Goalball was invented in 1946 by Austrian, Hanz Lorenzen, and German Sepp Reindle, in an effort to help in the rehabilitation of blinded war veterans. The game was introduced to the world in 1976 at the Paralympics in Toronto, Canada and has been played at every Paralympic since. Each year Goalball teams from across the state compete. This year the state competition is the Oregon Youth Goalball State Tournament held at Baker Prairie Middle School in Canby, Oregon. The Oregon Youth Goalball State Tournament is scheduled for Friday, March 11th, 2016, 8 to 4:30 pm. Kudos to Nancy Abbott and Bob Hoffman, teachers of the visually impaired, for coaching a team of blind/visually impaired middle and high school students.  It is their hope to be the first Central Oregon team to compete at the Goalball State Tournament. This tournament is designed to give experienced players a competitive team sport experience.  Our priority for this venue will be a tournament that results in the identification of an Oregon Youth Goalball State Champion Title.