Play Goalball and Be a Part of the ParticipACTION 150 Play List at our Calgary Goalball Tournament this weekend!
The ParticipACTION 150 Play List was created by Canadians for Canadians! Including 150 physical activities that make us uniquely Canadian, the Play List is a challenge to all Canadians to see how many different activities they can complete.
Check out the full play list by clicking on the word ParticipACTION below:
Goalball is #91 on the Play List and you have an opportunity to try it out in Calgary this Saturday November 4, 2017!
Check out the goalball spot for the 150 Play List: https://youtu.be/pJEmaNZ5RBY
The Alberta Goalball Squad will be participating in a tournament this weekend and invites you to come and check it out! The tournament runs from Friday, November 3 – Sunday November 5, 2017. The schedule is Friday from 6 – 8p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m at The Calgary French and International School (CFIS) [see link to schedule here]. Come cheer on the teams and if you would like to try out Goalball here is your chance! Details for spectators to have a chance to try Goalball during the tournament are below:
Date: Saturday November 4, 2017
Time: 12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Where: The Calgary French and International School (CFIS) 700 77 Street Southwest Calgary, AB T3H 5R1
Sign up: Please email ASRAB at Program.Calgary@asrab.ab.ca if you would be interested in attending
Goalball was inventedin 1946 to aid in the rehabilitation of blinded war veterans. The sport is now played competitively in over 100 countries, and has been at every Paralympic Games since 1976.
Goalball is a team sport played on a volleyball court. The goals run the full width of the court and are 1.3 meters high. A goalball weighs 1.25 kg and has bells inside it. Goalball has four characteristics that distinguish it from all team ball games played by sighted people:
- it is played with a ball that is audible, so that the player can hear it when it is in motion;
- fans must cheer silently, so as not to interfere with the athletes’ ability to hear the ball;
- it is played on a court with tactile markings so the players can find their positions on the court; and
- all players wear eyeshades so everyone has equal vision – none.
ASRAB offers goalball programming to all level of participant. We have introductory and ongoing programs for children and training and competitive opportunities for youth and adults (including selection to provincial teams and travel to national championships).