Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Facebook - Floorballcentral


Hey, They just gave us a new design over at our Facebook page. With Timeline and tonnes of old stuff that jumps up much more obvious as before. The easiest way to check this new thing out is to follow this link
https://www.facebook.com/FloorballCentral

Or You may get a snapshot of the posts over on the right side of the blog - and you may also click on the headline inside of the box/window and you will be there... have fun.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tech - wazz up?


In one of our first post on this blog... hmm time flies...we discussed how the Floorball nets would evolve into self-reporting cages that electronically or by auditory means or light automatically would report a score. We also talked about sticks with sensors that would carry back information to their users. I think this post mentioned both Gamebullet as well as Speed hero.. So far we have not seen too much more of this in real life but I am certain that something is boiling out there. We now share another link to the, now a few years old concept of gamebullet just to tease your mind...
http://www.tuli.info/eng/gamebullet.htm

Floorballcentral is still very convinced that this, - sticks, shoes and more - connected through sensors to cell phone apps and maybe social networks is something that will change sport for good. Not just Floorball.

Just take a hike here on what Adidas is up to for soccer players
http://youtu.be/9jw2i4b8znc

Or this, yet again Nike Plus with a connected armband (Yes Ibrahimovic, the world class soccer player that also say that he played Floorball growing up is featured in this one)
http://youtu.be/upuoJ7lTsTs

Do we all need this? Maybe not in areas where we still cry wolf for development of the infrastructure for Floorball. But in the sandbox? Yes indeed!

The question is not IF or When - the question is rather WHO is to be first out with a big broad solution of either a connected Stick, a Shoe, a Net or perhaps a wristband for Floorball?

May we also guess that first out in this will not be some of the producers that seriously focus their development resources on other "heavy" matters, beside of equipment connectivity.

MB

This is real now!


Attitude and yes, this is how it looks like - did you really have a clue about this?
Be honest.

Ha, are they doing Hockey again?


This is a video on how to do some basic dribbling skills, toe-in and more..


We think it is interesting how this is shown on a Floorball site - since Hockey skillz transfer not just to Floorball - or was it the other way around? Yes both ways go - here is the original source for this video at flrball.com http://flrball.com/drills/?p=852

Friday, February 24, 2012

A Green Initiative


Ice Hockey seems to, or attempt to, take a serious environmental initiative.. On how to re-cycle composite sticks..
http://youtu.be/M9qypwtaZCI
Hm I wonder if not Floorball should have been first on this ball? So we tossed up the Question on IFF's facebook page too.
This friday's quiz is to guess how long it will take until we see the first Floorball stick marked with the German "Grune Punkte"?

We here say - less than 13 months...

And maybe the green men in Vancouver should have a recycle label too? Since they are green?

MB

Thursday, February 23, 2012

It is all about Money, right?


We have a little idea on how it would be rather interesting to capitalize on Floorball and it will be up here soon. But first let us just wrap up things here.
As you might have noticed we now offer some Hoodies from Amazon.com on this page, see down below at the bottom. We do not do this for the sake of making money (that part is a joke) but to help you guys to wear the right apparel to spread the Floorball message to all people around you. I first planned to do this for another company called idakoos that also print Floorball stuff, but they never replied on our mail so maybe be aware about them I do not know but would myself prefer to deal with folks that knows how to answer...

Also if you look closely at the blog we now also accept donations - so we can become millionaires of course!
Nja, - But we think this is an easy way to accept money if someone now would have too much of that for a good cause. Nope, this will not go into any pockets but will be used to build a fund for a future set of boards is the idea. 5 bucks is just a suggestion... a grand makes more sense..
As it comes to the store we have up, "twigs to go", we have just realized that we are low on righty sticks in the normal 96 cm length on the more affordable side so we will try to find a new shipment and maybe that will include some other models too - lets see how that goes.

Ha we are also missing one of our "loaner" sticks we use in Tomah at the park and Rec activities. Probably someone walked out with it by mistake. It will however be very easy to find it since it is one of these - one of a kind sticks - that does not really exist on this market...

As said will be back on the other more dreamlike idea on how to capitalize on Floorball soon..

MB

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tomah Update


We have now been playing Floorball in Tomah as a recreational group for approx 2 years. Hundreds of people have tried Floorball and I dare to say that Tomah has the highest Floorball penetration in USA per capita.
Only 9000 people live in Tomah, WI. Most likely, other larger cities have had many more players involved in absolute numbers - but I think they pale as in comparison to the population we have here in Tomah. Our guts say that our penetration is the highest - even if it still microscopic.

Last Sunday we sat a new attendance record with almost 40 players involved in two main age groups. If you add some 15 parents or other bystanders to this... well other more traditional activities like tennis... most likely have a hard time to keep up with us in this small town - no we like tennis - but just as an comparison. I am fully aware that it might take 10-20 (or one Olympic event) years yet to start to challenge other much larger activities. And to reach the levels we see exploding in Asia and Europe - so much more must be done here in terms of "infrastructure". Like, other teams to play, leagues and tournaments are just a part of that infrastructure.

