Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Good Morning America - it’s 2013, and we need horses!

Floorball was more or less invented like 50 years ago in MN and MI.
Then it was re-invented in Sweden during the 70's and came back to America during the 90’s....

Came back?
No, not really - since so far it often seems like we have not truely started yet, both compared to other big sports - or compared how Floorball looks like in northern Europe..

So how may we kick-start Floorball in more organizational terms here in North America (and Latin plus South America too)?

Let us first learn from history - a vital thing comes from Sweden - where they first were able to organize themselves and Floorball in a serious and strong way...

How it worked? Well, with hard work and a crazy vision it the gist of today’s post - with co-operation - like with a couple of horses.

Mr. Crister Gustafsson, the main guy behind organized Floorball in Sweden tried early attempts to organize Floorball - and to do that he used another big national sport federations as the organizational “mentors” or a soil for early fertile Floorball growth in Sweden.

First they turned to the Swedish Bandy federation... bandy looks like this if you have not heard about it: It’s sorta half-big in a few countries.

Did this work for them? Yes, and maybe not. It is our own understanding that they had some help - but at the same time, not really - the kind of help they looked for - as the young Floorball organization turned into a sub section in the Swedish Bandy Federation.
What happened? A few years later the Floorball guys and gal’s instead turned to the Swedish National Field Hockey Federation, a much smaller - but it would also become a much more fertile ground for the growth of new organized Floorball in Sweden.
Therefore we think it is important to exclaim that Field Hockey have seriously already contributed to the new sport of Floorball.. Remember this as you see them run around with their wooden sticks.
One more thing on Bandy though..In Norway the Bandy folks liked Floorball so much that Floorball still to this day is organized as a section within the National Norwegian Bandy Federation. So they are still in some sort of a mentor style fertile ground over there.

- Do we here at Floorballcentral really think that Floorball can emerge from the current organizational attempts we have seen so far in North America? Let’s say, that we are a bit - or rather quite hesitant - and mainly so as it comes to the developing speed forward. And that includes our own more independent strives here too.
- Do we think that Floorball in North America need similar help, as they had in Sweden, from other “mentor-organizations”? Our own answer here is a doubtless, Yes. - And what do we think about the school? Ha, we do not think anyone may ever organize a new sport in America without the school system - but that is more the second step, kinda’. Even if it might be more important in itself as compared to the pure mentor relation for "organizational development".

- Is this matter important? Yes, due to one thing only - A) For the sake of all the kids in America.
But it is also true that it would be rather surprising in a negative and perhaps very emotional sense as Floorball makes it to the Olympics - and the birthplace of the activity is not really on track - at all. What is Floorball, as a question might just develop into a national American trauma? ;-D

Let us now take these insights and look at 2013.
Floorball in North America has for years been flirting towards Ice Hockey with some more pronounced and nice advancements in Canada. And yes, that is rather natural - since with a broader implementation of Floorball in school - most folks agree that it is very good thing for Ice Hockey too, and - oh no not just only for stick-handling.
But as it comes to a more firm mentor-ship based on organizational advancements in this area - well from the Floorball point of view - our obvious opinion is that we are not even close to where we want to be, yet.

Therefore we suggest that, why not try to aim for what they came up with in Sweden? Why not try to make serious inroads towards the American Field Hockey organizations there is too. It worked before and Field Hockey is maybe the right flexible and small entity?

Our hint for 2013 is therefore “do not bet on one horse only”. Floorball might need several horses.
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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!