Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Spanish Only - so Latin America and the South knows whazz up

We are proud to share a new post in Spanish, on Floorball, the Olympics, and a few words on Madrid as a possible contender for the Olympic games in 2020. This is a re-post from Floorball Shop Spain - their new English Facebook page is on par to get 1000 likes their first week up! Go Spain GO! We are proud to share Your material here!

En estos días el deporte está siendo protagonista con la celebración de los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres. 204 países y 10.919 deportistas compiten por llevarse una medalla en las 39 disciplinas deportivas que tienen cabida en estos juegos, pero nosotros echamos de menos una... el FLOORBALL.

La mayoría de nosotros aprovechamos las olimpiadas para echar un vistazo a deportes que no solemos seguir, y a veces descubrimos que pueden ser realmente entretenidos; sin embargo, hay otros deportes poco conocidos que llegan a aburrirnos sobre manera y que han conseguido colarse en el programa olímpico. Por eso nos preguntamos... ¿Qué criterios sigue el Comité Olímpico Internacional para elegir los deportes que participan en los JJOO? ¿Qué necesita el floorball para formar parte de este programa?

Cada año el COI realiza una sesión ordinaria en la que se reúnen sus miembros y, entre otras cosas, seleccionan los deportes que formarán parte de las próximas ediciones de los JJOO. Los criterios que utilizan no son muy claros, pero un deporte entretenido, popular, sencillo, interesante, que no precise de instalaciones muy complejas y que pueda retransmitirse por televisión con facilidad, tendrá más posibilidades de formar parte de unas Olimpiadas.


Hasta el momento el floorball ha conseguido ser reconocido como deporte olímpico por el COI y estará presente (como deporte de demostración) en los JJOO de Invierno para discapacitados que se celebrarán en Corea en 2013, además, el COI felicitó a la IFF por la calidad de organización y retransmisión del último Mundial de Floorball Absoluto celebrado en Finlandia en 2010.
La lucha del floorball contra el Dopaje y los valores que promueve nuestro deporte, son también bazas para lograr formar parte de los juegos, pero el Comité Olímpico Internacional exige que el floorball se expanda aún más y llegue ser practicado en un mínimo de 75 países de 4 continentes diferentes (actualmente rondamos los 60).

La IFF se ha marcado el objetivo de llevar al floorball a los JJOO de 2020, y aunque probablemente tengamos que esperar hasta 2024, ¿No es bonito imaginar unas Olimpiadas en Madrid con el floorball como protagonista?
Parece que el sueño esta cada vez más cerca y cuando finalmente lo consigamos el floorball tendrá la oportunidad de demostar al mundo entero su atractivo, lo que supondrá un salto definitivo a nivel de promoción y una presión magnífica para que países como España, que no reconocen al floorball como deporte, lo hagan definitivamente.

One guest post from flrball.com has gone POP crazy

So let us try another one...
This material is proudly published by us under an agreement with flrball.com
Floorball Team dynamics

Posted  June 2012
So far, I have been talking about Steiner’s model in the teamwork part, but of course there are other models that can help you understand your floorball team behavior and development. Below you find a summary of Tuckman & Jensen 1977, team development model.
Forming - The floorball team members get to know each other and start to identify the task/challenge they are facing and how they should solve it. This is a very exciting phase for each member, although they might have spent one or more seasons together, but when you add or trade/add/remove players or change the task for the team, you will start from the beginning by forming.
Storming – Now the “honeymoon” is over and you will probably or most likely face conflicts and tensions in your floorball team, between the players and sometimes between you and a player (or this will be hidden under the surface). The conflicts can be about roles in the team, behavior, tactics etc. If the conflicts are not handled some teams will not take the next step and be stuck in storming phase.
Norming – The floorball players start to find their places and roles within the team. Roles and norms start to be established and clear for everyone, regarding both the task and social interactions. Goals are getting clearer and clearer and the co-operation is strengthened within the team.
Performing – Now the floorball team is ready, relations, roles, goals and norms are clear for everyone and accepted. The focus is now the first steps towards the common goal on short and long term, by beating other teams.
Adjourning – The season is over and the motivation is lower than before and the relationship between the floorball players might not be that important anymore, the focus starts to shift to holidays and the next season.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

4 Stages and how they will work for an American Floorball introduction...

Science in general, has a tendency to divide things of knowledge into different categories or stages and they also love to put big labels on what they figure out..
We do not know if this is done to enhance the understanding or maybe it is done - just by tradition. But this is how many scientific people, and the papers these folks write, looks like.
We do not always like this and we think one should be careful in doing this..because you might lose the more holistic view.

This said, we will now for the first time ever discuss the Floorball development in America - in the light of 4 pronounced stages.

The Bubbling stage,
This is the first stage and it is characterized by; that close to 100% of the population has never ever heard about Floorball. Still there is a little enclave of enthusiasts that try to wake people up, but what is heard at this point, is mainly crazy postings on a blog like this one - or perhaps some sport interested kids in America that stumble across a few Floorball clips on Youtube and they scratch their heads. But that is about it.
This is the stage where we are at, in USA today.