But we are going forward and the next big thing here in Tomah is of course the Tomah Open April 14th..
Today we learned about another new possible group in Wisconsin and we have ordered new REAL regulation nets for the Tomah Open tourney. At least one venue during our tourney will now have real IFF certified nets. The Tomah Parks and Rec has also ordered another set of loaner sticks for our open and recreational Floorball sessions. So next Sunday we will rock even harder...

MB

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Europe's best kept secret


And look at that comparison, our own Greg Beaudin, makes as he compares a Floor Hockey stick to a Floorball stick. It like comparing Ursula in the Disney version of the little mermaid with Lady Gaga or something...

Friday, February 17, 2012

Fat Questions

IF you saw the movie from the "club-house" that showed coming stuff from Fatpipe for 2012-13.
You saw the "rail" on the blade too?

So is that fake, to confuse competition? Or is it real?
Let's pretend it is real and we saw this right i. e. The blade will have an outer rail or frame - almost - like a badminton or tennis racket.
Could this mean, as you add the race of low weight to this... that we might see sticks - with a frame as the blade (carbonic) and then strings like on a badminton racket....
IT would "ventilate well" and minimize weight...

That is tonites fat question.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Why this is so utterly Important



This is yet another re-post from BC Floorball - with their grandiose permission!
We here at Floorballcentral just want to add a few lines to this - why we think this is so important.
A) For the first time we here see Athletes with Wheelchairs that realize - what an International standard translates into - and they take immediate action.
This is not just beneficial for them or the full Floorball community but most likely for all other athletes with Wheelchairs in North America - if they so do wheelchair "hockey" versions or not. Now the world of Floorball opens up in a new domain.
B) These Athletes using a wheelchair also point out the direction for so many kids with "foam-sticks" in American schools or other flimsy, clunky and just bad old fashion sticks. These athletes takes the lead in front of what many "regular" Ball Hockey and Floor Hockey players... well the way we see it.. will eventually be forced to do - if they decide to just sit idle.
C) Our warmest congratulations to BC Floorball, Athletes in Wheelchairs in Vancouver, and to the rest that's happening in west Canada right now!



At a small coffee and bagel shop off Main Street in Vancouver, the BC Floorball Federation held it’s first planning meeting with local Wheelchair Hockey athletes Adam Frost and Hilary Brown.

The outcome was the launch of a local Wheelchair Floorball team, the organizing of Canada’s first official Wheelchair Floorball demonstration game at the Richmond Olympic Oval, and a full review of the International Wheelchair Floorball tournament circuit and Power Hockey Floorball events.

The Canadian Team will immediately start to recruit Players to play in the Prague Wheel Open this August. For more information and videos on Wheelchair Floorball Hockey, click on the links below:

http://wheelchairfloorball.org/

VIDEOS

Here is a clip of the Vancouver players, led by Hilary Brown, playing Wheelchair Hockey
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNNDpv9UmBM

BC Floorball is proud to be affiliated with such great athletes and we look forward to the games, the travel, the hosting opportunities at the Richmond Olympic Oval and the passion for Hockey that was shown today at the first BC Floorball Wheelchair Floorball meeting, the future looks great for this Sport in Canada.

BC Floorball

2 hrs plus hd World final ladies


It is right here, thank you IFF

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Vancouver man aims for new Olympic sport


© Copyright (c) North Shore News. We are proud to be able to re-run this story from Vancouver here in its full flavor with the kind permission by the copyright owners. This material is under copyright by Andy Prest  aprest@nsnews.com  and the North Shore News. Original text was published here  http://www.nsnews.com/sports/shaping+Olympic+sport/6140859/story.html 
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Greg Beaudin has worked for six years to develop the sport of floorball locally and nationally in the hopes that Canada becomes internationally competitive. The game is different to floor hockey with no body contact or stick checking, thus allowing fast, agile players to excel.
Photograph by: NEWS photo, Paul McGrath



Greg Beaudin has worked for six years to develop the sport of floorball locally and nationally in the hopes that Canada becomes internationally competitive. The game is different to floor hockey with no body contact or stick checking, thus allowing fast, agile players to excel.
Photograph by: NEWS photo, Paul McGrath

I'M moments away from my first try at the fast paced hockey-style game known as floorball and already I don't like it.

It has nothing to do with the sport itself, the high-tech stick I'm warming up with or the YouTube-worthy moves that players around me are pulling off. This is all about my own legs, lung capacity and laziness.

When North Vancouver's Greg Beaudin, the godfather of floorball in B.C., invited me out to the Richmond Olympic Oval to try the sport, he told me I'd be playing with Jakob Brandstrom and Mack Saunders, a pair of young North Shore whipper-snappers who were recently named to the Canadian national team. Perfect, I thought. A couple of kids to do all the running and play all the defence while I wait for their perfect passes to bounce off me into the net. Moments before the faceoff, however, Beaudin takes Brandstrom and Saunders aside and tells them to put on white shirts - our opponents are short of players and need reinforcements.

