Friday, August 10, 2012

Future rule number 3 - Favor the liberator!

This is step 3 in a series of 7 posts where we try to match up how the new sport Floorball connect to the future - as we relate to an article by Thomas Goetz at Wired - where he defines 7 rules on how to spot the future.

Our first post on this subject
and the second 

Favor the liberators, is Goetz third rule as we try to find the future.
Mr. Goetz define this rule in two ways “find an artificial scarcity and move to eliminate it by creating access to goods” his second flavour of this rule is “a more subtle approach to turning scarcity into plenty”. Mr Goetz also provide several examples on this rule and he also state that sometimes the revolution, just will take some time to develop. Another description in his article on this rule state “bringing motion where there was obstruction”

How in the world does this relate to Floorball and its future in North America?
Let us start with a little story from ourselves. As we decided to try to get Floorball going we contacted a local Hockey Club and one main message from them was, something in style with - no we are too busy and the kids will never have time with this too.
In essence we have had almost the same answer from another (unofficial) source within USA Hockey - at a later point in time - explaining on how they too would not have time to focus on something else beside of Hockey.

We think this opinion is artificial as can be - both for the reported lack of time and maybe for resources too.

This is the truth: 

90% of all Kids in Team Sports in North America drop out before the age of 13. Yes, that spells only 10 percent active in teams sports after age 13  (or with a more critical eye - it is an underutilization of players at devastational, critical and catastrophic levels) - so in reality there is no lack of players. They just was pushed out by a way too competitive system, the number above is from CS4L and we think it is the same both in Canada as in the USA.

LTAD principles showed in Finland that they could increase their player base with 44% in soccer over not too many years.
If sport is built upon LTAD principles the number of players engaged may be adjusted up with a dramatic increase.

The next part in rule 3 to - favor the liberator - demand a system to “Create access to goods”. Well, Floorball sticks and Equipment already exists on the North American market. At least on-line.

Where Floorball perhaps fail is in the supportive system to teach the sport. The numbers of leaders and teachers are not in place. This is a weak area that must be solved to get forward.

So we say - since the artificial scarcity is by us defined to be in place, since the hardware for education is mainly in place, but Floorball is however weak in the knowledgebase covering the sport in North America.
Therefore we here at Floorballcentral say that Floorball score only 75% on this the third rule.
And the leader/teacher development seems suddenly to stand out as a hot spot.

So maybe the main aim should not be for new players, but to recruit and teach coaches and teachers first?

We will continue to look at more of these rules - on the future - in 4 more posts, stay tuned.

"Thomas Goetz is Executive Editor of Wired Magazine, overseeing everything from story conception to cover packages. In addition to guiding editorial content, Goetz writes frequently for the magazine on health and technology."
It is our understanding that beside of  this article, that we refer to here, Mr. Goetz, also have been presenting the subject "how to spot the future" to live audiences. In his article he defines 7 rules on "how to spot the future".
Since Floorballcentral is convinced that Floorball is what is next in sports we will take the rules - as they are defined by Mr. Goetz - and see how Floorball as a sport match up to these rules. We are fully aware that what Mr. Goetz write in his article mainly aim for "tech" development. This is not something we see as an obstacle. This is post 3 in a series of 7 that relates to the article by Mr. Goetz. Read it at the source and get the real feel for what is next.
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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!