Monday, February 4, 2013

Hockey Canada and the Power from Inside

Last Friday, Hockey Canada (you know up north Hockey is the largest thing there is) announced a program to get Floorball into elementary schools in Canada..

Hm, since we have some personal experience from Floorball in school from the seventies in Sweden - let us just recap a few things...
As we first ran into it (in this case we talk Floorball) in school during the 70's - we liked it - it was a new thing and we did not think too much more about first.
But after a few months... and later on, years, as it became time to move up the school system, since we became older...
And here is the big secret... We became as young students fairly concerned if the new school, irrespective if we went to the High School, College or the University,.. we every time as we moved, became seriously concerned if the new school would offer Floorball during either PE or as an extra curricular activity or not? This to the degree, that we almost though about the choice of our school.
Hmm, of course we were not alone - so in reality - this personal concern, or you may also call it curiosity, from new students about Floorball, kinda, at times developed into a group pressure upon teachers to introduce Floorball.
We could be wrong here.. But we suspect that pupil interest, concern and questions about Floorball moved the sport with a rather decent and rare pace into the Swedish school system - into all levels. And we do still -to this day - think that much of this was student driven... Not bad huh? If this now is true.

So Canada, what will happen now..? This is what we seriously think:
It will take some time, but in 2-4 years time many elementary schools that develop Floorball their students will further drive the introduction of it into Canadian Middle schools too, then another 2-4 years added and it will hit High Schools too, toss in another 1-3 years and yes Colleges and Universities may not stand on the sidelines.
We call this progressive growth or introduction.
And Canada will turn into a powerhouse.
To this equation you may add, some geographical spread (most likely the first Elementary schools that start Floorball on the Hockey Canada initiative, it will be a bunch - Remember this is Hockey Canada and not a like a small biathlon organization - but no it will also be way far from all schools from the beginning)... Add some cross pollination, a bit of spread over the US border, and...spice it up with another 7-8 years.
So in 15-20 years time Floorball ought to be common staple goods in Canadian schools and not so exotic in upper US American schools either...

We think:
A) This is good.
B) This is also way too slow
C) In particular for the USA
D) And for South America

But if people within USA Hockey reads this, and scratch their heads on why Hockey Canada makes this move? (Secret hint, Floorball is good for Hockey, and yes Hockey is good for Floorball too - hint 2) it is hard to play any other form of hockey, on a gym Floor, that is faster, cheaper or more fun, than Floorball - hint 3 spells "Olympia").

Let's hope two things, that the head scratching does not take too long - and that both Canadian and US American schools make all their students wear protective eye wear - Floorballcentral say that safety is important and that is also why; we like Floorball as being a safe thing - but eye wear is also a very good thing if we do not want to run into problems. In particular as we involve the youth and many people that never tried Floorball before.

Our future vision for kids in America - includes protective eye wear.

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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!