Monday, October 31, 2011

Scotland - alive and doing well!

FIFE FLOORBALL SCOTLAND
Here is a great report from our Scottish friends...

Fife Floorball Club (FFC) play in the Scottish Floorball Federation (SFF) tournaments held in Scotland. Originally we started under the name of Balwearie Floorball Club and consisted mainly of Fife College staff and student's who played out of the college gym and then moved to Balwearie High School recreation centre where they took the name as the club name.

We struggled in our early years as the teams that we competed against at the time were highly experienced and much more up to speed with the game and how floorball should be played. Finishing bottom of the 4 team league in our 1st season was no shame, and as you will read, bigger and better was to come.

Eventually though we managed to grind out some results and our 1st win came at the British Nationals held in Milton Keynes. This was a 5-0 win, and our only win of the tourny, although it gave us confidence to move forward. More importantly it got our fine clubs name known throughout the UK and this helped us make a lot of new friends who helped us in the sport.

The 2004/05 season we got our 1st league wins. These were against Dundee Floorball Club who joined that season, and were going through what Balwearie had just done. The games against Dundee were and are always strong competitive matches, and normally quite close run games as well.

This season was ended in Chester at the British Nationals where some very strong performances where had and again the club did themselves proud running some of the bigger team very close and indeed took on the eventual winners of the tournament and for the most part the struggled to break us.

The following season after much debate there was a decision made to bring a new team to Scottish Floorball. The Balwearie Bees were born. The idea here was to have a team that was there for anyone who wanted to play floorball with no pressure and take their time to learn the sport, and our newly named Thunder team were there to play more competitive, and push for wins.

The Bees 1st game was an 8-4 defeat to Dundee who started the new season with some new players and had also learned a lot from the 1st season in the sport.

It was the Bees though that won the clubs 1st silver ware. The 1st ever Balwearie Cup was played and the Bees managed an excellent win against our 'senior' team. This was not the last trophy of the season though.

The Bees went down to play in the British Nationals and and brought back another. Winning the National Plate Final 1-0. The game winner being scored by 'Statman' Stevie Logie! This helped make the 8hr bus trip home much easier to take. In fact a lot of players who now play at other clubs still say that game was their best floorball moment as nothing was expected of us.

The Bees then became Balwearie Lightning the following year. The aim was still the same though. To bring floorball to anyone who wanted to play. They got the same final the follwoing year, but were beat in a very close game.

Since then, Balwearie Thunder have managed to come runners up in the league and also came very close to winning the Xmas Cup. After beating Chapel Floorball Club in the Semi's, we lost in the final to Hawick. This was to be Hawick only win against Balwearie all season.

Balwearie in 2009 becamse 1st ever Scottish team to play in a foreign tournament. It was the Amsterdamned tournament held in the city it is named after. Although only managing 1 win from 6, we made a lot of friends, and gained a lot of respect as a lot of the more developed floorball countries did not even know that floorball was played in Scotland!

We also came highest of the Brit sides there which we have been every year since.

Balwearie have now went their 3 years in a row and have managed to improved year on year. Having some great fun and meeting some amazing people along the way.

As a new season starts this month, we go into this season the way we do every season. To have fun, promote our great sport and welcome everyone to play, regardless of age, fitness or experience. This is something that we stand out for as we are by far the biggest club in Scotland, and do more for the sport and also charity than pretty much every other team in our league.

We have decided that with the amount of players that we have brought to the club last season, we shall run 2 teams and have them as evenly matched as possible. This decision was vindicated this weekend as Lightning registered the clubs 1st ever 9 point weekend beating former league winners Edinburgh, Dundee and also the new club to our league Tynesdale, who are the 1st English side to join our league.

In our time we have watched teams join, leave, break up, get back together and then break up again. We have coached and nurtured a lot of quality players which we have lost to the 'bigger' sides. We have dusted off, and started again each time, and quite simply, We are, and will continue to be the best floorball club in our Scotland.

The newly named Fife Floorball Club go into the 2011/12 season full of hope and optimism, and will continue to welcome all to our sport.

Should anyone wish more information on us then please get in touch!

You can follow us on Twitter @fifefloorball, Facebook, or our website!!

DO not forget guys that if you come to Scotland and want a game, get in touch and you will get a game!

Cheers for read folks!



News for the male teams too

The World Floorball Championships Qualifier (WFCQ) will be hosted buy USA Floorball in Los Angeles, California at the Braun Athletic Center in Caltech, Pasedena between the 3rd and 5th of February 2012.Canadians are asked to sign up here and find more detailed information too
https://sites.google.com/a/teamcanadafloorball.com/canadian-floorball-federation/Home/mensnationalteamtryouts

And you know what it is only 95 days left until we will see Brasil on the big stage for the first time ever.

