Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Austin SWIFT - an invitation as a letter is very nice..


Greetings All!

For those of you who don't know me, my name is Brandee Gomez.  I'm the goalie for the women's national floorball team and Head Organizer for the Southwest Invitational Floorball Tournament (or SWIFT).  Last year, we here in Texas's capital city threw our first national tournament, and it went so well we'd like to do it again.  Because we have such limited space, the tournament is, at present, invitation only.  I wanted to reach out to your clubs first and begin to gauge interest as we're finalizing details for this event.  

Here's what you need to know:

Tournament format -- 
- 4 on 4 plus goalies (maximum no. of registered players: 8 + goalie)
- 6 teams (possibly subject to change)
- Takes place on a Saturday afternoon/evening (projected time is 10 am - 7 pm); anticipated date is June 15, 2013.
-  Approximately 13 total games, with a minimum of 4 per team
- 2x12 minute halves (run-time with the last 2 minutes stop/go if within 2 goals)
- We'd provide refs from our club (although if refs from other clubs would like to participate, we'd love to have them!)
- Cost would be minimal (approximately $25 per player, though we don't have final numbers at present)

Last year, everyone got a t-shirt and a gift bag.  Top three teams received medals, the winning team received a trophy, and the MVP of the tournament got a gift card to Target.  We provided refreshments for all of the players during the tournament and offered lodging for our out-of-state players.  We hope to do the same again this year.

Here is a video of last year's tournament, courtesy of PointShootRecord: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4R-H2hrPc4

Team Californication (based in San Francisco) are the reigning champions, and we hope to see them back to defend their title!  I'd really like to diversify our entrants this year by having some more teams outside of Texas.  If you have any interest in attending, please let me know.  

We have a pretty healthy population of floorballers in Austin, so if you're worried you can't field a full team but would still like to attend, we can always fill out your roster with some eager folks from our neck of the woods.  We also have 6 goalies here, so please consider that as well!

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.  Looking forward to hearing from you!

Regards,

Brandee Gomez
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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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