Apr 11, 2017

USABA Seeks Candidates for USA Women’s Goalball Assistant Coach

The United States Association of Blind Athletes is seeking motivated applicants for the volunteer position of USA Women's Goalball Assistant Coach.  A complete description of this position and application procedures is attached in the attached document.  Application deadline is June 1, 2017.  Please refer additional questions to USABA High Performance Director John Potts, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Vacancy: USA Women's Goalball Assistant Coach

Apr 05, 2017

2017 Northeast Regional Goalball Tournament Recap

By: John Potts, Goalball High-Performance Director

Twenty teams competed in the 2017 Northeast Regional Goalball Tournament over the weekend. It was the third of four USABA-sanctioned regional tournaments leading up to USABA Goalball Nationals which will take place June 22-24 at the Goalball Center of Excellence in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Five teams entered the women’s division and fifteen men’s teams were divided between a men’s elite division and a men’s division for the tournament. Many new teams entered the competition this year including the San Antonio Jets, Maryland Raptors and Brooklyn Chiefs in the men’s division and the Maryland Raptors in the women’s division.

After intense preliminary play, teams entered the semifinals. Ontario All Black took on DC Corruption and rivals Georgia Phantoms and New Jersey Honeybees squared off in the women’s division. The Phantoms defeated the Honeybees to advance to the gold medal game against Ontario All Black who mercied DC Corruption 10-0. In the men’s division, Texas Wildcats played Brooklyn Chiefs while New Jersey teams Thunder and Titans matched up. The young Texas Wildcats defeated Brooklyn Chiefs to play in the gold medal game against New Jersey Thunder. Finally, in the men’s elite division, California Crown swapped the lead several times with Delaware Moneymen for a close match and Michigan Omega took on Quebec. Crown edged by Moneymen 10-9 to advance to the gold medal game against Quebec.

On the final day of the tournament, four teams from each division met to play for medals. In the women’s division, it was down to Ontario All Black and Georgia Phantoms. The Phantoms were determined to finish the tournament on a high note, and they did – defeating Ontario 6-4 to win gold. In the women’s bronze medal game, New Jersey Honeybees added to the home state medal count by beating DC Corruption 10-3. Texas Wildcats took top honors in the men’s division after defeating the New Jersey Titans 9-6 while New Jersey Thunder beat the Brooklyn Chiefs 13-4. Finally, in the men’s elite division, Quebec defeated California Crown in a close game ending 7-6 to earn gold while Michigan Omega beat Delaware Moneymen 14-7 to secure bronze.

Congratulations to all of the top finishers and to everyone who competed in and supported the 2017 ABANJ/USABA Northeast Regional Goalball Tournament. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta for the 2017 USABA Southeast Regional tournament next month!

Mar 27, 2017

Eating Right: Goalball Athletes Share Their Tips During National Nutrition Month


Though eating right is something we should all strive toward every day, in the month of March, we pay particularly close attention to it, being that March is National Nutrition Month. For athletes at any level of competition, nutrition can be just as important as physical training sessions. We caught up with Nuwanee Kirihennedige, Sports Dietitian at the United States Olympic Committee, who works with the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Goalball Teams and other Team USA athletes to ask her about healthy eating habits and what tips she has whether you’re an aspiring Paralympian or just starting a workout regimen.

“We all know that proper nutrition is important for everyone for day-to-day bodily functions,” says Kirihennedige, “and it is especially true for athletes who are trying to push the limit and achieve high-level athletic performances. Just as fancy, high-performing cars need high-quality fuel, athletes should fuel their bodies with high-quality fuel – food!”

Kirihennedige gives three tips for eating right:

- Eat to train. Athletes should adjust their nutrition intake based on intensity and duration of exercise. The Athlete’s Plate is a good tool to use for allocating nutrients for training and goals. A good rule of thumb is the harder and longer you train, the more carbohydrates you will need; thus, the starch and grain part of the Athlete’s Plate increases as activity levels increase.
- Choose high-performing foods. When preparing or selecting meals, choose high-quality food. Stay away from processed food and eat more whole food. We are what we eat!
- Stay hydrated. Losing as little as 2% of body fluid can significantly lower athletic performance (especially endurance). Drink fluid throughout the day. Chugging fluid all at once is not a good strategy because the body discards excess fluid when taken too drastically. Carrying a water bottle is a good way to enforce day-to-day hydration.

Goalball athletes also weighed in with their own tips for eating right:

“It is easiest to maintain a nutrition habit when you do it every day. I start every morning by eating a banana. I also always pack an apple in my lunch to eat at work. That way, I know I'm always getting two pieces of fruit every day.” – John Kusku, Rio 2016 Paralympic Silver Medalist

“Moderation is key – whether that is portion size or grabbing fast food every once in a while.” – Jen Armbruster, Seven-time Paralympian and Rio 2016 Bronze Medalist

"Vegetables, fruits, low-fat proteins, and carbs are the foundations of the Athlete's Plate. You don't need to be a Paralympian to eat like one. No one ever gained weight from eating green leafy vegetables. Any time a young blind or visually impaired athlete asks me how I got to the level I did athletically, I tell them I ate a lot of spinach." – Andy Jenks, Rio 2016 Paralympic Silver Medalist

“Growing your own vegetables and fruit is cheaper than buying them, they taste better and it’s a relaxing hobby. It’s also a great way to get kids into eating healthy. As soon as our son could walk, he would walk into the garden and eat the chives. We recently started growing herbs too. Our son really likes the herb garden because its shaped like a castle.” – Asya Miller, Five-time Paralympian and Rio 2016 Bronze Medalist

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