Suddenly my team is down to just one substitute and we've lost our spryest legs, instead subbing in the legs of a reporter suffering from the early stages of Overall Lethargy Disorder, also known as OLD. The ball drops, one minute ticks by and my lungs start to scream at me.

"Only 59 minutes to go," I think to myself as I begin to ponder how I will word my post-game apology to my teammates.

At this point readers may have a few questions, such as "Canada has a national floorball team?" and "What the heck is floorball?"

The answer to the first question is, surprisingly to many, yes. To answer the second question, we have to take a trip with Greg Beaudin over to Sweden to meet a hockey legend.

FIRST PERIOD
En route to Sweden, we'll stop in Winnipeg, the coldest city on earth. In 1972, Norm Beaudin, Greg's father, became the first player ever to sign a contract with the brand new Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association. In that debut season the longtime pro - Norm had a cup of coffee or two in the NHL but mainly played for farm teams - joined with Christian Bordeleau and Bobby Hull to form the Luxury Line, the first ever professional hockey line to have each player crack the 100-point barrier in one season.

Known as the Original Jet, Norm played 309 WHA games with the Jets from 1972 to 1976, scoring 97 goals and 252 points. Watching it all happen - alongside other rink rats like rascally young Brett Hull - was Greg Beaudin. As the '70s wore on the Jets gained a reputation as a starting point for European hockey players keen on making their mark in North America. Players such as Ulf Nilsson and Anders Hedberg came to Winnipeg at a time when most North American hockey managers refused to add European players to their teams. The talented Swedes and Finns made an impression on young Greg, planting the seeds for a passion that would not fully emerge for another 30 years.

In 1989, Greg moved to North Vancouver to take a job as a golf pro at Capilano Golf and Country Club. He never lost the hockey itch, however, and in 2001 he founded Modern Hockey, a company specializing in innovative products and instruction. Through his business Beaudin formed a relationship with Salming Hockey, an equipment company created by one of the most famous Swedish players ever, the great Borje Salming. On a business trip to Sweden six years ago, Beaudin's future was altered by the Swedish superstar himself. Salming placed a stick into Beaudin's hands, but it was a stick unlike anything he had ever seen. It had a comfortable, golf club-like grip for the top hand that lead into a thin, carbon composite shaft. A hard plastic blade, slotted and vented to allow air to pass through, was attached on the end. The whole thing weighed less than a smallish grapefruit and its height was just slightly above the belly button. For Beaudin, a hockey nut very familiar with the splintered wood of street hockey or the clunky plastic of floor hockey, it was a revelation.

"It felt like magic in my hands," he says as he recalls the moment. Salming dropped a hard plastic ball with holes in it - much like a whiffle ball - at Beaudin's feet. "When I took my first snapshot it just kind of released from the wrist and hit the crossbar at probably around 100 miles per hour. I was like, 'Holy! This stick is loaded!'"

Beaudin was so impressed with the stick that he bought enough to start his own game and brought them back to North Vancouver. As soon as he returned, he called his hockey buddies and set up what was quite likely the first floorball game the province had ever seen.

"We rented some gym space and started a little group," he says. "At first we were six to 10 guys for a couple of months and then it just kept growing."

The rules of the game are very similar to ice hockey - it's six on six including goalies. Forwards and defenders wear no protective equipment while goalies are protected but must stay on their knees and are not allowed to use a stick. One of floorball's biggest selling points is what it's not - it isn't the same as traditional floor hockey. There's no body contact, sticks must remain below the waist and stick-on-stick contact is not allowed.

"Ball hockey and floor hockey, as indoor gym sports, are getting a bit of a black eye because of injuries and incidents that have happened due to aggressive play and stick contact," says Beaudin. "Floorball doesn't have that aggressive style and the equipment is so light and easy for kids to manoeuvre that you don't see any stick injuries or any puck or ball injuries. In the six years that I've been coaching youth floorball, I haven't seen any injuries other than maybe a sprained ankle."

Back at the Richmond Oval, I'm picking up the rules of the game quite easily despite never having seen or played it. For anyone with an ice-hockey or floor-hockey background, the rules are easy. What's not easy for me, however, is getting used to the stick. With practically my first touch of the game I luck into making a nice pass that almost leads to the opening goal. For the rest of the period, however, I'm a turnover monster as every pass thrown my way bounces or skips off my lightweight blade as I struggle to adjust to the feel of the space-age stick. I'm used to handling the traditional clunkers of floor hockey, plastic elephants compared to the whippy cheetahs of floorball.

Our opponents score five or six goals in a row with a disturbing pattern forming - pass up to me, turnover by me, goal by them.

"Maybe we want to play a little more defence," our soft-spoken goalie suggests in the first intermission. "I faced as many shots in that period as I ever have in any full game."

I look up, hiding my shame by pretending to check out the Oval's gorgeous wooden ceiling.

SECOND PERIOD
A few minutes into the second period I finally feel the magic. Breaking down the right wing, I take a pass off of the knee-high boards ringing the playing surface and cut towards the net. With a quick flick of the wrists I fire a shot that rips towards the goal, blasting off the crossbar with such force that it flies 20 feet into the air before smacking into the curtain that separates our court from the rest of the action inside the Oval.

