Blind and Visually Impaired Tennis
Blind and visually impaired tennis can be played between blind/visually impaired and sighted players, sighted player will be either blindfolded or in some cases wear glasses that seriously restrict their vision. The game involved heightened sounds to aid the players, hence the name "sound ball".
Rules of the Game:
The sport is played on either a tennis or badminton court and players use shorter rackets and a foam ball that is softer and slower than a standard tennis ball. A device is inserted inside the ball to create a sound when hit to help identify when it has been hit and from roughly where on the court.
The server calls out “Ready” followed by “Play” as the ball is served. Balls may bounce either two or three times before being hit depending on the player’s level of sight, for blind person it can bounce three times, for a visually impaired person it is twice.
Fully sighted players can take part but will either be blind folded or have their vision seriously restricted by other means such as glasses. Rules vary slightly between fully sighted, vision impaired and blind players.
Find sites of blind and visually impaired (sound ball) interest listed below along with further details of rules, clubs and game video clips. Note: This sport is relatively new so there are currently few clubs and sights of interested out there, however, our busy ABLEize bees will be keeping an eye out to add more or you can of course email us if you find them first.