Friday, March 15, 2013

Why is Latvia better than Denmark?

Steen Houman's Blog, in Denmark tries to figure out how the Little country Latvia always to seem to be better than Denmark in Floorball even if Denmark has more players..

This promise to be one of the best post ever from Mr. Houman, and it is only part one...

We share here the bulk of Mr Houman's post - if you want to read it in full click his name as of above...

Floorball in Latvia is at a very good level, in the last 10 years, both the men and womens team have been in top 6 at World Championship.
This, despite the numbers of players are less than some og the nations that are behind Latvia.
There has been a saying that, the total numbers of players in a country, will decide how good you will be at the World Championships.
Latvia have fewer players then the nations ranked 7-10, and still they have for a decade been just behind the top 4 nations.
I spoke to former national team player Zane Klabere, who has just been elected to one of IFF boards (congratulations), and she kindly answered my question, in order to put some light on the success of Latvian floorball, and are there some lessons to be learned from a Danish point of view. 
#1 How is floorball regarded in Latvia
Floorball in Latvia is a fast growing sport that has reached a stabile position among the other big sports in country. Number of licensed players and clubs are growing every year.
#2 you have had a high level for both men and women in many years, how come
Comparing to the “big floorball countries” our number of players and clubs are still small. So we compensate that with hard work to became better and better.
#3 How popular is floorball among the youth?
Among the youth – floorball is one of the most popular sports right now. Schools are more supportive in the last years and the interest is growing.
#4 how do you get so many good players in Latvia?
About the good players – like I answered some questions earlier – is it done with hard work. A lot of practising, a lot of work to build a good physical condition. Some players are playing abroad to develop their skills and level in higher leagues like Switzerland, Sweden or Finland.
Cont. in full here... Steen Houman's Blog
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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!