Wow.

I look down at my stick and laugh, amazed that I could produce such power with my unpractised ham-hands. I'm 25 minutes into my first floorball game and already I love it. Unfortunately that's the highlight of the night for me as my legs continue to tire and my hands fail to recapture the magic.

Meanwhile, Saunders and Brandstrom are having no such struggles, busting out what the kids call "dirty dangles" - dekes and fakes designed to make a defender look silly - while running at full speed. In two weeks time they'll both be on their way to Los Angeles with Team Canada to take on the United States in a qualifier for the World Floorball Championships set for December in Zurich.

Floorball is booming in Europe, where games can draw more than 10,000 fans. But in the rest of the world, including Canada, it's still in its infancy. That much is evident at the qualifier in Los Angeles - Brazil was scheduled to attend but pulled out because of a lack of funds. That left Canada and the United States battling each other with two berths in the world championships on the line, winner and loser take all.

The greenness of the sport in Canada is also evident in the greenness of its players. Brandstrom, a Grade 11 student at Handsworth, was picked for national duty despite the fact that he began playing the sport only four months ago. Last year he played midget A2 ice hockey for the North Vancouver Minor Hockey Association, a shifty player with great hands who was likely too small to take his game to the next level. At his mother's suggestion, Brandstrom came out to a floorball event last fall. It was love at first dangle.

"I fell in love with it as soon as I picked up a stick," he says.

Beaudin, now president of the B.C. Floorball Federation, a manager with the Canadian national team and a board member with the International Floorball Federation, saw Brandstrom's potential.

"Not a huge guy but super fast and hyper skilled - perfectly suited for the sport of floorball," he says. "Every youth hockey team has a handful of players who are very quick and awesome danglers. Speedy danglers are a good way to describe a floorball crossover player. These speedy danglers can, within a couple of months and with a kind of addictive attraction to floorball sticks, become awesome players very quickly. Because there's no hitting in floorball, you're eliminating size as a major component. It's more about speed, it's more about skill, it's more about finesse.

Brandstrom was floored when he got the invite to join the national team for the trip to L.A.

"Three or four months and I'm playing on a national team? I can't really fathom it," he says. "I felt like a super-athlete almost. You go from switching from hockey and being at a very low level and then moving to floorball and all of a sudden you're at a national level. It's hard to believe."

Saunders had a little more experience before joining the national team, but not much. He first encountered the game when he was living in Minnesota and his high school team took a trip to Sweden. He and his teammates were skeptical when they first heard about floorball.

"It sounded kind of quirky," he says. His attitude soon changed. "It's everything I love about hockey - the hands, the passing, the shooting, the quickness. It's just a really fun game."

He and his buddies started their own team when they returned home. His interest in the sport grew last year when he was invited to play with the national under-19 team. Last fall, his family moved to North Van and he caught on with Beaudin's crew. Now he's on the national team too.

"Two years ago I was just starting and now I'm playing for Team Canada," he says. "It went from zero to 60 pretty quick. Maybe it slows down, maybe it speeds up. Who knows?"

Beaudin says the national program needs to groom kids like Brandstrom and Saunders if there's any hope of catching up to the European teams that have been playing the sport for years.

"Globally floorball is hypercompetitive and in Europe they're 20 years ahead of us," Beaudin says. "We have a great ice hockey culture - the future for us in this sport of floorball is through players like Jakob and Mack who are young, North Shore hockey players who have just fallen in love with the sport of floorball. They are the future for us. For them to get a chance to play for Team Canada, to travel, to play against USA, to play against European countries in a world championship - this is a major goal of ours to build the top layer of development through young, dynamic floorball players."

Back at the Oval, I'm really dragging while the players around me are still going strong. It's an interesting mix - young and hungry Canadians like Brandstrom and Saunders; older players who have been honing their skills since Beaudin brought the sticks over six years ago; a few relative newbies, including a 14-year-old boy; talented ex-pats, men and women, who tell me they are from Sweden and Finland, Switzerland and France.

Sadly for me we are drawing some attention. Several Hockey Canada bigwigs stop by for a long chat with Beaudin. During the second intermission I'm introduced to a scout from NHL central scouting who has stopped by for a peek.

"How do I look?" I ask.

"Not bad," he replies. "Your feet are a little heavy though."

THIRD PERIOD
A few minutes into the third period the scout's words prove eerily prophetic. While flying down the wing in a heated race with an opponent I make my most memorable play of the day, stepping on the lightweight wiffle ball and crushing it flat.

"Is that a foul?" I ask with a sheepish laugh. No, just a faceoff. I take the faceoff for our team and promptly lose it without coming close to touching the new ball.

Experienced floorball players have no such awkward moments on the court. In fact, the sport can be jaw-droppingly awesome. The design of the stick blade lends itself to picking up the ball and whirling it around as if on a lacrosse stick. Such trickery is called Zorroing in the floorball world. A quick YouTube search yields page after page of floorball videos featuring gravity defying stick tricks.

