Goalball is an exciting and fast paced court sport that can be played by everyone! It was invented in 1946 in an effort to rehabilitate the blind veterans from World War II and made its Paralympic debut in 1976 in Toronto. Goalball competitions are set apart from all other Paralympic events due to the unique atmosphere inside the playing venue. The object is to roll the ball into the opponent's goal while the opposing players try to block the ball with their bodies. Bells inside the balls help orient the players, indicating the direction of the on-coming ball. Therefore, while play is in progress, complete silence is required in the venue to allow the players to instantly react to the ball. Athletes wear ‘blackout’ masks on the playing court. This allows persons with varying degrees of vision to participate together. It also means anyone can play this exciting game at club, state or national level. The game consists of two halves of 12 minutes each.
An unofficial guide to Goalball, click here
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Goalball can be played by anyone up to National level, because everyone wears a blackout mask.
However, as with all Paralympic sports, players must meet minimal level of disability as determined by the classification rules of the International Paralympic Committee in order to participate at international level. Goalball is divided up into three different classifications depending on the level of vision: B1, B2, B3. IBSA ( International Blind Sports Association) have overall control of all international Goalball competitions. Detailed information on each classification can be found on the APC website, click here
If you would like to obtain classification in Australia, click here
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