Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The latest is in from PA and up north...plus a hint


Dan Torretta, a great guy.. and someone that live setting great examples for others here in the US, well we will let him talk on his own,  as he just sent us this...




On Saturday April 6 the NJ/PA Floorball League had its first open house! It was very successful in my opinion. Everyone who went had a lot of fun. We had about 20 people there! Of course we wished more people would show up, but we won't be satisfied until the world is playing floorball.

I get asked how I got into floorball all the time. It was really an accident. I was looking for a floor hockey league to play in because I love hockey, but ice hockey is just too expensive. No matter where I looked there was nothing in my area, but I kept looking in the hopes that I would find something. Luckily I didn't find any floor hockey program, I found floorball instead. I had never heard of this sport but was immediately interested. After I read up on it I knew I had to play, but it is so uncommon in America that hardly anyone has heard about it. I took it upon myself to spread the word about this amazing sport to everyone I knew, and everyone in the surrounding area. I was able to contact Darryl Gross of Floorball Planet in Texas, and he introduced me to Mitch Larnerd of Cherry Hill, NJ since Texas is a bit too far away to meet up. Darryl and Mitch proved to be the biggest help anyone could ask for. They answered all my questions and walked me through everything I needed to start my own league. 

The thing that I love about floorball is just how different it is than hockey despite looking just like it. The only real similarity is that you hit a ball with a stick. Other than that it's a lot like soccer in many ways as well. The goalies have no stick or glove, there are free hits instead of face offs, you can't use your hands etc. The other major difference between hockey and floorball is the weight of the ball. If you try to finesse your way through you'll probably lose the ball all the time. It's just too light to try to do everything yourself. This forces you to pass so everyone can be involved. That's why this sport is so addicting and appealing to everyone. The more you play the sport the more you realize that this is its own sport with its own opportunities. I was shocked to find out that it's headed to the Olympics, and that there is a World Championship. I was very pleased to know that the USA has a team that competes regularly. Hopefully one day I myself will be able to wear a USA jersey and play for my country one day. 

For anyone interested in getting into floorball, my advice is to get a stick and a ball and just have a blast. Floorball Planet is the largest supplier in the USA so I would recommend them. They have many articles about what floorball is and how it got started as well. The website is worth visiting for sure. That's how I got started as well. I ordered just one stick and ball and practiced everyday. Now I have three sticks of my own, as well as two nets, 36 sticks, and over 50 balls for the league. 
 
Eventually my goal is to have many leagues set up all over New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, everywhere. We want to have mini tournaments to see who is the best team in the area, and maybe one day get a big tournament as big as the Canada Cup. It's a long way off but we're working hard to make something happen. The cool thing is that the more people that get involved the easier and more fun it will be. I encourage anyone with even the smallest thought to try it. I 100% guarantee you will love it. To be honest I haven't see a single person play it for the first time and not immediately fall in love. 

It's just that fun!

/// Mr. Dan



Then we just heard from Thunder Bay, up north in Canada that they are going to Canada Cup with a team - congrats from us and good luck..
Hint,, more than one person think that the Midwest Floorball Championship must be extended into a two day event for next year - so maybe we must bring on new teams and new groups of play... We will be back on that!
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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!