The Internet is where North Vancouver brothers Taylor and Trevor Baron go to check out cool new tricks. At a recent Saturday morning gathering of North Shore Floorball - B.C.'s first floorball club - the Baron brothers wowed a growing crowd of spectators with their mesmerizing Zorros, whipping the ball up into the air and around their bodies with such ease that it appeared it was glued to their blades (go to the Videos section at www.nsnews.com to see Taylor and Trevor in action).

"Every day we work on it," says Taylor. "We like just playing around, having fun. We always go on the Internet to look for new moves to challenge us."

"We try making moves up by ourselves," adds Trevor. "And then we practise for about a week and then we should probably get it."

Taylor is 13. Trevor is eight. The youngsters learning the game every Saturday morning at North Shore Floorball's current home, the gym at Lions Gate Christian Academy, are the future of the sport, says Beaudin. He's working to make sure it's a very bright future.

The International Olympic Committee recently approved floorball as a recognized Olympic sport. Beaudin was there in St. Gallen, Switzerland in December when IOC executives met with representatives of the 54 IFF member nations to spell out what they needed to do to get their sport into the Games. The programs are already set for the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics but Beaudin believes there's a good chance floorball will make it in for 2020 or 2024.

"Trevor and Taylor, this generation is the Olympic floorball team generation," says Beaudin. "If you're 10 or 12 years old right now, in 10 years time you'll be at the peak national team, Olympic team age group. I think looking at the group of North Shore floorball players that we have in our junior club, we're looking at a few Olympians."

FINAL SCORE
More and more North Shore kids have tried the game. Thanks to Beaudin's efforts, 19 schools on the North Shore - private and public, elementary and secondary - now offer floorball to their students. Right now the North Shore is a testing ground with the rest of the province following behind. But even here there is still a long way to go.

"It's been a struggle to convince many facilities that we're different than ball hockey or floor hockey," says Beaudin. "Floorball can be played anywhere and will not damage the floors and won't break windows and won't be a heavy impact sport. It's a light-impact sport."

Beaudin's plans also extend well beyond the North Shore. The sport is gaining popularity with new Canadians who don't know how to skate, as well as with elite ice hockey players looking to increase their skill level. Many Vancouverites, however, know floorball only as the sport Canucks defenceman Sami Salo was playing when he tore his Achilles tendon in 2010.

"In Canada, my goal is to see floorball replace floor hockey as we know it. Let's do away with these clunky, awkward floor hockey sticks that are in every school gym across the country and replace it with this new, dynamic, high-tech implement that allows for incredible creativity and awesome stick-handling and great play-making."

If anyone can accomplish that goal, it's Greg Beaudin says Nate Leslie, a former pro hockey player who coaches the Midget A1 ice hockey team for the North Vancouver Minor Hockey Association and recently took a position with Floorball Canada, swept up by Beaudin's passion for the sport.

"Without Greg there is no floorball in B.C.," says Leslie. "He's always thinking outside the box - big ideas. His goal is to put a floorball stick in every hockey players' hands, and beyond that. He's not thinking, 'Hey, how can we get 20 kids playing.' He's thinking, 'How can we get a million kids in Canada playing.' That's Greg. Yet he's the one with the gear in the back of his van driving from gym to gym making it happen."

Back at the Oval my team makes a furious late-game comeback, no thanks to me. I'm getting better with the stick but I'm out of gas, staggering up and down the side of the rink, stuck in a rut like one of the arcade stick-hockey men. The final score is 15-14.

The game is a great cardio workout and I am going to feel the burn for a few days. Still, that moment of bliss with that laser beam shot sticks in my mind. It plays over and over like my own YouTube highlight. I can't wait to try the sport again, knowing there's always a chance I'll get to feel a little bit more magic.

- For more information on North Shore Floorball visit nsfa. bcfloorball.com.

aprest@nsnews.com
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Monday, February 13, 2012

Intramurals


How they should look like

House Floorball Intramurals from William Tang on Vimeo.

2012 Canada Cup



 
Registration is OPEN for the 2012 Canada Cup
North America's Largest Floorball Event is May 18th to 20th, 2012


