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
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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!