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Welcome to the 2023 Tournament!
The 2022 tournament left several learnings. Among those learnings, we learnt about the need to double blindfold all players (conventional as well as disabled). Indeed, disabled players were the ones who recommend doing this. After informal meetings with players some of them acknowledged that the mask did not completely cancel the sight; therefore, the collective decision was to place two strips of micropore tape (one in each eye). In this photo, Fanny, a disabled player is being blindfolded.
The best disabled female player wrestles for the ball
One of the local news rightfully described Tiro en Braille as a game that combines rugby, bowling, basketball, and even the Ball Game. In this video we can appreciate how Bere, who ended up being the disabled MVP woman fights for possession.
Teamback in the middle of the rain
Despite the heavy clouds and thunders that covered the skies in the Guanajuato Greater Area, we were lucky to have just a few minutes of rain. This picture allows to see a team back and a strategy meeting in the midst of a light shower.
Saff in uniform
Seven students and a professor integrated the 2023 staff. Here we can see three members of the staff dressing with their distinctive hand-made shirt.
Over 100 participants
The 2023 edition reached 106 participants. Here, shortly after the four semifinalists were announced, a majority of players gathered for a picture for the memories.
Out powering two opponents
The men’s conventional MVP, Leo, out powering a couple of defenders and scoring. Leo was so surprised to be announced as the conventional male MVP.
Anxiety as finalist await to be announced
After the group’s stage, the eleven teams gathered to hear the verdict: four teams that won their two games moved on to the semifinals.
A basketball like scoring semifinal, 42-38
Three BCENOG teams reached the semifinals and only one UG team reached that stage. However, the UG team would go on to win the championship.
Turibus Panorámico, proud sponsor of TEB 2023
A few minutes after the championship, Turibus Panorámico de Guanajuato took the champions, the runner-up teams, and the staff to a night tour around the UNESCO heritage capital city of Guanajuato.
Semis action as the night falls in
As the night falls in Guanajuato after a heavy rain, this picture captures teams battling for the ball in a highly contested semifinal
The awards/closing ceremony
On May 31st, courtesy of JAVs, another proud sponsor of TEB 2023, University of Guanajuato's authorities, professors, and students announced special awards.
Anxiously awaiting for their turn to play
A BCENOG team minutes before playing their first match of the tournament
Stadium and tarpaulin
This year (2023) the tournament was played outdoors, providing great light but also that meant exposure to the rain and unusual heat. Nonetheless, the surrounding mountains are beautiful and the stadium’s location was great. This year, as the number of teams grew from 8 to 11, two courts were dressed and played simultaneously.
The core role of the lazarillo
Just as it happened in 2022, the lazarillo (a guide person) was in charge to lead and orient his/her fellow teammates. This year we introduced the award to the best male and female lazarillo of the tournament. The game’s nature gives the lazarilo a core and decisive role.
The difficulty of scoring… even inside the protected area
Last year’s tournament (2022) proved to be very physical and prone to contact. This year, we collectively decided (as a staff) that in order to reduce contact, but most of all, to avoid or at least reduce the risk of an unintended dangerous shove, as soon as the player with possession of the ball entered the protected area (a square zone of 1.5 meters), the referees would yell, “Freeze” and the rest of the players would become immobile, while the person with the ball attempted his/her shot. In this video we can appreciate how, the fact that players are frozen does not mean that the score could be taken for granted.
Miss shot as time expires
The game is intended to be played in a hustle and bustle format. Therefore, just as it happens with some pro games, there is a 30 second possession/shot clock. The time referee whistles once as 10 seconds elapse, then whistles twice as 20 second have elapsed. The referee whistles three times as the shooting clock reaches 28 seconds. The player knows that it is time to take a shot before the 30 seconds possession expires. In this video we see how Alexia’s possession expired.
Missed and scored penalties
The 2023 tournament witnessed the introduction of penalty shots for faults and other violations of rules. All penalties were shot from 10 feet out from the basket (3 meters). Penalties proved to be a decisive factor in a good number of games, including one of the semifinals and especially in the championship game, when Alex scored his three penalty shots. Penalties were worth 10 points each time one was scored. In thi9s video we witness the difficulty of scoring.
Capitalizing a turnover
Tiro en Braille creates lots and lots of turnovers. Here we appreciate how being blindfolded does not mean that players are not capable of creating steals, deflecting passes, and creating turnovers. Indeed, while some players are natural-born shooters, others excel for their defensive skills.
The best goal of the tournament
The best goal of the tournament was the result of a staff’s meeting. It was really hard to decide whether the best goal would be awarded to Fanny who scored with a laser shot after literally running five meters and while still on the move she threw a clean shot into the middle of the basket. The problem was that the goal was not recorded. In this short video we can enjoy Bere scoring a basketball-like shot over a sticky defender.
2023 Tournament´s Blog
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