Friday, October 5, 2012

Dear Hockey Coaches - Think outside the Rink

Dear Hockey Coach,
We believe something very strongly here and some of you are on track to discover this too.
However we believe that there is two dimensions of what we believe in and some of you, so far, only have - most likely - discovered the smaller first dimension.

Let us first say that we are delighted to hear rumors, or read posts, see Youtube clips, or hear whisper that yes - You have heard about Floorball too. And many of you also know (but not all) that nowadays all Ice Hockey players from western Europe are very well educated in Floorball too.
We are as well delighted to hear that some of you have also already tried Floorball and maybe also used it.
Still we are in the smaller dimension (inside the box) as we hear Hockey Coaches mention Floorball as a good off season, or a decent way to do dry-land practice.

Of course this is right and Floorballcentral fully agree on this.
.. we also agree that as we look at the subject of dry land training or off season practice - hmm there is tonnes of other good activities any level Hockey Club could do - so to be fully true - Yes Floorball is good for off season activities and yes it is good to have when there is a Zamboni or figure skaters on the Ice. But yes you should do tonnes of different good stuff for your Hockey players and Floorball is just one unit of them all..

The large picture or the big dimension of Floorball comes at another place. So let us now - think outside the rink!
Floorballcentral believe that the very best place for Floorball is in the school. From grade K to doctorate educations. We believe it is here that Floorball will support Ice Hockey the most. It is here you build a "hockey"recruitment and talent/interest system in school. And it is in this way you have a REAL hockey sport embedded into the school system.
We believe that this is the only serious way for Hockey to compete with all other traditional sports in school. We know that the kids will love it. We know that this goes in line with what the ADM department likes and we know that you can not bring buckets of Ice into the gym.

We believe that it is your job to take Floorball to the gym, because change often comes from outside.

OK, now you ask what is wrong with Floor Hockey or Ball Hockey?
We believe that is your job too - you go and try both sports and then tell your kids what you like the best.
We believe you not only can, but will do this, not for us, not for your yourself - but for your kids - you can and will do the difference.
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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!