The Discovery phase,
Is defined by a smaller interest by “real” media. There is a few news articles that jumps up and a few clips on main TV channels, or on the more mainstream Internet. - You’ll find sites that occasionally (or at least once) refers to Floorball not just as in peculiar news. Still the main bulk of people does not have a clue about Floorball - but this stage also means that news starts to jump up, not just only with early adopters, but also with some kids ahead of the curve, at a few privileged places. It is here where we start to see trends or patterns for the first time.
Floorball thinks that Canada right now are in this phase and they might be a bit down the road in this phase and become ready for the next step ahead...

The Initiation Phase,
This is the most important phase to get serious about to build further forward. This phase only start after as we pass a “bump” of critical mass in terms of interest. Here big money, big efforts and big organizations realize that this is a good thing - a cause that they must drive for either their own purposes, the health issue, or maybe just for market profits. The initiation (or investment stage) phase therefore call for three things; Commitment, Investment, and Organization. To build Floorball fast from here, the sport must find commitment from Organizations like at the federal or state level, and community level, from school systems, private sponsors and corporations with modern aspirations, but also support from organizations like the Let’s move initiative, the YMCA, Boy Scouts, national Hockey and field hockey organizations, Special Olympics, Church systems etc.

We think that Jamaica probably would not win over the USA or Canada if they played a game of advanced Floorball today. But thanks to several things, including Storvreta and SIBF - it sounds like Jamaica is on track into this the 3rd phase. Not too many more people in a country have still heard at Floorball at this stage - the difference is that the most influential and most important people kind of grasp what is going on and they are also willing to bet on Floorball in a serious manner since they understand the overall benefits...

In pure money we might say;  if USA wants 1000 boards for 1000 schools in 1000 counties. .. Toss in some more equipment and some education so we can build good teams - easily this stage need approx 10 Million dollars up front as a light kick-start investment - still we do not even think about new sport venues for floorball..(we probably will write another post on this - but in the limelight that concussions costed USA approx 60 billion, and much of this expense arrive over the tax bill, all in the year of 2000 figures according to federal sources... and some concussions came from sports - well to put it blunt - Floorball is close to be free of charge- but that is another story).

The main Development Stage,
It is now when 2 things are happening. Floorball is growing very fast in school. Floorball start to be a regular matter on sports pages. This stage is the longest and it might span for above 10 years or even more. It is first here that we find wider knowledge about Floorball among a wider population and it is first hereafter we have a larger system of leagues and other organizations in place to secure that a country like USA would be able to present a serious team to fight for the gold at the Olympics.

The main problem with our model?
It takes just way too much time - since Floorball might be at the summer Olympic games already in 2020, all according to some connoisseurs. Floorballcentral thinks that 2024 is more realistic. But still we wonder if a country like the USA might be able to get through all 4 stages as of above in like 12 years time?

So this means it is time for You out there - to get your act together and do a bit more - right...?
Lol - remember you are still one of the very very few here that has an idea about this European secret.

Do not keep this secret!

Brasil and their first Floorball Champion

This is still rather sketchy since we only have messages over facebook to rely on at this point and no official word yet.
The Goats win in Brasil - Cabritos means goats if we got this right, and team Cabritos won the first ever Brasil championship now in 2012! 

The final was won 3x2 against Cotiguara. This happened just hours ago.
Adriano Serafim, one of the main people within Floorball in Brasil commented: "the first Brazilian championship was incredible".

We understand that they played many tight games with very close results and that the matches were very exciting.

We hope to be back with more extensive coverage as soon as possible, maybe they also will have some moving images...

News from California and FHA

Floorball Hockey America today announced: Come Play Floorball in Lake Forest 
Newest Floorball Training Facility in The Nation
Call (805) 298-0169 Today
Lake Forest Going Floorball too

Additionally, they state that they  "will introduce Floorball Hockey as a skill-enhancement sport to further the development of ice and roller hockey players; teams; and coaches, by introduction an enjoyable, inexpensive, dry-land form of hockey." and their announcement continue; "In turn, the implementation of Floorball Hockey can/will enhance fundamentals, strengthen skill sets, improve game strategies and create efficiencies in time management."

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Modern Hockey and the Olympics

Here is another great Guest post that we take the liberty to re-post here at Floorballcentral.
This time from Modern Hockey in Vancouver that serves us fresh Olympic insights..
We are both delighted and proud to be able to serve U this.

Seems like yesterday that Olympic Fever was sweeping through the streets of Vancouver.  Modern Hockey had the ultimate gig for those games, being in charge of all game used pucks for all 38 Hockey games that were played at Canada Hockey Place.   It was a special time to be able to share the experience with my Dad and my Brother at these games working hard to create value from an unassuming asset such as a game used puck.  The value of each puck went up and up as the tournament went on. The Gold medal game used pucks ended up selling for $10-13,000.00 apiece.  Every two minutes, a new frozen puck hit the ice.  It was cool to track each puck and the stories that accompanied them.  From Teemu Selanne’s record breaking puck, to Crosby’s golden goal, we tracked, authenticated, photographed, hologrammed, and certified each puck for the Innovative Sports Group and VANOC.

