Wednesday, October 26, 2011

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.
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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!