Thursday, August 9, 2012

Another take on International Development

Thanks to Dalen in Umeaa, Sweden and two young athletes from Holland - another form of International development takes place.
Here is the story from two players on a different Vacation:

While some people hang out at the beach in the summer, we chose to hang out in floorball halls in Umea, Sweden. Yes, they have sports halls here only for floorball playing! And that’s why we chose Sweden as a perfect country to learn more about floorball and become better players.

Through a valuable connection in Amsterdam it was arranged that we could stay for two weeks. We were able to play with the best and the second best team of the floorball club IBK Dalen. The men of this club reached the final of the Swedish Super league. The women also play in the highest league. What an honour that we were welcome!

In the Netherlands floorball is a small sport. If people ask us what we play, they first think we say volleyball or football. The young people often know the sport as a game from gym class in school and are surprised to hear it is an actual sport.

We have been playing floorball for about 6 years now. A lot of those years we also played for the national team. But, since the sport is so small, there aren’t many good coaches. The few good trainers and coaches that we have, know us very well already and have thought us a lot. However, we wanted to learn more. That way we can bring more in the matches with the national team.

A second important goal of this two-week trip is to bring some floorball knowledge back to Holland. How do they train in Sweden, which exercises do they do, how do they teach people techniques and tactics?

Being able to do the same trainings as these girls, we experienced a lot of new exercises that we can now do at our clubs in Holland. We also learned about getting physically ready for the season by seeing their interval trainings. And you wouldn’t think so, but the game is somewhat different than in Holland: first of all, you have no time to think because there are good defenders in your face right away. Secondly, they build up the attack differently. The defenders bring the ball while walking/running forward, and we (as center forwards) didn’t know where to go. But after training the trainer explained it: when your defender is walking towards you, you as a center forward should move to the middle of the field, hereby pulling their defender with you, which “opens a gate” (that’s how the trainer called it) for your defender + ball.

Another thing that was really cool was that there was an outside floorball field, right next to our home. Just like the more common soccer fields you see by the road, here they had a court with boarding and goals. The floor was excellent to play on. It was a kind of plastic with small holes in it for the rain. Here we spent a lot of free hours practising our shooting skills. Wish we had that at home!

All in all we learned a lot of stuff to take home and to apply in our matches. We are very thankful to everyone who made this experience possible for us.
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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!