Wednesday, February 27, 2013

LTAD - Swedish Floorball - A big but right aim


Today Swedish Floorball (SIBF) released a full pressrelease ( in Swedish only but use an online translator if you want to read it from the source http://www.innebandy.se/sv/Nyheter/2010-Utveckling/Svensk-Innebandys-nya-utvecklingsmodell/ ) on LTAD and their own development model.

What they present goes directly in line what you find on this page http://www.canadiansportforlife.ca/ if you prefer an English source on this material.

These are a few things Swedish Floorball say in their release as we use a rather free interpretation:
- Too many kids are too specialized into one sport too early with too much specific training and that drives them away from sports way too early in life.
- There are too much focus on results and performance way too early - since we do not know who gets good in a sport until the age of 20.
- This is ingrained into a culture that Swedish Floorball now aims to break up. The objective is to find new values and goals for main structures.
- These new ideas are built to put the athlete in center and how he or she develops. The main aim is not to develop elite performers, this is rather a by-product from a broader implementation of sports.
- The approach to aim for a life-long participation in sports - will also improve the very best players.

Then they establish FIVE goals for their operation

1) Sports for life
2) Individual Development
3) Floorball is for all
4) Fun and Community
5) Children's Rights according to the United Nations

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Our comments? Perfect. This makes perfect sense and is exactly the way to go. Maybe some of their ideas are presented in a bit of a strict way that makes the press release much more boring that it has to be -
Hey, you guys this is good stuff, this is fun stuff - do not be so seriously boring when you talk about it - a little fun flair added to this message and it is a full wow from our side!
Then we just 100% fully love the idea that they refer to the United Nations Children's Rights - we wish so many more organizations that works with kids would do the same and follow them too.

Good work SIBF - here is one of your big fans.


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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!