The 2012 Canada Cup Floorball Championship takes place May 18th to 20th, 2012 at York University in Toronto, Canada.
Get your team together and join us for an action packed weekend of floorball. The Canada Cup is a perfect fit for school teams, hockey teams, groups of friends and organized floorball clubs!
Registration is open for EIGHT youth & adult divisions; so pick the one that suits your group the best... from beginner to elite level!
To learn more or to register, surf to the REGISTER YOUR TEAM PAGE and register online. Do it now to take advantage of special early bird pricing that is available only until March 31st.
New teams are encouraged to join and no previous floorball experience is required!
Check out the tournament website at http://www.thecanadacup.com
Don't have a team? Free agents are encouraged to email us and post at at the Canada Cup Facebook page We will do our best to help you find a team.
Hotel Partners Confirmed
Traveling from out of town? The Canada Cup has you covered with two awesome hotel options.
Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Vaughan
  • The main tournament hotel is the extremely popular HILTON GARDEN INN TORONTO VAUGHAN (pictured) located less than 10 minutes from York University and close to major highways, restaurants and stores. Rates start at a reduced$115/night for up to 4 people.
  • If you prefer to stay downtown, we have an incredible deal at the WESTIN HARBOUR CASTLE located on Toronto's waterfront with restaurants and bars on your door step and the Hockey Hall of Fame, CN Tower and more within walking distance. Stay at the hotel that traveling NHL and NBA teams call home! Rates start at $129/night for 4 people.
Surf to the HOTEL INFO PAGE to book a room using the hotel's online booking system.
A reminder that all teams traveling from our of town are required to stay at one of our tournament hotels and you must use the group code to take advantage of our special rates. If you are traveling from outside Canada or the United States, please contact us for information on tour packages.
Develop Your Floorball Reffing & Coaching Skills
Hilton Garden Inn Toronto VaughanThe International Floorball Federation, based in Helsinki, Finland, will send their best floorball instructors to host free floorball refereeing and coaching sessions during the 2012 Canada Cup. This is an incredible opportunity for North America's floorball organizers, players and fans to improve their floorball knowledge and take it back to their clubs and programs.
To find out how to register for these sessions, please send us an email or stay tuned to the Canada Cup website for announcements.
Rogers TV will televise the Canada Cup Final!
We are pleased that Rogers TV is returning to the Canada Cup and will televise two gamesfrom the event!
The Elite Division Final and the Bantam Division Final will be featured on Rogers TV, York Region, with other regions expected to pick up the broadcast as well. The games will air about one week after the tournament and the games will also be viewable online at RogersTV.com for one month after the tournament is over.
Youth Divisions are Expanding
Hilton Garden Inn Toronto VaughanThe Canada Cup continues to expand the number of youth teams participating and we are excited to announce the Atom division, introduced in 2011, will continue this year.
We will now feature three junior age co-ed divisions: the Atom Division, for players age 10 and under born 2001 or 2002, the Peewee Division, for players age 12 and under born 1999 or 2000 and the Bantam Division, for players age 14 and under born 1997 or 1998.
Questions about which division is right for you? The Canada Cup uses the same age brackets as Hockey Canada. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page on our website for a handy reference table.
Are you interested in bringing a Novice age team to the Canada Cup? Please let us know as we may be able to accommodate registrations in this category!
To learn more about the Canada Cup, watch the Road to the Canada Cup trailer on YouTube or surf to our website at www.thecanadacup.com
We look forward to seeing you in Toronto!
Sincerely,

Johanna & Juha Mikkola
Co-Chairs on behalf of the Canada Cup Committee




   
The Canada Cup Floorball Championship
Presented by Grassroots Floorball Inc.
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Toronto, Ontario M5V 3P1
1-855-FLR-BAL1
http://www.thecanadacup.com

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Trevor Linden



Breaking NEWS from a Hockey Day in Canada


Today - former NHL stars like Trevor Linden and many more got together and played Floorball at the Richmond Olympic Oval in Vancouver. The white team win over the red team with 2-0 and the audience set a new attendance record for Floorball in America (we think). Hundreds of kids play Floorball for the first time.

It is Hockey Day in Canada.

Photo courtesy Christopher Ryan Porta.
More to follow - but by now some folks ought to grasp that there is a good and great thing coming soon to a Theater rather close to you, as they say in the movies. Or as JFK would have said - DO NOT ASK WHAT FLOORBALL can do for u - ask instead WHAT u may do for FLOORBALL. It is more fun this way. 










Hang on.. more. juicy details soon...Like this one - a new website aimed at Canadian Hockey players that want to dive into Floorball too http://unbouncepages.com/floorballcanada/




Friday, February 10, 2012

Stand Up as you watch this


It is harder than as it looks like - you must move the chair with the hand, the very same hand You also want to hold the stick with...

Fortuna Florbalová Liga Vozíčkářů from DomLub on Vimeo.

Tomah Open in April


The formal invitation to Tomah Open has just been announced by email to a bunch of people.
But all you need if you are interested is to be found if you click the Tomah Open tab as of above on this our blog.

MB

Thursday, February 9, 2012

How to hook - by Calebsson



Hockey Day in Canada – Floorball Show




Come Join us at the Richmond Olympic Oval for a fun filled day of all things Hockey, including the Floorball Zone!
Pick up a stick, test your skills, learn about Floorball from National Floorball Team players, check in at our booth and grab a sticker and a postcard from Floorball Canada. There will be lots of prizes to be won, and many celebrities to meet.
all day action from 10am-10pm

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Roger Neilson's Hockey on Floorball




Roger Neilson's Hockey is one of the finest Ice Hockey camp/schools in Canada with both coach and player programs. Since we became aware that they use Floorball within their program. Floorballcentral fast checked in with Marshall Starkman, Director at Roger Neilson's Hockey. Here is what he has to say;


Why do you use Floorball at Roger Neilssons Hockey?
We really like the similarity of skills used to handle the ball in Floorball and the creativity that players can use with their stickhandling. It is an inexpensive way to work on skills while having fun – and is not something most kids are familiar with so there is a great 'takeway' element to it.

