Goalball is a team sport designed specifically for male and female athletes with a vision impairment. Two teams of three players face each other across a court that is nine meters wide and eighteen meters long. The object of the game is to roll a ball that has bells embedded in it into the opponents’ goal. Wearing blacked-out eye shades, the opponents listen for the oncoming ball and attempt to block it with their bodies. Once they are able to stop the ball and take control of it, they become the offensive team. Originating as a rehabilitation exercise, the sport has no able-bodied equivalent.
The International Blind Sports Federation (IBSA), responsible for a range of sports for the blind and visually impaired, is the official governing body for the sport.
For more information about Goalball and how to get involved, please contact the CMAA Therapeutic Recreation Complex at (561) 966-7088.