Thursday, January 26, 2012

Frontier Floorball


Frontier Floorball?
Yeeah, that is exactly what it sounds like, to try to build a sport - when there is no Big TV Floorball games - no main articles with pictures in the local news-paper and not very much material on-line, at all, that cover the activity in your very own area or at the National level.
So how do you do this?
Well first of all as many Floorballers know the sport/game has many inbuilt features that are just "deng" attractive and many players love it. That is fine. But then the harsh reality is that as a "Frontier Floorballer" you must not only make the game stick but you must also attract new players.

Americans love the expression hard work. I think that is good - but I myself am a bit too lazy, so I prefer "Smart Work", even so, the reality is that you must continually work with new fliers to attracts players to the game and yes you also must convince some people in person to come and try the game, and to come back to the game.
There is two main parts to this A) the part of Attraction - and B) To keep the players in the game.
Today I want to focus on the second part. I think it is essential that you know your players first names, including all the kids, and that you call them by their first name as well as you provide tonnes of good feedback as they play. This just to use common sense - and build confident players - in what they do.
And, hey to me it is obvious that you build at the base - in other words with the youngest ones.

But here is the new thing I want to share, on care and respect. Sometimes it does not take much to do the little extra thing and it is almost free of charge.
So in Tomah we just came up with a new thing - a little "letter of recognition" that we will sign and give to all our youngest players. To show respect, to build community, and to show them that we care a little bit extra.

Here is how this may look like and I think we will use this letter to all our youngest players this Sunday:
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Letter of Recognition/

Dear  XXX XXXX

Tomah Fury wants to recognize you as a Floorball player. The club (in the making) is happy to not just see you play with us but also to see how you develop your own Floorball skills week-by-week. We think physical exercise is good for people of all ages, even if it might hurt sometime as a player falls or is hit by the ball. We also think that Floorball is fun and we hope you agree with us.
This letter is for you - and it is our note that try to show how much we appreciate that you play with us.

Thank You

Tomah Fury
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This will be in the name of every single player, signed by the club (still in the making here) and we will put a few logos at the end too.
Do you think other sports/games in our community are doing this? I do not think so, but I am not certain - so this could be another reason why Floorball should lead the way.

Why do we share this - we think it will have a positive impact on what we try to do - and according to the idea of working a bit smarter - well as we share the ideas we have to make things work even better....
I sounds kind of smart and lazy enough for me.

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!