Regional goalball tournament coming to Kalamazoo

All athletes in a goalball tournament are blind-folded to level the playing field.

If you’ve never heard of goalball, you’re not alone. But Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo will soon play host to a goalball Midwest regional tournament Feb. 26 and 27, according to the Kalamazoo Gazette.

Organizers are seeking volunteers for this two-day event, which is similar to soccer in which athletes who are visually impaired compete using a bell-filled ball. A background in goalball is not necessary to be a volunteer, and everyone will be given a 30-minute training session. Positions include line judging and working at the scoring table, according to the Gazette. Volunteers may work more than one session.

The John Bakos Memorial Goalball Tournament is an annual event sponsored by the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes and the Michigan Blind Athletic Association. It was initially invented for blind veterans for rehabilitation purposes, tournament director Luke Patterson told the Gazette.

Players defending their goal are on opposite ends of a court, waiting for the auditory ball to come toward them. The goaltenders stop the ball with their bodies and most of the players let go of the ball at 40 or 50 miles per hour. Players are blind-folded to level the playing field.

If interested in volunteering, contact Mary Lou Brooks, volunteer coordinator, at 269-387-3415 or 269-744-7486 or; or Luke Patterson, tournament director, at 269-832-4930 or

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Photo credit: Comodoro Deportes

  4 comments for “Regional goalball tournament coming to Kalamazoo

  1. February 17, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Do you work for Paragon Properties? I was wondering why there are only 3 authors being published. Could you help to explain? I worked very hard on my blogs and had many published in the past only to be shut out recently. Can you let me know what gives or have Justin call me. I left him a message regarding this to no avail. Thanks

  2. February 18, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Hey Debbi – just wanted to let you know that I checked with my supervisor and your blogs will start to publish again on Monday.


  3. February 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Hey Debbi & Erica…I have a blog that I submitted last week but has yet to be published. Is Dana no longer the contact person for publishing blogs?
    Who can I connect with regarding blogs being published?
    Thanks Ladies!

  4. February 24, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Thanks Erica……..
    Could you do me one more favor????? Can you get me an e-mail address for a new contact person since Dana is no longer here. It was so nice to be able to send a quick e-mail.
    I will write some new blogs this weekend.
    Thanks again! Debbi

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