BLIND HOCKEY & BEEP BASEBALL: BECAUSE TWO BLIND SPORTS ARE BETTER THAN ONE!
BC Blind Sports partners with Courage Canada in a youth Blind Hockey game this Friday, July 24th, followed by a Beep Baseball game on Saturday, July 25th.
Both events are open to the public and free of charge.
BC Blind Sports has once again partnered with Courage Canada for the second annual Courage Canada National Youth Blind Hockey Camp which returns to Burnaby, BC this week from July 21st – 26th, and will host events featuring more than 30 Blind Hockey players from seven different provinces in participant, instructor and coach roles. The event features four days of daily on-ice practice sessions, the opportunity to play in a Blind Hockey game with members of the local BC Blind Sports Vancouver Eclipse Blind Hockey Team, as well as an introduction to a variety of other adapted sports.
The 2015 camp has an added element of excitement with the first ever Canadian National Beep Baseball Team simultaneously running their national training camp. In the 40 year history of the USA National Beep Baseball Association World Series, no Canadian team has ever competed. This year, a group of nine Blind Hockey players from across the country, who are also serving as coaches for the youth camp, are taking on the extra challenge of learning and developing their Beep Baseball skills to represent Canada from July 26th – Aug 2nd in Rochester, NY.
This camp is the only opportunity for young hockey enthusiasts who are blind or partially sighted to play the sport of Blind Hockey with and against peers who have the same disability. The camp is a proven recruitment and development tool for the sport, with eight of last year’s twelve participants competing in the 2015 Courage Canada National Blind Hockey Tournament.
The sport of Blind Hockey is played by athletes who are legally blind – 10% vision or less – with a few modified rules, and an adapted puck that makes noise and is both bigger and slower than a traditional puck. The sport of Beep Baseball is played by athletes who are legally blind who all wear blind folds to even the playing field, use an oversized softball that beeps, modified bases that buzz, and has several adapted rules.
On Friday, July 24th, camp participants will have the opportunity to play in a full length Blind Hockey game with and against members of the local BC Blind Sports Vancouver Eclipse Blind Hockey Team. The next day on Saturday, July 25th, the Seattle Sluggers Beep Baseball Team is travelling to Vancouver to challenge Team Canada to a friendly game and help them prepare for next week’s NBBA World Series.
This weekend is your chance to check out two exciting adapted sports, and cheer on these great athletes. Both events are open to the public and are free of charge.
COURAGE CANADA NATIONAL YOUTH BLIND HOCKEY CAMP FEATURE GAME
WHERE: Canlan Burnaby 8 Rinks, 6501 Sprott St, Burnaby, BC – Rink #1.
WHEN: Friday, July 24th, 6:00PM – 7:15PM.
FIRST EVER BEEP BASEBALL GAME IN BC FEATURING TEAM CANADA VS SEATTLE SLUGGERS
WHERE: Fortius Sport and Health, 3713 Kensington Avenue, Burnaby – Soccer Pitch.
WHEN: Saturday, July 25th, 3:00PM – 5:00PM.
The camp is made possible with support from Courage Canada’s presenting partner AMI – Accessible Media Inc., our National Program Partner CNIB – Canadian National Institute for the Blind, as well as the Darryl K. Seaman Canadian Hockey Fund at the Calgary Foundation, TELUS Vancouver Community Board, Tourism Burnaby, Fortius Sport and Health, and BC Blind Sports.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE EMAIL:
Courage Canada Hockey for the Blind