Sunday, July 27, 2014

How to not sell a floorball stick outside of Sweden

From our global Floorball perspective.

This is an International World Class Sport
This is an International World Class Player
This is an International World Class Shooter
This is an International World Class Team
This is an International World Class Brand
This is an International World Class Product Release
This is world class advertising and video ... but...
This is also an International disaster

Irrespective of all this - if they can not figure out how to communicate in English with closed captions or something.
Our recommendation is - like something else - and most important of all - vote for something else - with your money - it means when you buy your gear next time look somewhere else - as these guys are not talking to us - so let em' know....

Do not know how to say this...right...

Today - we had our own boys at a quality soccer practice...
It meant full speed, movement, running, not balls all the time, but all together, no one singled out, intense, fun and games, plus a load of health... and Kids that loved it.

It is like night and day compared to some ball practice we have seen with still standing kids waiting for the ball - the only actions come between the plays when 4 coaches yell to the kids to hassle. Sorry we do not understand that hot dog sport... at all.

Here is another more modern sport that will beside of keeping kids active - also give em' some stick-handling skills.. through magic plays.. with running.

What more can u ask for?

Reflections at the frontier of fundamental things in acceptance

We have had some fairly wild posts here... If you dig into and search for such things you will find posts that wonder if not people should be payed to do recreational sports - like Floorball?
We have also tried to sort out what "real value" is and how that fits into the current money based economy and if not a large part of healthcare expenses should be used for preventive things like recreational sports (like floorball). Yes we know this is all rather outlandish (or free) thinking...

But (ok this does not relate too much to Floorball) still please listen:
- It is not free to get connected to the Internet
- It is not free to have and use a cell phone service
- It is not free to pay for electricity
- Or, or.. and so on.
- Why is then the road systems we use mainly free of charge (beside of the gas and vehicle expenses)? Ok we know there is no such thing as a free lunch - but if the car and truck industry is subsidized over the tax bills with millions of free roads - how in the world can this be - that this particular part of the economy has this incredible feature and incredible benefit? Why? To what good?
Ok we know that free roads are good for the economy - but why the car industry - what is so utterly special with vehicles - that makes almost all roads to be paid by the governments (we)? - why not then now the new Internet infrastructure too?
It does not cost a dime to merge up onto a freeway - but to use Internet at home is not free of charge...

Why do we blog about this? Well, we just want point to the fact that things we often see as normal and fine - indeed also can be seen as rather awkward and strange as you compare things, a little bit from the outside. So in reality we do have outlandish things already as it is - so the idea to pay people to do recreational sports is maybe not as crazy as it sounds like --->

What do you think is healthiest for us humans - two hours in a car on the highway or two hours of Floorball?  hmm...

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014

It is not the Score that counts - but the game itself - performance values someone?

We just invented a new phone app for Floorball - listen to this ...

Some sports have 10 judges that hand out points, other sports measure exact performance with a scientific tool (like a measuring tape), other sports have one ref that easily and fast can affect the outcome - and the variations of different sports goes on.

The sport we like here is Floorball. In this sport we normally have a decent number of scores - without getting ridiculous high - too many times, and the referee must be fairly clumsy to solely decide a game.

Still the team performance is mainly measured by "most goals" in any game. From a modern technological point of view - this measure is; well, a bit clumsy. Not that we recommend that Floorball games should be decided by 10 judges that votes like we have in figure skating... no.

But. If you take a goalie that makes 10 good saves in a Floorball game should that not be worth something? If one team has 60% possession - should that not be worth something? One team gets close to double the amount of free-hits as the other... One team does not have any player penalties... one team shoot 10 more shots at and on goal as compared to the other... and you can maybe come up with more measurable features too.. still we only count the goals - like they did in the beginning of sports?

Nope, we do not say that this should changes like this. But we do say, hey look at this - what is in reality possible to do? Can we add a number of parameters and weigh them by using some algorithms and create some kind of uniform performance value - for a game - beside of just the old boring score? Can we do this? Yes. Who can do this? Any decent nerd or why not an app for the phone - we think?
So here and now we just invented the "Sport Performance Value" app - that would work in a number of sports - a kickstarter anyone?

Why do this? Because we want to stay on the top of developing things and we want to know how things work. To use this information to start to decide games is probably a bit too avantgarde for us here too. But we must dare to think the thought - or someone else will.
And they will because a tool like this will most likely help folks betting on games too... yawn.

Then we truly believe that the meaning of a trip is not its destination - but the trip itself. The results from a Floorball game should perhaps in the future reflect this?
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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!