At Modern Hockey, we also had the honour of working in Calgary 88′ and Albertville 92′.   You could say that we are passionate about the Winter Olympics, but now we shift over to The Summer games and helping Floorball get on to the Sport Programme.  Last July, Floorball was approved by the execs of the IOC to be a recognized Olympic Sport.  The journey was a long and arduous one, just to get to this spot, and the IFF has been relentless in its’ efforts to get Floorball this recognition.
So, we will watch the London 2012 games and imagine the possibilities of having another Team sport compete in large arenas to hordes of patriotic sports enthusiasts.
Floorball is on the right Olympic path as it embodies all the ideals of Olympism and we must keep pushing, collectively.  The IOC loves Floorball, it’s just a matter of more awareness and more participation worldwide.  The mission to grow outside of the core countries and into markets like Canada, Brazil, The USA, China, India, Africa is continuing at a brisk pace.  We will need the Core countries like Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, and Switzerland to support the mission by placing resources and coaches in these places where we know Floorball can thrive.
Enjoy these Floorball(less)games!  2020 is not that far off, and we look forward to the Summer Olympics with Floorball.  Let the games begin….Go Canada Go!
Article first published by webrover at http://www.modernhockey.com/?p=158

Friday, July 27, 2012

Join us on twitter with the right name

We're tweeting #innebandy #salibandy #unihockey and #florbal here using the #floorball name. :-) -- Floorball ulfjens (@ulfjens)

How to Pick the very best team - You don't'


Unified diversity...and the growth spurt

A school system founded by using ideas that children are to be educated in annual batches and go through standardized test for evaluations, sounds like a very well organized machine at the initial approach.

One simple little graph on five pupils, however, may have the power to toss this overboard.

Here are five real people and how their growth spurt looks like: measured by growth/year, Y-axis, in centimeters and by age on X-axis. Simple as can be,
(image Tanner dev. by SIBF).
Let’s assume that beside of the growth spurt.. That the level of knowledge, cognitive maturity, moral/social development and several other similar things in young people develop at very different paces too.


So what happens with all the late bloomers?

In many sports - it might be the case that they end up in the drop-out batch. Because the coach wants the very very best team.

Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is not about a team winning a game or a school doing a good season.. It goes and aims way beyond this.

Long Term Athletic Development is about when the sport itself wins - and win together with more people staying in the sport for life as the ultimate goal.. The coincidental consequence - is that these new teams will also have the potential to become much better as the old ones - with the high dropout rates.

It is not one scientific study that suggest this - but a bunch of them, as well as a load of plain common sense.

Ok OK Ok, now get to the Floorball part - for heavens sake...

The development model in Swedish Floorball, SUI, state that it is good to specialize into Floorball with specific areas of focus, all related to, and with timing to the individual growth spurt. Yupp, different chronological ages mixed and the growth spurt (puberty) identified and put the players together by ability seems to be a viable road forward..

CS4L, (the Canadian interpretation of LTAD) propose that sports like figure skating and Gymnastics may be the few exceptions that should be started and specialized at early ages...
Floorballcentral think this relate mainly to the body spin they use in these activities  (we might be wrong here - we’ve been proven wrong before) - but since a smaller body just spin easier and faster - therefore we suspect this is more related to pure physics as compared to athletics.
Yes, Canada’s interpretation of LTAD - clearly states that the National Sport in Canada - Hockey - or Ice Hockey, drufus - that their players may specialize a bit later in their lives too.

How do they dare to state this? Well, there are research based proofs presenting more and better players with less injuries. This happens - if sport specialization - is not forced into the lives of the young ones too early.. Yes but this is the - Wrong Question, since the perspective is from the wrong side!
The right question ought to be - How does anyone dare to run a specialized sport operation with young kids that only cater to the very best in this one sport? .

Research suggest that you should not specialize in a sport until you are about 13-15 years old (but hey, look again at the graph - kids are different). This is however a bit complex since the recommendation is also much more detailed on how to perform specific areas of development as in relation to the personal growth spurt.

The graph above is borrowed from the Swedish Floorball Federation and from the document that describe their interpretation of LTAD within the development model SUI.

It is a pity - that kids tend to be more different than most common standards invented.

Should the kids adhere to the standards or the standards/practices relate to the kids?
Kids are Kids and definitively not smaller versions of adults.
Let the kids compete towards themselves to have fun, and for heaven's sake keep em’ all on your team and please let em try other sports too - like Floorball ;-)

Some PE teachers might already know all of this but we assure you that there are thousands of youth sport coaches out there, right now, picking the best player for their teams and...well this way kicking some others out.
The message must be to bring all these less knowing coaches on board to understand what winning really is about.

Thank You SIBF

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Brasil and clever marketing things

As You might have noticed..
Brasil plays their first Floorball Championship this weekend in style 4 on 4.
We also picked up some clever things from Brasil.. It appears like the idea is to play this weekend, during the Olympic,s is not just by a coincident. Na, Floorball as an aspiring sport want to get noticed and since Floorball is on track to become an Olympic sport (yes, dude), and since many networks in Brasil may not have the right to carry the main Olympic feed from London... Well, Brasil figured out that as an aspiring Olympic sport... maybe some other network may pick up what they are trying to accomplish with Floorball in Brasil.

