Thursday, October 18, 2012

Herb Brooks and Let’s Play Floorball (or the Let’s Play Hockey) but here from a Floorball perspective


Floorballplanet  in the exhibition hall. 
FloorballPlanet participated this week at the Herb Brooks Grow Hockey Summit during the Let’s Play Hockey exhibition in Las Vegas, NV

The main task for this panel, to discuss, was how to grow Ice Hockey in the USA.

The panel consisted of many important people, all with an aim to grow Hockey.

Some of these names includes,
John McClellan, as the Executive Director of the Herb Brooks Foundation. Besides being the moderator for the panel he is genuinely interested in Floorball.
Mr. Darryl Gross, participated as a representative on the discussion panel for both Floorball and on behalf of FloorballPlanet.
Ron Daniels of Hockey Night in Canada’s PlayOn! talked about nationwide street hockey tournaments.
Bob Hoffman, of Central Hockey League talked about community outreach as done by most of the CHL teams.
Keith Noll, spoke about AAU and Ice hockey and the interesting aspects of forming what was called Level 3 Club programs - a setup that seem to provide Clubs with a system for being non-profit organizations - under the AUU umbrella - this without forming separate non-profit organizations. The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer, sports organizations in the United States. As a multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs.

USA Hockey, had Mr. Kevin Erlenbach, on the panel, he is in charge of Membership Development and thus the task of introducing the very youngest to hockey.
Many people at this summit talked very positively about the American Development Model and what it accomplishes. 
To readers here, perhaps first interested in the Floorball aspect of things... related to Hockey - yes the ADM guys are definitely interested in Floorball.

Michael Benoit, from Total Hockey presented some of their initiatives for growing youth hockey.
John Connelly, spoke about some of the development programs run by the Herb Brooks Foundation.

Floorballcentral thinks now outloud here...Some of these initiatives are geared towards pre-season activities and may be very well suited for some Floorball, indeed.
What was more going on at the Let’s Play Hockey exhibition in Las Vegas this week?
Well they had a large Stiga Table Hockey tournament - and we here do know that one of Floorballs founding fathers, over in Sweden, also used Stiga Table Hockey competitions as they were trying to introduce Floorball, one day back in the darker ages... This time it was just a coincidence - but still an interesting reflection on how things connect.


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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!