Friday, August 31, 2012

How to improve Hockey in NA - outside the “bun”

As a coach, or as a little Hockey Club, a school team - what can you do to improve your hockey?

More hours? More stickhandling? More skating? More powerstride? More backwards? More shooting? More stamina? More strength? More nutrition? More puck contact? More cross-ice? More drills? More games? More of at least something?

All are probably good or decent ideas!
But they all fall inside of the bun, or inside of the game itself, and you will only do what the other teams are doing too.  How clever is that if you wanna be good?

The main trick for North America if you want to take Hockey and develop it instead outside of the bun is to do things slightly different.
Take Hockey outside of the bun!
Floorballcentral recommends two serious routes to use and the expansion of these - Your first task is not within your own Hockey operation. Your first task is to take Floorball as an emulation sport for hockey to the school. Toss out all old Hockey emulations in school. When we say school, we mean in PE, at recess (yes Floorball is a safe version that is played at recess in Europe - whereas Floor Hockey often are prohibited on school yards in America since it is not deemed to be safe, sic), but you must also penetrate the after school programs around you - to work with Floorball.
The expansion for this route is also to have your own team to do some minor Floorball games - but the main win rests at the “school”.. the platform structure for your own players - outside of the bun.

The second task is to understand what LTAD (Long Term Athletic Development) is and how to implement this into your own operation. There are development models in America that most likely rest on inspiration from LTAD. But it is not always too easy to connect on how this material is being presented, at least we have a hard time to grasp all of it.
Our Advice is to check out CS4L (search with google) and get your own idea on how this works. Today’s nasty fact is that 90% of all kids drop out from teams sports at age 13. This means that 90% of all possible talent is flushed down the drain. Madre Mia!
The numbers should be the opposite way and 90% of the kids should instead stay in team sports beyond age 13. LTAD aims to perhaps not solve all of this problem but it aims to improve the numbers of players you will have to work with. This spells - your team will become much better and you will have more members too. Not bad huh? The expansion of LTAD is when you not just understand LTAD - but change your regular activities to be in line with the ideas behind LTAD - Yeah, this is proven scientifically too.

So in essence - it is not very hard to improve hockey at all - you just have to think a bit outside of the “bun” and do some serious footwork.
And use some European secrets.
Yes, Floorball is played in the sun outdoors too ...(this one from Germany)

Nope, Taco Bell did not sponsor this post.
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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!