Soccer (or football, as it's known in the rest of the world) is probably the easiest ball game for blind players to participate in. The only real difficulty blind folks face is knowing where the ball is. Well, do we ever have a solution for you!
Our authentic, industry-standard soccer balls are just like those you'd find in your local department store or sporting goods shop; they're identical to the ones used by amateur and professional soccer players alike across the country (and around the world). There's only one slight difference between our audible soccer balls and the ordinary ones you'll have around your school or home. It's a basic yet powerful difference that allows EVERYONE to share in the simple joy of kicking a ball around - for fun or in the name of competition.
The modification we speak of is that each of our balls has a number of jingling bells inside, so everyone will know where it is whenever it's in motion. Whether the ball is in the air, has just landed, or is rolling across the grass, it makes a pleasant tinkling sound that's easy for blind players to hear ... and follow - and locate!
So if you want to play the official game of Soccer, kick a ball around the yard, or just have a quick game of catch, this ball is the perfect choice. Never before offered at this unbeatable price, you're getting a top-quality ball ... that everyone can play with.
This size five soccer ball makes for a great choice for anyone of any age. Its durable PVC construction ensures it holds its shape (as well as the air inside) for a long, long time, yet it's relatively light weight gives it a key advantage for those just learning to kick, run after, and catch a ball. Over three years of research have gone into producing the highest quality soccer ball at the lowest possible cost - and we know it will serve you and your family or class for years to come.
Measures about 9 in. in diameter
Package Weight: about 14.1 ounces.
Directions for the Bell Soccer Ball From Future Aids, The Braille Superstore.
The biggest challenge a blind player faces in a ball game is obvious ... knowing where the ball is. That's why our Bell Soccer Ball is so important. The ball you've just received has two large bells inside it, which make a tinkling sound whenever the ball is moving. Especially noisy when it hits the ground and rolls, the bells in this audible ball make a pleasant, easily-heard sound that everyone can follow.
All you have to do now is inflate the ball. Just use a regular pin adapter on a bike or car-tire pump. Insert it into the rubber bump on the ball, and inflate it so it's hard and is not easily squeezed. Now you're ready to play!
The largest modification you'll want to make when playing soccer with a blind player is to allow him or her to touch the ball with the hands. At least at first, this will make it easier for the player to join in fully.
The person playing goalie should also say something so the blind player knows just where the net is, when the blind player is getting ready to kick the ball. Alternatively, you can pick up a Wireless Sound Beacon from Future Aids so the goalie doesn't have to make a sound.
Blind players can act as goalie, too. A friendly notice that someone is going to kick the ball would be helpful in this situation, so the goalie knows where the ball is coming from and when.
Aside from these suggestions (which mostly amount to a bit of flexibility on the part of the other players), you're ready to have a regular game of soccer with all your friends. Have fun, and enjoy!
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