Monday, March 12, 2012

Tomah Wisconsin first in the Midwest with regulation certified Nets for Floorball

The first ever regulation and certified floorball nets was used in Tomah Wisconsin Sunday, March 11, 2012. This is to our knowledge the first time in the Midwest that “real” Floorball Nets are being used.
To many Floorballers this news is at the same magnitude as the first installation of Basketball hoops. This since in some European countries Floorball has grown larger than Basketball.
This also indicates that Floorball is not just another activity in PE classes, it is a “staple activity” in countries like Sweden, Finland, The Czech Republic, Switzerland, Singapore and many more.

Sunday’s Floorball session in Tomah involved 36 players in two age groups and was played over the course of above 3 hours in total. It is therefore probably likely that Tomah has the highest Floorball penetration in the country as measured per inhabitant.

From Sundays Floorball and the youth session. A player tricks the goalie during a break away action. However the same player actually hits the post with an empty net, so no score this time even if it looked like a certain one.

Tomah is now looking forward to host the second edition of Tomah Open for April 14th, this is the first Floorball tourney in the Midwest. Last year they had 12 teams from 3 US states and the tourney involved some 100 people in total. This year they hope to attract a team from Canada and grow the number of teams. Anyone that has some basic sport skills is encouraged to sign up with a team in the recreational conference, sticks will be provided as a loan. The organizer is also looking for further donations, sponsors and volunteers to make this a good tournament.
“I am very proud over the response we have had for Floorball here in Tomah, say Michael Borg one of the guys behind Floorball in Tomah. He continues “it is kind of pity though that so many other surrounding communities have not discovered Floorball yet - but I am 100% sure they will.”
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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!