World Championships approaching

Team USA has just announced their roster at the main IFF site.
We will this time be frank enough to copy and paste - further info from this page
http://www.floorball.org/news.asp?id_tiedote=2262

This is the team:
Goalkeepers:
Gomez Brandee (Austin Floorball Club)
Meile Stephanie (UHC United Toggenburg, SUI)

Defense:
Bluhm Jenna (Minneapolis 612)
Carr Erin (Arctic Floorball)
Jumppanen Anne (IKA Turku, FIN)
Nurmia Laura (VK-95, FIN)
Reinhard Valérie Anne (UC Yverdon, SUI)
Winkler Tiffany (UHC Höfen, SUI)
Offense:
Camp Erica (Atlanta Floorball)
Häggström Marie (Umeå City IK, SWE)
Hansen Natascha (Zürich Lioness, SUI)
Linhart Michelle (IBK Vänersborg, SWE)
Morgan Alexandra (Trosa Edanö IBK, SWE)
Muuri Marianne (FB Riders DBR, SUI)
Odegard Kristi (Minneapolis 612)
Stübi Andrea  (UHC Laupen, SUI)
Thoene Lisa (Arctic Floorball)
Wattwil Karolina (KFUM Örebro, SWE)
Williams Heidi (Atlanta Floorball)
Staff:
Jumppanen Anne (Head Coach)
Lövgren Ann (Assistant Coach)
Schneckenburger Yves (Assistant Coach)
Bäckström Sabina (Medical Support)
Vaskelainen Aino-Maija (Team Manager)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Serious Thoughts from above (i.e. Canada)


1) Who is Anthony Herrington? Could you describe yourself in terms of life, passion and work?


I am a P.E. teacher at Sherwood Secondary School in Hamilton Ontario. I am also a Hockey Canada Skills Academy operator and was one of the first academies to be licensed in 2002. I love working with student athletes and I enjoy watching them develop through practice and determination. I also enjoy when athletes get “excited” about something as I am always searching for creative ways to motivate my students. In my spare time I am either busy with my family or scouting for the Oshawa Generals in the O.H.L.  (Ontario Hockey League)









2) What is Floorball to you?
Floorball to me is an exciting sport of indoor hockey. I love the detailed skills needed to be successful, but I also enjoy how addicting the sport can be. The game sells itself,and is an excellent way to develop ice hockey skills in the gym.

3) Do you seriously think that Floorball in some way relates to Ice Hockey? And if so how?
I have been instructing Floorball in my hockey classes for over 10 years. I am a firm believer that it helps with all aspects of hockey but I will highlight some important skills. First is eye-hand coordination. It is amazing to see how after a few months of Floorball training, hockey players are able to pick pucks out of the air, which is a difficult skill for most players to do.
Next, is body positioning and puck protection. Floorball forces you to use your body to protect the ball. After playing Floorball, hockey players start to use their body more effectively and are able to hold onto the puck longer, thus allowing them to make more creative plays.
Finally, the skill I love the most, is vision or game awareness. It is a difficult skill to teach, but by playing Floorball, the coach does not need to talk, the game teaches hockey players that you need your head up in order to make pin point accurate passes in pressure situations. I could list many more, however, I believe the most important skill in Floorball is passing and receiving at high speeds. When executed it is definitely beautiful to watch.


4) Do you meet resistance as You talk Floorball to more traditional hockey players or coaches? What is the most common question they have?
No, most people are very curious and are open to playing Floorball. It is a different way to train in the off-season for sure. I have trained many competitive hockey teams in the summer months and we delivered it as “Fitness and Floorball”. We took dry-land conditioning drills and inserted the new sport of Floorball as a way to keep the players motivated and interested in training. The most common questions are the rules…and then of course, where can we play and where can we buy sticks?


5) What is the best that ever happened in Canada’s Floorball history?
There are a few historical moments so far in Canadian Floorball. To have our Men’s National team play very competitive on the world stage last year at the 2011 WFC in Finland was exciting to watch. To play the best team in the world, Team Finland in front of a huge crowd was very exciting to watch live on the internet. The other most notable I believe, is to have one of my former students Joel Inouye, become one of the first young Canadians to move to Czech Republic to follow his dream of playing professionally one
day. He is currently playing for the T.B.C Kraluv Dvur Floorball club. We are a young Floorball nation, and I have been very fortunate to coach the past two U-19 national teams, so really everything we are doing now is going down in history.


6) Any ideas on how Floorball might be built faster in the America’s?
I think the school system is a great way to introduce the sport, and of course the hockey community is a natural fit too. I think if the America’s are able to replicate what the European nations have been doing then it is only a matter of time before it takes off. To see indoor Floorball facilities in Europe built for training and league play is amazing. I think that is the major hurdle, finding gym time or an indoor sport court that leagues can develop the younger generation. “If you build it they will come”.

