Monday, July 23, 2012

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.

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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
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Caution

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!