We call this clever, ingenious and brilliant.
Good Luck Brasil and lets hope if we may possibly see some cool footage from Brasil soon... on a network that is interested in "what is next".

On another note it seems like there is vibrant things going on in Jamaica too, more or less now and it would not surprise us if we soon have some news coming from that direction too.
So we say: Go Americas Go!

Swiss Voting- Floorball vs American Football and Soccer

Hey, You all!
Vote for this guy in case You like Floorball and make him Nivea's Floorball guy in Switzerland please.

Do not wait vote now!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Summer Product News, Including Oxdog onePiece

Both Salming and Unihoc has new Eye protectors in the pipeline at the state run Floorball certification institute in Sweden.

Salming and X3M have 24 new sticks in the pipeline for certification. Unihoc 25 and Zone 21 - all during the summer of 2012.

It is also our understanding that Oxdog will have the following sticks certified:
Stick,  Oxdog Onepice 26 Oval  
Stick,  Oxdog Onepice 26 Round
Stick,  Oxdog Onepice 32 Round

This is the new onePiece Sticks in full carbon from Oxdog. And interestingly enough these sticks will arrive in two flavors of shaft design round and oval. It also looks like the market will be able to pick one stiffer version and a softer one, since it looks like the 26 and 32 indications most likely describe the stiffness of the stick.
We can not find any certification news on one-piece sticks from Unihoc or Salming... even if they both tossed up such videos as soon as Oxdog revealed that they were going onePiece. 

The new player "Republic" from Finland that showed up for the first time at ISPO in Germany this year have earlier certified 12 new sticks. The cool thing with them is that they have exact the same postal address as the IFF.
But as it comes to their sticks - we hope that they are aware of - that the competition is stiffer than some of the uttermost stiffest Floortball sticks on the market.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Future - and how to detect it...

Floorball is not just a sport. It is a new sport.
This makes the attempts to charm the world rather exciting.
To fully understand the dimensions of the sport, and the paradigm shift itself as well on how the future will look like - is not just only to take what already happened at places like Finland and Sweden and then say this will happen in USA and China too.

No, we think you must have a larger understanding of how to spot the future - or what actually creates the future.
This is almost as intriguing as Floorball in itself.

There is some knowledge in this area that we perhaps will dive deeper into and dwell upon, to see how Floorball as a phenomena stack up against the seven rules on how to spot the future... as defined by Mr. Goetz.

For today though, we will quote Tim O'Reilly, a visionary computer guy as he was interviewed for the Wired Magazine this spring for his ideas on how to predict the future:
Who he is? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_O'Reilly

"I don’t really think I spot the future; I spot the things in the present that tell us something about the future. I look for interesting people. I find the cool kids and then say, what are they doing?
The myth of innovation is that it starts with entrepreneurs, but it really starts with people having fun. The Wright brothers weren’t trying to build an airline, they were saying, "Holy shit, do you think we could fly?" The first kids who made snowboards, they just glued skis together and said, "Let’s try this!" "
Now watch this the full 4 min movie please:

We do not think Mr. O'reilly have seen this - but we are certain he think it is as cool as we do.

NOW, you do the rest of the thinkin' and hey Mikzuu - thanks!

Welcome Floorballcoach.org

There is a new site up - Floorballcoach.org. That offers great resources as it comes to teaching and practice the sport of Floorball.
We have hooked up with them and have a link to their website - on the right side of this blog.

Here is an excerpt of what they offer, but for the full benefit you should pay them a visit at http://floorballcoach.org

This text is a part of their brief rule interpretations - it is a good read and if you go to their site you may find videos and much more that goes along what they have to offer. We are proud to be able to share this with you - Thank You Floorball Coach!