7) Let’s pretend that Floorball was the big established sport and Ice Hockey would be the new thing, that a few driven or “half-crazy” individuals were trying to get going - any thoughts on this perspective?
Well that is difficult for me to imagine, as hockey is very popular in Canada. It is everywhere with lots of boys and girls playing across the country, it is part of our culture. Skating and running are totally separate skills, and that is what eliminates people from playing the sport of hockey at high levels. If you can’t skate then you most likely won’t play hockey…so if hockey and Floorball were reversed athletes that can’t run in
Floorball would probably not take up the sport of hockey as skating is more difficult than running. That is why Floorball is a game for everyone, you don’t need to skate!!

8) As I see some hockey players try Floorball for the first time I sometimes think about players that play with their boots on. How does that sound with you, am I wrong? Is floorball more like tap dance and hockey more like square dance?
Nice analogy. Yes Floorball is very fast and you need precision skills in order to handle the ball during game play. I agree some hockey players are not successful at Floorball when they first try it. Floorball requires agility and athletes that can move quickly on thecourt while controlling the bouncing ball. It is a very different skill set needed and it is easy to see the hockey player that can’t adjust to Floorball. Having said that, it does not mean they can’t play it. I am just saying that some players pick it up faster than others. These players can pick up a stick and control the ball easily and they usually have good puck skills or soft hands on the ice.

9) Any thoughts on the issue how to build a good feed of new skilled referees for Floorball in North America?
That is an area that needs special attention. Hockey has a hard enough time recruiting new referees, so I can only imagine how Floorball will do it. Maybe the pay they receive should be more than a hockey game at the same level.


10) How may Canada and USA help each other, to either build Floorball or to develop Hockey skills by using Floorball? Or is this a dead issue?
I think it is a great idea to help each other as we live close to so many cities with large population base. The more places to play and tournaments to go to, will only help the level of play in the USA and Canada. Maybe more international friendly matches should be arranged.

10b) Floorball and schools - tell us why that is important, or is it not? (we picked a B question not to end up with 13 questions and bad luck...)
Floorball is safe, fun, and easy to implement. If you train the teachers and it will develop in the school system. It is a very easy sport to have in the North American school system as everyone has played some form of indoor “floor hockey”. All schools should have a set of sticks. My school in Hamilton plays at least 3 periods in a 5 period school day..everyday !!!

11) Where are we in, 5, 10 or 15 years time?
I say we are in for a wild ride in the next 5 to 10 years or so. I think when we have a generation of players that have been playing Floorball for over 10 years, then we will really see how far we have come. To field a team of players at the U-19 or Men’s National level with over 10 000 hours of training under their belt is going to be fun to watch. I think we will compete with any Floorball nation in the world by then or even
sooner!!

12) Any final thoughts for this winter or some other philosophies you may want to share?
I Really enjoy the sport of Floorball and I feel lucky to have found it. My students ask to play Floorball everyday. So that to me is the best, because it means they are having fun and practicing their skills at the same time.

The World's best sport

Thursday, October 27, 2011

On Feschuk - part four



This is the next part as we try to break up the text and see if something is missing...

Many Athletes do running to develop condition and stamina, hockey players too. 
Sometimes this may be replaced by Floorball and the reasons to do so would be that Floorball might be more motivational and provide an intermittent load, something that perhaps is more efficient as compared to the constant load running often offer. For you that never played Floorball - well it can be very though.

For younger hockey players as they want to play with their stick in the bedroom or in another room at home - well many parents does not like that. But many parents can probably live with kids playing Floorball in the basement. The same goes for play beside of the rink - something that... sometimes is prohibited... at least with a hockey stick and a puck.
With a whiffle ball and a plastic stick - funny how would anyone be able to out-law that? In essence Floorball provides so many more opportunities to do stickhandling at any time - anywhere.
I could not find anything on this in the text that told us why hockey players may get a creative edge from Floorball.
Part five in this series will state that Hand-eye co-ordination is something you may get as you manually do the dishes. Mr. Feschuk wrote on “the creative edge for Hockey players” and left out matters like what true puck-control might be. I do not think this is hand-eye coordination, I think it is something else..

Intramural's - the magic word

Intramural's mean in principle an in-house school league you play as recreation and for fun in the Americas. Still Floor Hockey is strong at some places but folks are discovering Floorball.

Here is a brand new report from Keene Texas.
Read and enjoy,and hey - welcome to now before it is too late!
http://southwesterner.swau.edu/?p=2236

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

How to get sponsors!

