Boneza Ball is a game where two teams of six players, compete on any flat surface, be it grass, synthetic grass, concrete, or tarmac court (28m x 14m) which is divided into two sides with a straight line.
On this line, there are two vertical posts standing at the edge of Urutavogerwa, connected by two parallel, horizontal ropes. Imbonezo is mounted in the centre of the ropes, into which a ball is targeted to score goals.
Players can pass the ball across the ground or through the air using their legs, heads or bodies.
Hands shall only be used in the event that a player serves the ball to start, passes it back into the match, or following a sanction or fault.
Each time a team receives a ball to serve, the players must rotate the court in an anti-clockwise direction. They play following Boneza Ball rules and regulations ( Contact us for more information)
Players with physical impairments can also hit the ball using their hands if they are playing by sitting or crawling.
Boneza Ball knows no discrimination; be it gender, age or physical impairment based to people who wish to make teams and practice it.
On the night of July 8th, 2011 Jonas dreamed about playing a game which he had neither seen nor heard about. When he woke up, he started writing and drawing everything he had heard and seen in his dream, especially the layout of the Boneza Ball court. He shared his dream with friends and family, and together they began brainstorming ideas and organising the game.
Over the following three and a half years, many ideas were exchanged and the rules and regulations guiding the game began to take shape. Research was conducted in a bid to know whether this game might not have appeared anywhere else worldwide. It was found to be Jonas’ unique creation.
Having found out that the game of Boneza Ball had not been played anywhere else, Jonas and his colleagues accelerated the activities. On Saturday, December 13th, 2014, they met at a local basketball court in Gihundwe Sector, Rusizi District, at “Rusizi Yego Youth Center” and began to practice Boneza Ball.
By the end of 2015, after having discovered that Boneza Ball was playable and very well liked, Jonas and his colleagues decided to register the game as Jonas’ own intellectual and innovative work. Jonas went to the Rwandan Ministry of Culture and Sport, and they advised him to have it registered with the Rwanda Development Board.
Researchers at the Rwanda Development Board came to the same conclusion; Boneza Ball was a unique game, which had not appeared anywhere else in the world. On November 3rd, 2015, NGIRINSHUTI Jonas was given the registration Certificate by the Rwanda Development Board as confirmation that he is the author of Boneza Ball.
With the endorsement of the Rwanda Development Board, Jonas and his colleagues were motivated to expand Boneza Ball Rwanda-wide.
Ihaniro: A spot which is in 9m distance against the Imbonezo where players stand to take ikosora.
Ikaraba: Touching the ball with hands as a fault.
Ikosora: The sanction to a fault considered as heavy; it is confirmed by referee.
Imbonezo: is made of an open circle space “Imbono” where to target a ball for scoring a goal and a fabricated net combined to form the Boneza Ball goal.
Imbono: The space through which the ball must pass to score goals. It is an open circle 50cm in diameter, strung together with a loose net (See injishi).
Imfashi: Two vertical posts of 2 to 3m in height, connected by two horizontal and parallel ropes to hold Imbonezo.
Impera: The line which marks the perimeter of the Boneza Ball court.
Injishi: Something like a net in the goal hoop that players kick the ball into to score a goal. It does not allow the ball to pass through to go to another side of the court. In that case, it confirms a goal.
Ishorezo: It is small space reserved to start the game and resume after a simple disciplinary fault.
Kuboneza: Targeting the ball into Imbonezo to make a goal.
Kuvogera: Entering the Urutavogerwa without consent, while a player is not on position No 2.
Kwinjirira: Entering the Urugwanyuma or Urugwambere without consent.
Umubushabushi: The player in charge of disturbing the opposing team. He/she stands on the opposite side of the court to their own team, amongst the opposition, in position No 1.
Umugwagati: A line that divides each half of the court into two equal zones, parallel with the halfway line (See diagram of court).
Umwatagati: A line which divides the whole court into two equal sides.
Urugwambere: The zone of each half of the court, closest to the imbonezo.
Urugwanyuma: The zone of each half of the court, furthest from the Urutavogerwa.
Urutavogerwa: An area of the court where the player in position No 2 plays, and no one else to meet him or her in this space (See diagram of court, above).