Tuesday, October 9, 2012

May we Introduce Mr. Tom Harter

May we Introduce Mr. Tom Harter. He is with no doubt one of the most important founders of Floorball.

Several sources credits him for being the founding father of Floor Hockey.
But in reality, he is the man that develops Cosom Hockey with several rules that are still used today in regular and global Floorball, and yes there is further not much doubt from us here at Floorballcentral that he also did the founding ground work for the other more local activities that became known as either Floor Hockey, Ball Hockey and Cosom Hockey.

But Mr. Harter was not only instrumental in the design of many of the very first Floorball rules. He also played a large role in the development of many of the marketing concepts that became used by the Cosom Corporation as they promoted the sport. Concepts that Floorball still use today.

Another important aspect of the large accomplishments he did, was that already before 1964, he was able to arrange a tournament in Michigan, Battle Creek with 43 teams and hundreds of Boys and Girls - the date for this epic tourney was April 6th 1963!
Some sources indicate the the first ever game was played in Battle Creek in 1962.

Mr. Harter also spread the sport to many other surrounding communities and even into Canada. And you know what - some material points to the fact that Peterborough in Canada early on became a stronghold for "Plastic Hockey" played with U-shaped sticks - or as we know it today -

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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!