Saturday, December 8, 2012

The assessment - a mixed part one


A World Floorball Championship is interesting from many points of view. First of course we see some of the best Floorball there is on this globe.

But another dimension is also the assessment part of it.
We mean it is almost like a big exam, in school, where we see some sort of test on what nation is good and what nation is perhaps not that good (ok remember this is not measured on an independent performance scale but only as in a relational comparison to other teams). Then of course as games become close fights - there is some part of luck involved too.
Then we have other measurement ideals, that - they tend to cry wolf about in media, and that is the differences between different teams in terms of the strength. The media say these are way to big - we agree.
To us this is almost like two sides of the same coin.
It could for instance be that all 16 teams in the 2012 edition is better than the 2010 edition, but this is something rather hard to measure and something that we do not care about - why? It is just so much easier to measure differences and other interrelated values.
This is also what the sport is all about. But still Traditions Stop Development.

Crazy as we are here we would like to hear if someone could come up with an idea on how to measure absolute performance enhancements over time, like in some sort of metric that valued if a team is better or worse, without relational comparisons, than before. We do not know how to solve this. But with all the metrics available it would not surprise us if a nerd could figure out how to do that. The hard trick is that this ought to be done without another team - so maybe it is impossible - but the idea is at least refreshing.

Anyways, from the assessment look at the WFC we think that yes some differences are still too big and during the last two years we have not leveled out things much. This means we still miss the improvement in this the leveling aspect here. We also think that it will most likely be a good thing with the new system the IFF puts in place for future WFC's. But irrespective of this, we think this fix will make things maybe look better - like some sort of a make up - but we wonder if it will fully change things?

So how to change things? Let us in this post zoom in on Asia  We think it is crucial that Asia is a strong area for Floorball. If Asia is not on term with Europe we have a problem. Right now we suspect that many European countries might be better than the best Asian teams and yes you understand or imagine what we could say in the next line...
So what to do? Can we send teams, leaders or other things to Asia? Yes, but it would probably cost a fortune. And will that really make them better? Both USA and Canada use European coaches during the WFC and that is probably a good path - that Singapore have adopted too.

Na, we think a systematic shipping of the 10-15 best young players, from each country like Japan, Singapore and Australia etc on scholarships and to have them in Floorball geared schools or other local teams in Scandinavian, or central European strongholds - would be a much more efficient route to build the advanced levels of the sport out in Asia. Or do they already do this? Or would it cost too much? It would probably be expensive too - but with the right grants and scholarships - maybe it could be a route to finance - development that the sport would benefit from... And if these grant does not exist - well it can't be that hard to create them, since on the global scale grants seems to be in abundance, and it is more about to channel them right to where Floorball need them. Or perhaps not?

We do not know - we only know that one of the world largest ever table tennis player ever, from Sweden, often referred to his own personal sport development from longer sessions and camps, not at home, but in China.

We guess our Chinese readers will like this post too since traffic is constantly growing from China and if the traffic from them continues to grow as it has been lately it would not surprise us if it also surpass the traffic from the USA. ;-)

Whatever - now it is high time to watch the games.
But we promise to be back with more on the assessment subject.


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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.

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