Friday, September 14, 2012

One Love from Jamaica! (including Special Olympics)

We decided to check in with Mr. Jason Dye President at the JFA on Jamaica since there has been a lots of things going on down there recently and they have more in pipeline.  We have this exclusive post for you here including;
Floorballcentral's own take on this post is that it almost sounds like they turn the PE education kind of upside down on Jamaica - and that reggae tune sounds fun.
So, it sometimes sounds like that Jamaica now have the highest Floorball penetration in the western Hemisphere - how does that feel? 
I am not sure about that, however the Jamaica Floorball Association (JFA) is very driven and motivated and that feels irie, lol.

We have seen that Floorball in Jamaica earlier was introduced to some 70 schools, how many of these today do you estimate might use Floorball related to PE, during recess or in after school programs? 
I would love to say all, but we have notices that the players are the ones taking the lead and contacting the JFA to assist them in finding facilities where they can play floorball after school.

Could you also try to develop a bit on how the age and gender structure looks like for people doing Floorball? 
The JFA promotes gender equality in all our events; however there are more males playing floorball then females.

Is there any programs planned yet for people with special needs? The Jamaica Special Olympic
took part in our first floorball training and all trainings thereafter. And as a result they have formed a floorball team.

We here at Floorballcentral are convinced that a main component for a successful development of Floorball - is not only to attract players - but to develop support functions like leaders, coaches, teacher and more - could you tell us a bit on how that is coming along for you. 
That is our biggest challenge going forward. We are trying to get someone to come and live in Jamaica for 6 months to a year and train a pool of people to be trainers, coaches and referees. If we are able to do this then the JFA would be in a position to develop floorball in a very effective manner and the result would be very far reaching.

Any detected interest from any other Caribbean neighbors yet? Not yet. We are in the final stages in signing a memorandum of understand (MOU) with the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus , and one of the agreement is that we would use the University as a channel to promote floorball in other Caribbean countries where they have other campuses.

As you now try to build a team to send to Sweden later on this year - does the bulk of your players have some relation to any other sport - that you suspect makes them more prone to develop their Floorball skills? The advantage we have is that Jamaicans are athletic and are involve in many other sports. I would say field hockey, but they tend to play floorball a little bit like when they are playing field hockey, they have to unlearn field first, almost. On the other hand non-field hockey player grasp floorball skills more naturally.

How long do you think it might take until Jamaica Floorball becomes a member of the National Jamaican Olympic movement? In the next two weeks.

What is the worlds best club in Floorball? Storvreta,

Mr. Jason Dye wraps up our conversation with the following words of wisdom:
The floorball movement in Jamaica has been fun and exciting. Having Storvreta coming to Jamaica was great. The high point for me was no the exchange of floorball knowledge and skills, but instead the exchange of culture, at the end the camp every floorball player we using the Swedish expression ‘’ho yo yoo’’. It was great for me to experience that.
The JFA team has and is doing a great job and I am honoured to be a part of that great team of people.
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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!