Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A deeper comment on The North America Key article


Modern Hockey and Greg Beaudin just made an extended comment on our last hit post from Mr. Clay in Australia on how North America holds the key to Global Floorball development.

We now take the liberty to re run that extensive comment here too since we think it is well worth some exposure. Maybe you do remember that Floorballcentral ourselves earlier have claimed that Germany holds the Key. We still think that is the truth - but we do not disagree on the fact that both Canada and the USA are huge potential Floorball markets. We just think with a strong Europe (read Germany) America can not live or even survive without Floorball. Here is the comment from Modern Hockey:
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An Interesting article came out recently, by Daniel Clay of Gong Floorball, comparing participation trends in Ice Hockey and Floorball Nations. It is clear to see where the sport of Floorball is heading in Canada and the USA, the question is: What’s the smartest way to get there?
At Modern Hockey, we have been at the forefront of connecting the Ice Hockey player to the Floorball stick. Everyday, we teach a new player, coach, association, team, league, academy a new way to look at off-ice training via Floorball. Eventually, with enough trial and awareness, and through solid programming partnerships with Hockey Canada and USA Hockey, we will ensure that each one of their 1 million plus members knows and understands what Floorball is and what benefits it brings.
For the past six years, Modern Hockey has been in the field, gathering research and sharing and showing the numerous benefits of Floorball for Hockey players. The overwhelming response through all the demos and clinics, classes and workshops, games and events, has been so positive that we have come to realize that the numbers that Daniel Clay cites are an inevitable reality.
At Modern Hockey, when we explore our own roots in Pro Ice-Hockey, Elite Inline Hockey and Ball Hockey, plus our knowledge and expertise on School Floor Hockey, we have a unique outlook on the future possibilities of Floorball.
Out of all the variants of Ice-Hockey that we have seen, played, coached, studied and been deeply involved with, Floorball is positioned perfectly for explosive growth over the next decade. The Olympic Path and universality of Floorball will help pave the way for Mr. Clay’s number predictions to come true.
When we explore 16 different Regions in Canada and the USA, it’s imperative to realize that organizational structure is the foundation for success in each region.
Sport Development and Sport Delivery in North America is changing and Floorball has all the components that speak loudly to governments who know that building a generation of long term athletes brings a reduction in overall health care costs. Sports that contribute to the widest range of athletes, like Floorball, will see them become become beacons of health care prevention and thus garner support from communities, media, governments, corporations, and its’ citizens.
Modern Hockey has been working on a sustainable road map for Floorball development in the Americas. We continue to seek partners in Hockey, Media, Education, Governments Health Care, and Sport that will help us achieve the success that we know is possible.  Floorball organizations, clubs and groups are encouraged to contact us to learn more about how we can help yours become a healthy and sustainable organization.
If you have expertise and passion for Sport and can see the vision of our strategic plan, we urge you to join us and help do something that we feel is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Floorball has proven itself, around the world, it’s now time for the Sport to flourish in the Americas…
Greg Beaudin
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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!