Wednesday, August 1, 2012

We'd bet on the fact that Mr. Goetz never played Floorball

We also would bet on the fact that he most likely never heard about it either. We bet our "2 cents" on this - since we think the opinion itself is - more worth than most other currencies... ;-)

That is however not the main point with this post - the main issue at stake is a text written by Mr. Goetz this spring in 2012 on "how to spot the future". Mr. Goetz defines, in his brilliant article published in Wired, a set of seven rules - that may be used to spot the future.
Since hardly no-one in the USA have heard about Floorball, at this point, and the sport is on track to perhaps become an Olympic sport.. Well, it becomes kind of obvious that Floorball may belong to the future of Sports - not only in the USA.

So how does Floorball match up to what Mr. Goetz declare?
Let us look at Rule one, as we quote Mr. Goetz;
"Look for cross-pollinators. It’s no secret that the best ideas—the ones with the most impact and longevity—are transferable; an innovation in one industry can be exported to transform another. But even more resonant are those ideas that are cross-disciplinary not just in their application but in their origin."

Is Floorball a possible cross-pollinator?
The way we lay out the score for Floorball looks like...
- The ball used in Floorball was initially developed for Baseball practice purposes
- The interaction style between the players in Floorball is very much inspired by Basketball
- Rules like free-hits and hit-ins are directly borrowed from Soccer
- The idea of sticks and a ball borrows from Hockey, Ice Hockey, etc
- The stick shape is borrowed from Bandy and to some extent Field Hockey too.

Floorballcentral say that Floorball score a full 100%, or points, as a cross-pollinator.  And definitively in its origin.

Next post in this series will look at Rule number two by Mr. Goetz;
"Surf the exponentials. Exponentials, it turns out, are everywhere. Just choose one, look where it leads, and take a ride."

"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 1 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!