First Guest post from Floorballcoach.org

Each period of the match starts with a face off at the centre spot. When parts of the board are separated at any place, the game can continue until the ball gets close to this place. In case an abnormal situation occurs during the match (damaged ball, lights going out, injury, etc.) the referees interrupt the game by whistling three times and the face off takes place at the nearest dot. A face off also takes  place if the referees have different opinions or are unable to decide which team should start.
Even though the term face off indicates the ball to be thrown in like we know from ice hockey, in floorball the ball lays on the floor. One player of each team places his blade closely next to the ball vertically to the centre line (the first one to choose the side is the player from the visiting team, in the corners the one from the defending team). The players stand facing each other, their feet perpendicular to the centre line and in the same distance from it. The sticks have to be held with a normal grip and with both hands above the grip mark (which is 14 cm from the end of the stick). The other players have to stand at least 3 meters away from the ball including sticks when the face off takes place. The face off can, as any other fixed situation (free hit, hit-in), result directly in a goal.
If the ball leaves the rink or hits the ceiling, the non-offending team is awarded by a hit-in. A hit-in is taken from where the ball leaves the rink and can be moved up to 1.5m from the board. The ball has to be hit cleanly and not dragged, flicked or lifted on the stick. The player taking the hit-in can’t touch the ball again before it has been touched by another player or another player’s equipment. The player shouldn’t delay the hit-in if the ball is prepared at the correct spot. In that case, the player gets a warning form the referees and if he or she  does not immediatelystart the game or plays incorrectly, the hit-in goes to the opponent team. There is no time limit for taking the hit in since the matches are played in effective time. The opponent players have to take a position at least 3m from the ball, sticks included.
If a small offence is committed, the non-offending team is awarded with a free-hit. The rules for playing a free-hit are almost identical to the ones of a hit-in. It can be played immediately after the whistle as soon as the ball stands still at the place where the offence has been committed. The players don’t have to wait for another signal from the referees or the opponents to take a defending position. To speed up the game the referees aren’t obliged to show the reasons of small offences. If the offence has been committed behind the goal line, a free-hit is taken from the dots in the corners (the same as in a hit-in). If the defending team commits an offence inside of the goal crease, the free-hit takes place from a 3,5 meter distance from the goalkeeper area to form a defense line before the goalkeeper while leaving 3 meters space from the free-hit point. In this case the referees show the exact point for the free hit and it usually takes place after a signal of the referees.
Most common offences leading to a free-hit:
  • When a player hits, blocks, lifts, kicks or holds an opponent’s stick or an opponent. The only allowed way to reach the ball from the opponent’s blade is without getting in contact with his stick (but that is almost impossible in a 1 to 1 situation against an experienced player).
  • When a field player raises the blade of his stick above waist level in the back swing before hitting the ball, or in the forward swing after hitting the ball.
  • When a field player uses any part of his stick or his foot to play or try to play the ball above knee level.
  • When a field player places his stick, his foot or his leg between an opponent’s legs or feet.
  • When a player, in control of the ball, or trying to reach it, forces or pushes an opponent in any  way other than shoulder to shoulder.
  • When a field player kicks the ball twice, unless in between it has touched the player’s stick, another player or another player’s equipment.
  • When a player receives a foot pass from a field player in the same team.
  • When a field player is in the goalkeeper area.
  • When a field player jumps up and stops the ball. Running isn’t considered as jumping, only when both feet entirely leave the floor.
  • When a field player plays the ball while standing with one or both feet outside the rink behind the board.
  • When a goalkeeper entirely leaves the goal crease during a throw-out, throws or kicks the ball over the centre line.
  • When a face-off, hit-in or a free-hit is incorrectly performed or intentionally delayed.
  • When a goalkeeper has the ball under control for more than 3 seconds.
  • When a player delays play. This includes when a field player, in order to gain time, places himself against the rink or goal cage in such a manner that the opponent is unable to reach the ball in a correct way. Any such player should be warned before any actions are taken. This situation can occur at the end of even matches or during power-play.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Amsterdam coolest in town

Amsterdam Floorball Sports from Amsterdam Floorball sports on Vimeo.

Special Olympics World Games 2013 - Ramblings

As we will see Floorball being played next to Floor Hockey at the World Games Special Olympics in Korea, in January 2013 - as an exhibition sport... ...

What will happen?

Will all the Floor Hockey players toss their sticks away and start to play Floorball on the double?

No,, we do not think that will happen. But we think they might become a bit interested in what they see. But the migration from Floor Hockey to Floorball will take at least a few years but not more than 10 - we think.

We also suspect that it is not the athletes themselves that will make the move. But as Floor Hockey Coaches and their Leaders during the World Games, now in January, may discover that Floorball is a big sport - that it is not accommodated in any extra ways for players with special needs - that this is not only a fully organized International sport that is fun and rather safe to play for all players, and that the sport of Floorball is growing like weeds... and it is a hockey game made for a floor..

Then we do not understand how they may possibly stick with their own special version of Floor Hockey. It does not make sense to us.

To be able to compete with Floorball as a sport for players with special needs - the Floor Hockey people must not only organize themselves in other and new ways, but probably also develop their sport in several ways so it may be competing better with some of the vibrant things Floorball can offer.

We do not think that can happen, so instead - all Floor Hockey players interested in Floorball you are invited,  with and without special needs... for a game of fun.

The FUNdamentals is next.


If You are interested in this subject and not familliar with Poly Hockey... or Floor Hockey..
Here is a fun link http://specialolympicsminnesota.org/index.php?customernumber=6995735393&pr=Sportsofferedpolyhocke

The IFF release a pimped video...

Remember WFC 2010  - if not this will rub your memory...

A Superb Compilation

Hey, here is a superb compilation of Hollywood and Floorball.  Wonder what Hollywood thinks about re-mixes like this?
It is good handcrafted work anyway.. But in terms of #LTAD (Long Term Athletic Development) most ideas portrayed in a production like this shot in old fashion tracks and mainly aim for the edge winners.

