Tennessee Association of Blind Athletes

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4th Annual Star Spangled Goalball Tournament

Tournament Overview

The TNABA Star Spangled Goalball tournament was created in 2014 as a championship tournament for developing teams that perhaps have not had the experience to compete for gold on the national level, and who would like a competitive opportunity to win some hardware against comparable teams. This tournament will feature developing men’s and Women’s teams, and as always pool players are welcome. Each year we highlight our brave Veteran players, inviting them to take the court with us, honoring them in a special ceremony, and this year will be no different. This tournament is open to all young or developing teams. TNABA and our community partners strive each year to make every effort to make this tournament available at an affordable cost and as simple as possible, so that your team can focus on competing and growing as a cohesive unit. Below you will find all the details to help you plan your trip to join us in this unique, challenging, and exciting tournament.

Tournament Director

Feel free to contact our Tournament Director, Ricky Jones, with any questions or concerns. He can be reached at info@tnaba.org or via phone at 615-544-5222.

Tournament Dates

The 4th Annual Star Spangled Goalball Tournament will be held July 15th – 16th at the Donelson Christian Academy, 300 Danyacrest Dr Nashville Tennessee
37214, and The TN School for the Blind, 115 Stewarts Ferry Pike, Nashville TN 37214. TNABA is proud to say that our Star Spangled Goalball Tournament continues to grow each year and each year we grow with it. This year’s tournament will be played in two gyms simultaneously on Saturday, and then games will move to the TN School for the Blind on Sunday for the medal rounds. We hope this helps keep the tournament on schedule and allows teams to get maximum playing time. We will get started Saturday morning at 8 am CST thru 8 pm. We will conclude Sunday 9 am – 1pm CST.

Tournament Fees

Tournament fees are $40 per player/coach and pool players. This includes lunch & dinner Saturday, tournament t-shirt, ground transportation, and trophies for first and second place. Drivers and additional guests can purchase Meal Tickets for $15.00 per person which covers both meals on Saturday.

Veteran Teams/Players

To honor our brave veterans and service members TNABA is proud to offer this tournament free of charge to any veteran or service member. This includes tournament fees, meals, lodging, and ground transportation. We do not have funding at this time for travel assistance to Nashville for the tournament, however TNABA is working with USABA and other partners to arrange for travel assistance. We will update this page immediately when we have worked something out, so check back often.

Lodging

This year we have two lodging options available for your Convenience. • Our community partners at the TN School for the Blind has agreed to allow attendees to stay over night Friday and Saturday evening. Space is limited and priority will be given to TNABA members, veterans, and tournament referees first, and then available spots will be offered to other teams/players. The lodging is FREE of charge, however TNABA will charge $10 per person, per night which will cover breakfast and cleaning supplies. Spots will be assigned first come first serve, so register quickly. The deadline for registration for TSB is June 10th. On your registration form you will be given the option to RSVP for TSB Lodging. Those teams/players that we are unable to accommodate will be informed immediately after the June 10th deadline so that they can make other arrangements. A few items to note about staying on the TSB Campus are;
o There is to be no use of tobacco or alcohol on this state property.
o All guest must be in their dorms by 10 pm, due to security purposes and procedures.
o TSB does not provide bedding or toiletries, therefore you may need to bring your own. TNABA is currently working on collecting donations to help in these efforts, but can not make any guarantees.
• we have arranged for a group rate at the Motel 6, 701 Stewarts Ferry Pike, Nashville TN 37214, at $92.36 per night, for a two double bed room (maximum 3 people per room). Call 615-889-9199 and give them either the Event Code: Goalball, or the Block Code: M481200017, to get this rate. Note: there is no continental breakfast at this location, however there is a Waffle House and a Cracker Barrel with in walking distance.

If you choose a different location for lodging, you will be responsible for your own ground transportation. The hotel is 3 miles from the airport for your convenience. Additionally, Nashville does have Lyft and Uber services, and if you have not used these services before we can give you a code for free or discounted rate on your first ride.

Ground Transportation

TNABA will provide shuttle service between the host Motel and to both, the Donelson Christian academy and TSB gym locations, on Saturday and Sunday respectfully. We will do our best to provide shuttle service from the airport or bus station pending volunteer availability. Once you have received a confirmation email that you have been entered into the tournament, proceed with making your travel arrangements and email the tournament director with your itinerary. TNABA will provide all ground transportation for any veteran that attends. Again, Nashville does have Lyft and Uber if needed.

Registration

We hope you will join us in the Music City capital for this exciting annual tournament. Slots are limited and since our tournament is thankfully growing each year, we anticipate slots filling in quickly! Don’t delay registering today! Slots will be given on a first come first serve bases, with priority given to veterans and those teams/players that already have sent a letter of intent. . Upon receipt of your registration form and fees, a confirmation email will be sent to qualifying teams. This confirmation email will confirm that your spot in the tournament has been secured and you can proceed with travel arrangements. Registration will close promptly on June 30th.

To Register:

  1. Fill out a registration form Here
  2. Once your registration form has been received you will be sent an invoice with instructions on how to submit your payment for your tournament entrance fees either online or via mail at: P.O. Box 160185 Nashville, TN 37216. Please make checks or money orders out to TNABA. All payments MUST be post marked no later than June 30th. Remember this is first come first serve.