Sunday, April 21, 2013

Laeben write about Floorball from New York


Gfloorball gave us permission to rerun this cool article....



by Jonas Laeben

Why Floorball and why now?

Now is a very interesting time for floorball. On our website, we talk about 5 reasons why Floorball is one of the fastest growing sports in the world.  In this blog, I have added a 6th reason, Fun:
Hybrid Sport – combination of Ice hockey, basketball and soccer. Ice hockey because of the stick and 5on5 with a goalie, basketball for the surface and no expensive equipment and soccer for skills and movement and also absence of expensive equipment.
Safety – the sport was built with safety in mind, both for the player but also for the floor. The sticks are light and made of material that does not damage or leave any marks on the floor.
Cost – you only need a stick, ball, shoes, jersey, socks and a pair of shorts and you are ready to go. This is an extremely important factor in growing the sport; it contributed to making soccer a world sport that anyone, anywhere can play.
Global - with over 50 registered countries reporting to International Floorball Federation, this is a global and international sport.  In our association in New York City, we have active members from United States, Canada, Jamaica, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Hungary, Singapore, and Australia.
Anyone, Anywhere – Floorball is available for Old-Young, Tall-Short, Male-Female, Athletic-Out of shape and Rich-Poor. This really means anyone can join a team or play floorball in schools.
Fun- without the last ingredients the sport is not going anywhere. But floorball is faced-paced and tons of fun! It really brings people together and make exercise fun. 
With all that is going on, it is not surprising that a cool young TV show like Psych is talking about Floorball. 
http://www.gfloorball.com/blog/2013/4/20/why-floorball-and-why-now 
... is the link for the rest...it is good stuff
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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!