Saturday, October 27, 2012

Wisconsin Heath and Physical Educators WHPE



It has been reported from Floorballplanet that the annual WHPE convention (Wisconsin Health and Physical Educators) was a great experience, this year in Waukesha WI. Many great interested teachers, other people like future teachers keen on Floorball and opportunities to spread the light of the game of Floorball came in progress at WHPE.
Floorballplanet let's know that as compared to last year's convention - this year - some teachers and other representatives from the schools in Wisconsin have now either heard about Floorball or encountered it in some or another way.

The repeated message used by Floorballplanet at this convention is actually borrowed from the LTAD movement.
Repeatedly they tried to boost the "TRADITIONS STOP DEVELOPMENT" message.

One part of this presentation was a hands on session with testimonials from teachers that have been working with Floorball in the local Wisconsin school system for a few years.
Mr. Zieba and Ms. Gnewikow did a marvelous job as they explained their student reactions and their own experience of Floorball. 
These teachers did such a good job that Floorballplanet had to explain to the audience that they were not been bribed to promote Floorball in the way they did. 

As Floorballplanet tried to challenge these testimonials - by asking - What is then wrong or bad with Floorball?
The experienced teachers said that, they only negative thing that they could come up with was that as they had to get on with their regular curriculum and have the time to do some other units too (this could be a problem since the students mainly just want to do Floorball).

It was also reported that Mr. Zieba also brought forward a new argument in place for Floorball at a school - with  many students that are engaged in Ice Hockey. Mr. Zieba said that in his opinion "it seems like Floorball takes some of the edge of the best Ice Hockey players (since it is hard to control the ball) - but it also seems like other regular students raise their bar with a Floorball stick in their hands". So in his opinion it works very well to have both skilled Ice Hockey players to play together with all the other students.

We here at Floorballcentral thinks that this is a remarkable discovery - that fully makes sense, also in the perspective that Ice Hockey players may not use some of their "body-play" tactics in the game of Floorball.

And yes Floorball is for all.

We are trying to get hold of some kind of footage from this years WHPE convention and as soon as we have something like that - we will do our best to have it posted here.. it seems though like they had some problems with the Gopro camera...
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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!