Thursday, December 27, 2012

Storvreta Cupen - Special News - Jamaica and more


Woops, this post turned into a link bonanza - but it all leads to some good information - so bear with us.

Storvreta Cupen started this morning and it is claimed to be the worlds largest Cup for Floorball with - well, some +600 teams participating this year... up with some 70 teams from last year.
If you want to dive deeeper into the subject of pictures and movies from this particular event, that already started, may we recommend this page? - filled with stills as well as many moving images..
http://www.sportwire.se/uppland/uppsala/uppsala/innebandy/event/storvreta-cup-20112012

It is also reported that the finals will be broadcast live online too, through this link http://www.storvretacupen.se/solidtango.com (right now it is not up working yet) but this link is recommended too http://storvretacupen.solidtango.com/live and here they have prepared 8 finals that will be shown live in real time for free on Saturday.
Unfortunately we may not embed this material - we think that has to do with the advertising involved in the transmission and that this directly generated money to the organizers. But we do not know - but hey watch the ads too and this way support this competition - and the kids too.

This tournament is a bit special to Jamaica that have two teams playing in for them, the first time ever abroad. Let's us see if we not later might find some material that connects to how it goes for Jamaica too. Beside of teams from Sweden, the Storvreta Cupen also include teams participating from Ukraine, Belgium, Norway, Switzerland and Finland. Kinda party huh?

Credits to IFF + image directly linked from their site
The IFF cover also this tournament in their news and in particular the Mika Kohonen Trophy as being played January 2nd for Special Olympic athletes. 11 teams are signed up to participate in these games, and these teams are; Blåklinten 1, Bergfoten, Örnarna I, Blåklinten 2, Heros, Kungsängen Knights, Örnarna II, Blåklinten 3, IK Sätra, and IFHA, as well as Lidingö.

Mr. Kohonen was just recently published as one of four chosen elite level ambassadors for Special Olympics Floorball. The full story news from the IFF is to be found here http://www.floorball.org/news.asp?id_tiedote=2997

Special Olympics Floorball will most likely get its well deserved level of attention later on in January 2013 as the World Games, Special Olympics takes place in Korea during the same month.  A Swdish PDF that more in detail presents this tournament - available here http://www.storvretaibk.se/UserFiles/Mika_Kohonen_Trophy_info_anmalan_2sidor.pdf

The Floorball rules IN ENGLISH, the ones that will be used at the World Games Special Olympics, have been listed here - in case of someone would like to achieve a deeper understanding of the game: http://media.specialolympics.org/soi/files/resources/Sports-Rules-Competitions/FloorballRules2012.pdf

Floorball is for the first time available in these games as a demonstration sport. We are not sure if we exactly remember what the Austrian coach said with the exact wordings used right after the recent Special Olympics demonstration game in Switzerland, during the WFC. But something in the line that Floorball has the power to become one of the most important sports ever within the Special Olympic movement was about what he said - and we here do fully agree.

Next on the subject of Megalarge tournament is the Gothia Cup - we will return to that subject soon - this tournament is only slightly smaller in number of teams - but more International with 30% of all teams coming from countries outside of Sweden. The Gothia Cup starts Jan 3rd.

Hepp.


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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.

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