Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Box Problem


Great news washed the US today for all students with special needs, best described in this report from the government: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-clarifies-schools-obligation-provide-equal-opportunity-s

In principle this is an aim to provide all players, students and athletes, including them with special needs, to get the best possible access to sports in school and other extra curricular settings..

What we see as the box problem here is that the thinking still seem to be inside the box - as they describe in the release - accommodations..or small changes in sports already known..hmm
What about a sport, thinking outside the box, that allow access with maybe no accommodations at all like maybe Floorball?
We know that this will happen down the road but...when is it time to think outside of the box?

One more thing, we do miss a bit focus on the "age-problem" too. Traditionally many school sports in the US are very much tied to the age of birth. With some special needs, it has happen before and it will happen again, well - some students take extra semesters and becomes age wise and as measured by months - older than their peers..and then often kicked out from school sports too. That is not right.
LTAD has a nice idea on this theme - as that philosophy more focus on skill levels instead of birth dates.. We missed this in yesterday's release since that would have a great impact. Maybe it is in there and we did not just see it?

And hey, school sports is not the main thing - the main thing must be to do sports for life - and not for school.
Let's just hope the US dept of education knows this - even if they do not explicitly say so ;-P

In essence we do think that these new guidelines - just yet further pave the way for, and you know it, Floorball.
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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!