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...


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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!