Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The Latest on Canada Cup

We checked in with the Co-chairs of Canada Cup and here is the very latest on the Largest Floorball tournament outside of Europe.

It is getting time for a new Edition of Floorball Canada Cup soon.
How does it look like this year, anything that is new and different?

Yes! We are extremely excited that the tournament is constantly improving. This year we are hoping to get past the 70 team mark for the first time ever. We are working on two new divisions - novice and girls high school - and are proud to welcome the International Floorball Federation Development Seminar.

We are close to announcing a very special guest as well and you should be hearing something about him or her in the next two weeks. There are also discussions going on about a possible Under-19 match up between the United States and Canada, but that is in the early stages and has not been confirmed yet.

We will again have television coverage with Rogers TV broadcasting the Elite and likely the Bantam finals and hope to add web streaming of these games to the package this year.

On the hotel front, we have added the Westin Harbour Castle to our official tournament hotels. The Westin is one of Toronto's best known hotels and the place that travelling NHL and NBA teams stay when they visit the city. Our rate is almost half price so we hope teams will take advantage of that and enjoy what Toronto has to offer off the court as well as on the court.

We know that this is the largest Floorball Tournament outside of Europe and that the Toronto leagues today sport some almost 20 teams.. do you dare to predict how many teams will play in the Canada Cup this year?
We had 62 teams and over 1000 players last year. We hope to build upon this success and have over 70 teams this year. However the number of teams is up to the global floorball community. Without the team managers and players hosting the tournament would not be possible. We thank everyone for their support and can't wait to see everyone in Toronto this coming May.

Any indications of teams participating from outside of the Americas at this point, that you dare to share?
We are in discussions with two teams from outside of the Americas. One from Europe and one from another region of the world. It's too early to get excited but we might have a couple of International teams this year! We certainly hope to get more teams from outside of North America in the future because seeing teams from other regions - in particular from Europe - helps the development of the game in Canada and the United States.

We know that there will be a new seminar as in relation to this years Canada Cup - where the IFF is involved with education, may you tell us something more about this? In terms of time, what they will cover, cost and location and who is the target group, etc?
We are finalizing the details of the workshops. The plan is for the IFF to offer workshops for coaching and refereeing during the weekend. Four courses in each stream and upon completion of the courses (and signing up with Floorball Canada or US Floorball) the participant will receive a certificate. Each workshop course will be offered three times during the weekend and be one hour in length to allow for players to attend in between their games. The courses will be offered at the playing venue and will be free of charge (non players will need to pay admission to the venue). The target group is all of the participants at the tournament but in particular the team managers who often coach and referee their floorball programs back home. We hope to encourage everyone to participate and increase their knowledge about floorball and go on to teach these skills to the next generation of floorball leaders. Also worth noting is that Floorball Canada will host their Annual General Meeting on Friday.

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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!