Saturday, November 17, 2012

Carnegie Mellon Update


In western Pennsylvania, hockey is a huge part of the culture. 

Fortunately for Floorball, with no NHL season people are exploring more outlets for their love of stick wielding sports. By translating hatred of Gary Bettman, who should in fact go jump off a cliff, into a new sporting outlet, we have learned many important lessons including people need something to take their anger out on.

Why not take your anger out on a Floorball heading straight for a goalies head? Great for recruitment. Not so much for the keeper. Though I usually like the idea of trying to show the differences between the two sports, at Carnegie Mellon University it has been a successful recruitment tool to actually stress the similarities.

Growth of Floorball here hinges on exposure and interest. 

Exposure takes work, but because of the thriving hockey culture the interest is not. From this sort of strategy the Floorball club at CMU has grown through a partnership with the school’s ice hockey team. This also upped the competitiveness of the team as the stick skills translate fairly well. 
Now if only we could teach a couple people to sky hook. Again, good for the players, but not for the keepers. 
I guess now we will just have to hope the next generation floorballers in Pittsburgh will be able to learn this.
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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!