Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Why in the world would anyone be crazy enough and travel far to play Floorball in Tomah?



Andy led Holey Balls from Horicon, WI to Victory in the
TORO Conference in last year's Tomah Open

Last year we arranged a little 3 on 3 tourney, with goalies, played in Tomah WI. It was a huge success with teams from three states and we involved some 100 people in total.
This year we will expand the number of conferences and invite people to travel even further.
Saturday April the 14th, 2012 is the date - and if - in case we have some school teams - well we will play these conferences the following Sunday the 15th.


Why would anyone do this?
Let us first sum up why You should NOT do this.:
A) We do not have real boards - so we use the walls to play against. (still a bit tentative)
B) Our refs were trying hard last year but we want to do this better, way better. So for this year we will try to hire refs from similar sports like Basketball, Ice Hockey or maybe Soccer. This most likely means that our referees still will be at the “entry level”.
C) We are not a professional organization and we are not sanctioned by the US Floorball Federation - so we may only try.... just a little bit harder.
D) We can not promise professional nets at this time - but the nets will be at the right size - at least.
E) We might need your help too - to get this thing through in the best possible way!

But: Beside of all that!
Here is the reasons why you must come to Tomah.
A) We think this is the only 3 - on - 3 tourney in America so far. This means non-official American Championships, dude ;-). (however there are discussions going on right now to perhaps expand the advanced group to 4 on 4 teams with goalies and play at a larger venue... hold out for now)
B) Games hold high standard so there will be lots of things to learn from some very skilled players (think about Chicago for instance they're good)
C) It is easy and cost efficient to travel with a team of 4-7 players (most people should fit into one van)
D) Right next to Tomah is where you find Wisconsin Dells, 40 minutes down the road, where you have some of Americas largest and most impressive indoor water-parks. http://www.wisdells.com/ (they call it themselves the Waterpark capitol of the world).
E) In case you fly in, well I do think there is plenty of things to see both in Chicago or Minneapolis too, and Tomah is located right in-between - with train connections and buses in both directions. But hey, check out that schedule before you board a plane, since the train only goes one trip per day.
F) We dream about International teams visiting Tomah for this tourney (but only dreams at this point). lol, and maybe we must keep on dreaming? You may change that!
G) We do this to promote Floorball in the USA/Midwest, and if you participate - you will contribute to a good cause - by just being here.
H) We plan to open up the conferences so players from the elementary school level to high school - from recreational players via, intermediate and to advanced players will play in their own brackets - as long as each conference have three teams. The philosophy is to have open conferences and then see who signs up, instead of the opposite. We aim for many winners and we believe all teams will play other teams at similar levels. If a conference does not fill up we will move the teams around and make accommodations.
I) We do this because we think it is fun.
J) If you need one more reason or you are a single player with no team - contact ulfjens(at)gmail.com and we will try to figure something out for you. NB replace the at with @ and no brackets so the mail goes through!!
K) Our attitude is - we will make this happen - you might have to be a bit flexible too.
L) All teams will be playing at least about 1.5 hours of strenuous Floorball against players and teams you have never played before.

Interested? Keep us posted and we will send an invitation to you.

Never tried more well "serious" Floorball before? - Well this is your chance - in particular if you play Hockey! Floorball kind of tend to be the best support-sport for Hockey there is. So do not blame us in the case you did not already knew this, ok.
Invitations are supposed to be out in one to two weeks time or so - And Sign-up is to take place during March,,, 
all in all, still a bit tentatively. Hold out!

N.B. This is not the Invitation - it is only Advertising so far
;-p

Sincerely

Tomah Fury
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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!