament in integrated boccia took place with 6 participating teams consisting of players and their assistants, with the teams divided into two groups of three, from which the two best teams continued onto the finals.
The players’ results from the training phase were quantified and the players were placed into a table according to their performance. Each player marked their results from the training activities in their training log. Players could receive a maximum of 540 points for boccia sjoelen and another 540 for the model situations.
In addition to the training session, which focused on boccia, the players were also tasked with „hunting for experiences“ , whether it be by exploring the village of Čičmany or taking a look at its surroundings. These experiences were then evaluated during a group session where each player was supposed to present what he or she managed to experience.
Players had the opportunity to receive 100 points for participating in the hunt and presenting their experience. The best experience presented was rewarded with an additional 50-point bonus. The bonus went to Richard Hlinka, who managed to get a foot massage, eat breakfast in bed, enjoy the whole day and he topped it off with an incredible narration of the entire experience.
The best players in the training phase were: 1st place - František Fábry (43%), 2nd place – Ľuboš Kondela (37%) and 3rd place – Denisa Oslejová (35%). František Fábry received the challenge cup for the best player of the training session. Every player also received a certificate for completing the training activities, along with their results. The other players’ positions, as well as more detailed information about their performance, can be found in the following table:
The individuals tournament with modified matches was evaluated for category A and B.
The winners in category A were:
1st place – Ľuboš Kondela, 2nd place – Eliška Jankechová, 3rd place – Dušan Sotoniak
The winners in category B were:
1st place – Michal Vandlík, 2nd place – Lydka Lazová, 3rd place – Marián Lukáč
The winners of the individuals tournament received diplomas and other prizes. Detailed results of the group matches and the final match are shown in tables that can be found in the attachment: PDF file.
Six teams participated in the tournament in integrated boccia The participating players were as follows:
The winners of the team tournament in integrated boccia were: 1st place – Rubikovci, 2nd place – Hurikáni and 3rd place – Žilinský kraj. The winners of the team tournament received diplomas and other prizes. Detailed match results can be found in the attachments to this announcement.
When it comes to balancing training and leisure time, the program was well-balanced. The participants had enough free time since they were divided into Group A and Group B. This means that players from one group could make use of their free time while the other group was training, whether it was by exploring Čičmany or engaging in friendly conversations. On Tuesday, the players had the option to explore the surrounding area and share their experiences in a group discussion.
The third phase of the training was – the team tournament in integrated bocciaLike every year, this was the liveliest part of the event. This is, in part, thanks to the fact that all the attendees (both the players and their assistants) participated in the activity. Moreover, team matches themselves are rich in social interaction since the players need to communicate with each other if they want to succeed. Just like the other parts of the training, even this one did not require 100% observance of boccia rules – BC3 assistants were allowed to look at the playing area after the ball was launched, foot faults were pointed out but not penalized, opponents were allowed to comment on each other’s gameplay and it was not seen as interference in the match. Lastly, the coach was allowed to give the players advice during individual throws.
The third phase of the training was followed by off time. Part of the participants used this time to play games, a word game called “The Bomb” being the most popular one this year. Other participants took part in friendly discussions and the tired ones made way to their rooms.
The event had a friendly atmosphere and the participants left it having gained new sport skills and having spent quality time with their friends.
The 8th annual boccia camp in Čičmany concluded with an award ceremony during which the participants received numerous prizes..
Ondrej Bašták Ďurán
BASHTO SPORTS owner, boccia trainer
We would like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s rejuvenative stay:
1. Organizers: OMD Farfalletta Žilina Boccia Club, The Muscular Dystrophy Organization in the Slovak Republic
2. General partner: The City of Žilina
3. Partners: OMD Boccian Bratislava sports club, Bystrík boarding house, BASHTO SPORTS