Goalball


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Goalball is “the” blind sport as it was crafted specifically for the blind. It’s an indoor court game played around the world by the blind and visually impaired. The sport was developed in the late 1940's and is played internationally at the Paralympic level.

The rules are simple: teams try to score by rolling a bell-embedded ball, similar in size to a basketball, past the opposition. The opposing team tries to block it using everything they have got - their arms, legs, and bodies - whose goal area spans the width of the pitch. With a ball flying at speeds of 65 km/h or more, it’s a fast-paced and exciting game!

Games last 24 minutes and are divided into two equal halves of twelve minutes each, with half time of 3 minutes. The court dimensions are 18m x 9m, same as a volleyball

court. Players (1 centre and 2 wingers) attempt to prevent the Goalball from crossing the goal line while wearing eyeshades to ensure total sightlessness. A Goalball weighs 1.25kg and contains bells embedded within and it is this, along with textured lines on the court, which help to orientate the players.

Defenders must focus entirely on the path and trajectory of the ball. So, while play is in progress, silence is required in the venue - the more quiet the environment, the better that players are able to concentrate and react to the ball. Cheering is permitted after a goal is scored or an amazing save is made. Once the referee indicates resumption of play, total silence is once again enforced. 

Getting Involved!

Goalball can be enjoyed by anyone, and that includes sighted people. Everybody on the court wears a Goalball mask that blocks their vision so every player is left to rely only on their hearing and touch.

If you have any questions about getting involved, getting someone you know involved, or on how to get Goalball in your area, contact us! Coaches, referees and volunteers are, like in any other sport, essential to the ongoing delivery of the game, . If you are interested in becoming a certified Goalball official, receive training as a coach or help make sport accessible to people who are blind and visually impaired contact us!

Recreational Goalball League

Goalball clubs exist in Toronto, LondonOttawaKitchener, Sudbury, Kingston, and Brantford. Please see below for the clubs practice information and how to get signed up!

Toronto
Where:         Bob Abate Community Center
Frequency:   Weekly
When:          Friday 7:30 - 9:00
Contact:       Georgette – (416) 397-4690
      


London
Where:         TBD
Frequency:   Monthly
When:          TBD
Contact:       Richard – (416) 426-7244


Ottawa
Where:         TBD
Frequency:   Weekly
When:          TBD
Contact:       Richard – (416) 426-7244


Kitchener
Where:         TBD
Frequency:   Wonthly
When:          TBD
Contact:       Richard – (416) 426-7244 

More about Goalball:

A number of personal and team penalties may be awarded for rule infractions. Here are four basic rules for Goalball:

1. Highball - a thrown or rolled ball must touch the floor of the court before passing over the highball line, which is the line 6m from the goal line at the thrower's end.

2. Ten Seconds - a throw must take place within ten seconds of coming in contact with the defending team. Passing can take place within the ten seconds, and players may move about the court to adopt favorable positions.

3. Three Consecutive - no player may take more than two consecutive throws for their team.

4. Illegal Defense - players must defend the ball from within their team zone.  This is a three metre deep zone directly in front of their goal. 

A penalty is served by removing two teammates from the court. The offending player attempts to defend one penalty thrown alone.

Benefit to your education curriculum & sports team: introduce able bodied students to living with a disability and functioning without vision in a practical, fun setting; teach valuable athletic performance skills such as: communication, non-visual focus, teamwork, kinesthetic awareness, explosive lateral movement.

 

Sudbury

Where:       TBD
Frequency: Weekly
When:        TBA
Contact:     Richard – (416) 426-7244


Kingston
Where:       Loyalist Collegiate and Vocational Institute (LCVI)
Frequency: Weekly
When:        TBD
Contact:     Arshina – (613) 889-5964, akassam@connect.carleton.ca


Brantford
Where:       W Ross Macdonald School
Frequency: Weekly
When:        TBA
Contact:     Richard – (416) 426-7244

Want Goalball in your community? Call us and let’s make it happen!

 

 

 

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2016 – 17 OBSA GOALBALL COACHES

Provincial Goalball Advisor: Mick Ferras 

Goalball Program Director: Rob Christy

Goalball Program Coach: Matt Robinson

Junior Men:

Head Coaches: Bob Mannen

 Junior Women:

Head Coach: Jen McMillan & Annette Lisabeth

Senior Men:

Head Coach: Rob Christy

Senior Women:

Head Coach: Rob Christy