Friday, June 15, 2012

Hockey In NEW YORK now use Floorball too

Here is a very interesting article that makes us think about the broadway song New York, New York...
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Iona Prep – First ever Floorball clinic in New York.


The team in New York has wanted to organize a floorball clinic for a
long time. We all know if this sport is to make it big in United States,
we have to get kids and young people to start playing. What has
stopped us in the past is not only that it takes a lot of planning and
energy, but also generating the initial interest.

A few months back, the momentum started when Greg Beaudin out of
B.C. in Canada contacted us. Greg is one of the pioneers of floorball in
Canada, and he is working hard to make floorball a major sport there.
His brother managed a hockey arena in Westchester, NY in the 1990’s,
giving him a connection to this part of the country.

He told us that there was interest in getting some sort of program in
place in Westchester. He provided a great contact in Mike Bonelli, a
hockey coach with over 20 years of high school and college coaching

experience. Mike is also involved with the USA/Norway Hockey Series
located in Oslo, Norway and one of the talents there when he first
coached was Mats Zuccarello, last season, an NHL’er, playing for New
York Rangers. During his experience in Norway, the technical level
European players compared to North Americans amazed Mike, and he
soon found out that one of the reasons for this difference was due to a
sport called Floorball.

“Here in the US, hockey has been stuck with the feeling that
development can only happen on the ice. With floorball I could see
how skills can be developed, techniques can be improved and team
work is crucial in playing the sport” stated Coach Bonelli. “I can
easily see how incorporating this into our routine will help with the
development of all of our players and at the same time reduce ice fee
costs that reach over $500 hour per on ice sessions”

Mike came to one of our practices to learn more. Meanwhile he
showed the kids some videos about the sport, and he was happy to
learn they were also really interested.


12th of May Iona Prep

Sebastian Agdur-Nyman, Lauris Vidzis, AJ Penoro and Jonas Laeben
from NYC Floorball/Manhattan Kings held the first clinic 12th May at
Iona Prep School. The purpose of the day was to educate players and
parents about Floorball, and we had over 50 players and parents in
attendance. We designed the first part of the clinic as an introduction
to the sport that included some of the reasons why Floorball is so
compelling for hockey players, but also for kids that might not be the
best skaters. We showed them a video from the Swedish Elite Final, Zorro skills by Peter Runnestig
http:/ /, and the amazing goal by Mikael Granlund We explained to the kids that this
move was actually a floorball move, and they were amazed.

Parents, who where skeptical at first got to see firsthand how floorball
is a skilled sport that can only develop and help their kids in not only
ice hockey but in becoming a better all around athlete.

After that, the kids wanted action, so we moved over to the clinic
portion of the day in the gymnastic hall. We handed out the sticks and
the kids were ready to play.

Coach Sebastian Agdur-Nyman explained the rules and the basics of
Floorball. We started with some easy passing to get better control of
the ball. It started off really well, and the kids moved the ball fast from
the start. Coach Sebastian gave them some instant feedback about
moving the stick backwards when the ball comes, as it’s all about
ball control. We did some other exercises and then came to the well-
known horseshoe ice hockey drill, and they mastered it while playing

We then did some more drills and divided the group in to two teams,
2 by 20 games. The intensity of the game was high and it was hard to
believe this was the first time these players had ever played Floorball.

The goals used were bigger than normal Floorball goals, but we still
saw some great plays and finishes. The game ended 7-3 to the green
team, they had some older players but the game was pretty even
overall. This goes to show that you do not need to be the biggest or
the oldest to be a strong team. It is more important to play fast and

“The clinic and game was a great time and we were all surprised at
the speed and technique involved in this cool addition to our training”
stated Kieren O’Meara a Junior athlete at the Prep.

After two hours we ran out of time, there was no sign the kids wanted
to stop, but the parents wanted to enjoy the day in the sunshine!

To sum up, the kids loved it, and coach Mike sees Floorball as a part
of his program to make his boys better hockey players. “Floorball
allows us to train longer, more efficiently and in better relation to the
sport of Ice Hockey” Bonelli added. “We also view the introduction of
floorball as a great choice for those student athletes that either cannot
skate or cannot afford to play ice hockey but are tremendous athletes

By Jonas Laeben 14th June 2012.

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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!