Catchball comes to Toronto
Three teams, three passes, 3 seconds, and over was the foot print for Maccabi Canada’s first inter-league Catchball tournament this week. And what a tournament!
Team Maple and Team Thornhill took to the court first, both ready and nervous for the competition. The game was close with the lead shifting back and forth. Final score 19:17 Maple. This game set the tone for the balance of tournament and the women were ready to play and have fun.
In the fall of 2017 Maccabi Canada held a Catchball information session, welcoming women from Toronto’s Jewish community to come learn and play Catchball. The response was outstanding, with close to 75 women in attendance, excited to learn and play the sport, and three teams were formed in the GTA, in Maple, Thornhill and Toronto
Catchball is the fastest growing sport for women worldwide. Started in Israel as a social-recreational activity for women, where the game has engaged and empowered over 10,000 women to be active, be part of team, meet new people and just have fun.
Similar to volleyball in format and appearance, Catchball is played with 2 teams of 6 players on a standard volleyball court with the main difference being, as the name suggests, in Catchball players must catch the ball with both hands before they can pass to a teammate or over the net.
In just 3 months of activity, the development of the players’ skills was remarkable from the power behind a serve to the finesse of spiking. Concentration and smiles on the players’ faces were a true testament to their accomplishment. Credit goes out to our fantastic coaches who collaborate weekly on lesson plans and team development.
The tournament resulted in new friendships flourishing and chatters about the next tournament.
Are you interested in joining Maccabi Canada’s catchball league? Send an email firstname.lastname@example.org requesting more information.