Goalball Player Shares Her Experiences With the Sport

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

STAUNTON -- A unique sport is rolling through the valley. It's called goalball.It's been around for generations.

The Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind has been hosting goalball tournaments for years. It's a sport that's been around since World War II. One player believes it isn't just a game.

Scarlet Racey is a junior at VSDB and is the captain of the goalball team.For her, the sport teaches more than just how to play a game.

"I think it gives me a chance to learn and do better. To improve myself, it teaches me self discipline. It also teaches me how to focus better," said Racey.

Racey knows Goalball can build relationships with more than team mates. Head coach Kristy McClain said, Scarlet has played a vital role for the team.

"She really helps her teams mates if they are lost. She helps them find their spot. She kind of controls the pace of the game. She can cool everybody down. And I can tell her what to do and she executes it very well," said McClain.

What is Goalball?

"It's a paralympic sport, created after World War II for blind veterans. I think it's something special we have. It's a great sport that we all can participate in. There's no limits Everyone's equal. We're all blindfolded," said Racey.

In some cases, you have to wear special eye patches under the goggles. Players must rely on their ears. A blue ball, that looks like a basketball, is used .It's hollowed out and filled with bells.

Three players from each team are on the court and they must stay on their hands and knees.They must use the white tape to guide them where to go. Each team rolls the ball back and forth to try and score in the set time limit.

Racey has had a slogan for years.

"Goalball...Anything you can do...I can do blindfolded,

The Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind made to the tournament finals today. They lost to the Florida School for Deaf and Blind, 9-1. Scarlet had 27 blocks and the team's only goal. VSDB took home the silver medal. This has been the third time they have made it to the finals in eight years.

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