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Jan 17, 2018

2018 Women’s National Residential Goalball Program Announcement

The U.S. Association of Blind Athletes is seeking goalball athletes interested in training full-time with the Women’s National Residential Goalball Program in Fort Wayne, Indiana, April 9 – May 30, 2018. Applications are due to Women’s Resident Coach, Jake Czechowski, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by March 3, 2018.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
USABA established a long-term women’s residential goalball program in partnership with Turnstone in Fort Wayne, Indiana in October 2017. This comprehensive program provides the opportunity to enhance playing skills through participation in a training program geared to individual athlete needs, with the objective of developing athletes for future world championship or Paralympic teams. Training will generally include 5 days of court time per week and a rigorous in-and-out of season individual strength and conditioning training plan.

Accepted athletes who desire to apply to enter the Resident Program must commit to the full Resident Program period. Natural break periods will be built into the Resident Program training cycles, but athletes should be prepared to commit to living and training in the program from April 9 to May 30, 2018.

ATHLETE BENEFITS
Athletes accepted to the Resident Program will be eligible to receive the following benefits:
• Residence in a housing facility which includes furnishings, appliances, internet and utilities
• Weekday lunch meal support
• Goalball facility use
• Access to strength and conditioning resources
• Day-to-day training led by the coaching staff
• Athletic trainer support

MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
• Be a current U.S. Citizen who is eligible to obtain a U.S. passport
• Have completed High School or earned an equivalent degree
• Be at least 18 years of age
• Must be able to classify as a B1, B2 or B3 athlete
• Be willing to submit to a complete health profile coordinated by USOC Sports Medicine including thorough medical history and comprehensive physical examination
• Athletes will be expected to work in a paid or volunteer status a minimum of 8 hours a week or be actively taking a college, university or vocational training course while in the resident program

EVALUATION DETERMINATION
• Space availability
• Athlete’s current “home” training environment and competition activity
• Potential for the athlete to make 2018 World Goalball Championships and 2020 Paralympic teams
• Impact of the goalball Resident Program on the athlete’s goalball potential
• Athlete’s desire and willingness to commit fully to training in the Resident Program

APPLICATION & ACCEPTANCE
All interested candidates must submit a sports resume and one-page cover letter to U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach, Jake Czechowski, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by March 3, 2018. Acceptance to the Resident Program will be at the sole discretion of USABA staff and national coaches. Prior to entry into the program, selected athletes will be expected to sign a contract that covers their enrollment period in the residency program and they will be expected to make a $100 refundable damage deposit.  All positions in the Men’s Resident Program may not necessarily be filled.
 


Jan 17, 2018

2018 Men’s National Residential Goalball Program Announcement

The U.S. Association of Blind Athletes is seeking goalball athletes interested in training full-time with the Men’s National Residential Goalball Program in Fort Wayne, Indiana, March 26 – May 25, 2018. Applications are due to Men's Resident Coach, Matt Boyle (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) by February 25, 2018.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
USABA established a long-term men’s residential goalball program in partnership with Turnstone in Fort Wayne, Indiana in October 2015. This comprehensive program provides the opportunity to enhance playing skills through participation in a training program geared to individual athlete needs, with the objective of developing athletes for future world championship or Paralympic teams.  Training will generally include 5 days of court time per week and a rigorous in-and-out of season individual strength and conditioning training plan.
Accepted athletes who desire to apply to enter the Resident Program must commit to the full Resident Program period. Natural break periods will be built into the Resident Program training cycles, but athletes should be prepared to commit to living and training in the program from March 26 to May 25, 2018.

ATHLETE BENEFITS
Athletes accepted to the Resident Program will be eligible to receive the following benefits:
• Residence in a housing facility which includes furnishings, appliances, internet and utilities
• Weekday lunch meal support
• Goalball facility use
• Access to strength and conditioning resources
• Day-to-day training led by the coaching staff
• Athletic trainer support

MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
• Be a current U.S. Citizen who is eligible to obtain a U.S. passport
• Have completed High School or earned an equivalent degree
• Be at least 18 years of age
• Must be able to classify as a B1, B2 or B3 athlete
• Be willing to submit to a complete health profile coordinated by USOC Sports Medicine including thorough medical history and comprehensive physical examination
• Athletes will be expected to work in a paid or volunteer status a minimum of 8 hours a week or be actively taking a college, university or vocational training course while in the resident program

EVALUATION DETERMINATION
• Space availability
• Athlete’s current “home” training environment and competition activity
• Potential for the athlete to make 2018 World Goalball Championships and 2020 Paralympic teams
• Impact of the goalball Resident Program on the athlete’s goalball potential
• Athlete’s desire and willingness to commit fully to training in the Resident Program

APPLICATION & ACCEPTANCE
All interested candidates must submit a sports resume and one page cover letter to Matthew Boyle (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) by February 25, 2018. Acceptance to the Resident Program will be at the sole discretion of USABA staff and national coaches. Prior to entry into the program, selected athletes will be expected to sign a contract that covers their enrollment period in the residency program and they will be expected to make a $100 refundable damage deposit.  All positions in the Men’s Resident Program may not necessarily be filled.
 


Nov 28, 2017

Team USA Returns to Brazil to Close Out 2017 at Americas Regional Championships

U.S. Men’s and Women’s Goalball Teams are hoping to close out 2017 with a successful showing on the international circuit. Both teams are in Sao Paulo, Brazil, this week and ready to compete at the 2017 IBSA Goalball Americas Regional Championships.

Including Team USA, nine men’s teams and six women’s teams will be in attendance. Most will be competing to qualify for the 2018 Goalball World Championships taking place in Sweden, June 3-9. Team USA has already qualified by finishing 2nd (Men) and 3rd (Women) at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The following athletes and coaches will be representing Team USA:

U.S. Men’s Goalball Team
Joseph Hamilton
Andrew Jenks
John Kusku
Daryl Walker
Josh Welborn
Calahan Young
Coach: Matthew Boyle

U.S. Women’s Goalball Team
Amanda Dennis
Mandy Gargano
Marybai Huking
Eliana Mason
Bryanna Stubbert
Coach: Jake Czechowski

With Tokyo in mind, experience is a top priority for both teams, but so is qualifying for the 2019 ParaPan American Games. The ParaPan American Games in Lima, Peru, will be the last of three opportunities for teams to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games should the U.S. not be able to qualify at the World Championships in 2018 or IBSA World Games in early 2019.

Competition begins Wednesday, November 28th, at 5:30 a.m. ET with finals scheduled to take place Sunday, December 3rd. Team USA’s schedule is as follows:

Day One – Wednesday, November 29, 2017
6:30 a.m. ET - USA Women v. Peru
8:30 a.m. ET - USA Men v. Mexico
12:30 p.m. ET - USA Women v. Mexico
Day Two – Thursday, November 30, 2017
7:30 a.m. ET – USA Women v. Brazil
1:30 p.m. ET – USA Women v. Canada
2:30 p.m. ET – USA Men v. Costa Rica
Day Three – Friday, December 1, 2017
7:30 a.m. ET – USA Men v. Canada
9:30 a.m. ET – USA Women v. Costa Rica

A livestream is being produced by the local organizing committee, Confederação Brasileira de Desportos de Deficientes Visuais (CBDV) and can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/user/tvcbdv Results will also be posted in real-time on the event website: http://cbdv.org.br/evento/2017-ibsa-goalball-american-championships.


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