This team from Latvia, in the baltic, provides us with a fully creative way on how to bring sponsors on-board.
Floorballcentral thinks this is awesome and we hope more clubs follow this example or shows us other ways on how to capitalize upon what we like.
Enjoy
http://www.slideshare.net/klegers/floorball-club-ekava-sponsorship-opportunities

mb

two more things...

BC Floorball runs a good article on the new hockey leaders involved the new coaching team for Floorball Canada and their national team here http://www.bcfloorball.com/
From Usa's Floorball federation our news searching robots informs us that they have a new story describing their new sponsorship agreement posted. Hey, why not visit them both?

mb

Exhibition in Toronto

Good work Sonja, Balraj and Juha! This is almost live....

Just In

We hear from Switzerland that the upcoming female World Floorball Championships sold out on their tickets for the games that will take place in St Gallen in December.
From Sweden it is reported that the National Floorball Federation is about to celebrate their 30th birthday. One of the celebrations is a highlyy illustrated book released with almost 600 pages.

Two very good news from the World of Floorball as a sign of the times.

The curse of a name?


How much has been invested in the name of Floorball on the global scale? I do not know but it starts to mount up, in country after country, club after club and in company after company?
I do not know and I am not good, with either numbers or letters - maybe someone that have more luck with numbers should figure this out?

I have been wearing a Floorball T-Shirt in America for a long time now.
I say: People, do not see it - people does not recognize it.

Do You know why?
It is simple. Most folks does not read a word by the letter - instead they recognize
a word by a pattern of letters just like in an image and from this they create the full meaning in the head. It is just a way the human brain works.

Now read this, that my friend Andreas sent me.
TH15 M3554G3 53RV35 TO PR0V3 H0W 0UR M1ND5 C4N D0 4M4Z1NG TH1NG5! 1MPR3551V3 TH1NG5! 1N TH3 B3G1NN1NG 1T WA5 H4RD BUT NOW, ON TH15 LIN3 YOUR M1ND 1S R34D1NG 1T 4UT0M4T1C4LLY W1THOUT 3V3N TH1NK1NG 4B0UT 1T, B3 PROUD! 0NLY C34RT41N P30PL3 C4N R3AD TH15.

How is Floorball spelled? Perhaps almost like Football?

Do You think most people seeing a  FLOORBALL T-Shirt in America reads it as Floorball or Football?
Football, the American version of a sport happens to be a rather biggy thingy in the Americas….
So I say the Floorball word as a combination of letters is scary similar to Football and does not do a very good job at all.

Hm, as I talked to one former communication director at a large, if not one of the very largest Swedish listed Corporations - several months ago -and told him that  I am trying to market “Innebandy” (Swedish for Floorball) on the American market - he asked me what “Innebandy” is called in English? I said Floorball.
He cried out - “that is too wrong, that word does not describe the sport.”
“It is just a too silly name.”

How active is a Floor? I just ask?

We posted a few months ago a post where we recommend that the sport should be called Rockethoc, SpeedHockey, Flashball, Flash-hockey or something similar and that the sport take on one single brandname on all global markets.  Ok, I know it would cost a fortune to change - but I also know that the same fortune will be so much larger as the sport grows even larger and if someone would like to change the name in like 7- 27 years time...

It still sounds like I am the only one with this opinion or at least dare to talk about it.

N.B. That is definetly not the same thing as me being wrong . ;-)

.
MB

Old Testimonial


5/19/10

To Whom It May Concern:

I am a middle school physical education instructor in Osceola, WI. This winter I was introduced to the sport of Floorball by Roger Schuebach, a citizen of Switzerland who came to America to spread the sport. At first I didn't see much difference between floorball and floor hockey, which has traditionally been taught in physical education. After observing the growth in my students from a few lessons of floorball, I am convinced it is a better choice to teach than floor hockey.

Skills were easier for my students to apply in game situations. I consistently observed students dribbling with control, passing to teammates and spaces and playing with a purpose. In floor hockey I observed little of this, students primarily hitting the ball as hard as possible in the direction the ball came from.

The floorball equipment is safer, stronger and easier to control. Safety is a huge concern when teaching sports with sticks. Students demonstrated the ability to shoot hard, but keep the stick low. The equipment withstood the test of middle school abuse. There was zero damage. Floor hockey equipment fails at a high rate, around one broken stick each class period.

Students had more fun and more fitness. When asked what sport did you like better, floorball or floor hockey, one seventh grade boy responded, "Floorball. It was easier to control, more safe, and more fun than floor hockey. Kids didn't just slap shot the ball around."

In closing I thank Roger for introducing the sport to me and Osceola. I highly recommend floorball in favor of floor hockey and hope to see its popularity grow.

