Each goalball team is made up of three players: a right wing, a left wing, and a center. Girls and boys play separately.
Goalball is played on a regular sized basketball court with nets on either end. A team scores a point if the ball makes it past the other team in the net on the opposite side of the court.
Every player is patched under their goggles and the referees check the patches before a gam begins. This is done so that every player is on a level playing field since players will occasionally have varying levels of visual impairment.
The referee checks each players goggles before the start of a game.
The audience is expected to be completely silent while the ball is in play, since gameplay relies heavily on the players hearing to judge where the ball is and what direction it’s coming from.
Players often hold onto the net to get their bearings on the court.
A string is run under the tape so players can feel where they are on the court.
The players made maneuvers to throw the ball very hard across the court.
If a player is not playing the ball, they remain on their hands and knees to defend. They stretch out their bodies when they hear the ball coming towards them to block it from going into the net behind them.
Players look at the bracket for the High School Goalball Championships, which was hosted at The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired from November 2-4, 2017.
A player passes off the ball to his teammate after making a block.
A player stops the ball from going into the net.