Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Exploding into a real TV Channel?

The IFF will take the step to use English commentary on the live transmissions from Champions Cup (at least for some games). This is exactly what we said years ago. But that does not belittle the huge progress IFF now is doing to get Floorball on the map - in the minds of people - beyond U and Me.
To be ON the map is a must to be able to create any other road-map - well, U must be on the map first!

We now hope that we also will see clever use by sponsors in these live feeds - with advertising from the big brands supporting Floorball - both before and after games as well as in-between periods. We think the sponsors also should repost these games on their own web pages. We are so happy to see that the Swedish Floorball Federation, or at least the web hub innebandymagazinet (SIBF support them) now will also recast the transmissions from the Champions Cup. If you run a web page for a federation or just a Club - and decide not to repost Live Free Top Notch Floorball - we here - do not really know what U are up to?

Nuff Said - Time for the Feeds from IFF to run this blog - click the video and you will see when the games start!
Right now about 5 hours to the first game!

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Second largest sport in the Czech Republic.... nope not Ice Hockey

Dude, U guessed it already?

hint via Floorball to the Olympics on Facebook....

Is there a thing like an Olympic rocket?

via wikimedia commons - sputnik - it needs some photoshop ;-)
IFF's President just released a statement before the Champions Floorball Cup coming up.

This is what he said:
"Floorball has taken important steps forward, in order to reach our Vision and a place in the Olympic Games. The next task is to be ready for 2015, when the IOC chooses the contenders for the “short list” of sports that have a possibility to enter the 2024 Olympic Games.

Concerning multi-sport events Floorball is successfully now on the World Games in August 2017 in Poland, in the city of Wroclaw. We are also on the Urban Games, in 2016 or 2017, and we will play either 3 versus 3 or 4 versus 4. It is vital we show the values that Floorball possess, showcasing Floorball with many spectators, and a good youth oriented atmosphere, continuously having all matches streamed on the internet."

source: http://www.floorball.org/news.asp?kieli=826&id_tiedote=4061

We like this - it is clear and full force ahead. 
As it comes to the streaming part of live games online we hope many more than Floorballcentral will start to stream live games via their web pages as embedded posts - in particular National Federations. The more embedded streams - the more buzz we will create - and the more viewers we will reach - this is just modern TV!

But what we also like is the organizational idea described later in the same post by Mr. Eriksson. It clearly states that the organization for Champions Cup should be divided into two main efforts - one aimed at the performance, or the administration, of the tournament - and another effort focused upon marketing.
Floorballcentral thinks this is exactly the way to go. This is also what we want to see within the IFF as an organization too, but also with the other top National federations - some that we think sometimes are way too heavily aimed at administration instead of marketing, yawn. 
So to take this step is a genius move by the IFF for the Champions Cup.

Here is another fun idea on the marketing concept that we have heard from American Football. As the favorite team (in this case the Green Bay Packers) in American Football scores like 21 points - the main sponsor offers a 21% rebate on their products/services the following day.
In Floorball it is slightly harder to reach as high numbers as in American Football - so even in this perspective Floorball seems like a good bet for marketing activities based upon the score from a game - providing discounts related to the score. HUH ;-D
NO no no soccer will not work - 1% off as the big team wins? U must be joking - and Basketball 102% off LOL.

So who can now photoshop sputnik so it more looks like a floorball ball in space?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Backlund's Sister?

Well she is best in the world right now ;-D

Feelings from SLL to the harsh frontier...

C-O is one of the best Floorball players for his age group in Wisconsin (competition is still very very sparse)
The worlds best Floorball league - the SSL in Sweden - just kicked off and after about three rounds...
We see a handful of teams making a bit more scores than most other teams. We also see a few teams that have allowed a bit more scores in their own net - compared to the others.
So as we wonder how they feel - we guess the producers of many goals feels just great and super strong... kinda.
But the ones with a bunch of allowed scores behind their own goalie must now focus to not develop fragmentation of the team spirit...

So how does this connect to frontier Floorball? Floorball played in the middle of no-where - at places where most people - and schools remain clueless?
Well, when we play at the frontier the score and the results does not mean too - much - a little yes... but for us at the frontier we care about other numbers...

So when we normally starts to get closer to our own big tourney in the spring. The numbers of active players shoot up and as we have engaged up around 50 players on Sundays - well then we feel as good as the best teams in SSL. We feel strong. But when numbers are low and we struggle forward on a skeleton crew, in the shade of all other big ol' sports. When we go forward on the most dedicated souls - well things can be a bit more fun.. so we must also focus to avoid fragmentation - of our own team spirit. Just as those SSL teams.

Tonight, the kids participation in Floorball at the frontier was surprisingly very very good and all the kids had a very fun and healthy time. This made our day! The teen and adult session was running - but hey we need seriously to recruit players here - as that group is just making both ends meet for now ;-)

So if you want to try Floorball in Tomah WI and are 13 plus of age. The High School is full of action from 6PM on Sundays!
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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!