Sincerely,

Tyson Korb
Osceola Middle School
Physical Educator

Since FloorballPlanet goes to Wisconsin Dells for the next three days to meet Health and Physical Educators in Wisconsin - we thought it would be appropriate to re-run this testimonial from almost a year and a half ago from the first teacher ever in Wisconsin - doing Floorball. Blogging might be limited - for next three days.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Numbers are fun, today

Copyright All rights reserved by IFF_Floorball,
Photos by: Mikko Hyvärinen/MagicalGames2010 

Many people think that Floorball is just a sport one do and not a sport one would like to watch.

I do not think that the people here, seated for last years World Floorball Championships in Finland, would agree on that somewhat introvert statement.

Our own numbers are fun too. This blog here just passed 70.000 hits and on our Facebook page we have at https://www.facebook.com/FloorballCentral we right now are at a pace to reach almost 75.000 viewers...... a month.
Not bad. If we are able to add another 40 friends to that Facebook page we will also become North Americas, or Americas largest Facebook page on Floorball (I think). So please recruit your friends!
So help us make that happen, send us stuff, or post stuff and invite your own friends so we can grow to the place where folks in America can not miss us. We are kind of on a mission here.
I think, I mentioned earlier, that I was surprised about the low numbers from Wisconsin recently. But I have now figured out that rather much traffic goes via Minnesota and it looks like much of Wisconsin's traffic seems to come that way. Still it is not good enough - but I am certain it will change soon. Build your own network please and make a difference!

This post was inspired by one of the worlds largest floorball pages on Facebook. We are light years from them but I do think we own them credit for this idea. Thank You Floorball at https://www.facebook.com/floorball.group, the image is courtesy of the IFF.

MB

On Feschuk - part three

There is no doubt that Toronto Star's Dave Feschuk wrote the best piece on Floorball to date in America - in his text "a creative edge for Hockey players".

This text is a continuation upon the previous post, part two, on how speed affects the “creative edge.”


There is further yet another aspect of speed that I have not seen any other writer ever discuss. I call it comparative speed. 
A Hockey player on skates is faster than a person that runs. I think this is as significant as the speed of the Floorball ball. If we then take the speed of the Floorball ball and deduct the speed of a runner and compare the same numbers to hockey it should not be to complicated to say that the difference of speed between a player and a ball is higher in Floorball as compared to the difference between a Hockey player and the puck. This is what I call “the comparative speed difference”. The concept may be developed into how many players are involved in a game situation too - but this view gets too fast - too complicated and goes easily of out of hand.
The theory is that with a higher comparative speed difference, as in Floorball, the benefit of passing the ball is higher as compared to “running/skating” the ball/puck - if we now compare to Hockey.
In the reality I think that this means, as Hockey players use Floorball to practise off-ice, they play a game that promotes passing the ball a tad bit more as compared to Hockey. So in this respect Floorball would eventually be even more accentuated as hockey as it comes to promote the art of passing in live game practise situations.

On the matter of passing the ball. The more developed Floorball there is, the more passing and ownership of the ball is what you will see. 
This is a good rule of thumb as you want to define what is respectable Floorball or not. Pay attention to this as you see video clips of Floorball. Just look and compare between the best and worse teams and you will find a serious difference between passing (ownership of ball) or not.

Part four in this series will discuss how the individual Hockey player might use Floorball to get ahead of others. A subject I feel might be missing as Mr. Feschuk wrote his article on “the creative edge for Hockey players”.


MB

World's largest.. Club?

They say that the Swedish club Linköping is the largest Floorball club in the world with some 70 active teams - yes seventy, in a town with approx a bit over 100.000 inhabitants.

Here is a Goggle translated homepage if you are curious
http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=sv&tl=en&js=n&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&layout=2&eotf=1&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.linkopinginnebandy.se%2F

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Re-Post from Floorball Canada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Floorball Canada Selects David Jansson to steer Men’s National Team

October 24, 2011 VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA

Floorball Canada is extremely pleased to announce the following staff selections for the upcoming World
Floorball Championships Qualifier (WFCQ), February 1-3, 2012 in Los Angeles, California and subsequent World Floorball Championships next December 1-9, 2012 in Zurich|Berne, Switzerland.

Head Coach: David Jansson, current Head Coach of Pixbo Wallenstam in the Swedish Super League.  David has spent his entire professional career in Floorball.  “As the leader of the most successful Floorball club in the world, David brings a perfect balance of winning attitude and ability, and is a perfect fit for our National Teams development strategy”  Greg Beaudin- National Teams Committee

  • Coach of the year in Denmark
  • Silver and Bronze medals in the Swedish Championships
  • Gold medal in Swedish Junior Championships
  • Youngest head coach in the Swedish Superleague
"David has a history of developing players, always having worked with young and talented teams, and working at a successful floorball school in Göteborg, Sweden." says Greg

Co-GM/Assistant Coach: Nathan Leslie, current Director and coach consultant for Leslie Global Sports, GM of Junior Prep Camp and owner of the Leslie Coaching Academy.   