Floorball as a sport is much more. It is a sport for life and a sport for all - not just the top notch elite.
Still it is a cool production.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Basic stuff from Flrball.com

This is basic stuff - for most, or at least many out there.
But then as I have seen many parents bring on the most "junky stuff" one may imagine - read funky candy..
Well here is how or friends at Flrball.com look at snacks

Floorball – Food is fuel
Posted on July, 2012

In order to incorporate these healthy snacks in to your floorball team, it’s a good idea to send home a flyer to the floorball parents outlining what is, and what is not acceptable as a floorball team snack. Make sure that everyone is signed up to bring a snack on floorball games and sometimes as well on floorball practices.

Food is fuel, and just like a high performance vehicle will sputter and die if you don’t have fuel, so will your floorball team and star players stumble and lose steam at a critical moment in the game, if you don’t have eaten correctly before the floorball game. Make sure your floorball players know about this and eat healthy and you’ll see a big difference in their performance in the floorball rink.


Thank You Flrball.com

The Newest - New England Championship - on track

Past Sunday a 4-on-4 tournament was played at MIT in Cambridge, MA just outside of Boston continuing the tradition at the place that first brought floorball to the US in 1991. Three local teams showed up for these unofficial New England Championships with a diverse group of players from the US, Canada, Sweden, and Finland.

Round robin played featured the three teams playing each other two times with the blue team going undefeated and qualifying for a bye to the final while the yellow and red teams split their games and faced off in the semi-final. In that semi-final, the yellow team played a very solid defensive game and kept the red team scoreless while scoring two of their own to advance to the final.

In the final game, the yellow team came out very strong and took a 2-0 in the first period, but in the second period the blue team stormed back to tie it 2-2. With the championship hanging in the balance, the blue team executed a great passing play that was finished with a shot in the top corner without a chance for the goalie with 15 seconds left in regulation. The blue team hung on for the last few seconds and emerged as the unofficial New England Champions!

Starting next year in the summertime we plan to expand this tournament to a regular 5-on-5 tournament with additional teams in the first official New England Championships aka the Chowdah Cup.

By Eric Molin

Friday, July 20, 2012

Floorball needs a Statue - we have a challenge

picture used under creative commons Photo by Wwarby
We are not fully crazy - only a little. 

Floorballcentral only suggest that Floorball needs a statue. Soccer has many as well as many other sports.
Why does Floorball need a Statue?
Because Floorball is well worth a Statue and many kids - would love it.

And if we can make it to the Olympics = heck we can make a statue work too!

Who is first? And what in the world would this statue look like?

We do not know. But here are a few options.

Gothenburg should raise a statue over Mr Ahlquist and place it in a park so all Floorball Gothia Cup players can see it.
Linkoping should perhaps raise an iconic statue that depict that they have such an incredible youth participation.
Jyväskylä should raise a statue over Mika Kohonen or Enkoping should erect one on Mr. Czitrom.
Why not Minneapolis - imagine Phil Carlson as a statue.. Or why not a Connecticut statue in bronze that show a gigantic whiffle ball?
Na, maybe not USA.... not yet.

Do you have any better ideas? Well, share them.

Nope, to be honest we do not believe too much in old school ideas like a statue. But in the case of Floorball, it would be a serious good marketing tool since it would spur media attention - and I think most creative artist would love to work on such a task.

Hmm lets say this, it would be fun if someone, could do some fun digital renderings of imaginary Floorball statues in real photo-shopped pictures or just on the Internet in some crazy ways.
That is our challenge.

Who is first?

And then the next question is of course who is first in real life - it will become an attraction - and it will spur media interest for sure.. since it so out of the main track.

Remember Open Water Floorball is featured in the Washington Post - Not Floorball as a sport...

Imagine, a Floorball version of Mount Rushmore or the Statue of Liberty...I Chuckle here.

Yes, we are still dreaming away here... and this is crazy enough to be good - .

A sport for all and a sport for life - we just need a couple of Statues... to show the world that we are on track.


A Postcard from Lahti 2012

This is how you get 700+ hits on a Youtube indie clip in less than a month...

Update from BC Floorball

Here an update from BC about U19 try-outs hosted by the Hockey Community and the Vancouver Open

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Floorball in Washington Post

This is crazy, there is a new Olympic sport on the rise. With the potential to re-write PE in US as they know it. It has what the Let's move campaign wants to have...
And then Washington Post prefers to cover the perhaps most peculiar  version of the sport..
Water Floorball.

Well as they say all publicity is good publicity..

But we think the journalist should get himself another profession because he miss his scoop with thousands of miles..

Bom Bom Bom

Lifelong sports...

Thank U Mattus

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Scientific proof supports (with a slam dunk) LTAD (Long Term Athletic Development.)

Re-Organize your youth sport activities now - just see what LTAD may offer.

As you read these graphs below and try to understand them, the following gets very obvious:

- Many kids are subject to outdated training methods
- Many kids can get better in their sports, by instead doing other things early on in their development
- Many kids may stay longer in their sports (the graph does not show this but this is a main idea behind LTAD)
- Many kids will get far less injuries, its like half off..
- Many sport clubs (also read coaches) are not aware about this - if they were they would indeed do things differently
- Many sport clubs (also read coaches) can improve their own performance by far
- Many sport clubs (also read coaches) can keep more of their players for extended years (the graph does not show this but this is a main idea behind LTAD)
…........and finally
- Since the US health insurance pays big money as we go to the doctor - I wonder why they do not promote LTAD - it would lower the number of health related insurance claims from youthsports - without a doubt - perhaps by 50%.

