Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Did you know that the Special Olympics World Games turn 10 this time?

Floorball as described by the official Special Olympic webpage in Korea...
Floorball began by children who played with balls in the 1950s in the United States. Since then, the play began to advance into a game and spread in the US and Canada, becoming a sports event (game). It is played with elastic plastic sticks and a ball on the floor which is a little wider than a basketball court, and is won by scoring more goals. The floor is made of wood or plastic mats (urethane), and needs no expensive gears or special venue, allowing anyone to enjoy the game.
Game details
Period : ‘13. 1. 30 ~ 1. 31(2days)
Venue : Gangneung Indoor Gymnasium
Participants : 82 participants from 8 countries (athletes 64, staff 18)
Events : 1 event (8 teams)
Stadium : 1 floor (20m×12m)
Seats : 992seats
Here is more SO Floorball from Garmich

This is how this event is described by the excellent facebook page Floorball to the Olympics... that we promote on this we dare to borrow their text straight of as a huge qoute..

"We wish Mr Hwang Joo Kim and his friends in Korea Floorball Federation a good work during this games , and with it a fantastic possibility to put floorball on the map in Korea and as a bonus eventually to other parts of the world!

The 10th SO World Winter Games is a multi-sport event for athletes with intellectual disability and will take place from January 29th to February 5th 2013.

Floorball will be a demonstration sport in Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea 2013.

Special Olympics (SO) is the largest sports organisation for persons with Intellectual Disability with more than 3,7 million officially registered athletes and 0,5 million coaches in 183 countries in all Regions of the World.

Special Olympics includes 33 different sports, 26 summer sports, 7 winter sports . Floorball being the youngest sport in this list.

In addition to floorball the SO athletes will compete in eight sports including Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Floor Hockey, Snowboarding, Snow Shoeing and Speed Skating.

Special Olympics is the world’s largest year-round program of sports training and competitions for individuals with intellectual disabilities. More than 3,7 million athletes worldwide (half a million in 58 countries across Europe and Eurasia) in more than 170 countries train and compete in 33 Olympic-style summer and winter sports at local, national and international events.

The Special Olympics Sports Committee (CTAC) selected 8 nations for the Floorball demo in 2013 World Games (WG) in Korea: Ireland, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Russia, Austria, Sweden and South Korea.
Floorball in Korea 2013 will be played with 3 players + goalies on the field and each team will consist of a 8 persons squad + 2 coaches in each team."

Ladies and Gentlemen - are you ready for some PLASTICS?
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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.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!