Co-GM/Assistant Coach: Rob Armstrong, current GM/Head Coach for the Peninsula Panthers Junior Hockey Club and owner of Hockey Evolution.

Floorball Canada has been active in developing a National Teams Program strategy.  Key goals are to be an elite Floorball nation by 2018, to build a successful model of talent development across each province, and to work within the framework of Canadian hockey excellence.

“Mr. David Jansson will be a strong leader and coach to our National Team Players while playing an integral role in mentoring our next generation of coaches and team executives.  Nate Leslie and Rob Armstrong represent our vision to connect successful, innovative and motivated Hockey minds to the sport of Floorball. Canada has a built-in winning mindset for ice hockey, and with a solid Floorball expert like Jansson at the helm, we can shape our Floorball Teams to be winners too.” Marc Kronewitt National Teams Chair

The Proposed timeline and training camp schedule for our Men’s National Team are as follows:
  • November-December 2011, tryouts and team selection
  • February 1-3, 2012, WFCQ against USA and Brazil
  • May 18-22, 2012, development camp, Toronto, Ontario.
  • August 12-19, 2012, development camp, Vancouver, British Columbia.
  • December 1-9, 2012 WFC, Zurich|Berne Switzerland
Floorball Canada would like to thank all of the applicants who came forward to apply for the positions of Head Coach and GM.

To Learn more about our National Teams Program, playing opportunities and other staff positions, please
contact greg.beaudin@floorballcanada.ca

Stiga America, Wazz Up?

Floorballcentral loves Stiga.
Some of the best Table-tennis and Table-hockey equipment there is comes from Stiga.

Not long ago they also got involved with level entry Floorball sticks. I saw somewhere that Stiga claim that these sticks are made in Sweden - a somewhat unique feature, since the Swedish manufacturer we are aware about here, is Jolly.

Jolly makes decent to advanced sticks in Sweden but have never been that very successful on other markets (as far as we know - but to be honest we do not know) - well, the name probably explains half of that, my jolly good old fellow.
We now therefore suspect that Jolly actually produce the new Stiga Floorball sticks. But we may be seriously wrong in this speculation..

Not very long ago Stiga started to market their sticks on the US market too and if you search for them at for instance Google they are not too hard to find. Stiga also participated in the last Let's Play Hockey expo in Las Vegas the other week. Floorballcentral think this is all good.

But we have three questions. What have Stiga done to build Floorball in America, beside of what we mention above? Since their sticks are geared towards the entry level market - what action is Stiga preparing or perhaps they already took toward schools here and how to get Floorball going in American school systems?
And why must Stiga use automatic product promoting "bots" on Twitter to market their Floorball sticks?
I think the last question further raise questions if this action is ethical or not ; and in what way a marketing method like this may hurt the Stiga brand - or perhaps also the sport of Floorball?

I think bot advertising is fully 100% annoying - myself - but do not know what U think.

Stiga, feel free to send us a report on how you are doing in America. We are wondering.

michael@floorballcentral.com

MB

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Floorballcentral have tested the new Hockey Canada Floorball stick.


This is our verdict.
First, the tester is not a Hockey player and the tester is not an elite Floorball player only an experienced recreational Floorball player.

First Impression,
This is a beautiful stick. It gives a very credible appearance and it is designed well both in terms of graphical elements, colors as well in the choice of the blade, grip and the shaft used, both components are well-approved in other similar designs. The only thought that comes to mind is that perhaps the stick carries too many messages, with too many logos.
I myself would have preferred to see only the Hockey Canada logo on this stick - to make their commitment and the license stand out a bit. Of course a comment like this is mainly based upon my own very personal taste.

Playability,
I have not scored as many goals for a very long time as before the session when I tried this stick. I honestly did not keep track of my scoring but I probably scored 7-9 goals during the almost two hour session we played. If this relates to the stick or not - I do not know. Otherwise this is without no doubt a stick developed for Hockey Players. I played with the longest version 101 cm (almost 40 inch) and as a stick, this one is a tad bit too long for my personal taste. Yes, as I measure it towards my bellybutton it is a bit too high above it. I also suspect the length makes me slightly slower and two times the shaft got tangled into my t-shirt. Maybe my T-shirt was too big too? Otherwise the stick feels sturdy and stiff to me - something that most definitely relates to my other regular sticks I am used to. I found the playability to be superb and the reach very very good, and yes as said I scored tonnes of goals.

