Grassroots Goalball

LightHouse Youth Program and United States Association of Blind Athletes presents Grassroots Goalball!

We’re pleased to announce the formation of an organized LightHouse Youth Goalball program and team. The team(s) will meet weekly to practice and play the incredibly fun game of Goalball. In addition to organized practices, participants will have the opportunity to put their new skills to the test in regional Goalball demonstrations and competitions.

For those unfamiliar with Goalball, it is a Paralympic sport played by athletes who are blind and visually impaired. Developed after WWII as a way to keep blinded veterans physically active, it has become the premiere team game for blind athletes. Goalball is a fast paced, physically challenging, strategic and exciting game played competitively by men and women from around the world.

In Goalball, two teams of three players face each other across a court that is nine meters wide and 18 meters long. The object of the game is to roll a basketball-sized ball with bells inside over the opponents’ goal line. Your opponents listen for the oncoming ball and attempt to block it with their bodies. Once they are able to stop the ball and take control of it, they become the offensive team. More information about the game of Goalball can be found on the USABA website at

If you would like more information, or to RSVP for this exciting new program, please contact Jamey Gump, Youth Services Coordinator for the LightHouse at (415) 694-7372, or by email at Enrollment is open to both male and female athletes. No experience necessary.

Who: Blind and Low Vision Youth 18 years-old and under
What: Goalball
When: Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (We will meet for a pizza dinner after each practice)
Season: Monday, January 27th – Thursday, May 15th
Where: LightHouse Industries located at 14690 Washington Ave, San Leandro, CA 94578
Waiver: Each participant must submit a LightHouse Youth Program application and waiver form.
RSVP: Jamey Gump, Youth Services Coordinator at or (415) 694-7372.