I.- Court and equipment

  1.  Court

    1. Dimensions

      The court used for goalball shall consist of a rectangle 18.00 metres (+/- .05 metres) in length and 9.00 metres (+/- .05 metres) in width . Measurements are to the outside edges. Only the court markings and nothing else shall be allowed on the court.

      Team Area  
      Landing Area Team Bench Area
      Neutral AreaScores Table 
      Neutral Area
      Landing Area  
      Team AreaTeam Bench Area

    2. Team Area

      The team area shall consist Of. an area 9.00 metres (*/- .05 metres) in depth with its back edge being the goal base line.

    3. Player orientation lines

      Two outward position lines are located in the team area 1.50 metres (+/- .05 metres) from the team area front limitation line. These lines shall be 1.50 metres (+/- .05 metres) in length and run inward from the outside limitation line towards the middle of the team area. The lines, shall be on each side of the team area.

      Furthermore, two centre position lines shall be included in the team area. These shall be in the middle of the team area running inward from the team area front limitation line and the goal base line, perpendicular to these lines. They shall be 0.50 metres (+/- .05 metres) in length. Additionally, there shall be two 0.15 metre lines (+/- .05 metres), extending perpendicularly towards the goal line, 1.50 metres (+/- .05 metres) in from the side line on the front limitation line of the team area.

    4. Landing Area

      Immediately adjacent but lying in front of the team area, is the landing area. This is an area 9.00 metres (+/- .05 metres) wide by 3.00 metres (+/- .05 metres) in depth..

    5. Neutral Area

      The remaining area between the two landing areas, 6.00 metres (+/- .05 metres) in depth, is the neutral area. The neutral area should be divided into two halves of 3.00 metres (+/- .05 metres) by a CENTRE line in the middle of the neutral area (see diagram # 1).

    6. Team Bench Area

      The location of the respective team benches shall be on either side of the scorer/timers' table and a minimum of 3.00 metres from the sideline of the playing area. The team bench area must be as close as possible to the scorer/timer table and shall not be in line with the team area. The team bench area shall be 4.00 metres (+/- .05 metres) in length. The team bench area shall be identified by a front line 4.00 metres (+/- .05 metres) in length and two sidelines not less than 1 metre in length. All members of the team shall remain in the designated bench area during play. At half time, bench positions will be changed. The team bench areas of a team shall be at the same end of the court as the team of that team.

      Should a player who has been injured or otherwise left the competition wish to sit in his/her team bench area as an escort, they must wear an identifying jersey as provided by the organizing committee of the tournament.

    7. Markings

      All court markings (lines) shall be .05 metres (+/- .01 metres) in width and shall be marked visibly and shall be tactile for easy player orientation. All lines shall have a string of 0.003 metres (+/- 0.0005) thickness placed down the centre under the uppermost layer of tape.

    8. Official Time-Out Line

      Around the court there should be a non-tactile line 1.5 metres (+/- 0.05 metres) from the sidelines and goal lines. When the ball passes the line, an official time-out should be whistled by the referee.

  2.  Equipment

    1. Goals

      The width of the goals shall be 9.00 metres (+/- .05 metres). Goal posts are 1.30 metres (+/- .02 metres) in height and they are to be round. The cross bar must be rigid. The goal posts shall be outside the court, but in line with the goal base line. Measurements shall be the inside measurements of the goals. The maximum diameter of the goal posts and cross bar shall not exceed 0.15 metres. Goals must be of safe construction.

    2. Ball

      The ball used for the game is to be a 1,250 gram ball with 8 holes and noise bells. The circumference of the ball is approximately 76 centimetres. The material is rubber with a hardness which has been determined by the IBSA Sport Technical Committee. For Major Competitions the ball will be approved by the Technical Delegate appointed by IBSA.

    3. Uniforms

      All competitors must wear an official game jersey. Jerseys must have numbers permanently affixed both front and back. Numbers must be between zero (0) and nine (9) and must be a minimum of 20 centimetres in height. Clothing may not extend from the body more than 10 centimetres. At the Paralympics and World Competitions the game jersey, pants and socks worn by all competitors on a team must be identical.

    4. Eye Glasses and Contacts

      The wearing of glasses or contact lenses is prohibited.

    5. Eyeshades

      Eyeshades must be worn by all players on the court from the first whistle of any half until the end of any half. This shall include regular time, overtime and free throws. If during a time out situation, bench players enter the court, they must wear their eyeshades.

    6. Eye Patches

      At all major Competitions, as defined by the IBSA Goalball Subcommittee, all players participating in a game, shall have their eyes covered by gauze patches under the supervision of the IBSA Goalball Technical Delegate.

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