Conclusion,
This is a great stick, in particular if a player have some Hockey related background. It is priced at a very reasonable level, at approx 55 dollars in both Canada and the USA. I say that the buyer will have a stick that performs extremely well in the very important aspect of price/performance. 
It is not a too advanced stick, nor the first entry level stick, but a highly clever choice for a Hockey player that wants to play decent Floorball. I give this stick my strong recommendations and would most likely rate this stick as at 4,5 out of 5 stars - the main reason for me not give the stick the highest rating is related to the fact that I had a feeling that it was a bit long for me. It is therefore also fair for me to say that this stick is made and available in a shorter version too. But since I have not tested that stick I can not have an opinion. The stick comes also as a righty or lefty design.

Both Floorballpro.com and Floorballplanet.com carry these sticks and you may order one by just clicking on the ad on this blog.

Final comment; It is more than supercool to sport a Floorball stick that is licensed by Hockey Canada. It does not just provide the player with his/hers own personal glory - it also provides glory to Hockey Canada - that fully understands the value of Floorball for Hockey players.

If you plan to buy only one Floorball stick this year - this is the one you need!
The Image?
It is an autograph, by Mark Messier, on the Hockey Canada stick I am talking about. Credit goes to Floorballplanet for the Photo.

Asics - Advertising

Friday, October 21, 2011

On Feschuk - part two

There is no doubt that the Toronto Star's Dave Feschuk wrote the best piece on Floorball to date in America - in his text "a creative edge for Hockey players".

His headline define that a Hockey Player gets a creative edge by playing Floorball and the text also describes the speed of Floorball.
I just want to develop this a bit more and how it in reality may work for a Hockey player. A floorball stick is lighter, shorter and more aerodynamic as compared to the Hockey stick, further the ball is much lighter as compared to the puck.
This provides a Floorball player with a significantly higher speed as he/she shoots or do basic dribble practice. So Floorball works in a way to un-leash the speed boundaries of hockey (due to physical limitations, mainly of weight, in the equipment). So a Hockey player can try to shot and dribble much faster as they normally would be able to with their regular equipment as they do it with a Floorball stick.
It is like a high jumper that average around 6 feet - suddenly would start to practice with a new floor and new shoes that would make him/her jump over 7 feet.


Is this good for the hockey player? For the mental aspect I am fully convinced - it is a good thing. It works like a way to push the envelope. If the Hockey player we talk about plays goalie the other obvious benefit is that as the Floorball ball comes flying much faster as compared to a puck, well he/she needs faster movements.
My own experience as I go to the Hockey rink - it feels like slap-shots fly forward in kind of a slow-motion movement. I do not think I would have that feeling if I did not play Floorball. But of course this is a highly subjective feeling and not something I may verify, beside of the actual speed.

Part three in this series will develop the speed issue into something I define as "comparative speed". A subject that might be developed a bit from what Mr. Feschuk cover in the text “a creative edge for Hockey players”.
MB

OXDOG in Spanish

Exel, Salming, Unihoc, Zone, Fat Pipe, X3M, Canadien,
Precision, Blast, Reactor… and OXDOG!

OXDOG es la última marca en llegar al mundo del floorball. Fue creada a principios de este año, y presentó sus productos en septiembre. La novedad no ha hecho que pase desapercibida, sino que tras meses con una espectacular campaña de marketing, todo el mundo esperaba conocer sus productos.

La mayoría de sus creadores son ex-trabajadores de Exel, que abandonaron la empresa a el año pasado y que en poco tiempo han logrado un material totalmente competitivo en el mercado del floorball.

En Finlandia OXDOG ha tenido una acogida increíblemente buena, mientras que en Suecia, República Checa, Suiza…tampoco se ha quedado atrás. Ayer OXDOG llegó a España y poco a poco se irá haciendo un hueco en el resto de países con afición al floorball.

Why we post in Spanish? 8% of the full web is in Spanish and in South America (and in the USA) many speak Spanish - dude. Our Spanish material seems very popular! This report was generated from Spain.


Vive La Republique! Vive La France!

http://www.floorball.fr/

Live Game from Denmark

If You want to see live good Floorball today at CET (central European time) 7.15 PM.
The time in US/Canada depends on how many hours off you are - so the game starts very soon here
http://www.kanalsport.dk/index.php/live

Fiesta in Manila

The IFF reports upon the second annual Floorball fiesta in the Philippines, an activity that invloved 14 teams and 200 players. The fiesta was a University driven activity and one third of the players came from the area of Physical Education. 
This is interesting to us since we tend to believe that if you want to build Floorball for the future - you do it with the youth in the school system.
Another link to the US is that the Philippines have a long historic relation to USA.


