Friday, November 9, 2012

Now, invent a new Sport with us!


Piece of Cake. Use Point Master.
Huh?
First we recognize that the Long Term Athletic Development model (LTAD or CS4L in Canada) - eh well they have several ideas on the theme: Traditions Stop Development.

And one idea that is often brought forward is that Kids should do many sports - they should try what they like and not get stuck in one thing.
    (research show several negative and also ugly bad things as kids are stuck in one activity with massive hours only).

OK, now the reader might say - that is one idea. But what is the New Sport? - is it a MultiSport? - we already have that in... well.. triathlons for instance?

Fine, stay calm.. our next demand we want to use is not the very thesis of a triathlon, but the opposite - the antithesis (remember now Traditions Stop Development again here) so let's find some contradictions...

So instead of an outdoor activity we need an indoor sport and instead of an individual sport we need a team sport - but the rest we borrow from a triathlon, ok?

This should give us three suitable indoor activities for kids.

The next demands we want to add to these are based upon a few basic requirements. A) it must be relatively cheap B) it must be fun C) it can not be indoor team sports where many players just stand still in one spot - players must be moving - since we want to get as much as possible out from this.

OK, are you ready. Here is our list:
10x3 Min Basketball
10x3 Min Futsal
10x3 Min Floorball

This looks like a cool mix of both old and new, and in terms of investments - peanuts. If plus 1,5 hours is too much, just change the time for each period... you can go as low as 3 min x 3 and the game will still make sense to the youngsters.

OK ok asks now Dr. Watson, but these sports have different values as teams score - how do you deal with this... A Basketball game ends 20-12, The Futsal game ends, 2-3 and the Floorball game ends 7-3. I can not merge these numbers.
Well you don't. Again forget your Traditions - instead think Development, ok.

Now, it is here where the beauty of IFF's Point Master come in place. You may use that to score individual points in every period played and each time there is a new period in any sport you must switch the players around...and constantly form new teams (with this many periods you just change one player at a time).
Here is more on this great invention the Point Master system from the IFF http://www.floorball.org/news.asp?id_tiedote=1961

So a new game it is - what do we call it? Trigymnasial? Or do you have a better name? Do you want to change something?

Hey you know what - this is not only a new game - psst - it is a lesson plan... (hey its free of charge and Open source too).

Have Fun.
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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!