Goalball is the most popular team sport for the blind and visually impaired. The sport originated in 1946 when Austrian Hanz Lorrenzen and German Sett Reindle developed the game as a way to keep blinded WWII veterans physically active. Goalball has since become the premier team sport for blind athletes and is played competitively in 112 countries.
What do you get when you adapt America’s favorite pastime? Beep Baseball! Players aim to hit a ball that is larger than a softball and beeps. Bases buzz once the ball is hit so players know which way to run.
Bowling is a fun activity that people who are blind and visually impaired can enjoy alongside their sighted friends and family. There are no rule modifications and visually impaired bowlers are allowed a visual description of pins knocked down or remaining as well as the path of the ball.
Tandem cycling is a great way to stay active and feel part of a team. Riding a tandem bike requires good communication and trust. Tandem bikes are built for two riders, one behind the other. The blind or visually impaired rider is called a stoker and rides behind the sighted rider who is called the pilot. The stoker’s focus is to provide the horsepower while the pilot’s focus is navigation and gears in addition to powering the bike forward with the stoker. There are some caveats to riding a tandem bike versus riding a single bike. For instance, on a tandem, turns should be taken wider to account for the length of the bike. Mounting and dismounting the bike tend to the be the most difficult parts of the ride.
A ball in the air headed to ward a basketball netA ball in the air headed to ward a basketball net