Wednesday, February 1, 2012

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
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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!