STRIVE4You & USABA Presents
The 2023 Star Spangled Goalball Tournament
May 19th – 21st 2023
STRIVE4You is proud to announce that registration is now open for the 2023 Star Spangled Goalball Tournament May 19th – 21st. The Star Spangled Goalball Tournament is a highly attended annual competition held minutes from downtown Music City, in Nashville Tennessee. Teams from around the country and even Canada have attended. Started in 2013 as the premier developmental Goalball tournament for teams and players wanting to compete with similar skilled players interested in improving their game, this tournament has grown from just three teams to 16 or more each year. We are excited to announce that once again Star Spangled Goalball is a USABA Sanctioned Regional qualifying Tournament. SSGT welcomes men, women, and especially veteran players to join us for great competition with our world renowned southern hospitality!!!
Honoring Our Veterans
Every year the Star Spangled Goalball Tournament and its participants honor those brave men and women who has given so much of themselves for our freedom by featuring them in our tournament. Each year at the conclusion of the tournament we have a special ceremony to highlight these extraordinary service members. This tournament is just one of many wonderful activities STRIVE4You provides to veterans with disabilities through our Veteran’s Healthy Tomorrow Initiative.
This Year’s Event
When: May 19th -21st 2023
Where: Donelson Christian Academy (DCA) 300Danyacrest Dr, Nashville, Tennessee, 37214
Registration Deadline: April 10th, 2023
Registration Fee: FREE for Disabled Veterans, Early bird registration $65 per player/coach until April 21st, and Late registration $95 between April 21st – April 28th.
The first 8 Experienced, 6 Developmental men’s, and 6 women’s teams that register (including paying all registration fees) will be admitted into the tournament. Because we are anticipating a large turnout, this year’s tournament will be broken into two different brackets for men’s teams. The Experienced bracket is for teams that are more experienced, while the development bracket is for those teams that are still developing. You may choose which bracket your team would like to compete in during registration. Each team will be guaranteed a minimum of 4 games between Round Robin and Single Elimination tournament play.
Tentatively, the tournament will start on Friday afternoon from 5 -9 PM running two simultaneous games at a time. Games will resume Saturday from 8 AM-8 PM, again running two gyms simultaneously. Sunday games will resume at 8 AM and we hope to conclude around 2 PM with the award’s ceremony to follow immediately after. Times are only tentative pending tournament registration. a full schedule for the weekend will be provided by May 1st with all tournament details and team assignments.
During the round robin games, we will run 10-minute halves. We will move to 12-minute halves for the crossover rounds. We will follow all sanctioned IBSA Goalball rules. The number of games each team can expect will be determined after registration closes, though at least four games is typical per team.
Pool Players Welcome
Don’t have a team? Register as a pool player! During registration teams may request a Pool Player to fill in their roster . After all requests have been filled, a pool team will be created with any remaining registered Pool players. Pool Players should plan to bring their own pads, goggles, and jerseys, though teams requesting Pool players may provide them with a team jersey. PLEASE NOTE: STRIVE4You will not provide any equipment or jerseys to any participants outside of our own teams or veteran guests.
Veterans as always, we want to honor and welcome you during the SSGT. Thanks to generous sponsors and the National Sports & Special Events VA Adaptive Sports Grant we are pleased to provide all your arrangements for the tournament FREE of charge. This includes Flights, lodging, meals, tournament entrance fees, and any equipment you need to participate. Once you Register, we will contact you to go over all the details.
Early bird registration is open February 12th thru April 10th, and then registration will remain open until April 25th. No late registration will be excepted past this date. Early registration fees are $65 per player/Coach up until April 10th. After that the Registration fee will be $95. This includes entrance into the tournament, two lunches and one dinner, ground transportation between venues and the hotel, and a tournament t-shirt.
STRIVE4You has secured lodging at the Quality Inn & Suites Airport Nashville, 2615 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville Tn. Room rates for a two double bedroom with pull out couch is $129 per night and includes breakfast. There is an airport shuttle and a restaurant on site. We also have overflow rooms at the Comfort Inn next door for the same nightly rate. You are welcome to seek other lodging options, however ground transportation will only be provided between the Quality Inn & Suites and the venue. The deadline to reserve your room is April 15th. Links to reserve your room is:
Ground transportation will be provided to and from the host hotel to the venue all three days. Shuttles will start approximately one hour prior to the first game of the day and will run thirty minutes after that start time. The return times will be announced in the final tournament packet sent out after registration closes. It will be your responsibility to get your own transportation from your chosen transportation hub to the host hotel and back. The airport, hotel and venue are all within three miles of each other. Also there is MTA Bus service, Para-transit (615-8803970), and Uber and Lyft are all available public transit services available in Nashville.
As stated above, veterans it is our honor to offer you ground transportation for your entire stay. We will have volunteers to pick you up from your transportation hub and take you to the hotel and back on Sunday. These details will be worked out after registration closes.
Questions & Concerns
You can reach our Tournament Organizer, Ricky Jones, between 9 AM-4 PM CDT at 1-866-40STRIVE (78748) extension 792 or via email at email@example.com.