What is the first reaction from Hockey players as you for the first time put a "plastic" stick in their hands?
They are excited to try handling and shooting the ball and have lots of fun trying to perfect tricks.

What is your take on the idea that all public schools in Canada and USA, in the future, would use Floorball during PE. Would this have any impact upon North American Hockey? Or not?
I would think that it would help introduce hockey concepts such that the leap to going to the ice might seem a little less daunting, especially for 'new' Canadians or Americans. It may fuel a desire to discover hockey as a result.

Any more thoughts from Roger Neilsons Hockey upon Floorball?
I think you're going to see Floorball really grab hold in North America. We feel fortunate to be an early adopter of the game into our Hockey Camps and clinics. It is a terrific way to work on hockey skills while taking a bit of a mental break from the game which for many is become a year round sport. We highly recommend Floorball for all aspiring hockey players and as an enjoyable sport on its own!
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Want to know more on Roger Neilson's - here is their webpage: http://www.rogerneilsonshockey.com/index.html

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

More rulez from Floorballpro


The full collection of rulez is available at Floorballpro.com


Floorball Rules: Kicking the Ball from FloorballPro Inc. on Vimeo.

What shoe brand does a Floorballer use?




Well our friends at Floorball Shop Spain tried to figure this out and as they returned from the QWFC 1 in Germany and this is what they came up with the following countries involved
Norway, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Belgium and France:

SHOES BRAND TOTAL  PERCENTAGE
Adidas 15 7 5 7 2 36 36.73%
ASICS 1 9 10 3 8 31 31.63%
Salming 3 1 4 8 6 22 22.45%
Puma 1 2 0 1 0 4 4.08%
Nike 0 0 1 1 2 4 4.08%
Mizuno 0 0 0 0 1 1 1.02%

Germany or Denmark?


Denmark plays good Floorball and it is a pity that they missed to qualify to the wfc 2012. But this is the nature of sport you win one and you loose another. I am sure Denmark will be back even stronger than before.

The incredible good thing in this is however that Germany now has the ticket to go to WFC2012.
This is good and extremely important for several reasons.
First of all we have earlier said that Germany hold the main key to future rapid growth of Floorball and with Germany in the final games well we have some 83 million people living in Germany as compared to Denmarks 5 and a half. But that is not only part of the truth since countries like Austria and Switzerland also speaks German. Yes yes, Switzerland already knows how to play Floorball. But I am sure that nice games from the WFC2012 featuring Germany will be well seen in Austria too and Austria has the potential to develop even further.

With Germany in the wfc 2012 I think the sport has a potential to yet leap frog forward in German speaking areas over the next couple of years.
Beside of Americas - our opinion her now is that for next WFC 2014 on the male side -
Sweden, Finland, The Czech republic and Switzerland - they have two years to build Floorball in Great Britain, France, Spain, Russia and Italy.
Why - cause we think in M A R K E T S I Z E. And it is in marketsize you win the world - eh well the USA beats all this countries in Marketsize too as of above - but so far not too many within Floorball grasp this.

To build Floorball in places like Jamaica and South Africa is nice and good - but - not - good - enough.

MB

Monday, February 6, 2012

Floorball vs. Hockey from a coach perspective Part 2


Here is another post from Sweden just posted at Flrball.com that discuss Hockey and Floorball and its relations, their latest post discuss warm-up drills for Floorball...

Posted on February 5, 2012 by www.flrball.com


I’m today fully engaged as a hockey coach in a youth team and “partly” involved in different floorball asignments. What I can see is that floorball players playing hockey are mostly extremely skilled in stickhandling and they are also a head regarding game understanding, WHY? I think it’s simply because you don’t need to focus on learning skating. Therefore in floorball you can focus on stickhandling and game understanding at an earlier stage than in hockey, and as a hockey coach I’m greatly thankfull for that support from floorball to my players in my hockey team.

The world's largest Floorball store - klubbhuset


The name of this store in English? - "the Club-house" or something like it.
Hey, Sports Authority - You have seen nothing yet, lol.

Friday, February 3, 2012

USA-Canada QWFC


Result from first game of two - just in 8-7 to USA and initial reports mention battle between giant coaches.

Full report from this page http://www.usafloorball.org/index.php?action=news_read&ID=354

N.B . This the first game does not have valid QWFC status since it was played on a non-legal court. And one may only suspect that the smaller court made the game play rather intense or messy.

The next game is the official game for QWFC - but since Brasil is gone. Both teams will qualify to WFC this time. For next QWFC we must have Brasil or Jamaica with us! Please. Here is the first game by the way.


My feed is kind of choppy, with rather blurry images - I can not look at this full size - but the commentator is the best ever - with additional comments from Juha Mikkola. So our greatest congratulations to the commentary. As it comes to the video feed and image quality, maybe you have better luck and hopefully in particular with this the next valid game tonight?

