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Goalball

A goalball match can become quite stagnant, when neither team gives an inch and no one is able to score for an extended period of time. This happens because it is extremely difficult for players to break a deadlock themselves when they are not able to visualize the situation, and noone is permitted to give any verbal instructions from the sidelines while a game is in play. That's when a timeout occurs. Coaches can call for a timeout to discuss a strategy with their team members, or make a substitution. Then, it's time to put the strategies into action! Keep your eyes peeled immediately after a timeout, because that's when a lot of fine plays occur.

Tips on watching games

Don't make a noise when you're watching a live game of goalball. While the offense players tip-toe across the court and pass the ball to each other just by listening to each other's voices, the defense players listen to their opponents' footsteps to identify the position of the ball, and use their entire bodies to stop it from rolling into their goal. So when the official says, "Quiet please!", it's because silence is a fundamental element of this sport. Make sure to turn off your cell phone or switch it to silent mode. Your ringtone could be what makes or breaks a match. When there’s a timeout, there’s action! A goalball match can become quite stagnant, when neither team gives an inch and no one is able to score for an extended period of time. This happens because it is extremely difficult for players to break a deadlock themselves when they are not able to visualize the situation, and noone is permitted to give any verbal instructions from the sidelines while a game is in play. That's when a timeout occurs. Coaches can call for a timeout to discuss a strategy with their team members, or make a substitution. Then, it's time to put the strategies into action! Keep your eyes peeled immediately after a timeout, because that's when a lot of fine plays occur.

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