Goalball is a sport for blind athletes in which players from two teams wear blindfolds and stand at opposite ends of a court. The players on one team roll, sometimes at speeds of 40 miles per hour, a weighted ball with bells inside of it at the opposite team's goal. If the ball passes those players, points are awarded to the thrower's squad. The opposing team attempts to stop the ball and then it picks up the ball and tries to score by rolling the ball back with as much force as possible. It is an exciting, fast-paced game that is easy to understand in just a few minutes.
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Today through Saturday. The event begins at 5 p.m. today with two matches featuring Utah teams. The tournament starts 8 a.m. Friday and continues until 9 p.m. The medal rounds begin Saturday at 8 a.m. with the gold medal matches scheduled for 4 p.m. for the women and 5 p.m. for the men. The national teams will be announced at 6 p.m.
NOTEWORTHY: The tournament is free to the public. Paralympic team member Chris Dodds of Riverton needs help raising money to travel to Beijing, China, for the 2008 Summer Games. Tax deductable donations can be made to the Utah Foundation for the Blind. For more information about the USA National Goalball Championships, please visit www.ufbvi.org.