Full article here http://www.floorball.org/news.asp?id_tiedote=2246

Thursday, October 20, 2011

We must promote our own Facebook page

Since we right now have a new interview up there with Mr. Floorball himself.
Listen to it - this is how Floorball explode in Canada, it is just the beginning of it.
https://www.facebook.com/FloorballCentral

This was broadcasted on Sirius FM in Canada yesterday.
And hey as you do that please like the page at the same time as we need more likes to build the community.

MB

On Feschuk - Part One


There is no doubt that the Toronto Star's Dave Feschuk wrote the best piece on Floorball to date in America - in his text "a creative edge for Hockey players".

But I think he missed a few things. Let me try to sort these out.
As he say that the ticket to the Olympics is not stamped yet - he is fully - 100% right.

However, I do suspect that this statement also reveal that he might consider Floorball as just being another sport - in a field of many other new different sports. I am fully aware that Mr. Feschuk mention the size of Floorball in Sweden and Finland in his article. However I still would like to emphasise this as follows...

If we pretend that Sweden and Finland, and forget the rest, has been some kind of a “test market” for Floorball.
I say that no other sport or no other school activity have done what Floorball did in such a short amount of time. And if you do not agree - you show me something that have had a larger impact.

In 1970 Floorball was not invented yet in Sweden. 30-40 years later it is one of the very dominant school activities as well as the only sport that in numbers of licenced players is shy to Soccer only (Sweden’s largest sport). The break-through and growth on Floorball on both “test-markets” are unprecedented and may indicate that the ticket, very well might get the stamp needed to become a true Olympic sport in 2024.
Floorball is something very different and the power of its nature ought be fully chocking for people that does not know Floorball.
The only thing that I think necessary for further progress in the right direction is to keep on doing what all we do and provide Floorball with all the right tools for continued global growth. And there is always a few things we may do better - just as in any sport or movement. 
As Salming in the end of Feschuk’s article say it might catch on in Canada too - I am sure Salming thinks about this as the Floorball development in Sweden occurred. I am not as sure that the writer nor the reader fully grasp the size of Floorball in like Sweden and or Finland as they read the article.

Part two in this series will develop the speed issue related to the game of Floorball and how that may benefit a Hockey player. A subject I feel might be developed from what Mr. Feschuk covered in his text “a creative edge for Hockey players”.

MB

Finally we have a wrap up from the Golden Gate

As you may know one of the larger US tournaments is the Golden Gate Cup.
We have now an article posted that starts like this

"I’m sure many of you have heard the San Diego team successfully defended the Golden Gate Cup title last weekend in SF!
As a result of our victory, we also defended our status as California Cup champions for 2011 too!"

Full article is to be found here

Special Olympics

This is big news - Floorball will be in the Special Olympics 2013 in South Korea!
Read the full report from IFF here
http://www.floorball.org/news.asp?id_tiedote=2241

I myself wonder how this may translate to get Special Olympics in the USA and Canada get going in this direction too.

MB

Let's play Hockey and Floorball

Last weekend Floorballplanet went to Las Vegas at one of America's largest trade shows for Hockey. It is clear to us that they had a very good show with many interested people at their booth.
They also had a visit from a very High profile Hockey player that signed one of the New Hockey Canada Floorball sticks.
Right now Floorballpro run a little competition on this stick so if you want to participate in this on facebook, here it is https://www.facebook.com/FloorballPro
Floorballplanet was not the only vendor that showed Floorball sticks at this event in Las Vegas. The Swedish company Stiga also had two basic models on display. I might get back to Stiga in a separate post since it is a company that I do respect very much at the same time that I have questions about their current twitter campaign - that seems to be driven by advertising robots - on social media?

Next week Floorballplanet will participate in a convention in Wisconsin Dells that is held by the WHPE. This acronym stands for Wisconsin Health and Physical Educators. Floorballplanet have participated in similar conventions in other states and this seems to be a good way to reach the school community. We will try to get hold of pictures and a report from Wisconsin Dells too.

MB

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Paralympic Recognition

Today the IFF posted several news on different teams at the international level. But they also posted one story that I prefer even more http://www.floorball.org/news.asp?id_tiedote=2233
This story might be quoted like this
"Manual wheelchair Floorball is played almost with the same rules as Floorball. Mr. Petr Alina from the Czech Manual Wheelchair Floorball Federation was excited about the event:
- It is a big step to get into the Para games, a multisport event for disabled players. It was a great opportunity to showcase the sport of floorball as a real sport for all."

What I do feel is very good about this   It shows how you build things from grassroots and up - love it and thanks to all people involved in this! It also emphasize that Floorball is for everyone!

MB
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Caution

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!