Now let’s look at the 2 graphs..

Black line represents Sport performance or results
Blue indicates the level of injuries
Red is Specialised practise
Grey is basic diversified practise (play and do other sports)
The horizontal axis describe numbers or years in practise, on average these children were 11 years old after one year in practise
The vertical axis represents a comparable unit to illustrate the differences


Further Explanations and Ramblings
These figures come from the Swedish Floorball Federation (SIBF) and their own development model SUI, based upon LTAD principles. In the first group above (grupp 1) that cover 40 children 11 of them - only introduced to specialized sport practise at a later time in life - reached the National Team performance level and the injury rate in this group was about 33%

In the other group (grupp 2) only 2 out of 40 participants, in group 2 - in total 80 children were studied in 2 groups, reached the National Team performance level - but here is the shocker - they had twice as many injuries as compared to group 1, or 66% of the kids developed what classified as injuries during this longitudinal study.
And yes, only like a tenth approximately of the early specialized group performed on par with the best ones that played other things in the early years -  this is DYNAMITE BROTHER and SISTER!

As one of the conclusions from the Swedish Floorball Federation they state that it is not wise to start to specialize in Floorball until just after the pubertal growth spurt. Yes, there is large ideas on when to do what kind of practice to in the LTAD inspired SUI model we look at.

How many local coaches do you think understands all this? Or other local leaders for Sport teams?

To us this is crystal clear. If you have your young gun in Hockey and you only Hockey and you Hockey, Hockey and Hockey practise 3 times a week and then play games like twice a week... You are not only on the danger track - you also limit the abilities for your own young kid to develop in an optimal way or you serve yourself a likely and early drop-out. And you lower your kids chances to perform at the elite level with maybe 10 times of what the kids playing around with swimming, wrestling or floorball do.
Is that what you want?

Hockey? Yes this goes for all other sports, perhaps Baseball and all the others where the amount of practise is so high - that your loved one is only doing one sport...

We have an organizational idea on how to develop this problem.... But let us get back to that track later on, in another post.

Yes, it is true the LTAD concept also presents ideas on when it is appropriate to start with more specialized training.

Yes, the LTAD model also presents ideas upon the ratio of practise versus games too, but we will try to dive into that subject in another post.

The main idea  behind the LTAD is however to not win a game - but to get way more folks involved for much longer times with lifelong participations in sports. Some tricks however have the power to make so many kids so much better - with as suggested only the half level of injuries. And the idea to build a large player base - will build the top too - you do not build from the top - but from the bottom.

So what happened to the US Health Insurance Industry? Gee, that is probably the hardest question of them all... We do not know.

And even if this post rely upon firm research and material from SIBF - the truth is that LTAD also rest on principles that just make basic sense.

How in the world could you do sports in any other way? And if you feel you do - it would be fun for us to know why?

Until we are back with more developed insights upon the LTAD concept - why do you not play some Floorball in the meantime?

Final statement: Floorballcentral likes research. But we do not believe all research we see so we are indeed highly critical. We think this example show a small sample of participants and the study is longitudinal - something that also always is a question. We also are not sure if we like the idea to use arbitrary units as a measurement since they are not as conclusive as standard units.
But otherwise these graphs make sense and yes we do think research like this should guide the way as you design youth sports - or just involve your kids.

Thanks goes to Emil Persson at SIBF for sharing the main document from them covering LTAD and the Swedish Floorball version SIU.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Floorball Florida

Is up with a new home on the web, for Palm Beach operations.
This time we meet Floorball in Palm Beach, so this adds to other Floridian activities we have noted like in Tampa and Pensacola.. I think we have heard more rumors on central Florida too.

Here is the new web-site http://floorballfla.com/
Check it out - kind of cool images and more.

Florida GO!

Ever heard about the Green Card in Soccer?

Nope probably not?

This is what is going on in Finnish soccer as they play their youth. As a smaller part of the long term athletic development (LTAD) they introduced a new card in youth games.

If I understand this right, they still use the yellow and the red card but they also added the Green card.

Now wait and guess - what a green card could be good for?

The green card is shown to players as they play soccer in a good manner with nice skills or show good fair play.
This is used as players in-between 6-12 years play soccer in Finland.
Yupp they have a black card too - that the referee picks up as the parents starts to misbehave.

This is only small things of what soccer in Finland do to build their base of players in the name of LTAD.

If the numbers are right - as I refer to them here - the tricks with LTAD in Finland have increased the youth Soccer participation with 44% over all and some 17% more females play soccer.

We will reveal some other tricks used in the name of LTAD in more posts, in a near future here.

Lets add a tag here too #youthsports

Maybe Floorball should do this card thing too for kids?


Just like in NHL

The Swedish Super League in Foorball will do what they do in NHL as they start their season.
The NHL what they do - well they start in Europe..