Here is where we think the feed will pop up
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/us-canada-qualifer - it says 9PM - we think that is local Calif. time. But some pages have times listed as Central time so we are slightly confused here - .

MB

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Coaching in Sweden


Our friends at flrball.com, a coaching resource for both Floorball and Hockey at the higher level in Sweden are about to release some posts that deeper digs into the relation between Floorball and Ice Hockey. The following is the fist post on this subject that we proudly are able to re-run here.

Posted on February 1, 2012 at www.flrball.com

Floorball and hockey will be the theme for a couple of posts and I rather talk about floorball and hockey (combination / co-operation), than floorbal vs. hockey (competition), even if I will be forced to use floorball vs. hockey as well.
This first post will be a general post about hockey and floorball and the first question is, can these two sports floorball and hockey benefit from each other?
I think they absolutely can, floorball and hockey are very similar sports when it comes to required technical skills, tactics, game understanding and systems. The first and hard practical obstacle will be in combining these two sports, since both are played during the same season (winter). Therefore both floorball and hockey will be “fighting” to get the same athletes/youth players into their teams.

I think co-operation between hockey and floorball is the key. At least in the teams I’m engaged in “we” have managed to do this, hockey practices are mainly on Mondays and Thursdays and floorball practices are on Wednesdays, co-operation instead of competition.
I will continue to dig into this theme in several posts, from a coach perspective, a player perspective and a parents perspective.

www.flrball.com

More Rules from FloorballPro


Thank You Guys:

Floorball Rules: The Free Hit from FloorballPro Inc. on Vimeo.

Support Sports - How does it work?


What is a support sport? Is it a sport that clearly transfer skills from one game to another? What is your definition? Does such a thing like a support sport really exist? What defines a "parent-sport"? I guess many people would argue about this. However my own ideas is that there is a different kinds of "support sports" and how they interact with their “Parent Sports”.
To me it is fully obvious that Flag Football is an accommodation down from American Football and it is an activity that is designed to create a safer and more child-friendly play environment.
The triangle is a good model I think since it shows the base of kids and recreational players and this is where you build a sport - not at the top of the triangle - with the elite. This part develops by itself as long as you have the right kind of base in place.
If the design of Flag football also was meant o improve American Football - is something I only may assume. I think Flag football is growing fast. But as a schematic principle I think this model of above is describing on how American Football earned a larger player base and perhaps an accumulated - skills-base - thanks to Flag Football. I do think the triangle representing Flag football in the model of above most likely is too small - but the idea is clear on how it builds the base for American Football.

As I look at Soccer or Football I must admit that I do believe that there is wide geographical variations of how Futsal is used at different places as an indoor support sport. I also say that the main accommodation is not to make the game per say safer - but to make folks able to play the game indoors.
As a model maybe this is shown if the triangles overlap we illustrate this - but the main idea must be that the width of the triangles together to illustrate the wider base of players - and skills - from all walks of life.

Baseball versus Softball is another example. I am not sure if Softball is to be considered as its own sport or just if it is some kind of an sexist divide within the same sport? Help me here in the case I am wrong? Well, I assume if you are good at one - you most likely are good at the other one too. I do not know too much about cricket to dwell deeper on that specific subject and there is also other versions of bat-games - similar and alive for instance in Europe. But it is my understanding that Softball and Baseball at some levels are almost as big each other - at the same time - so I think their relationship shows another version as we here try to understand how similar sports interacts as “support-sports” with and to each other.

Early on in sport history it was often the same guys that where successful in both Tennis, Lawn tennis as well as Table Tennis. This could however had to do with the availability of these sports as an economic reality - more than that they worked in line as “support-sports” to each other. Only a few could afford to do sports - my dear Watson.

So what about Floorball. Here is a new model again - at least in place where the new sport of Floorball has had some decent time to get developed. But it is the same development pattern that have happened at many places - so it seems to hold true. If we now say that Floorball is the worlds best support sport for Ice Hockey. The main problem that arise is that the support sport fast turns into a main sport - and the numbers of people playing (as well as the set of skills) Floorball gets comparable fast - larger as the number of people that play Ice Hockey.
The base of players in both these related sports gets more than twice as big and the support sport encapsulates the traditional sport. Woopsie. So here at Floorballcentral.org we prefer to say that Ice Hockey is a “support sport” to Floorball - not the other way around.
The main problem with this statement is however that almost no-one will understand what we say, as our thought of mind gets too advanced or just a bit absurd for too many people. So for now let us continue to say that Floorball is a support-sport for Ice Hockey. Even if our triangle model looks like this with Floorball being the outer white triangle

We prefer to not talk about Floor Hockey, Ball Hockey, Cosom or Field Hockey or versions thereof since they mainly appear on local markets or we do not know too much on how it is played we also exclude Rugby, Australian Rules Football and some other related sports like Lacrosse for now.

But we sure want to know what you think too ;-)

MB

From FHA


Check it out either according to what is stated above - or try this one too
Starts at 02/02/2012 USA vs Canada should be here at 10 PM CST http://www.ustream.tv/channel/world-cup-floorball
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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!