Thursday, May 24, 2012

Local Ramblings

The Tomah, WI Update

Let's go back to the initial question if it is possible to start Floorball in a little US Midwestern town, just like that? From scratch?

Well, first of all we do not give up even if the Prairie seems rocky and wild. We are pioneers. Second, yes with warm summer weather storming in on us our kids session has been a bit weak lately. But the balls are still rolling on.
And yes, there is no previous culture of Floorball around. We have to travel ways If we want to play another team so that is extremely rare. There is no TV that shows Floorball and many local folks probably still sees us as an outlier oddity. This includes most folks at the local Hockey Club, but we are 100% sure they will change their minds one day. Lol (this is a serious lol).

I also now and then think about all the local Tennis installations they have here  in Town and the resources dug into that system (the truth is that I seriously estimate that we attract more players today as Tennis does - and this with no doubt over a last years cycle - but I may not prove this).
Nope, we do not have boards yet, but yes we have a pair of real nets and we do try to play with goalies as we may.
We hear from Germany that the true way to success is to have the sport planted into the school system. They say that they like it at the High School here in Tomah WI, but the Middle school is still pending - just to answer our friendly request... well, we probably have to insist on that our request.

But, we know that there is a pronounced will to have two top teams to face off in a Tomah local Floorball Championship. Let’s see if we may make that happen before the school will re-surface the floor...
What’s more to ramble about?
Well we do still think that we have the highest Floorball penetration per capita in the USA as compared to the number of inhabitants here in the small town of Tomah.

Another quite remarkable thing is our great mix of players lately. We sport some of the very best local athletes and talents from sports like Hockey, Golf, Soccer and American Football in our little town.
Why? I think a real athlete has the vision to see beyond the childish bounce of that whimsy whiffle ball. I think a real athlete see the skill and speed required to control the same funky ball. I think a real athlete realize that a sport build upon constructive moves has some attractive features as compared to a sport when you push people over or do other less constructive moves. But maybe I am wrong?

What’s next?
I wonder if we should try it outdoors - if it is not too windy.
And perhaps it is time for a “Floorball camp for Hockey players” - and using some drills that we do know is used for Hockey players waiting for the cold...

The answer to the initial question? Is yes - but it takes some serious dedication, stubbornness and most likely a set of Floorball boards too.

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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!