So this September as the Swedish Super League starts, they will kick - off in Bern Switzerland.

The first game - is Storvreta - Warbeg and people in Bern say that this will be a game that for sure is sold out..

Do you know why I like Floorball now?

Here the news in Swedish - but just use a translating service and you get the rest;

Monday, July 16, 2012

It is Just a Pic....

It is rare that we just post a picture..
This one is linked in and is under copyright by all star photo.com we publish here a link to Floorball Prague Games facebook page.. If someone feels offended by this link pointing to the publishing of this photo - please let us know and the photo will be removed instantly...

But beside of this legal copyright information - this is a picture - that - well - has it all.
Thank You Floorball Prague Games and AllstarFoto.

Pioneer Floorball from Canada

Recently a video jumped up that showed an North American participating in one of the largest and more advanced Floorball Camp's in Western Europe. So we checked in with Jakob to see what he thought about his experience in Sweden - in terms of Floorball...

1) Are you the first North American to participate at the Floorball Star Camp in Sweden?
I am not sure if I am the first North American but I know that I am the first Canadian at Star Camp. 

2) What was is that made you decide to participate in this?
I am involved with Canada's National Team, coached by David Jansson who is also the Head Coach of Pixbo Wallenstam in Sweden. He invited me and a friend of mine to camp after our trip to L.A. with him and unfortunately he was not able to be there during the week when I was at Star Camp. He is a big part of the reason why I chose to participate at Star Camp but also because I have many loved family and friends here in Sweden that I meanwhile was in need to visit as well as participate in Star Camp. 

3)  Did you have fun and did you develop your Foorball skills?
I had a blast! Couldn't have asked for a better time and I would really want to thank Kalle Brännberg for the help and care that he gave me so that I enjoyed myself at Star Camp. I really feel I developed my floorball knowledge and skills and I will continue to train and work harder each and everyday to fulfill my future floorball dreams. 

4)  Would you recommend other North Americans to do the same? Will you go again?
I am really hoping to go again next year. It was an amazing experience and I loved being at Star Camp. I could not however recommend other North Americans, but I could recommend other Canadians to participate in Star Camp with me possibly next year in 2013. 

5) Can you imagine a good Floorball camp being arranged for Floorball here in North America too?
Yes, I could imagine a Floorball Camp being arranged in Canada but we as a country first need to grow the sport and continue to show people this develop sport in Canada as it is not as "big" where I live as it is in Sweden.

6) What is your best memory from the star camp?
I have two very great memories from Star Camp. To the leaders who I was involved with, (Jon Hedlund, Martin Östholm, Daniel Calebsson, Kasper Hydén, Tim Wiklund, and Many more on Pixbo's Men's Team) they made my journey during the week unforgettable and learning, playing, and talking with them is something I would never forget. I also was rooming with a really great group of guys from Värnamo and they welcomed from the first day and I really enjoyed playing and getting to know them during the week. 

7) Do you have something else you want to share from this experience?
Lastly I could just say that thanks to Kalle Bränneberg and many more leaders that they really showed me the level of how floorball can be played and I tried to digest everything they told me so that I can take it back home with me to keep training at my passion, floorball. 

Floorballcentral wants to believe that Jakob is the very first North American going to a main European camp - at least as a person residing in North America.
We say a great bunch of thank You to Jakob and wish him all the luck he might need in all his future Floorball engagements, both here and over seas..

Here a link to the video with Jakob that we already showed...

Friday, July 13, 2012

Minecraft... craze..

Kids are kind of crazy about it in America.
Like floorball its from Sweden ....
And yes there is Floorball in Minecraft too...
Sorry on Friday the 13th that I posted a bad link first...


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Are U Street Smart?

You already play Floorball? from Yuriy Kovalisko on Vimeo.

On da Beach...

Check out our video from the past weekend! Floorball starts again on Sunday with the Bantams at 8am and 16/18 @ 130

Beach FloorballF (@BeachFloorballF)

Mixed News in the Summer

Oh a new heat wave seems to be on its way in this direction, puh.

Floorballpro has just announced their annual summer sale, more at floorballpro.com

A new actor from Russia on Twitter Floorball2020Russia today begun to tweet on subjects that seem to relate to an Olympic arena and more - we do not know too much but the account seems to like Floorball, the Olympics and the year of 2020 he he...

Lets see if we can dive a bit into one of the Summer Camps in Europe too - but that is still in the pipeline.

It is further very interesting to see how the "bots" we set up to cover Floorball news in 2009, they used to deliver maybe a few news a day.. Well now during the Summer of 2012 I think we have like 10 Floorball related notifications per day. It is further interesting to see how many pages on Facebook that focus on Floorball... how much they have changed their cover photos during the last summer months... Maybe we must do that too on our facebook page.

We here at Floorballcentral just started to play with the idea to put cheap, homemade and lightweight boards together. Right now we are playing with some building ideas and we go from there... do not know what will come out of this but it seems possible to at least get some straight boards together by using plastics...
But right now we are not pleased with the glue we use.

And here is the latest in movies from Canada..
Let us introduce St. Andrews..

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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!