Monday, August 6, 2012

Special Olympics - Floorball - aims Forward


Recently we ran a story, or two, on one of the largest events to involve Floorball to date, the World Games in Korea. In January 2013 - the Special Olympic games will feature Floorball as a demo sport - for the first time ever, in a Global multi-sport event.
The working group that made this participation possible is a Floorball "resource group" that has been working hard to make this the very first appearance possible for the January, Special Olympics.

The latest from this group is that they now also aim beyond these the very first games. Therefore they have recently set up official Floorball contacts that will act in North America, Asia, and Australia to build awareness, to provide insights, and share deeper knowledge about the sport as an activity for Special Olympics.
This move is not just big news - it has the potential to spread and start Floorball within Special Olympics, but also to get more kids and athletes to just have much fun with a basic stick and ball game on the larger International scene.

Floorballcentral will follow this as close as we may with focus on North America, we will link, report and post material that will promote or relate to this the Special Olympic version of Floorball. Nota Bene, there are no accommodations of the sport as it is played in the Special Olympics. The game version is for now just scaled down to a 3 on 3 plus goalies version, yes you may use subs too...
We will have more on this shortly. In the case you are working within a Special Olympics organization and based in the USA and would like to know more - do not hesitate - push an email to ulfjens(AT)gmail.com - replace the brackets with an ordinary at-sign please - and we will do our best to move forward.


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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!