Nov 15, 2013
Florida (FSDB) and Lakeshore Foundation Claim 2013 USABA National High School Goalball Championships
Twenty teams from all regions of the USA converged at the 2013 USABA National High School Goalball Championships in St. Augustine, Florida, November 7th-9th, to compete for the National Championship title on the campus of the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB). The tournament proved to be action-packed with teams competing at a high-level in a field filled with competitive teams. With many close games and exciting final-round action, the student-athletes involved had experiences they will never forget.
On the girls’ side, the home team Florida Cobras faced off against the California Mayhem in the Gold Medal game. In a nail-biting battle with high-quality play, the girls from Florida defeated the California Mayhem, 5-4, claiming the gold medal and championship title, while California would earn the silver medal. Both teams came out of pool play in the top position in their respective pools. During semi-final action, the California Mayhem defeated the Texas Wildcats, 11-1, while Florida defeated defending National Champions, the Utah Rage, 5-3, in the other semi-final. Utah and Texas squared off in the Bronze Medal game, with Utah coming out on top to claim the bronze.
On the boys’ side, the Lakeshore Foundation would face the Florida Cobras in the Gold Medal game, a rematch of Pool D action, which Florida won 4-2. The second battle would see the Lakeshore boys go on an offensive tear, defeating Florida, 14-4, capturing the gold medal and championship title. During semi-final action, the Lakeshore boys defeated the Arizona Sentinels, while Florida defeated the Texas Wildcats. Arizona and Texas faced-off in the Bronze Medal game, with Arizona cruising to win the bronze.
In addition to the on-court action, during the post-tournament awards’ ceremony, Mr. Tom Parrigin was inducted into the USABA Hall of Fame. John Potts, representing USABA, was on hand to present the award and reflect on the myriad of contributions Coach Parrigin has made to blind athletes across many sports and decades. It was a moving ceremony, which was made even more special since it was held at FSDB, where Coach Parrigin worked and coached for over 30 years.
1st Place – Florida (FSDB) Cobras 1st Place – Lakeshore Foundation
2nd Place – California Mayhem 2nd Place – Florida (FSDB) Cobras
3rd Place – Utah Rage 3rd Place – Arizona (ASDB) Sentinels
All Tournament Team:
Ashley Centimole (Florida) Armando Cruz (Arizona)
Vanessa Coleman (Florida) Emmitt Johnson (Florida)
Marybai Huking (Utah) – MVP Elliott Parkin (Utah)
Justine Montanez (California) Alex Richmond (Lakeshore)
Cortlinn Pay (Florida) Josh Welborn (Lakeshore) – MVP
Results: GBrittany Richardson (California) DeAngelo Willis (Georgia)
Alexia Steudle (California)
Texas Twisters Washington
Oct 22, 2013
USABA Partners with PR Nutrition to Fuel USABA Athletes
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Sep 27, 2013
Call for Proposals
2014 Grassroots Goalball
Attention groups and organizations interested in starting new youth goalball teams in the United States. The United States Association of Blind Athletes (USABA) is calling for partners nationwide to submit proposals to start new youth goalball teams in communities around the United States. Teams will be provided with resources and technical assistance to start new goalball teams. These teams will have the opportunity to compete in regional competition and receive the training and experience to take their game to the next level.
Who: Community organizations and groups interested in establishing new goalball teams or enhancing their existing goalball programs by adding new teams in partnership with USABA.
What: Programs interested in receiving assistance from USABA to start a youth goalball team or teams should fill out and submit the attached application to Matt Simpson by November 1, 2013.
When: The Grassroots Goalball program will run from January 15th through May 15, 2014.
Each team in the 2013-2014 Grassroots goalball program will receive more than a thousand dollars’ worth of financial and technical support and equipment, including:
• Up to 6 sets of personal equipment per team, including: eye shades, knee pads, elbow pads and hip pads
• Three goalballs
• One pre-made, reusable goalball court
• Enough court tape to get started
• Access to USABA expert coaches for training and coaching tips
• Access to USABA goalball technical resources, including USABA’s new coaching videos
Teams will be asked to meet the following participation standards:
• An average of two goalball activities per week, including practices and competitions, over the goalball season, running 15 January through 15 May
• A minimum of three regional competitions with the other Grassroots Goalball programs in your immediate area
• A full roster of participants
• Each athlete and coach in the program must become a member of USABA
• Teams will be asked to submit one mid-season progress report and one final report on their program
• Teams will also be asked to submit pictures for use on USABA’s publications and social media
- Visual Classifications
- Safety Initiatives
- Athlete Development Accounts
- Copeland Scholarship
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