Thursday, October 20, 2011

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”.

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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!